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Yellen Says Fed on Course for 2015 Rate Rise Even After Slowdown
A first-quarter economic chill won't deter the Federal Reserve from its plan to raise interest rates this year, Chair Janet Yellen said, assuring investors that the pace of subsequent tightening will be gradual.
Yellen tone suggests choppiness for markets ahead  Reuters
Yellen (Almost) Promises Rate Hike, Wells Fargo Opens More Branches ...
US stocks fall slightly on lower oil, mixed earnings news
NEW YORK - The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Major indexes fell from the start on Friday as oil drillers and other energy-related companies followed oil prices lower.
FOREX -Dollar rallies on US price data, Fed's Yellen rate talk  Reuters
Oil Prices Slide, Nudging the Market Downward  New York Times
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
Fire Aboard Oil Rig Offshore Louisiana Forces 28 to Evacuate  Natural Gas Intelligence
Rising Gas Prices Not Putting The Brakes On Holiday Travel
MIAMI (CBSMiami) - AAA predicts about 33 million Americans will drive more than 50 miles during this Memorial Day weekend which is the most in ten years.
Travel higher for '15  Beloit Daily News
Busiest Memorial Day Weekend for Travel in a Decade  KULR-TV
Time Warner Cable, Charter Encouraged About Mergers [REPORT]
U.S. regulators may be encouraging consolidation in the cable industry. The news comes in spite of the Federal Communications Commission's decision to block Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) (NASDAQ:CMCSK)'s proposed buyout of Time ...
Sources: Altice Seeks Financing for Time Warner Cable Bid  Fox Business
No Merger Ban, FCC Said to Tell Time Warner, Charter  Bloomberg
Currency tumbles as Venezuelans look to offload bolivars
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A widely followed currency tracker says Venezuela's currency has lost a quarter of its value on the free market in just over a week.
Venezuela's Currency Tumbles to a New Low  Wall Street Journal (blog)
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.
California Assembly votes to ban plastic microbeads  Al Jazeera America
California ban on microbeads in cosmetics advances  Sacramento Bee
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.
CENSUS: Columbus among the country's fastest-growing cities  Columbus Business First (blog)
The long-term rise of the urban American west  Washington Post (blog)
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 Five-Year Pact as Standoff Ends  Bloomberg
West Coast dockworkers union ratifies 5-year contract  U-T San Diego
Here's Why Microsoft Didn't Buy Salesforce
Microsoft had 15 billion reasons to back out of talks to acquire business software giant Salesforce. Early this spring, Microsoft offered to pay $55 billion for the company, raising the potential of a blockbuster tech merger, but Salesforce countered with a demand ...
UPDATE 2-Microsoft, Salesforce talks fell through on pricing - CNBC  Reuters
Microsoft and Salesforce Merge? So You're Saying There's a Chance