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  • *Bank of Japan keeps policy unchanged, as expected. NEW YORK, May 22- The U.S. dollar turned higher on Friday, spurred off early losses after a U.S. inflation report that indicated underlying pressures are building bolstered the case for the U.S. "Stronger inflation, along with stronger growth data, is something that the Fed certainly wants to see," said Brian...

  • Nevertheless, total egg production rose slightly in April, supported by a greater output of eggs for hatching into meat-producing birds and more egg-laying hens, the USDA reported. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has since confirmed cases in 54 Iowa flocks containing more than 26 million birds, most of them egg-laying hens.

  • HAMPTON, N.H.— Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees "no role whatsoever" for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants. She addressed the matter after visiting Smuttynose Brewery, where she spoke in defense of the Export-Import Bank, a little-known U.S. agency that...

  • An SEC statement said Gray Financial Group steered public pension fund clients into an investment fund that did not comply with state law and collected more than $1.7 million as a result. The SEC said the investments violated Georgia law because they did not have at least four other investors and did not have a minimum of $100 million in assets.

  • Atlanta firm charged by SEC over public pension funds Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday announced fraud charges against an Atlanta- based investment advisory firm and two of its executives for their handling of the city's pension funds for police, firefighters, transit workers and other employees.

  • State Department employee is accused of sending threatening emails to college-aged women in the U.S. from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London, authorities said. Authorities apprehended him last week at Atlanta's airport as he prepared to board a flight back to London after visiting relatives in Georgia. Investigators say he began working at the London...

  • Amazon adds one-hour store delivery in New York City Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon will begin offering one-hour delivery from local stores in New York City as competition in the delivery arena increases. The service, offered in the city's Manhattan borough, is part of Amazon's Prime Now delivery service and will initially include grocery chains D'Agostino and Gourmet Garage and bakery Billy's Bakery, with Italian food...

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • May 20- A unit of ConAgra Foods Inc pleaded guilty to a criminal misdemeanor and will pay $11.2 million to end a federal probe into a 2007 recall of peanut butter, including the Peter Pan brand, linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds. The plea agreement also calls for the unit to pay an $8.01 million criminal fine, a record in a U.S. food safety case, and...

  • ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle salmonella criminal case Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:09 PM ET

    SAVANNAH, Ga.— ConAgra Foods agreed Wednesday to pay $11.2 million, a sum that includes the highest criminal fine ever in a U.S. food safety case, to settle a federal charge that the company shipped Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella from a plant in Georgia, sickening more than 600 people and triggering a massive recall eight years ago.

  • May 20- A unit of ConAgra Foods Inc has pleaded guilty to a criminal misdemeanor and will pay $11.2 million to end a federal probe into a 2007 recall of peanut butter linked to a salmonella outbreak, court papers showed. ConAgra Grocery Products Co pleaded guilty to one count of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce, will pay a $8.01 million...

  • Citi Trends posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:54 AM ET

    SAVANNAH, Ga. _ Citi Trends Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $11.3 million. Citi Trends shares have fallen almost 8 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Citi Trends, Earnings Report.

  • District Judge Jack Zouhary in Toledo, Ohio to approve the preliminary settlements, which combined with earlier accords would boost their total recovery to $433.1 million. Other payments include $60 million from Foamex Innovations Inc, $50 million from Woodbridge Foam Corp and affiliates, $32 million from Future Foam Inc, $19.5 million from Hickory Springs...

  • US investigation of 2007 peanut butter recall wraps up Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Georgia, Pam Lightsey, said Tuesday that prosecutors plan to reveal details of the investigation Wednesday. Last year, two Colorado cantaloupe...

  • District Judge Jack Zouhary in Toledo, Ohio to approve the preliminary settlements, which combined with earlier accords would boost their total recovery to $433.1 million. Other payments include $60 million from Foamex Innovations Inc, $50 million from Woodbridge Foam Corp and affiliates, $32 million from Future Foam Inc, $19.5 million from Hickory Springs...

  • SANTA CRUZ, Calif.— A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs. Santa Cruz police said a surveillance video at the Santa Cruz harbor showed the woman gather her belongings, casually step over Hayes' body, finish a glass of...

  • ATLANTA— United Parcel Service Co. agreed to pay more than $25 million to settle complaints that it kept false records to hide late deliveries and collect more for overnight packages to government customers. The Department of Justice said Tuesday that the payment settles a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former UPS employee, who will get $3.75 million.

  • *Q1 ex items $1.16/ share vs. *Sees full-year profit $5.24 to $5.27/ share. May 19- Home Depot Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit and sales on Tuesday and raised its full-year earnings forecast as North American customers spent more on home repairs after a harsh winter.

  • Blue Bird reports 1Q loss Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    FORT VALLEY, Ga. _ Blue Bird Corp. on Tuesday reported a loss of $11.1 million in its first quarter. Blue Bird expects full-year revenue in the range of $918 million to $940 million. Keywords: Blue Bird, Earnings Report.

  • May 19- Home Depot Inc, the world's largest home improvement chain by sales, reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales as customers in North America spent more on home repairs after a harsh winter. Several northeastern parts of the United States experienced heavy snowfall this winter, with cities including New York, Chicago and Boston hit with...