• Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. The virus spread appears to have slowed but not...

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    DENVER — They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. Now, a company that manufactures tuk-tuks — the three-wheeled motorized rickshaws that have moved the masses for more than a century and go by many other names in Asia, Africa and...

  • Murray Energy expects more than 1,800 coal mine layoffs

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work. The announcements...

  • US stocks fall slightly on lower oil, mixed earnings news

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Major indexes fell from the start on Friday as oil drillers and other energy-related companies followed oil prices lower. Stocks spent much of the rest of the day drifting between losses and gains as...

  • Target settlement with MasterCard fails to get bank support

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    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. While the rejection sends the...

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    ___ 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. Though the steps are voluntary,...

  • US gov't to review mystery of slow 1st quarter growth

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's something strange about the U.S. economy in the first three months of every year: It frequently grows at a much slower pace than in the other nine months. The government agency charged with calculating the economy's growth rate now says it will adjust its...

  • Correction: Earns-Liberty Media story

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — In a story May 8 about Liberty Media's earnings -- generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research -- the Associated Press reported erroneously the company's stock performance over the last 12 months. At that time, Liberty Media shares...

  • Adult dating site investigating breach of user data

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a popular adult dating website said Friday it's investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million members. Britain's...

  • Timeline: Key steps among companies in animal welfare

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Major animal-welfare moves announced by food and retail companies since 2012: — FEBRUARY 2012: McDonald's Corp. requires its U.S. pork suppliers to outline plans to phase out the use of sow gestation stalls that limit movement. — AUGUST 2014: Nestle says it wants to get rid of the...

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