PRESS DIGEST - Wall Street Journal - June 3

Tue Jun 3, 2014 1:30am EDT
 
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June 3 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

* The Phoenix VA Health Care System, at the heart of the crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs, is among a number of VA hospitals that show significantly higher rates of mortality and dangerous infections than the agency's top-tier hospitals, internal records show. (r.reuters.com/xus79v)

* Two years after three major book publishers settled a major civil antitrust lawsuit with the federal government, the Justice Department has gone back to the publishers asking about any recent pricing discussions they may have had with others in the industry, say people familiar with the situation. (r.reuters.com/mes79v)

* New federal caps on carbon emissions unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday would force sweeping changes in the U.S. electric system but wouldn't deliver the knockout blow to coal that mining companies and some power producers had feared. The proposed regulations give both states and utilities credit for reductions they already have made, including moving from coal to more natural gas and deploying renewable energy. (r.reuters.com/cus79v)

* Pilgrim's Pride Corp raised its offer for Hillshire Brands Co by more than $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. The new offer from Pilgrim's, a unit of Brazilian meat giant JBS SA, values the Chicago-based meats and desserts company at $55 a share, or more than $6.7 billion. (r.reuters.com/mur79v)   Continued...