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  • *C.H. Robinson rally lifts transport stocks. Adding to the day's upbeat tone, Greece's international creditors signaled they were ready to compromise to avert a default even as Athens indicated it might skip an IMF loan repayment due this week. Higher yields on fixed income translate into higher rates and that increases the net interest margin for financials, "...

  • NEW YORK, June 3- Wall Street stocks rose modestly on Wednesday on hopes for an imminent Greek debt agreement and after data pointed to renewed life in the U.S. economy, while German debt yields climbed after comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. Greece's international creditors signaled on Wednesday they were ready to compromise to...

  • LOS ANGELES, June 3- The Los Angeles City Council gave a second nod of approval on Wednesday to a proposal to increase the minimum wage in the nation's second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9, but the measure must still come back for another vote, officials said. But because the latest vote was not unanimous, the matter must come back for a final...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google co-founder Sergey Brin sees little reason to release the accident reports involving the Internet company's self-driving cars because he believes there's nothing new in documents that have been withheld so far to protect the privacy of other motorists. Brin, who oversees Google's fleet of self-driving cars, outlined his rationale...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed through an ambitious climate change package to further reduce the state's carbon footprint and boost the use of renewable energy to 50 percent in 15 years. California aims to boost statewide renewable electricity use to 50 percent, have drivers use half as much gasoline and make buildings twice as...

  • GOP-controlled House backs state medical marijuana laws Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 2:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The GOP- controlled House voted Wednesday to prevent the federal government from blocking state laws that permit the use of medical marijuana. Most Republicans opposed the idea and the Senate is in GOP hands this year, so the outcome could still be reversed. But Senate advocates of medical marijuana won a test vote in the GOP- controlled...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama said China has made inquiries about potentially joining a Trans-Pacific trade agreement in the future, introducing a new variable to an unfolding debate in Congress over granting the president the authority to negotiate such international pacts. In an interview with American Public Media's "Marketplace" radio show on...

  • Four districts— Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and St. Louis— reported moderate growth in manufacturing, while some other districts said growth was basically flat during the survey period. Kansas City described a sharp fall in activity in energy producers Oklahoma and New Mexico, while the Dallas district said that oilfield machinery sales were down significantly...

  • *Criminal, civil charges filed in New Jersey. Attorney Paul Fishman in New Jersey said Steven Fishoff, 58, the president of Featherwood Capital Inc in Westlake Village, California, was charged with four counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy. Also charged with securities fraud and conspiracy were Fishoff's brother-in-law Steven Costantin, 54,...

  • Stern Advice - Peak 30-something Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 12:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK, June 3- Maybe it is time for a millennial remake of that 1980 s boomer angst television show, "thirtysomething," because there are more 30- year-olds in the United States than ever before. Within nine years, almost 45 million Americans will be in their 30 s, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Today's 30- somethings may be smarter about money than their...

  • NEW YORK— American cities are enticed by the economic growth and services that "sharing economy" companies such as Airbnb, Uber and Lyft can offer, but officials are anxious about safety in a largely unregulated realm, a city advocacy group found in a study released Wednesday. Nearly three-quarters of city leaders said they want to see the "sharing" sector grow,...

  • There were eight reports of the speaker's battery overheating, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. They can also elect to receive Apple Store credit for the same amount. Beats, which also makes headphones and has a streaming music service, was bought last year by Apple Inc. for $3 billion.

  • Betsy Garvin's three dogs were rescued from Thailand, where they had been caged their entire lives and where many dogs roam the streets or are raised as food for other Asian countries. LIFE Animal Rescue in the California city has placed 50 Thai dogs in the last two years, including Garvin's, said founder Emily Bernie. In March, Humane Society International and the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 3- The last time Hillary Clinton ran for the White House in 2008, Aaron Levie was too busy building his start-up company to pay much attention to politics. The campaigns of various White House hopefuls are looking to reel in the younger Silicon Valley influencers like Levie who could help raise some money for their candidates and also bring...

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md.— HBO's "Veep" has filmed in Maryland for four years, but its future in the state is in question after the series scored $6.5 million in California film tax credits. The California Film Commission announced Tuesday that "Veep," which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is one of four series selected to receive tax credits for relocating production to California.

  • E! names Jenner series 'I Am Cait' Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 9:38 AM ET

    Entertainment network says its documentary series on the former Bruce Jenner premiering next month will be titled, "I Am Cait," and is showing a promo video for the series depicting her applying makeup. The Olympic champion, who revealed this week that her new name is Caitlin, is featured in an eight-episode series depicting her transition from a man to a woman that...

  • LONDON— Keith Richards doesn't keep a list of the Top 10 Rolling Stones albums. The album catches the Stones in transition, with Mick Taylor stepping fully into his role as the late Brian Jones' replacement. The Stones also moved beyond their comfort zone, recording several songs at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in rural Alabama rather than in their usual...

  • 'Skylanders' injecting vehicles in next installment Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 8:01 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— "Skylanders" is pushing the pedal to the metal. "Skylanders" launched the toys-to-life category in 2011 before Disney's "Infinity" and Nintendo's "amiibo" followed suit. Warner Bros. unveiled plans earlier this year to release "Lego Dimensions."

  • June 3- Stock Building Supply Holdings Inc and fellow construction materials supplier Building Materials Holding Corp said they would combine to expand in the fast-growing south and west regions in the United States. BMC's shareholders will receive 0.5231 new shares of Stock Building Supply for each share held and own about 60 percent of the merged entity,...

  • OAKLAND, Calif.— City officials accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires in the affluent Northern California region. The Oakland City Council voted to approve the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant after 2 a.m. Wednesday.