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Whole Foods shares fall after sales disappoint
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Whole Foods reported quarterly sales that fell shy of Wall Street expectations and lowered its outlook for the year, raising worries about the intensifying competition the organic and natural products grocer is facing....

Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly
MOSCOW (AP) -- U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents....

Stocks flatten out after Fed delivers no surprises
NEW YORK (AP) -- A cheerful report on the U.S. economy, rising profits and no surprises from the Federal Reserve left the stock market nearly where it started on Wednesday....

A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year....

Fed offers a dual message on health of US economy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Reserve offered a mixed message on the U.S. economy Wednesday: Growth is strengthening, and the unemployment rate is steadily falling. Yet by some measures, the job market remains subpar....

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say....

Review: 3Doodler is fun but quirky '3-D pen'
NEW YORK (AP) -- 3-D printing is all the rage. You can hit a button on your computer, which sends a file to a printer, which produces a small 3-D object out of plastic. It's a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things....

Ratings agency: Argentina in 'selective default'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Standard & Poor's says some Argentine bonds are in `selective default' in what could be the start of a wave of downgrades amid a standoff between the South American country and some creditors....

GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas....

3 Putin allies among 8 hit with new EU sanctions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for the first time Wednesday for the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine, subjecting three of his long-time associates to EU-wide asset freezes and travel bans....

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