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  • Wal-Mart presses meat suppliers on antibiotics, treatment
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them....
  • Obama's Senate allies hope to endorse his trade bill Friday
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supporters of President Barack Obama's trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits....
  • US consumer prices ticking up as Fed weighs first rate hike
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Core consumer prices outside of food and energy posted the biggest increase in April in more than a year, suggesting that an improving U.S. economy is finally starting to lift prices. That could prompt the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates later this year....
  • US stocks fall on lower oil prices; inflation ticks up
    NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks slipped in noon trading Friday as energy companies fell along with the price of oil. Investors are weighing the latest batch of corporate earnings results and a report showing a slight increase in inflation last month. They are looking ahead to a speech later in the day by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen....
  • Prosecutors: Professor offered China data on US-made device
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The chairman of Temple University's physics department schemed to provide U.S. technology secrets to China in exchange for prestigious appointments for himself, federal authorities said in charging him with four counts of wire fraud....
  • Deere boosts guidance as construction offsets ag swoon
    MOLINE, Ill. (AP) -- Solid sales of its construction equipment offset a global agricultural slowdown for Deere, the company said Friday. It also raised its outlook for the year and its shares rose nearly 4 percent Friday....
  • EU embrace of eastern partners turns lukewarm
    RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- The European Union reaffirmed its partnership with six post-Soviet nations Friday but offered them no new prospects of future membership in the Western bloc at a summit overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis....
  • Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer Friday on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds to the worsening drought....
  • Expedia sells stake in Chinese travel service
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Expedia sold its entire stake in eLong, a Chinese travel service, to a group of businesses based in China for roughly $671 million....
  • China's mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home
    BEIJING (AP) -- All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren't unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours....

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