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Yellen says Fed on course for 2015 rate rise
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 the pace of subsequent tightening would be gradual.
Yellen predicts '15 lift of interest rates  Arkansas Online
Rate hike appropriate this yr if economy improves: Yellen
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GM Ignition Switch Case – Justice Department finds criminal wrongdoing by GM
According to reports appearing in New York Times on Friday night, some 104 lives have so far been lost because of criminal wrong doing by General Motors when they failed to disclose an ignition switch defect.
Inquiry into GM ignition defect said to find criminal wrongdoing  The Seattle Times
Feds say GM acted criminally by hiding ignition defect  New York Post
China's Hanergy chairman sold some shares before stock plunge
HONG KONG May 23 The chairman of China's Hanergy Thin Film, which saw its shares tumble nearly 50 percent on Wednesday before trading was halted, had sold some shares before the plunge, Hong Kong stock exchange filings showed.
Hanergy Investors Get Burned  Barron's
This may be why the big solar ETF is blocking out hard-hit Hanergy  MarketWatch
What Should You Expect from Monetary Policy Announcements?
We showed in the previous article why FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) policymakers are concerned about the low term premiums and the ensuing volatility after policy tightening is announced.
For Long-Term Investors, an Early Fed Rate Hike Shouldn't Matter  Newsmax
California oil spill harder to clean up in choppy waters
A 10-square-mile oil slick off the California coast is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said as more dead animals were discovered.
Tally of oil-soaked wildlife, alive and dead, mounts in California  Reuters
California oil spill a reminder of coastal tourism industry vulnerabilities  OCRegister
Microsoft's deal talks with Salesforce failed over $15bn price gap
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Salesforce's founder and CEO Marc Benioff was expecting an offer as high as $70bn.(Getty Images). Microsoft conducted "significant talks" with Salesforce about a potential acquisition of the cloud computing firm earlier in spring, ...
Microsoft almost acquired Salesforce, negotiations have ended  Market Business News
Microsoft, Salesforce talks fell through on pricing: Report  Firstpost
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 Profit Falls as Equipment Sales Drop -- 3rd Update  Nasdaq
Deere jumps after lifting profit forecast  Financial Times
Briefcase: Target, MasterCard settlement scrapped
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Bank of India ties up with MasterCard to launch three cards
Credit card deal with Target off  Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
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 dockworkers union ratifies 5-year contract  Kansas City Star
West Coast Port Workers Ratify Five-Year Labor Contract  Wall Street Journal
California farmers agree to drastically cut water use
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst ...
Q&A: California farmers strike water-saving deal with state
California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts  News24