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  • TOKYO, May 25- Asian shares got off to a lackluster start on Monday, after rising inflation and a hawkish tone from the U.S. Activity was likely to be thin this session, as UK and U.S. markets are shut on Monday for the Spring Bank Holiday and Memorial Day respectively. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down about 0.1 percent in early trade.

  • LOS ANGELES— It's a meet-and-greet worthy of an A-list star. "A year ago, I went to New York and tried to get a book publisher to take a meeting with me," said Graham, who represents Franta and other mega-popular YouTubers. Here we are a year later at Barnes& Noble in Los Angeles with a New York Times best-selling author who is a client.

  • GLASTONBURY, Conn.— The deep freeze that gripped the Northeast last winter dealt a severe blow to marinas and yacht clubs: Ice snapped pilings in half, shredded wooden docks and left behind wreckage that many compare to the effects of a hurricane. The marina was destroyed, "said Mindy Kahl, co-owner of Birbarie Marine on a river in Branford, Connecticut.

  • 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician dies in car crash Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    Letters sent by Dr. John Nash to the NSA in the 1950s.

    John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a Nobel Prize and was the subject of "A Beautiful Mind” was killed in a New Jersey car crash.

  • PHILADELPHIA— Nearly two weeks after a deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia killed eight people and injured more than 200 others, investigators are still trying to piece together what led the train to enter a sharp curve at more than double the 50 mph speed limit. The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled out the locomotive being hit by a bullet...

  • Dog lovers and restaurateurs say the proposal would safely accommodate people who want to dine out with man's best friend in places from Manhattan sidewalk cafes to country ice cream stands. They're my boys, "Vargas said while relaxing this past week with her poodle mixes, Luigi and Carmine, and a friend's wire fox terrier at an outdoor Manhattan park cafe.

  • Rent control and the tax break have huge impacts on the New York City housing market, and they're touchy for lawmakers in any year because the real estate industry is one of the biggest political donors in Albany. On the other side, tenant advocates and liberal groups have organized big rallies in New York and Albany to denounce the tax break and urge lawmakers to...

  • GM facing criminal charges over ignition woes Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    General Motors Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra

    Federal prosecutors have identified criminal wrongdoing in G.M.'s failure to disclose a switch defect, the NYT reports.

  • WASHINGTON— If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. At $2.74 a gallon, the average price of gas nationwide is nearly $1 lower than it was a year ago. Consider what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said in December: Lower gas prices, Yellen declared, are "certainly good for...

  • CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, May 22- As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps- importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland Co said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing...

  • Amgen ends work on experimental psoriasis drug Friday, 22 May 2015 | 5:27 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Drugmakers Amgen and AstraZeneca said Friday that some patients who took an experimental psoriasis drug experienced suicidal thoughts or behavior, and Amgen said it is ending development of the drug. Amgen was in charge of studying brodalumab, a potential treatment for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and two other inflammatory diseases,...

  • Deere, Expedia are big market movers Friday, 22 May 2015 | 4:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Deere& Co., up $3.89 to $93.35. Campbell Soup Co., up 98 cents to $47.91.

  • NEW YORK— Stocks are closing moderately lower in a relatively quiet day ahead of a holiday weekend. The price of oil fell $1 to close at $59.72 a barrel in New York. Campbell Soup rose 2 percent after its earnings came in ahead of what analysts were looking for.

  • NEW YORK, May 22- U.S. stock investors have been enjoying an extended period of low volatility and steady gains, but with the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year and major indexes near records, the market could get a bit choppier in coming weeks. Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said she expected the U.S. central bank to raise rates in 2015,...

  • *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...

  • May 22- A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said. All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform, located about 20 miles east of the boot tip of Louisiana, onto a nearby supply vessel and taken ashore. It was unclear how much oil had...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- Rising shelter and medical care costs boosted underlying U.S. inflation pressures in April, a welcome sign for the Federal Reserve as it contemplates raising interest rates this year. "It will give the Fed greater confidence that inflation will indeed make it to its target in the next couple of years, it increases the odds of faster Fed action,"...

  • Shake Shack extends run on "chicken shack" talk Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shake Shack's shares surged to another record high Friday, fueled in part by speculation that the hamburger chain could be thinking about dishing out chicken. Last month, a unit apparently tied to Shake Shack's parent company applied to trademark the words "Chicken Shack" for chicken sandwiches. Earlier this month, Shake Shack Inc. reported...

  • NEW YORK— A $19 million deal between Target and MasterCard to settle lawsuits stemming from the retailer's massive pre-Christmas 2013 data breach has been scrapped, because it failed to get enough support from the affected banks and credit unions. MasterCard Inc. would only say Friday that not enough issuers approved the deal. Minneapolis- based Target...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Oil fell more than 1 percent on Friday as a rallying dollar and profit-taking ahead of a long U.S. holiday weekend cut short a two-day run-up in crude prices. Drillers cut the number of U.S. oil rigs in operation by just one this week, the strongest sign yet that a nearly six-month slump in activity was ending, data from oil services firm Baker Hughes...