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  • July 2- Dollar Tree Inc was given the go-ahead to buy Family Dollar Stores Inc by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on condition that they sell 330 Family Dollar stores, putting to rest a year-long merger saga. The stores spread across 35 states, which Dollar Tree has offered to sell to private equity firm Sycamore Partners, has to be sold within 150 days after the...

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt.

  • WASHINGTON— Depending on the sector, June was either a great month for job growth or a lackluster one. Leading the way with 64,000 added jobs was professional services, which includes accountants, engineers and office temp workers. The unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, the lowest level since April 2008.

  • *Balance of influence between Washington, local interests. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 2- Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. A bill passed in May by the Senate Banking Committee that Shelby chairs would strip the New York Fed's board of its power to appoint its presidents.

  • WASHINGTON— New personal financial disclosures from the Supreme Court show that Chief Justice John Roberts and two other justices are maintaining significant investments in individual companies' stock. Breyer was forced to sit out a patent case in the spring that involved Cisco Systems, Inc., because he owns up to $100,000 in Cisco stock.

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Mormon Sylvia Cabus was thrilled with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage, but those checking out her church's website likely wouldn't have known it. Cabus said Thursday she and her family posed for the photo in December outside the Supreme Court after responding to a casting call by the Utah- based Church of Jesus Christ of...

  • WASHINGTON— Black Americans made strides in the job market in June, with their unemployment rate reaching its lowest level in seven years. The black unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent, the best showing since a 9.4 percent reading in June 2008. The data for various demographic groups came from a survey of households that is part of the Labor Department's...

  • BERLIN— Germany releases May industrial orders figures for Europe's biggest economy. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for May, 8:30 a.m. Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for May, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases consumer credit data for May, 3 p.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases...

  • 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. Nonfarm payrolls rose 223,000 last month, down from 254,000 in May, with construction and government employment unchanged, and the mining sector purging more jobs, the Labor...

  • *Balance of influence between Washington, local interests. NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, July 2- Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. A bill passed in May by the Senate Banking Committee that Shelby chairs would strip the New York Fed's board of its power to appoint its presidents.

  • WASHINGTON— Federal health officials have approved a new combination drug for the most common form of cystic fibrosis, the debilitating inherited disease that causes internal mucus buildup, lung infections and early death. But it will come at a steep price— more than $250,000 for a year's treatment. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the twice-a-day...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Officials say a plane headed from St. Louis to Washington, D.C., was diverted to a central Ohio airport after a pilot reported a disruptive passenger made threatening statements. Airport spokesman David Whitaker says the United Express flight bound for Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia landed safely at Port Columbus...

  • WASHINGTON— The chief U.S. auto safety regulator says Fiat Chrysler will face sanctions for violating safety laws in multiple recalls. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind says the agency will act before Labor Day and that the automaker will face enforcement action. The agency has authority to fine companies as much as $35...

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- A mixed U.S. jobs report on Thursday may not give Fed chair Janet Yellen the "decisive evidence" of labor market recovery she wants to see before raising interest rates. The June employment report showed a modest jump in jobs but no wage growth, a renewed fall in the labor force participation rate, and no improvement in some of the weak corners of the...

  • The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get help. But Germany, another major creditor to Greece, is resisting, even though it knows better than most what debt relief can achieve. The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's...

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- The International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday that Greece would need an extension of its European Union loans and a potentially a large debt writeoff if it grows more slowly than expected and economic reforms are not implemented. The Washington- based institution, which is part of a "troika" that includes the European Commission and...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— About 1 million low-income Ohio residents could be required to pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid health coverage or potentially lose it under a Republican provision in the state budget, officials estimate. Under the plan, Kasich's administration must seek a waiver of federal Medicaid rules so that the state can require certain adults on the...

  • Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30- year fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.08 percent this week from 4.02 percent a week earlier. Data issued Tuesday showed that home prices increased at a solid clip in April, led by double-digit gains in Denver and San Francisco. To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across...

  • July 2- The International Monetary Fund warned on Thursday that Greece would need an extension of its European Union loans and a large debt writeoff if it grows more slowly than expected and economic reforms are not implemented. The IMF warning in a preliminary draft of its latest debt sustainability report came as Greece readies for a Sunday referendum on an...