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Yellen tone suggests choppiness for markets ahead
NEW YORK U.S. stock investors have been enjoying an extended period of low volatility and steady gains, but with the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year and major indexes near records, the market could get a bit choppier in coming ...
CPI Rise, Yellen Comments Spark Selling in US Government Bonds  Wall Street Journal
Fed chairwoman affirms plans for rate hike this year  Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Report: Criminal actions found in GM ignition switch case
The Justice Department has found criminal wrongdoing by General Motors in failing to disclose its ignition-switch defect that has cost at least 104 lives, the New York Times reported Friday night.
Report: Justice Department finds GM criminally liable  Detroit Free Press
Report: Justice Finds Criminal Wrongdoing In GM Ignition Switch Case  Forbes
WalMart's push on animal welfare hailed as game changer
In this Sept. 19, 2013, photo, customers walk outside of a Wal-Mart store in San Jose, Calif. Advertisement. NEW YORK - Walmart'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 ...
Walmart urges meat suppliers to curb use of antibiotics  Boston Globe (subscription)
Wal-Mart pushes for improved animal welfare  TODAYonline
Final resolution for West Coast port troubles
SAN FRANCISCO - With the ratification of a new agreement with the Longshoremen on Friday, the 11-month disagreement that slowed West Coast ports has finally ended.
West Coast Port Workers Ratify Five-Year Labor Contract  Wall Street Journal
West Coast dockworkers approve new labor contract  Los Angeles Times
Reports Surface That Microsoft DID Try To Acquire Salesforce
Another development overnight in the ongoing saga around Salesforce's ownership status. Some weeks ago, when it was alleged that Salesforce was taking legal advice over a possible takeover offer, there was much discussion about who the suitor could be ...
Microsoft Corporation Reportedly Ready to Buy Salesforce With $55 Billion  Guardian Liberty Voice
Microsoft almost acquired Salesforce, negotiations have ended  Market Business News
The Core of the Fed's Inflation Problem
The dollar has slipped in recent weeks and oil prices have climbed. That doesn't mean the Federal Reserve's low-inflation problem has ended.
US consumer prices up a slight 0.1 percent in April  Rapid News Network
Fed rate plan on track over key inflation data  Gulf Daily News
Exclusive: Prosecutors probe possible criminal case in California oil spill
SANTA BARBARA Government prosecutors are investigating the company at the center of the California oil spill for possible criminal sanctions, according to the district attorney of Santa Barbara - a city that helped spawn the modern environmental movement.
Testing of California pipeline ordered after oil spill  Columbus Dispatch
Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found  The Daily Progress
Deere adjusts to low ag sales worldwide
Sales fell 25 percent for the quarter and 26 percent for six months. Operating profit was $639 million for the quarter and $907 million year-to-date, which compared with $1.229 billion and $2.026 billion, respectively, last year.
Deere and Company sees 2nd quarter sales fall  Peoria Public Radio
Deere Profit Falls as Equipment Sales Drop -- 3rd Update  Nasdaq
California adds 29500 to payrolls in April; jobless rate falls to 6.3%
Even as California employers continued to boost head counts in April, they slightly slowed their pace of hiring, adding 29,500 nonfarm payroll jobs.
California's jobless rate drops to 6.3 percent  SFGate (blog)
Pennsylvania unemployment rate at 5.3 percent in April  WFMZ Allentown
Murray says coal industry in tough shape
Murray Energy owner Bob Murray speaks during the annual Coalbed Methane Conference on Thursday about the difficulties the coal industry has to face in this economy.
Alpha Natural idles more central Appalachian mines (ANR)  Seeking Alpha
Murray Energy Confirms Layoffs  Wall Street Journal