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AP Top Business News At 6:54 p.m. EDT

US stocks fall slightly on lower oil, mixed earnings news
NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note....

Yellen: 1st rate hike likely by year end if economy improves
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year - if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate....

Wal-Mart's push on animal welfare hailed as game changer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say....

Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US
DENVER (AP) -- They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing....

Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks
The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents....

Regulators order pipeline testing, other steps after spill
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators said Friday....

Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday....

Target settlement with MasterCard fails to get bank support
NEW YORK (AP) -- A $19 million deal between Target and MasterCard to settle lawsuits stemming from the retailer's massive pre-Christmas 2013 data breach has been scrapped, because it failed to get enough support from the affected banks and credit unions....

Clinton appears to rule out return of ground forces in Iraq
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) -- Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees "no role whatsoever" for U.S. ground forces in Iraq despite setbacks in the struggle against Islamic State militants....

US consumer prices ticking up as Fed weighs first rate hike
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Core consumer prices outside of food and energy posted the biggest increase in April in more than a year, suggesting that an improving U.S. economy is finally starting to lift prices. That could prompt the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates later this year....

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