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US Economic Growth at Year's End Is Revised Down to 2.2%
The American economy expanded at a slower pace than initially thought in the fourth quarter of 2014, as less stockpiling by businesses and a slightly weaker trade balance weighed on growth.
5 reasons US economy is stronger than Q4 GDP suggests  Madison.com
Consumers Lead U.S. Economy As Factories Falter  Investor's Business Daily
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Walmart Learns It's Better To Lead Than To Follow
Walmart's announcement that it would increase the minimum wage beginning this year to $9, and ultimately $10 per hour for all employees came as something of a surprise, given how entrenched the company had become in maintaining and defending the ...
These apparel retailers are most under pressure to raise wages  MarketWatch
$nine an hour: Pressure for franchises  Beacon Review
Fed's Fischer Puts Spotlight on June or September for Rate Rise
(Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said on Friday the central bank looked most likely to raise interest rates in June or September, although economic developments might warrant different timing for liftoff.
Fed's Fischer: 'It's about time' for rate hike  CNBC
Dudley, top US economists urge later Fed rate hike  Channel News Asia
Robert Benmosche, Rescuer of AIG, Dies at 70
Robert H. Benmosche, a former MetLife chairman who engineered one of the greatest financial turnarounds in American corporate history when he took charge of the failed industry giant American International Group and restored it to health after it had been ...
Former AIG head Benmosche dies; led insurer after bailout  Reuters
Benmosche Recalled as Tenacious, Fighter as Colleagues Mourn  Bloomberg
W.Va. exports decline 13 percent in 2014
CHARLESTON (AP) - Federal government figures show exports from West Virginia fell nearly 13 percent last year. The Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration says the state's merchandise exports totaled $7.5 billion in 2014, compared ...
Louisiana reaches export record of $65.1 billion  WBRZ
Oklahoma exports show decline in 2014  NewsOK.com
Credit Suisse Sees Slight Improvement In FY15 For JC Penney (JCP)
In a report published on Friday, Credit Suisse commented on J C Penney Company Inc's (NYSE:JCP) performance outlook during financial year 2015 (FY15).
J C Penney Company Rating Reiterated by Deutsche Bank (JCP)  sleekmoney
J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) Shares See-Saw From Thursday's After Market Plunge  OctaFinance.com
The oil patch rig count is down, but only technically speaking
Oil prices surged today as traders learned that the work of yet more rigs has been halted on the US shale oil patch. Baker Hughes, which keeps track of rigs operating in the field, reported that the count dropped below 1,000 for the first time since June 2011.
US Oil Rigs Get Hammered for the 12th Week  Bloomberg
US rig count decreases 43 to 1267  Washington Post
Blackstone's Schwarzman, Gray Get Combined $861 Million
Blackstone Group LP's Global Head of Real Estate Jonathan Gray is the fourth billionaire to be minted at Blackstone. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg.
Blackstone Group CEO Collected $690 Million In 2014  Wall Street Journal
Blackstone's Schwarzman Took Home $690 Million in 2014  New York Times
Central Valley Farmers Impacted By California Drought; No Federal Water 2nd ...
SACRAMENTO (CBS SF)� A federal agency says it will not release any water for farmers in the Central Valley of California this year, forcing them to find other sources or leave fields unplanted.
Drought: No reservoir water projected for many Valley farmers  SFGate
It's Not Just Farmers vs. the Greenies  Wall Street Journal
Former Dewhurst campaign coordinator sentenced for embezzlement
On Oct. 21, 2014, Kenneth Barfield, 58, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, one count of making a false tax return and one count of embezzlement of federal campaign funds.
Ex-Dewhurst aide gets 7-year sentence for taking funds  Fort Worth Star Telegram
Ex-Dewhurst Aide Sentence For Stealing Campaign Funds  CBS Local