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Stocks gain second week in a row; GE soars on deal

U.S. stocks advanced Friday, capping off a second straight weekly advance for the market. Investors were encouraged by the latest corporate deal news, that General Electric would be selling its long-struggling lending business.

Jack Daniel’s turns back latest Tennessee Whiskey challenge

Jack Daniel’s has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as “Tennessee Whiskey,” but upstart distillers hoping their brands make the cut vow the fight isn’t over for good.

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Your guide to trying on, ordering Apple Watch

Buying an Apple Watch won’t be as simple as walking into an Apple store and handing over your credit card.

PC sales declined — again — in first quarter

Weak demand for desktop computers caused PC sales to plunge more than 5 percent in this year’s first quarter, reflecting the industry’s ongoing struggles with the shift to smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets.

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Walgreens aims to close about 200 stores

Walgreens will shutter about 200 U.S. stores as part of an expanded cost reduction push, but the nation’s largest drugstore chain has no plans to shrink in the wake of its combination with European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots.

Stock indexes end a see-saw day with slight gains

U.S. stocks edged higher Thursday, led by gains for energy companies as the price of oil stabilized following a big drop the day before.

Missouri House OKs change to worker discrimination standard

A business-supported measure that would make it harder for workers to win employment discrimination lawsuits when they believe race, gender, age or other biases have played a role in being fired or passed over was approved by the Missouri House on Thursday.

Stronger US economy and dollar tighten Latin American ties

Across Latin America, companies increasingly are looking north for business. The prospect of tighter commercial ties across the Americas has handed the United States a chance to reclaim some of the regional economic and political clout it lost to a surging China over the past decade.

Fed officials split widely on rate hike timing

Fed officials disagreed widely when they met last month on when they would be ready to lift interest rates from record lows.

YouTube to give viewers ad-free option for monthly fee

YouTube will soon give viewers the option of paying a monthly fee to skip ads.

Stocks edge higher as health care gains

Deal news gave the stock market a lift Wednesday.

Defense contractor settles bribery charges for $9.5 million

Oregon-based defense contractor FLIR Systems Inc. has agreed to pay $9.5 million to settle bribery charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission that involved expensive trips and gifts given to Middle Eastern government officials.

AT&T paying $25M to settle US action over data breaches

AT&T is paying $25 million in a settlement with federal regulators over data breaches at call centers in Mexico, Colombia and the Philippines that compromised customer data for some 280,000 U.S. customer accounts.

Can phone companies do more to block robocalls?

Jeri Vargas put her elderly mother on the “Do Not Call” list years ago.

Burger King to pay for wedding of Mr. Burger, Ms. King

Burger King is paying the expenses and providing gifts for the wedding of an Illinois couple with an interesting connection to the fast food restaurant chain. Joel Burger and Ashley King accepted the company’s proposal Monday.

McDonald’s to roll out bigger burgers

Bigger burgers will be back on the menu at McDonald’s, at least for a while.

A look at college tuition perks at Starbucks, McDonald’s

Starbucks says it will now cover four years of tuition reimbursement for workers to earn an online undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, instead of just two years. Last week, McDonald’s Corp. also announced it was expanding a college tuition assistance program to workers at all its U.S. stores.

Consumer borrowing climbs to US record high in February

Consumers increased their borrowing to a record high in February, driven by a large jump in auto and student loans.

US stocks end lower after late-day sell-off

U.S. stocks fell Tuesday as an early advance fizzled in the last hour of trading. Energy stocks rose with the price of oil while consumer discretionary stocks were among the biggest decliners. Utility stocks also dragged down the major indices.

US job openings surge, yet employers slow to hire

U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month.