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  • In NYC, debate over saving small shops amid chains' rise Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 11:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK— New York is increasingly becoming chain store city. "To me, the streetscape of New York City is what sells New York City. "Yes, they go to Times Square, but then they get so excited when they go to Little Italy or Chinatown.... that's what makes New York."

  • The herbicide is considered safe by the EPA, as well as many foreign regulatory agencies, including in the European Union. That could change, the EPA said in a statement Friday. "Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future," the agency said in an email response to a Reuters inquiry.

  • The herbicide is considered safe by the EPA, as well as many foreign regulatory agencies, including in the European Union. That could change, the EPA said in a statement Friday. "Given increased public interest in glyphosate, EPA may recommend sampling for glyphosate in the future," the agency said in an email response to a Reuters inquiry.

  • April 17- Pfizer Inc was cleared of liability on Friday in the first lawsuit to go to trial of more than 1,000 filed across the United States alleging that its antidepressant Zoloft can cause birth defects, a company spokeswoman said. Plaintiff Kristyn Pesante claimed that Pfizer failed to warn that using Zoloft during pregnancy could cause birth defects, and...

  • No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple. Iowa is home to roughly 50 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs...

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Global equity markets fell on Friday on reports about a crackdown on margin lending in China, while the dollar retreated on views that stronger U.S. consumer prices were not enough to offset recent weak data that could slow a Federal Reserve interest rate hike. China on Friday also allowed fund managers to lend stocks for short-selling and...

  • NEW YORK, April 17- The U.S. dollar posted its worst week in four against a currency basket on Friday after data showing a rise in consumer prices failed to alleviate concerns that recent soft U.S. economic data could delay the Federal Reserve's first rate hike. "The markets feel that the small price increase is not enough to force a June rate increase," said Chris...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill. She is hoping to build on the work of Women on 20 s, a national campaign pushing for new $20 bills by 2020, the 100th anniversary of the constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. The current portrait of former President...

  • Financial incentives OK'd for workplace wellness programs Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for business, federal regulators said Thursday that employers can continue to use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs. But the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission— which enforces laws against discrimination— also proposed some safeguards for employees.

  • Panera Bread to sell cafes, increase buyback Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 6:40 PM ET

    April 15- Bakery cafe operator Panera Bread Co said it would sell and refranchise 73 company-owned cafes and increase its share buyback program to $750 million. The St. Louis- based company recently launched a program called Panera 2.0 in an effort aimed at delivering faster, more accurate service, particularly at peak hours when long lines can drive away...

  • Fed survey finds US economy growing at moderate pace Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    In its latest survey of business conditions around the country, the Fed said that eight of its 12 banking regions described the economy as growing at either a moderate or modest pace with two others— Atlanta and Kansas City— describing conditions as steady. The report said that a slowdown in the chemical industry had been reported by contacts in St. Louis and...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A bird-flu strain that has already led to the deaths of nearly 2 million turkeys nationwide spread to an Iowa turkey farm, authorities said on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of states hit with the outbreak that was also confirmed at eight more farms in Minnesota. The Iowa farm is in Buena Vista County housing some 27,000 turkeys, said Iowa...

  • ST. LOUIS— A Missouri lawsuit seeking class-action status accuses three insurance agencies of failing to safeguard sensitive consumer data from hackers who recently breached health insurer Anthem Inc.' s computer networks. The Missouri suit alleges that compromised Anthem database information including names, employment details and Social Security...

  • US state cancels Nelly concert days after his arrest Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 12:22 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— A Nelly concert scheduled for next week at Missouri State University has been canceled days after he was arrested in Tennessee on suspicion of drug possession. Missouri State officials announced the cancellation Tuesday in a statement but did not give a reason. Nelly, whose name is Cornell Hayes, was arrested Saturday by the Tennessee Highway...

  • The Missouri House gave initial approval Monday to a bill that would allow pharmacists and pharmacy assistants to prescribe a drug that's been effective in treating potentially fatal overdoses to anyone. Steve Lynch, of Waynesville, says parents and friends of addicts want broader access to the lifesaving drug. The measure faces another vote in the House...

  • The Senate in a voice vote adopted a new plan Monday. Legislative researchers now will estimate the proposal's price tag before it's up for a second Senate vote. An earlier Senate proposal stalled because of a nearly $200 million price tag.

  • TOPEKA, Kan.— A former candidate for Kansas governor said Monday that he and other attorneys who are suing two subsidiaries of Anthem Inc. can show that individuals were harmed after hackers breached the health insurer's computer networks. Paul Davis and other attorneys who filed the lawsuit earlier this month in Douglas County District Court on behalf of a...

  • *Corn follows wheat lower; U.S. planting 2 pct complete. CHICAGO, April 13- Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell more than 4 percent on Monday to the lowest in two weeks as forecasts for timely showers across dry U.S. crop regions eased concern over potential yield losses. Corn followed wheat lower, while soybeans fell on rising global stockpiles.

  • NEW ORLEANS— A 21- year-old transgender man says in a sex discrimination lawsuit that he was forced to leave his job at a Mississippi- based loan company once officials there found out he was born a woman but dressed and acted like a man. Tristan Broussard filed suit on Monday against First Tower Loan LLC., a financial loan company based in Flowood, Mississippi, with...

  • Overland Park, Kansas- based Sprint Corp. has been trying to draw subscribers from its bigger rivals, Verizon and AT&T. Sprint's home service starts Monday in Kansas City for customers who are eligible for an upgrade, and will expand to Chicago and Miami next week. It's building mini-shops in many of the remaining stores of bankrupt electronics chain RadioShack.