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Business events scheduled for the coming week

Here are business events scheduled for April 21-25, 2014.

Pepsi franchise to open center in Cape Girardeau

A Pepsi franchise is planning to build a new customer service center in Cape Girardeau that could create 74 jobs.

Providence, RI sues firms over stock trades

Providence, R.I. is suing dozens of Wall Street banks and other financial companies over high-frequency trading.

US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline

The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.

Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month

More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.

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Largest US solar farm on Superfund site now producing

The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.

Recalls this week: lanterns, exercise devices, gun storage

Candle lanterns that can melt and pose a fire hazard and gun storage boxes that can unlock when dropped are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include faulty exercise devices and steel-toed boots.

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Iowa officials announce plan for Microsoft data center

Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, state and local officials announced Friday, bringing the company's total investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion, the largest in the state to date.

Plane spotted in Iran is registered to Utah bank

An airplane that mysteriously ended up in Iran is registered to a Utah bank under an arrangement that has prompted recent warnings from a government watchdog.

Judge says American can't end retiree benefits yet

A federal judge has rejected an attempt by American Airlines to quickly cut off benefits for many of its retirees.

Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.

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Judge won't order recalled GM cars to be parked

A Texas federal judge has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of more than 2 million recalled cars to stop driving them until the ignition switches are replaced.

Overall index up in rural Midwest banker survey

The overall index for an economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead.

Chipotle plans first price hike in three years

Chipotle is feeling confident that customers are willing to pay more for its burritos, bowls and tacos.

Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

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Cyber cops: Target hackers may take years to find

Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.

Cuba publishes text of foreign investment law

Cuba on Wednesday published the full language of a new law that seeks to make it more attractive for foreign investors to bring badly needed capital to the island, but provides less advantage for projects that are 100 percent foreign-financed.

German media boss says he's scared of Google

The head of Germany's biggest media company says he is afraid of Google and wants the company to become more transparent.

US stocks close higher for third day in a row

Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data.

Fed survey: Growth picks up across most of US

A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.