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  • The strike will be the latest in a series of protests over the past 18 months in the United States that have targeted fast-food restaurant operators, including McDonald's Corp and Burger King Worldwide Inc.. Jessica Davis, 25, a single mother of two who earns $8.98 an hour as a crew trainer at a Chicago McDonald's restaurant, said she needs more to make ends meet.

  • May 9- A former executive at an e-commerce company that was acquired in 2011 by online retailer eBay Inc pleaded guilty on Friday to insider trading in connection with the takeover. District Judge Stewart Dalzell in Philadelphia, and was released on $300,000 bail, court records show.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to May 21 Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota gives keynote address for a recognition event before the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans 2014 Asian Heritage Dinner.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to May 20 Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    BERLIN- WDR Europa Forum 2014 on "What kind of Europe do we want? Speakers:- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU Commission President Barroso, IMF Director Christine Lagarde, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and European Parliament President Martin Schulz.

  • NEW YORK, May 7- Fast-food workers plan strikes in 150 cities across the United States and protests in 33 other countries on May 15 to demand higher pay and better working conditions, organizers said in New York on Wednesday.

  • *Putin comments on Ukraine suggest easing tensions. *Gold prices decline, U.S. dollar index edges up. Equities were volatile throughout the day, with investors parsing comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin indicating a possible easing to the geopolitical concerns over Ukraine that have weighed on markets.

  • *Putin comments on Ukraine may ease geopolitical tensions. *Gold prices decline, U.S. dollar index edges up. NEW YORK, May 7- Stock markets around the world were flat on Wednesday as investors digested comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin that indicated a possible easing to the geopolitical concerns over Ukraine that have recently weighed on markets.

  • *To buy Clayton Holdings for $305 mln. May 6- Radian Group Inc, the biggest U.S. private mortgage insurer, said it would buy loan review firm Clayton Holdings LLC for $305 million to boost its presence in the industry.

  • *Russia calls for U.N. meeting on Ukraine- reports. NEW YORK, May 2- Yields on U.S. 30- year bonds dropped to their lowest in more than 10 months on Friday, falling for a fourth straight session, as concerns about Russia and Ukraine overshadowed an upbeat U.S. employment report.

  • *Dollar up, Wall Street higher. *Russia, Ukraine crisis keeps caution high. NEW YORK, May 2- Early stocks gains on Wall Street faded and investors retreated to long-dated government debt on Friday, as enthusiasm over strong headline U.S. jobs growth was undercut by flat wages and a decline in the number of people looking for work.

  • NEW YORK, May 2- U.S. The headline jobs figure handily beat Wall Street's expectations for an increase of just 210,000.. "The market perceives the unemployment numbers as good on quantity, but bad on quality," said Guy Lebas, chief fixed income strategist, at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia.

  • HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 2- Shamokin, Pennsylvania, tucked away in the coal country about 120 miles northwest of Philadelphia, has $800,000 of unpaid bills and can't get a loan from a bank. The law was passed in a bid to help Pennsylvania cities battered by the decline of the American steel industry in the 1970 s and' 80 s.

  • *U.S., UK factory data beat forecasts; China PMI misses. *May Day holiday mutes trading volume in Europe, Asia. Equities markets overcame a brief hiccup after data on China's vast manufacturing sector missed forecasts.

  • NEW YORK, April 30- A CSX Corp train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia, on Wednesday, spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. In its second oil-train accident this year, CSX said 15 cars of a train traveling from Chicago to Virginia derailed at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

  • NEW YORK, April 30- A CSX Corp train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday, spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. CSX said 15 cars on a train traveling from Chicago to Virginia derailed at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

  • NEW YORK, April 30- A CSX Corp train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday, spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. In its second oil-train accident this year, CSX said 15 cars on a train traveling from Chicago to Virginia derailed at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

  • NEW YORK, April 30- A CSX Corp train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday, spilling oil into the James River and forcing the evacuation of hundreds. CSX said 15 cars derailed at 2:30 p.m. EDT on a train traveling from Chicago to Virginia.

  • NEW YORK, April 30- A CSX Corp train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday, with several tank cars spilling oil into the nearby James River, city officials said. The train was run by CSX Corp, she said.

  • *Twitter to report earnings after market close. NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, boosted by upbeat results from companies including Merck& Co and a rebound in Facebook and other high-growth shares. Merck& Co' s shares climbed 3.6 percent to $58.72, giving the S&P 500 its biggest lift, after it reported stronger-than-expected earnings.

  • NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, helped by upbeat results from companies including Merck& Co and Sprint, as well as more deal activity on the healthcare front. Merck& Co' s shares jumped 2.9 percent to $58.35, giving the S&P 500 its biggest lift, after it reported stronger-than-expected results.