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US stocks dip in quiet trading ahead of Memorial Day weekend

(AP) — Stocks are closing moderately lower in a relatively quiet day ahead of a holiday weekend.

Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions

(AP) — Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he'd done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance and signaled he was ready to dominate the bull for the next eight seconds — or, at least, hoped to.

Finding cause of California oil spill could take months 


(AP) — The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster.

Wal-Mart's push on animal welfare hailed as game changer 


(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.

Target settlement with MasterCard fails to get bank support

(AP) — A $19 million deal between Target and MasterCard to settle lawsuits stemming from the retailer's pre-Christmas 2013 data breach has been scrapped, because it didn't get enough support from banks and credit unions.

Prosecutors: Professor offered China data on US-made device 


(AP) — The chairman of Temple University's physics department schemed to provide U.S. technology secrets to China in exchange for prestigious appointments for himself, federal authorities said in charging him with four counts of wire fraud.

McDonald's CEO 'incredibly proud' of pay hike

(AP) — McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said Thursday he was "incredibly proud" of a recent decision to bump pay for some workers, even as hundreds of protesters outside called on the company to do more ahead of its annual shareholder meeting.

Dollar Tree to sell 330 Family Dollar stores

 (AP) — Dollar Tree expects to reach a deal in the coming days to sell about 330 Family Dollar stores in order to receive approval of its $8.5 billion acquisition of Family Dollar.

Lumber Liquidators CEO quits, catching company off guard

(AP) — Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has abruptly quit the company that is embroiled in an investigation over products imported from China.

US home sales slide in April amid listing shortage

(AP) — Sales of existing U.S. homes slipped in April due to relatively few listings and rising prices, a trend that could weigh on the recovering housing market.