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Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.

Convicted KPMG inside trader sentenced to prison

A former partner at the accounting firm KPMG has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for insider trading.

Starbucks eyes soda and lunch as US sales climb

Starbucks keeps finding ways to squeeze more money out of people.

Visa's 2Q profit jumps 26 percent as payments grow

Visa Inc.'s profit jumped 26 percent in its fiscal second quarter from a year earlier as the company benefited from strong growth in payments volume, service revenue and a one-time tax gain.

Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing.

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Q&A: A French economist's grim view of wealth gap

If you'd like to live in Downton Abbey, the good news is that our economy has entered a second Gilded Age of opulence and elegance. The bad news is that you'll likely end up among the vast majority stuck sweating in the kitchen.

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Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start.

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Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent and split its stock for the first time in nine years.

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Investor pressure pushing drugmaker M&A deals

Drugmakers eager to satisfy shareholders by boosting profits and share prices are wheeling, dealing and in one case even making trades like a pro sports team looking to shake up its roster. The moves could spur more mergers and acquisitions in the industry.

North Dakota tribes' oil output rivals US states

Oil production on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota has become so large that it would rank among the top 10 oil producing states in the nation, a tribal leader said Tuesday.

Oil companies fight ND plan to slow production

The North Dakota Industrial Commission is considering a proposal that would cut back on the state's booming oil production as a means of controlling the amount of natural gas that's being burned off at well sites and wasted as a byproduct of the more valuable substance, oil.

Drug firm exec gets 16 months in inside-trade case

A former pharmaceutical executive has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in an insider trading scheme.

US says average airfares rising slowly; $381 in 4Q

The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago.

Oil slips to $102 as US crude supplies seen rising

The price of oil fell 2 percent to settle just above $102 a barrel Tuesday as investors weighed expectations of rising U.S. crude stockpiles against tensions in Ukraine.

Business events scheduled for the coming week

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

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