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Wall Street ends higher after Fed leaves investors unruffled
U.S. stocks finished stronger on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said the economy and job market continued to strengthen and left its key interest rate unchanged.
Asian Morning Briefing: US Stocks Extend Gains After Fed  Wall Street Journal
Fed Says Labor Market Improves as It Moves Toward Rate Rise  Bloomberg
New York Times  
Facebook beats Street but expenses a worry
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook shares edged between gains and losses after-hours as executives spoke during a conference call about their Street-beating quarter, where sales and users - as well as expenses - grew.
Facebook is spending money to make money. And it's working.  Washington Post
Facebook quarterly results beat on most metrics  CNBC
Varoufakis may face criminal charges over Greek currency plan
The scene has been set for possible criminal charges to be brought against the former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, following revelations of his secret plan to establish an alternative currency in the event of the country leaving the eurozone.
Businesses and savings are leaving Greece  Financial Times
Tsipras warns Syriza anti-bailout rebels of possible early Greece election  euronews
Jack Lew warns Congress over debt ceiling
Congress has been fighting over the Iran trade deal, a highway bill and Puerto Rico's debt crisis. On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sent legislative leaders a little reminder about another contentious item: the debt ceiling.
US can stay under debt ceiling through at least late Oct: Treasury chief  Reuters
Lew to Congress: Debt ceiling needs extending  USA TODAY
UPDATE 3-Whole Foods' New York City overcharging scandal hits sales; stock drops
(Adds details from conference call). By Lisa Baertlein. July 29 (Reuters) - Whole Foods Market Inc on Wednesday said same-store sales growth cooled again in the third quarter, hurt by competition and an overcharging scandal in its New York City stores ...
Whole Foods Results Add to Growth Concerns  Wall Street Journal
Whole Foods earnings leave investors famished  CBS News
House passes bill setting this year's sales tax holiday
Stove on the fritz? Hankering for new speakers? Dying to sock away some snow tires for the coming winter? Good news.. Continue reading below.
Lawmakers back 2-day sales tax 'holiday' in August  seattlepi.com
Mass. House approves budget overrides, annual sales tax holiday  wwlp.com
Tesla Launches Referral Program to Juice Sales
Tesla Motors Inc. is launching a $2,000 referral program for buyers and owners, attaching a rare direct financial incentive to a Model S sedan lineup that typically carries a waiting list.
Tesla offers 1st incentive in owner referral program  Washington Post
Tesla Motors offers social-referral incentive for Model S  USA TODAY
Vertex Revenue Rises 20%
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. VRTX -2.09 % said its second-quarter revenue rose 20% on strong sales of Kalydeco that led the biotechnology company to raise its 2015 sales guidance for the cystic-fibrosis drug.
The Insider, Paul Silva Unloaded 1125 Shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals ...  OctaFinance.com
Vertex reports 2Q loss  Hilton Head Island Packet
UPDATE 2-US Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast
(Adds details from Coast Guard representative). By Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis. LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a large oil sheen off the California coast west of Santa Barbara on Wednesday, ...
Coast Guard investigates oil sheen off California coast  USA TODAY
New oil slick sighted near site of massive Calif. spill  CBS News
United Airlines data breached by China-backed hackers: Bloomberg
REUTERS - United Continental Holdings Inc has been the target of a data breach linked to a group of China-backed hackers, Bloomberg reported.
Why would Chinese hackers would want to go after an airline?  Washington Post
Report: United hacked by the same group behind OPM breach  Engadget