US consumer prices up a slight 0.1 percent in April

In this Thursday, April 2, 2015 photo, shoppers walk past a Dior luxury goods shop on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Labor Department releases the Consumer Price Index for April on Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices were up slightly in April for the third straight month, suggesting that an improving economy could be setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later this year.

Wal-Mart presses meat suppliers on antibiotics, treatment

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, customers walk outside of a Wal-Mart store in San Jose, Calif. Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them.

Deere boosts guidance as construction offsets ag swoon

In this March 23, 2015 photo, John Deere lawn tractors are on display at a Home Depot in Robinson Township, Pa. Deere & Co. on Friday, May 22, 2015, reported fiscal second-quarter earnings of $690.5 million. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Solid sales in its construction equipment offset a global agricultural slowdown for Deere, and the company raised its outlook for the year.

US stocks mostly fall on lower oil prices, inflation report

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slipped in early trading Friday as energy companies fell along with the price of oil. Investors were weighing the latest batch of corporate earnings results and a government report that suggested a slight increase in inflation. Investors are looking ahead to a speech later in the day by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

EU embrace of eastern partners turns lukewarm

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, and European Council President Donald Tusk, left, greet Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during arrivals at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on Friday, May 22, 2015. EU leaders gather for a second day of meetings with six post-communist nations to discuss various issues, including enlargement, the economy and Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The European Union reaffirmed its partnership with six post-Soviet nations Friday but offered them no new prospects of future membership in the Western bloc at a summit overshadowed by the Ukraine crisis.

China’s mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home

FILE - In this May 8, 2015 file photo, employees of the Tiens Group, a Chinese company which sells medicinal products, including via direct marketing, cheer as they attend a parade organized by CEO Li Jinyuan as part of a four-day celebration weekend for the 20th anniversary of his company, on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, southeastern France. All-expenses-paid trips to reward top earners arent unusual, but Chinese direct-sales companies are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on the same package tour. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

BEIJING (AP) — All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren’t unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours.

Merkel warns ‘whole lot left’ to do on Greece bailout talks

In this photo provided by German government Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois Hollande, from left, smile as they pose for a photograph at the beginning of their meeting at the sidelines of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via AP)

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — With Greece facing a potential default in two weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday sought to add urgency to the talks between the country and its international creditors, warning that “very, very intensive work is still needed.”

Obama’s Senate allies hope to endorse his trade bill Friday

FILE - In this May 5, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. Supporters of President Barack Obamas trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday, May 22, 2015, and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits. Legislation to renew the Patriot Act is also on the calendar, as is a bill to renew authority to commit federal funds for highway and bridge construction. McConnell is intent on keeping the anti-terrorism Patriot Act from lapsing while Republicans control the House and Senate. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda hope to fend off hostile Senate amendments Friday and send a major trade bill to the House, where another fierce debate awaits.

Gauge of US economy jumps 0.7 percent in April

In this April 13, 2015, photo, a worker helps to build a new home in Las Vegas. The Conference Board releases its index of leading indicators for April on Thursday, May 21, 2015. (AP Photo/John Locher)

WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the economy rose in April by the largest amount in nine months, a sign that the economy is beginning to accelerate from a sharp slowdown during the winter.

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