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Business events scheduled for the coming week

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip

Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas.

China Film takes 1st stake in Hollywood movies

China's state-owned film distributor is making its first investment in Hollywood movies by taking a stake in two Legendary Entertainment productions.

Yellen signals more aggressive stance toward banks

The Federal Reserve may be about to turn more aggressive in its regulation of the financial system.

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High fees eroding many 401(k) retirement accounts

It's the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees.

GM stock drops 4 percent, hits 10-month low

Shares of General Motors Co. sank to a 10-month low Friday amid continuing fallout from a mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars.

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$4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.

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