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  • Ahead of the Bell: US consumer confidence Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 6:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Conference Board releases its April index on U.S. consumer confidence Tuesday at 10 a.m. Eastern. And gasoline prices, which tumbled to a nationwide average low of $2.03 a gallon in late January, have bounced back up to $2.54 a gallon, according to AAA, possibly dampening the desire and ability of Americans to go shopping. Still, gasoline prices were...

  • MOUNT HOLLY, N.J.— The name of Jenn Tompkins' company sends customers into fits of laughter. In two years, Pennsylvania- based Rent The Chicken has expanded to three other states, plus Toronto. "As a society, we don't really like commitment," Tompkins said while visiting an affiliate in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

  • TOKYO, April 28- Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari played down the prospect of substantial progress in trade talks being announced after a summit meeting between Japan and the United States on Tuesday. President Barack Obama in Washington. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said a joint statement after the meeting would probably refer to "substantial...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for White House talks on Tuesday to showcase newly strengthened defense ties and advance a long-delayed Pacific trade deal as the two allies seek to counter China's rising influence in Asia. A deal between economic power houses Japan and the United States is vital to...

  • WILMINGTON, Delaware, April 28- Brazilian oil company Petrobras' $17 billion write-down, announced last week, may have been meant to close the accounting on a sprawling corruption scandal, but could instead provide fresh ammunition for a U.S. class action lawsuit. The case, filed in Manhattan federal court in December by a group of large investors, alleges $98...

  • WASHINGTON— On a trip to Australia in 2012, Hillary Rodham Clinton lavished praise on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling it the "gold standard" in efforts to create open and fair trade. The 12- nation Trans-Pacific Partnership under negotiation by Obama has divided the Democratic Party, leaving Clinton caught between angry liberal activists...

  • WASHINGTON— Eager to build on the U.S.- Japan alliance, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will work to strengthen economic ties further while confronting stiff resistance from the U.S. president's own political party to a massive new Pacific Rim trade deal. The U.S. and Japan are the agreement's biggest participants and the talks between...

  • SAO PAULO, April 27- Private-equity firm Carlyle Group LP agreed on Monday to pay 1.75 billion reais for a stake in Rede D'Or São Luiz SA, Brazil's largest hospital chain, a source with direct knowledge of the deal said. Washington, D.C.- based Carlyle acquired the stake through a capital increase, with controlling shareholder and Chairman Jorge Moll and Grupo BTG...

  • Rates mixed at weekly US Treasury bill auction Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.020 percent, down from 0.025 percent last week. Another $24 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.095 percent, up from 0.090 percent last week. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,999.49, while a six-month bill sold for $9,995.20.

  • WASHINGTON— Reports about a Senate cafeteria worker who makes so little money he is homeless are prompting calls for change from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers led by the No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, released a letter Monday urging the Senate Rules Committee, which oversees Senate services, to provide a preference to contractors that pay...

  • *Euro gains on Greece optimism. *Gold jumps more than 2 percent. NEW YORK, April 27- Wall Street shares fell on Monday, dragged lower by biotech and healthcare stocks, while European shares and the euro advanced on optimism over talks between Greece and its lenders after Greece reshuffled its negotiating team.

  • WASHINGTON— The GOP chairman of the House Armed Service Committee on Monday recommended a $604 billion defense budget for 2016 that challenges the White House because it includes lethal weapons for Ukraine, makes it harder for the president to empty the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and restores funding for the A-10 fleet. Adam Smith, D- Wash., the ranking...

  • Figures on government spending and debt Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 4:08 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • WASHINGTON— The Food and Drug Administration says Medtronic must stop most sales of its implantable drug pumps after years of uncorrected problems. The FDA has filed a court order against Medtronic that says the medical device giant must halt most production and distribution of its Synchromed II drug pumps, which are implanted devices used to treat patients...

  • NEW YORK, April 27- The euro scaled a three-weak peak against the dollar on Monday, on optimism about Greece's prospects after the government reshuffled its bailout negotiating team as the cash-strapped country seeks to avoid a default. Greece looks set to run out of funds in the coming weeks. "There was probably a view that Varoufakis was an obstacle to...

  • The game of chicken between Greece and its international creditors is turning into a vicious blame game as Athens lurches closer to bankruptcy with no cash-for-reform agreement in sight. Europe's political leaders and central bankers and Greek politicians agree on only one thing: if Greece goes down, they don't want their fingerprints on the murder weapon.

  • Corinthian Colleges closes all 28 remaining campuses Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 2:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Corinthian Colleges canceled classes Monday and shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the Education Department announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation. The closures include Heald College campuses in California, Hawaii and...

  • *Lynch takes over after protests in Baltimore. *Justice Department is probing use of excessive force. Lynch, 55, takes over as the country's top law enforcement official after a weekend that saw thousands of people in Baltimore take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests over the latest such case.

  • *Greece reshuffles bailout negotiating team. NEW YORK, April 27- The euro climbed to three-weak peaks against the dollar on Monday, on optimism about Greece's prospects after the government reshuffled its bailout negotiating team to forge a deal with lenders about more aid for the cash-strapped country and avoid a default. Greece looks set to run out of funds in...

  • WASHINGTON— House and Senate GOP negotiators neared agreement Monday on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans controlling Congress to more easily target President Barack Obama's signature health care law while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon. The emerging plan relies on deep cuts to domestic agency budgets and...