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PRECIOUS-Gold falls as Yellen points to rate hike, dollar jumps
... * U.S. consumer prices for April better than forecast. * Fed Chair Janet Yellen speech pressures gold slightly (Rewrites first paragraph, updates prices, adds comment).
Yellen Says Fed on Course for 2015 Rate Rise Even After Slowdown  Bloomberg
Yellen (Almost) Promises Rate Hike, Wells Fargo Opens More Branches ...  TheStreet.com
Kansas City Star  
Lower gas prices fuel holiday travel
Cabot resident Robert Goodwin is heading to New Hampshire for the holiday weekend and says while he's paying less at the pump than last year, gas prices are inching up.
Busiest Memorial Day Weekend for Travel in a Decade  KULR-TV
Rising Gas Prices Not Putting The Brakes On Holiday Travel  CBS Local
Time Warner Cable War: Altice amp; Charter Communications Vie
Recently, U.S. cable companies have been making headlines for merger activities. Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal reported that leading American cable multi-service operator (MSO) Charter Communications, Inc. (CHTR - Analyst Report) is again ...
Time Warner Cable, Charter Encouraged About Mergers [REPORT]  ValueWalk
Bidding War for TWC Looks Likelier  Light Reading
Fighting Pollution From Microbeads Used in Soaps and Creams
Stiv Wilson is not much of an exfoliator. Mr. Wilson, a 42-year-old environmental advocate, lives on a sailboat, wears flip-flops and doesn't care much for personal care products like fancy creams and moisturizers.
Friday Bill Roundup: Microbeads, Vaccines And More  Capital Public Radio News
California Assembly votes to ban plastic microbeads  Al Jazeera America
West Coast Port Workers Ratify Five-Year Labor Contract
Cargo handlers at U.S. West Coast ports ratified a five-year contract with terminal operators and shipping companies, the union announced Friday, formally ending the labor strife that slowed the movement of goods at the country's largest gateways to a near ...
West Coast dockworkers approve new labor contract  Los Angeles Times
West Coast Dockworkers Approve Five-Year Pact as Standoff Ends  Bloomberg
Loudoun's Population Grows By 33 People A Day
Loudoun continues to rank as Virginia's fastest-growing county, according to updated figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau—adding population at a rate of more than 1,000 people per month during the past year.
The long-term rise of the urban American west  Washington Post (blog)
Ten US Cities Now Have 1 Million People or More  Kansas City infoZine
Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks
FILE - This May 13, 2010 file photo Pelicans float on the water as an oil platform sits in the background off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Winds Hampering Oil Spill Cleanup  Colorado Springs Gazette
This Week in Whales: Oil Spills Are Bad from BP Disaster to Santa Barbara ...  Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)
UPDATE 2-Microsoft, Salesforce talks fell through on pricing - CNBC
... * Microsoft was willing to offer about $55 bln - CNBC. * Potential bidder can go up to $70 bln on high end - analyst. * Salesforce shares rise 4 pct; Microsoft shares fall 1 pct (Adds details, background, analyst comment; updates shares).
Microsoft and Salesforce Merge? So You're Saying There's a Chance  TheStreet.com
Microsoft tried to buy Salesforce for $55B, report says  CNET
Amgen ends partnership with AstraZeneca on inflammation drug
Amgen Inc said it will terminate a collaboration with AstraZeneca Plc to develop an inflammation drug after it observed suicidal thoughts in the subjects of a trial.
Amgen Ends Psoriasis-Drug Partnership With AstraZeneca  Wall Street Journal
Amgen Ends Drug Pact With AstraZeneca After Signs of Suicide  Bloomberg
Small US oil platform on fire in Gulf of Mexico; no injuries
A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said.
Oil Platform in Gulf of Mexico Shuts In Production After Fire  Bloomberg
Coast Guard: Fire on Gulf oil platform; 28 workers evacuated  Miami Herald