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  • NEW YORK, April 4- For much of the last three years, investors have been willing to pay more for expected profit at Walgreens than for competitor CVS, but the pharmacy chain may be losing that edge on Wall Street. Evercore ISI analyst Ross Muken rates both stocks as "buys," but said that most investors choose between the companies, with Walgreens now representing a...

  • SEATTLE, April 2- Jeff Bezos' space transportation company Blue Origin successfully launched and landed for the third time a suborbital rocket capable of carrying six passengers, taking another step on its path in developing reusable boosters, the company said on Saturday. The New Shepard rocket and capsule blasted off from a launch site in West Texas on...

  • NEW YORK, March 29- Annualized U.S. single-family home prices rose less than expected in January, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday. "Home prices continue to climb at more than twice the rate of inflation," said David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Home prices in three U.S. cities, San Francisco,...

  • HEREFORD, England, March 28- Above a factory floor of machines carving metal to within a millionth of a meter, Stephen Cheetham is preparing his company for the unknown: a British exit from the European Union. Since the government announced a referendum on Britain's future in Europe, Cheetham has deferred investment decisions, put off expensive hiring and even...

  • Placards during demonstration for higher wages in Chicago.

    California legislators and labor unions reached a tentative deal to raise the state's minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour, a state senator said.

  • March 23- Private-equity firm Frazier Healthcare Partners said on Wednesday it had raised $525 million to invest in small healthcare companies. The Seattle- based company, which has more than $2 billion in assets under management, raised the amount through its buyout vehicle, Frazier Healthcare Growth Buyout Fund VIII LP. "The fund will leverage our broad...

  • March 23- Private-equity firm Frazier Healthcare Partners said on Wednesday it had raised $525 million to invest in small healthcare companies. The Seattle- based company, which has more than $2 billion in assets under management, raised the amount through its buyout vehicle, Frazier Healthcare Growth Buyout Fund VIII LP. The company said existing and select...

  • SEATTLE/ LOS ANGELES, March 23- Starbucks Corp said on Wednesday it will sell espresso pods for Nestle SA's popular Nespresso home brewers in Europe and unveil a new way for customers to earn loyalty points for free food and drinks outside its cafes. Nespresso is the most popular single-cup brewer in Europe, and Starbucks' espresso deal marks the company's debut...

  • SEATTLE/ LOS ANGELES, March 23- Starbucks Corp said on Wednesday it will sell espresso pods for Nestle SA's popular Nespresso home brewers in Europe and unveil a new way for customers to earn loyalty points for free food and drinks outside its cafes. Nespresso is the most popular single-cup brewer in Europe, and Starbucks' espresso deal marks the company's debut...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 23- Amazon.com Inc, under pressure from an activist shareholder to disclose its policies on gender pay equality, said on Wednesday its female employees earned as much as their male counterparts, according to a survey it recently conducted. The Seattle- based online retailer disclosed the results of its study after pressure from Arjuna...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 23- Amazon.com Inc, under pressure from an activist shareholder to disclose its policies on gender pay equality, said on Wednesday its female employees earned as much as their male counterparts, according to a survey it recently conducted. The Seattle- based online retailer disclosed the results of its study after pressure from Arjuna...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 23- Online retailer Amazon.com Inc said on Wednesday a recent survey of its employees found that female workers earned 99.9 cents for every dollar earned by men in the same positions last year. Arjuna Capital, the activist arm of investment firm Baldwin Brothers Inc, has been pushing the Seattle- based company to report the difference...

  • SEATTLE/ LOS ANGELES, March 23- Starbucks Corp on Wednesday will announce plans to begin selling espresso pods for Nespresso home brewers in Europe and unveil a new way for patrons to earn loyalty points outside of its cafes. Nestle SA's Nespresso is the most popular single-cup brewer in Europe and Starbucks' espresso deal marks the company's debut on that...

  • March 23- Starbucks Corp said media reports that the company had canceled its shareholder meeting set for Wednesday were false. "Media reports that 2016 Starbucks Annual Shareholders meeting has been cancelled are FALSE," Starbucks tweeted. The meeting will be held as scheduled at 1 p.m. ET in Seattle, the company said.

  • NEW YORK, March 22- Major U.S. transportation hubs were placed on alert on Tuesday, with police out in force, and part of Denver International Airport's main terminal was evacuated in response to a possible security threat after suicide bombings in Brussels killed at least 30 people. Large numbers of uniformed police officers and National Guard members in...

  • GENEVA/ WASHINGTON, March 11- South Korea won a partial victory against the United States in a World Trade Organization ruling on Friday that found fault with the method used to calculate U.S. duties imposed on Korean-made washing machines that are deemed to be subsidized and unfairly priced. South Korea in August 2014 brought its objections to the WTO about the...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 11- Gold fell 1 percent on Friday, as the dollar rebounded and oil and world stock markets rose, after bullion extended the prior session's gains to a 13- month high touched in early trade after the European Central Bank's announcement of additional easing. Spot gold rose as far as $1,282.51 an ounce, its strongest since Feb. 3, 2015, before...

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    Several food items have been recalled this week, including junk food favorites like pizza and chicken nuggets.

  • KENT, Wash., March 8- Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin expects to begin crewed test flights of its reusable suborbital New Shepard vehicle next year and begin flying paying passengers in 2018, Bezos told reporters on Tuesday. "We'll probably fly test pilots in 2017, and if we're successful then I'd imagine putting paying astronauts on in 2018," Bezos said at...

  • KENT, Wash., March 8- Jeff Bezos' space company Blue Origin expects to begin crewed test flights of its reusable suborbital New Shepard vehicle next year and begin flying paying passengers in 2018, Bezos told reporters on Tuesday. "We'll probably fly test pilots in 2017, and if we're successful then I'd imagine putting paying astronauts on in 2018," Bezos said at...