Fewer job openings
From our wire services
The Labor Department said the number of people who quit their jobs in April jumped 7 percent to 2.25 million. The number of available jobs slipped fell 3 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.75 million.
Berries sicken 87
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen berry mix sold at Costco has grown to 87 people with illnesses in eight Western states. Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., last week recalled its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend.
Fewer homes shown
Minority renters and homebuyers deployed to test for housing discrimination did not run into the blatant discrimination of four decades ago, but were told about and shown fewer homes than their white counterparts with similar backgrounds, according to the results of a major federal housing study. Black, Hispanics and Asians were shown 4 percent to 8 percent fewer places to rent.
U.S. sues firms
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing discount retailer Dollar General Corp., and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire employees. The agency says the policies discriminate against African Americans.
Walgreens pays $80M
Federal authorities have reached an $80 million civil settlement with the Walgreens pharmacy chain over record-keeping and dispensing violations at a distribution center in Jupiter, Fla., and six retail pharmacies in the state. Authorities said the Jupiter center failed to flag suspicious orders of drugs it received from pharmacies, and the retail outlets routinely filled prescriptions that clearly were not for a legitimate medical use.
Exchange pays $6M
The largest U.S. options ex-change has agreed to pay a $6 million penalty to settle federal charges it failed to enforce trading rules. The Securities and Exchange Commission said the Chicago Board Options Exchange failed, among other things, to prevent abusive short-selling by a member firm.
Casino tax break
The state's portion of gambling revenue slumped last month as Indiana's 13 casinos took advantage of a new law that allows them to reduce their tax burden. Tax receipts from casinos fell nearly 18 percent last month compared with May of last year, the Indiana Gaming Commission said.
Tobacco company Altria Group Inc. is launching its first electronic cigarette under the MarkTen brand in Indiana starting in August and expanding its smokeless product offerings. It's the last of the nation's major tobacco companies to market an electronic cigarette to diversify beyond the traditional business.
France vs. trade
As free-trade talks between the European Union and the United States near, France said it won't back any deal that threatens the country's film, radio or TV industries.
Any deal could have major implications for global trade and could serve as a model for future deals.
Google buys Waze
Google is buying online mapping service Waze in a $1.03 billion deal that keeps a potentially valuable tool away from its rivals while possibly improving its own navigation system. Google Inc. is believed to have trumped two of its fiercest foes, Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc., in the bidding for Waze.