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Federal Reserve inches closer to interest rate hike
The march toward the first increase in a key interest rate since 2006 picked up pace as Federal Reserve policymakers indicated Wednesday that economic conditions are improving.
Fed appears on track to raise rates as early as September but first wants to ...  Fox Business
Asian Shares Higher After Fed Meeting; China Shares Flat  Wall Street Journal
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Decelerating Same-Store Sales at Whole Foods Cause Sell-Off
Whole Foods Market on Wednesday said same-store sales growth slowed again in the third quarter as it battled competition in the natural and organic grocery category that it dominates, sending its shares tumbling more than 11 percent in after-hours trading.
Whole Foods earnings fall short amid overcharging scandal  New York Post
Whole Foods Sales Sour After Price Scandal  Wall Street Journal
Facebook, Google Tighten Grip on Mobile Ads
Facebook Inc. FB 1.78 % offered fresh evidence of its allure to deep-pocketed big brands, as it and Google Inc. GOOG 0.63 % increasingly take the lion's share of the fast-growing mobile advertising market.
Facebook profit falls 9 percent as costs soar  Reuters
Facebook Earnings: Strong Performance Across the Board  Fox Business
Boeing's largest union calls McNerney job threat "unacceptable"
NEW YORK, July 29 The president of Boeing Co's largest union called "unacceptable" a threat by Boeing Chairman Jim McNerney to move jobs due to the uncertain future of the U.S.
Boeing Says Ex-Im Bank Demise May Force It Offshore  Forbes
Boeing: Considering moving work overseas due to Ex-Im saga  Economic Times
FOREX-Dollar firm on Fed expectations ahead of US GDP report
... * Dollar near overnight highs after Fed keeps door open to Sept hike. * Q2 U.S. GDP report awaited later in the session. By Lisa Twaronite.
Dollar Set for Biggest Monthly Gain Since March on Fed Optimism  Bloomberg
UPDATE 2-Disappointed ECB says euro zone economies further apart than at the start
(Adds further detail). By Balazs Koranyi. FRANKFURT, July 29 (Reuters) - The euro zone's founding members are further apart economically than they were, a "disappointing" outcome defying the premise that laggards would slowly catch up in common ...
Disappointed ECB says euro zone economies further apart than at the start  Financial Express
How Germany Prevailed in the Greek Bailout  New York Times
California oil slick expected to vanish on its own, Coast Guard says
GOLETA, Calif. - A 2-mile-long oil slick mysteriously materialized off the Southern California coast on Wednesday, but unlike a disastrous spill in the same area two months ago it didn't send any damaging crude ashore and was expected to dissipate on ...
UPDATE 5-US Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast  Reuters
UPDATE: Oil sheen off Goleta Beach determined to be from natural causes  KCBX
There's a new debt-ceiling deadline on the horizon...
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner listens as President Barack Obama hosts a bipartisan meeting. Congress will likely need to raise the nation's borrowing limit - or debt ceiling - by sometime this fall, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told ...
Another hot day ahead  WMUR Manchester
US can stay under debt ceiling through at least late Oct: Treasury chief  Reuters
Molasses spill settlement: Largest of its kind
26 ,000 fish died when close to a quarter-million gallons of molasses sucked the oxygen out of the the water in Honolulu Harbor. The state didn't actually file a lawsuit, but worked out a deal to cover damages to our marine ecosystem as well as for ...
Matson and the State of Hawaii Reach Settlement on Molasses Incident of 2013  MarketWatch
Matson settles Hawaii's claims over molasses spill for $15M
Carlyle and Apollo Find Selling Is Easy; Buying, Not So Much
Carlyle Group CG 1.27 % LP and Apollo Global Management APO 0.34 % LLC reported second-quarter results Wednesday showing that, while it is a sellers' market for private-equity holdings, the firms continue to face challenges making new investments.
Buyout business continues to fuel Carlyle's profits as firm turns cautious  Washington Post
Carlyle Profit Slips, but Tops Forecasts  New York Times