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  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. Federal Reserve did an about-face on Thursday and proposed allowing banks to count certain municipal bonds as liquid assets in order to comply with new rules designed to ensure banks can survive a cash crunch. The rule change will not apply only to banks regulated by the Federal Reserve that have $250 billion or more in total...

  • Listeria: FDA finds problems at Ohio ice cream plant Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A government investigation of Ohio- based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams found inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant that had become contaminated with listeria. The Jeni's recall came as Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries also shut down and recalled all products after listeria in its products was linked to three deaths.

  • Amazon adds one-hour store delivery in New York City Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:30 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon will begin offering one-hour delivery from local stores in New York City as competition in the delivery arena increases. The service, offered in the city's Manhattan borough, is part of Amazon's Prime Now delivery service and will initially include grocery chains D'Agostino and Gourmet Garage and bakery Billy's Bakery, with Italian food...

  • GOLETA, Calif.— The latest oil spill on the Santa Barbara coast is just a drop in the bucket compared with the area's catastrophic blowout in 1969, but it has become a new rallying point for environmentalists in their battle against drilling and fossil fuels. Nevertheless, the new spill from a ruptured underground pipe is being held up as another reason to oppose...

  • NEW YORK, May 21- Small U.S. food manufacturers once toiled for decades to develop a critical mass of fans for their products. More mass-market retailers want niche brands that shoppers view as healthier to drive traffic in stores, particularly as they face rising competition from natural food and specialty chains like Whole Foods Market Inc..

  • With the Senate expected to vote as soon as Friday, Burr predicted the House bill would fail to break the 60- vote threshold needed to end debate, and he envisioned the same fate for a two-month extension of current law proposed by Senate leaders. As a compromise, he predicted, the leadership would propose that the Senate vote Friday to extend current law between 5...

  • Renters appear more satisfied in many pricey US cities Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— High rents are worth it. At least that's the sentiment of apartment dwellers in New York, San Francisco and Washington, who say they're more satisfied living in those cities than do renters in far more affordable areas such as Milwaukee, Albuquerque and Detroit. The finding comes from a survey released Thursday by Apartment List, a San Francisco- based...

  • House passes bill to make research tax break permanent Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The tax credit is part of a package of more than 50 temporary tax breaks that routinely expires every year or two, only to be renewed by Congress. The House passed the bill by a vote of 274-145. It now goes to the Senate. The White House threatened to veto the bill because it would add $182 billion to the budget deficit over the next decade.

  • U.S. airlines ramp up competition, capacity in Dallas Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:45 PM ET

    May 20- The shares of U.S. airlines plunged on Wednesday on concerns that several big carriers are gearing up for a fare war, with Dallas as ground zero. Southwest said the acquisition of two airport gates at its Dallas Love Field hub will contribute to the increase. American Airlines Group Inc President Scott Kirby said during a transportation conference on...

  • Slower consumer spending hurts airlines Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:24 PM ET
    File photo of Southwest airplanes

    Airlines dragged the Dow transports down nearly 2 percent on Wednesday and could be the latest victims of sluggish consumer spending.

  • Bristow misses 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 5:24 PM ET

    HOUSTON _ Bristow Group Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $15.1 million. The Houston- based company said it had profit of 43 cents per share. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.25 per share.

  • NEW YORK, May 20- JetBlue Airways Corp believes it had no way to know it should have grounded a former pilot before his midair meltdown forced an emergency landing, and that his $14.9 million damages lawsuit should be dismissed. "There is absolutely nothing JetBlue could have done to prevent the unforeseeable and scary events" caused by Clayton Osbon's erratic...

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. judge rules RadioShack IP auction was fair Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    May 20- A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Wednesday cleared the way for RadioShack Corp to sell its brand name and customer data to a Standard General affiliate for about $26 million, rejecting a competing bidder's claim that the auction process was unfair. Those matters were the last major hurdles to the bankrupt electronics chain's plan to sell its intellectual...

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • May 20- The Dow and S&P 500 pushed into record high territory on Wednesday after Wall Street saw little in the minutes from last month's Federal Reserve meeting to change expectations of when the central bank will raise interest rates. "We have been in this sweet spot where the labor market has been strong, which implies the economy is doing well or at least people...

  • WASHINGTON— The U.S. energy drilling boom that took off in 2008 fueled economic growth and boosted hiring, at least through the end of last year. Yet production was thrown into reverse by a plunge in oil prices— from about $110 a barrel last summer to $50 in January. The United States is now the world's largest combined producer of oil and natural gas.

  • WILMINGTON, Del.— A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday refused to reopen a disputed auction for the sale of RadioShack's intellectual property, including trademarks and data on some 67 million customers of the electronics retailer. While certain issues remain to be resolved, Shannon said he was prepared to approve the sale of the RadioShack brand and...

  • TIMELINE-Takata air bag recalls since 2008 Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:24 PM ET

    Honda and Takata deny fault and settle for an undisclosed sum. Her family sues Honda and Takata for more than $75 million in April 2011, claiming they knew of the air bag problems as early as 2004. Honda and Takata settle in January 2013 for $3 million, according to court documents. 2011: April 27- Honda recalls 896,000 Honda and Acura 2001-03 cars in order to find...

  • What do Toyota and Madoff have in common? Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:39 PM ET
    Private plane jet

    Civil asset forfeitures have gone up in recent years, and in this report we break down how many asset seizures were valued over $1 million.

  • 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 $2.71 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...