U.S. inflation cooled in May in sign that price pressures may be easing 

A SHOPPER PAUSES at a display in a furniture store in Englewood, Colo. Consumer prices excluding volatile food and energy costs – the closely watched "core" index – rose 0.2% from April to May, the government said Wednesday. / ASSOCIATED PRESS / DAVID ZALUBOWSKI

WASHINGTON (AP) – Inflation in the United States eased in May for a second straight month, a hopeful sign that a pickup in prices that occurred early this year may have passed. The trend, if it holds, could move the Federal Reserve closer to cutting its benchmark interest rate from its 23-year peak.  Consumer prices excluding

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