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Federal Reserve inches closer to interest rate hike
WASHINGTON - 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.
Asian Shares Higher After Fed Meeting; China Shares Flat  Wall Street Journal
MarketsAsian markets look past Fed, Chinese shares gain  Financial Times
Whole Foods Sales Sour After Price Scandal
Whole Foods Market Inc. WFM -0.29 % said sales growth slowed sharply last month following allegations that it overcharged customers in New York, contributing to another disappointing quarter for the natural-foods grocer.
Whole Foods picks Bellevue Square for small, new '365' store concept  The Seattle Times
Whole Foods Market store sales cool in 3-qtr, shares tumble  Reuters
Facebook Earnings: Strong Performance Across the Board
Facebook reported earnings for the second quarter of 2015 on Wednesday after official market hours. Both sales and earnings came in ahead of expectations, and the company is doing a great job at growing its user base and making more money per user.
Facebook is now the world's most-used tech product  CNNMoney
Facebook beats Street but expenses a worry  USA TODAY
US can stay under debt ceiling through at least late Oct: Treasury chief
WASHINGTON The U.S. federal government can stay below its legal limit on borrowing until at least late October and likely do so a little longer than that, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday.
Lew informs Congress he extending debt-limit measures  Washington Post
There's a new debt-ceiling deadline on the horizon...  Milford Beacon
UK economy and the impact of the Greek issue
European markets have rallied over the past fortnight as the Greek crisis has been yet again kicked into the long grass. The Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, secured a credit lifeline for his nation's banks - which reopened on Monday 20 July for ...
EU's Moscovici optimistic on third Greek bailout talks  Reuters
$15M settlement reached in Hawaii molasses spill
A major shipping company has agreed to pay more than $15 million to compensate for a 2013 molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii's attorney general said Wednesday.
Matson and the State of Hawaii Reach Settlement on Molasses Incident of 2013  MarketWatch
Matson to Pay Hawaii $15 Million for 2013 Molasses Spill  Honolulu Civil Beat
UPDATE 5-US Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast
(Additional information from Coast Guard and county health officials). By Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis. LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Reuters) - The U.S.
Mysterious oil slick in California not dangerous  Press Herald
UPDATE: Oil sheen off Goleta Beach determined to be from natural causes  KCBX
India Hangs 1993 Mumbai Bomb Plotter Yakub Memon
Yakub Memon, convicted for the 1993 terrorist attacks in India's western metropolis Mumbai that killed more than 250 people, was hanged early Thursday morning.
Yakub Memon hanged: Four lessons for India  Firstpost
Yakub Memon to be buried in Nagpur jail  Economic Times
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
UPDATE 4-Anthem profit beats as medical costs stay at low end of estimates
(Updates deal value to exclude debt in 1st, 6th paragraphs, updates stock action). By Caroline Humer. July 29 (Reuters) - Health insurer Anthem Inc, which plans to buy rival Cigna Corp for $47 billion, on Wednesday said medical costs, particularly in ...
Anthem's purchase of Cigna will hurt consumers  Washington Post
Anthem's Profits Soar amid Government's Medicaid Program  Uncover Michigan