June 7 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 National Security Agency's monitoring of Americans
includes customer records from the three major phone networks as
well as emails and Web searches, and the agency also has
cataloged credit card transactions.
* The Obama administration acknowledged the existence
Thursday of a secret National Security Agency program dubbed
Prism, which a senior administration official said targets only
foreigners and was authorized under U.S. surveillance law.
* U.S. and British authorities are preparing to bring
criminal charges against former employees of Barclays for their
alleged roles in trying to manipulate benchmark interest rates.
* Online sports retailer Fanatics raised $170 million in a
new funding round that more than doubles the company's valuation
to $3.1 billion from just a year ago.
* The net worth of U.S. households rose 4.5 percent, or
about $3 trillion, in the first three months of this year to
$70.35 trillion, the highest level since at least 2007,
according to a Fed report.
* A government panel called for easing restrictions on
diabetes drug Avandia, in a remarkable about-face nearly three
years after concerns over heart risk led regulators to curtail
use of the drug. ()
* The U.K. has left itself vulnerable to cyber attacks by
allowing a Chinese telecommunications company to become a major
player in Britain without adequate security checks, a
parliamentary committee said. ()
* The bloom appears to be off the rose at Vera Bradley
, an accessories maker known for its floral quilted
cotton bags. The stock fell sharply following a profit warning
and news that its CEO was stepping down.