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  • NEW YORK— Carl's Jr. and Hardee's ads starring nearly naked women have become a part of American culture, according to Andy Puzder, CEO of the chains' parent company. Others, such as Heidi Klum and Padma Lakshmi, were already famous. CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Carl's and Hardee's, is privately held and doesn't disclose financial results.

  • *U.S. first-quarter GDP shrinks at 0.7 pct annual rate. NEW YORK, May 29- U.S. "The market simply doesn't believe the data will be strong enough to let the Fed this year," said Aaron Kohli, interest rate strategist at BNP Paribas in New York.

  • BOISE, Idaho— A 1988 Nobel Prize put up for auction by a retired experimental physicist now facing memory loss and potential medical bills has sold for $765,002. The online auction went into overtime Thursday evening until a final bid went unchallenged for half an hour in the competition for the gold medal won by Leon Lederman. "I'm shocked it sold at all," said his...

  • NEW YORK— Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.' s global chief information officer, Tim Theriault, is resigning for personal reasons. The company's portfolio includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare. Walgreens, based in Deerfield, Illinois, had considered moving its headquarters to Switzerland following the buyout.

  • NEW YORK— A plug from "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts sent a flood of customers to one small business. Barbara Galbraith started Cast Cover Fashions in 2006 after her 5- year-old daughter broke her arm and didn't want a white cast. When she learned Roberts was having an IV tube implanted in her arm in June 2012 as part of a treatment for a blood disorder,...

  • *Altera up on report of Intel takeover interest. May 29- U.S. stock futures were largely unchanged, keeping the market on course to open lower on Friday, after data showed that the economy contracted in the first quarter. "Monetary policy from the Fed is forward looking and GDP by definition is a rear view mirror and the important thing now is that it wasn't a big miss,"...

  • NEW YORK— Sally Beauty Holdings, as part of an ongoing investigation into a data breach, said that malware was deployed against some of its point-of-sale systems, or cash registers, over a six-week period beginning in early March. It was the second data breach disclosed by Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. in just over two years. Sally Beauty had a security breach in March...

  • The top 10 highest-paid female CEOs Friday, 29 May 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    Marissa Mayer, the head of Yahoo, was the highest-paid female chief executive in the Equilar/AP pay study. No. 1: Marissa Mayer, Yahoo, $42.1 million, up 69 percent. Yahoo's stock price has climbed 177 percent since the technology company hired Mayer from Google in July 2012.

  • *Syngenta boosted by speculation about higher bid. LONDON, May 29- European shares fell on Friday, setting them on course for a weekly loss, as investors were unnerved by conflicting signals from Greece's debt talks and data showing private loan growth in the euro zone stalled last month. "It's just Greece, Greece and Greece," David Madden, a market analyst at IG, said.

  • LONDON, May 29- U.S. data center company Equinix Inc said on Friday it had agreed to buy British peer Telecity Group in a deal worth 2.35 billion pounds which ends Telecity's pursuit of smaller Dutch firm Interxion Holding NV. Telecity, which runs some of the huge computer centers which process traffic on the Internet, said in a statement its board had recommended...

  • STOCKHOLM, May 29- Swedish builder Skanska said on Friday its LaGuardia Gateway Partners consortium had been selected as preferred bidder in a $3.6 billion project to build a new terminal at New York's LaGuardia Airport. Skanska said its share of the equity investment would be up to 40 percent, while its share of the construction contract is 70 percent.

  • NEW YORK— Stocks sank Friday following news that the U.S. economy shrank in the first three months of the year. A Chicago manufacturing survey fell to 46.2, well below the 53 that economists were anticipating, and a measure of consumer sentiment fell to a six-month low in May. Along with the disappointing economic data, investors continued to watch developments...

  • NEW YORK— There's a new bird's eye view of New York City. Visitors will get a view of the city and its surroundings from above 1,250 feet, with sight lines stretching 50 miles past the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty to the Atlantic Ocean. Tickets are $32 for adults and $26 for children ages 6 to 12 and $30 for seniors.

  • Nothing was said about running a loan program for Atlantic City. But as Drummon negotiated with Thigpen to purchase the Tennessee Business and Industrial Development Corp., Drummon was working with former Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford to get $3 million from the city to launch a community loan program. Atlantic City is suing to get the $3 million back,...

  • NEW YORK— A San Francisco man who created the online drug-selling site Silk Road was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a judge who cited six deaths that resulted from drugs bought on his website and five people he tried to have killed. District Judge Katherine Forrest told 31- year-old Ross Ulbricht that he was a criminal even though he doesn't fit the typical...

  • *First-quarter GDP seen revised down to show contraction. GDP forecast shrinking at a 0.8 percent annual rate. WASHINGTON, May 29- The U.S. economy likely contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls and a resurgent dollar, but activity since has rebounded modestly.

  • *Small-cap benchmark Russell 2000 to add, delete components. *$5 trillion benchmarked to Russell indexes. NEW YORK, May 29- Investors trying to capitalize on the annual tweaks to the makeup of Russell stock indexes may produce a rush of transactions worth over $40 billion in the final moments of trading on Friday, June 26, when those changes are formalized.

  • Bolan, because it ends the SEC case against him while permitting him to go back to work immediately, "he said. The settlement was reached on the eve of a trial before an SEC administrative law judge over charges the SEC first leveled against Bolan and Ruggieri in September. The SEC had alleged that Ruggieri, who worked at Wells Fargo in New York, in 2010 and 2011 traded...

  • JPMorgan to lay off 5,000 employees across firm: WSJ Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 5:59 PM ET

    NEW YORK— JPMorgan Chase& Co. will cut about 5,000 jobs over the next year, as the bank closes branches and slims down its operations, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing anonymous sources. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, at an investor conference this week, said that the average Chase branch would lose one employee— mostly through attrition.

  • NEW YORK— Walgreens Chairman James Skinner said Thursday that the drugstore operator never intended to leave the United States when it bought European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots last year. As Walgreens prepared to buy full control of Alliance Boots, which is based in Switzerland, it looked into the possibility of moving its headquarters to...