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Yellen Sees Rate Rise in 2015, Gradual Tightening Thereafter
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she still expects to raise interest rates this year if the economy meets her forecasts, with a gradual pace of tightening to follow.
Yellen Expects Fed to Start Raising Rates This Year  New York Times
Yellen: First Rate Hike Could Come This Year  Fox Business
Reuters  
US consumer price increase should keep Fed interest rate hike on track
The US Consumer Price Index gained 0.1 percent last month after increasing 0.2 percent in March, according to the Labor Department.
Inflation Closer to Fed's Goal After Bigger Gain in Core Prices  Bloomberg
US stocks fall on lower oil prices; inflation ticks up  SFGate
Thr pain you feel at the pump? Bad, but not as bad as last Memorial Day
If you're wincing at the cost of gasoline as get ready for your Memorial Day driving trip, take heart: You're not paying as much as you did last year.
Memorial Day Travelers Unlikely to Be Deterred by Rising Gas Prices  New York Times
Energy And Money: Gas Prices May Fall After Memorial Day  Reynolds Center
US Coast Guard Responds to Oil Platform Fire in Gulf of Mexico
The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday that it is responding to a fire at an oil production platform near New Orleans. The Coast Guard received a report of a fire from the Miss Katherine offshore supply vessel at 2:50 a.m.
Fire on Breton Sound oil platform, 28 workers evacuated, Coast Guard says  NOLA.com
Coast Guard: Fire on Gulf oil platform; 28 workers evacuated  Hickory Daily Record
US Oil and Natural Gas Rig Count Drops by 3 to 885
HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by three this week to 885.
Oil-Rig Count Decline Continues Moderating  Wall Street Journal
Oil rig count falls for 24th straight week  Business Insider
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
Wal-Mart Encourages Meat Suppliers to Curb Antibiotic Use
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT -0.02 % is asking its meat and egg suppliers to curb their use of antibiotics and offer animals more humane living conditions, inching into a tricky supply issue as Americans press for higher standards for what they eat.
Walmart Asks Meat Producers To Treat Their Animals Better  Huffington Post
Wal-Mart presses meat suppliers on antibiotics  Salt Lake Tribune
Alpha Natural Resources Affiliates to Downsize Central Appalachian Mining ...
BRISTOL, Va., May 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Operating affiliates of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. ANR, -3.66% have notified employees today of the expected idling of the mining and processing operations where they work.
Alpha Natural Resources expects to idle W.Va. coal mine  Washington Post
Alpha Announces Wayne County Mine Idling, 439 Workers Get Notices  WSAZ-TV
Deere jumps after lifting profit forecast
Investors took an optimistic view on shares of agricultural equipment maker Deere after the company lifted its full-year profit forecast despite a “pullback in the farm sector”.
Deere Profit Falls as Equipment Sales Drop -- 2nd Update  Nasdaq
Deere Ups Profit View As Construction Offsets Weak Ag DE CAT  Investor's Business Daily
California jobless rate falls to 6.3% in April; employers add 29500 jobs
The California unemployment rate slid to 6.3% in April -- its lowest level in seven years -- and employers in the state added 29,500 nonfarm payroll jobs.
California April jobless rate dips slightly to 6.3 percent  Porterville Recorder
Unemployment in Palm Beach County lowest in 8 years  WPEC