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Stocks are edging lower in early afternoon trading on Wall Street, giving up an early gain and putting the market on track for its third loss in a row
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks are edging lower in early afternoon trading on Wall Street Thursday, giving up an early gain and putting the market on track for its third loss in a row. Utilities and consumer stocks fell the most. Energy companies continued to buck the downward trend and notched small gains as the price of crude oil edged higher. Investors are looking ahead to Friday's closely watched jobs report....

If government regulators get their way, it's going to become a lot easier to sue your bank
NEW YORK (AP) -- If government regulators get their way, it's going to become a lot easier to sue your bank....

The federal government has announced sweeping new rules for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new rules for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer some protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated....

Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from new Food and Drug Administration rules if House Republicans have their way
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vape away....

If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning: Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation's grid in 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning....

Sumner Redstone's attorneys say the ailing media mogul paid two of his ex-girlfriends $150 million over a five-year period before kicking them out of his life
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sumner Redstone's attorneys say the ailing media mogul paid two of his ex-girlfriends $150 million over a five-year period before kicking them out of his life....

Donald Trump's vow to create Appalachian coal jobs is complicated by declining coal and cheap natural gas
DALLAS (AP) -- Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer....

Wal-Mart is bringing back greeters to a majority of its 5,000 U.S. stores
NEW YORK (AP) -- Those smiley door greeters are back at Wal-Mart....

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, following the Federal Reserve's decision not to raise its benchmark interest rate. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.61 percent from 3.66 percent last week.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, following the Federal Reserve's decision not to raise its benchmark interest rate....

New York City merchants will start charging customers 5 cents apiece for plastic bags under a bill that the City Council is expected to pass
NEW YORK (AP) -- Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city's sanitation department estimates that 10 billion bags a year are tossed in the trash - roughly 19,000 bags per minute....

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Wal-Mart is bringing back greeters to a majority of its 5,000 U.S. stores

Donald Trump's vow to create Appalachian coal jobs is complicated by declining coal and cheap natural gas

Kellogg's sales and profit declined in the first quarter as cereal sales remain sluggish

Stocks are edging lower in early afternoon trading on Wall Street, giving up an early gain and putting the market on track for its third loss in a row

Drugmaker Merck beats 1Q profit views as tight cost controls offset slightly lower sales

Drugmaker Sanofi is increasing pressure on U.S. drugmaker Medivation to discuss its acquisition offer

Ford says it is investing $182 million in a San Francisco software development company called Pivotal

If government regulators get their way, it's going to become a lot easier to sue your bank

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week, following the Federal Reserve's decision not to raise its benchmark interest rate. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.61 percent from 3.66 percent last week.

Energy stocks are leading an early gain on Wall Street as the market stabilizes after two days of losses


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