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Wal-Mart’s push on animal welfare hailed as game changer

May 23, 2015 NEW YORK — Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. more »»

Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects

May 23, 2015 WASHINGTON — America’s largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a... more »»

Local ban nullified by Texas; fracking resumes

May 23, 2015 DENTON, Texas — A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city. more »»

McDonald’s CEO ‘proud’ of pay hike; protesters want more

May 22, 2015 NEW YORK — McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said Thursday he was “incredibly proud” of a decision to bump pay for some workers, even after protesters called on the company to do more outside its... more »»

Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio ice cream plant

May 22, 2015 WASHINGTON — A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria. more »»

Gap's 1Q profit down 8 percent on currency fluctuations

May 22, 2015 NEW YORK — Gap Inc. reported an 8 percent decline in its first-quarter profit, as results were hurt by currency fluctuations and persistent sluggish sales at its Gap and Banana Republic stores. more »»

Lumber Liquidators abruptly CEO quits

May 22, 2015 NEW YORK — Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from Chin. more »»

Banks fined more than $5B, to plead guilty to market rigging

May 21, 2015 WASHINGTON — Four of the world’s biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets — a rare instance in which federal... more »»

Target beating Wal-Mart in race for turnaround

May 21, 2015 NEW YORK — Target is beating Wal-Mart in the race to beef up sales. Target Corp. more »»

Fed minutes indicate June rate hike unlikely

May 21, 2015 WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed when they met last month that it would be too early to start raising interest rates in June, as they debated if the economy's weakness would... more »»

For many low-income workers, calling in sick is a luxury

May 20, 2015 NEW YORK — For Shannon Henderson, getting a cold or flu could be the difference between putting food on the table and going hungry. more »»

6 Chinese nationals charged with stealing US trade secrets

May 20, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO — Three Chinese nationals who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California and three others have been charged with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.. more »»

Takata air bag recall doubles to nearly 34M

May 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33. more »»

Home construction surge is lifting economic hopes

May 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — The U.S. housing market has given a sudden jolt to what appeared to be a slumping economy. Builders broke ground on homes last month at the fastest pace in more than seven years. more »»

Greece facing ‘financial strangulation,’ PM Tsipras says

May 19, 2015 ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s prime minister warned Monday that the cash-strapped country is in a state of “financial strangulation” amid worries that Athens may only have a couple of weeks before going... more »»

Endo buying Par for $8B for higher profit

May 19, 2015 TRENTON, N.J. — Drugmaker Endo International PLC is climbing toward the top of the steadily consolidating generic medicine business with a deal to buy Par Pharmaceutical Holdings Inc. for about $8. more »»

Difficulty finding meat’s origin may increase

May 19, 2015 WASHINGTON — Shoppers could soon have a harder time finding out where their red meat comes from. The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that the U.S. more »»

Trading in bitcoin made simpler

May 19, 2015 STOCKHOLM — Investors can for the first time bet on the value of bitcoins through an established stock exchange after Nasdaq launched an index based on the cybercurrency in Stockholm, Sweden. more »»

Justices make it easier to sue over 401(k)

May 19, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in favor of participants in employee retirement plans who object to companies’ investment decisions that eat into retirement savings. more »»



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