U.S. cuts more than $30 million in aid to Honduras

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday it would cut more than $30 million in aid to Honduras in an effort to pressure the de facto government to step down and allow ousted President Manuel Zelaya to return to power.

Premium denim still hot with U.S. consumers, investors

LAS VEGAS, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The crowds pressing to enter
the booths at a trade show here weren’t in line for the buffet
or to catch the latest show in town. They were apparel buyers,
anxious to place orders for jeans.

Apple iPod updates expected, Jobs show uncertain

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc’s media extravaganza next week is being greeted with unusual calm, as it is uncertain if charismatic CEO Steve Jobs will appear and investors have nothing much to bet on apart from new iPods with cameras.

FTC urges privacy policy for Google books

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google Inc should develop a privacy policy for its plan to digitize millions of books that limits use of consumer data, the Federal Trade Commission said in a letter to the company.

UPDATE 2-Moulton quits as head of private equity firm Alchemy

LONDON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Alchemy Partners’ founding
partner Jon Moulton has left the company, the private equity
firm said on Thursday, as the buyout industry struggles with
the aftermath of the credit crisis.

Service sector on the mend, jobless claims fall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The contraction in the U.S. services sector eased last month, with a gauge of activity hitting its highest point in nearly a year, a further suggestion that a modest economic recovery was under way.