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  • WASHINGTON, July 2- U.S. job growth slowed in June and Americans left the labor force in droves, tempering expectations for a September interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Thursday nonfarm payrolls rose 223,000 last month after a downwardly revised 254,000 increase in May, with construction and government employment...

  • Health Net and BP are big market movers Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 4:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Health Net Inc., up $6.51 to $71.57. The managed health care services company is being bought by Medicaid coverage provider Centene Corp. for about $6.3 billion.

  • NEW YORK— If investors hoped Thursday's U.S. jobs report would give them clarity, they were probably disappointed. The report, one of the most-watched pieces of news in financial markets, painted a mixed picture for U.S. employment. And it left a key question hanging over stocks and bonds: When and how quickly will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?

  • NEW YORK— A former firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has won $5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket. Mercado was among the members of Queens Battalion 49 who went to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. He now lives in Orange County, north of New York City.

  • GE met with European regulators on Thursday to allay worries its 12.4 billion euro acquisition of Alstom's power equipment business would leave Europe with two gas turbine players. "Alstom is in that core of what they're trying to become," said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at Oakbrook Investments, which owns 1.7 million GE shares.

  • *First rise in U.S. oil rig count since December- Baker Hughes. *Some caution prevails over long July 4 weekend, Greece and Iran. Pulling crude futures off highs was the latest data on the U.S. oil rig count from Baker Hughes.

  • *Prior job gains downgraded, no wage growth in June. *Uncertainty over Greece's referendum spur bids for bonds. NEW YORK, July 2- U.S.

  • 2Q mutual fund review: Momentum stalls Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 3:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Well, that was a disappointing ending. After years of nearly uninterrupted and strong returns, most mutual funds looked set to deliver another quarter of gains, albeit modest ones, for April through June. That is, it looked that way until the eve of the quarter's end, when a sell-off in global stock markets pulled down many funds.

  • Whole Foods owns up overcharging of packaged goods Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 2:46 PM ET

    July 2- Whole Foods Market Inc admitted that there were pricing issues at its New York City stores, a week after the NY Department of Consumer Affairs said the supermarket chain was overstating the weight of prepackaged meat, dairy and other goods. Whole Foods would increase training in stores across the country to fix the pricing issues and implement a...

  • NEW YORK— An ex- Goldman Sachs and Procter& Gamble board member was told Thursday that he can't use a court's ruling in another case to nullify his insider-trading conviction. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan rejected Rajat Gupta's request that he be allowed to piggyback on a federal appeals court's ruling that wiped out the insider-trading convictions...

  • How Pemex's math yields improved safety statistics Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 2:35 PM ET

    July 2- In late May, Pemex announced that it had succeeded in bringing its worker fatality and accident rate below the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers' international average in 2014.. That's hard to verify because the IOGP has yet to release its figures for 2014. The most recent year for which the association has published data is 2013, and for...

  • *Greece concerns hang over markets. NEW YORK, July 2- The U.S. dollar index fell from a three-week high on Thursday as chances of a U.S. interest rate hike as soon as September took a hit following a weaker-than-expected U.S. payrolls report, while Wall Street and world stock markets also ticked down. Across the Atlantic, Greece was headed to a referendum on Sunday that...

  • NEW YORK, July 2- Per Se, the three Michelin- starred Manhattan restaurant run by Thomas Keller, will pay $500,000 to settle charges it withheld tips from workers who staffed private dining events, even as it portrayed those tips to customers as gratuities. Thursday's settlement resolves a New York probe accusing Per Se, whose prix-fixe tasting menus cost $310...

  • Oscar Lopez, 36, of Brooklyn, was charged in Manhattan federal court with carrying out the crime from June 2010 to May 2012 while he was delivering mail in the Bronx. In a criminal complaint, U.S. Postal Service Agent Kevin Adams said Lopez and others ripped off the U.S. "As a taxpayer and a United States Postal Service employee, I find the allegations against the...

  • NEW YORK, July 2- With analysts' expectations for second-quarter U.S. earnings at rock-bottom levels, many companies may well beat forecasts, possibly setting up the stock market for gains in the coming weeks. With Alcoa set to kick off results season next week, investors are eyeing a 3- percent projected drop in benchmark S&P 500 earnings from a year ago, which...

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. Under the agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the states, BP will pay at least $12.8 billion for Clean Water Act...

  • Whole Foods: We're sorry for ripping you off Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 12:50 PM ET
    A Whole Foods Market in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    Whole Foods apologized after an investigation in New York City claimed the grocery chain overcharges for prepackaged food, USAT reports.

  • NEW YORK— "Magic Mike XXL" is narrowly outstripping "Terminator Genisys" at the holiday weekend box office. The Channing Tatum male-stripper sequel earned $9.3 million on its opening day Wednesday, according to Warner Bros. The two films are vying to unseat " Jurassic World" over the July Fourth weekend.

  • NEW YORK, July 2- Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director Rajat Gupta failed to persuade a U.S. judge to overturn his insider trading conviction for passing tips about the bank's financial results and a crucial investment from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan on Thursday rejected Gupta's argument that his tips...

  • Whole Foods apologizes for pricing problems Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 12:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Whole Foods Market has apologized to its shoppers for pricing issues in blog posts and emails, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats. Last week, New York's Department of Consumer Affairs said it was expanding its investigation after finding...