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For Europe's vast unemployed, hopes remain dim

For the struggling Spanish shopkeeper or the Portuguese restaurant owner, the European Central Bank's latest economic stimulus plans won't likely provide much relief anytime soon.

US services firms expand at fastest pace on record

U.S. services firms expanded in August at the fastest pace on record.

Ruling could cost BP added $18B; stock slumps

A judge’s ruling in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill case that could cost BP an additional $17.6 billion in fines sent the company’s shares tumbling Thursday.

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Behind Big Macs, a drama over corporate control

The fast-food industry is underpinned by an often tense relationship between companies like McDonald's and Burger King and the franchisees who run their restaurants. Few customers think about this when scarfing down burgers.

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Booming crossover SUV sales trigger car discounts

The seismic shift in American car-buying toward trucks and crossover SUVs is creating great deals on compact and midsize cars.

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Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach.

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Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1B

Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying that it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to ease the antitrust concerns of its takeover target.

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Dominion, Duke propose $5B natural gas pipeline

Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Atlantic City casino hotel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.

Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days

A time few could imagine during the not-too-distant glory days of casino gambling has arrived in Atlantic City, where two casinos will close this weekend and a third will shut down in two weeks.

Ukraine conflict weighs on markets; Retailers fall

U.S. financial markets ended slightly lower Thursday, marking their first loss in a week of record highs.

US economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.

Stocks drift higher; S&P 500 holds on to 2,000

Even in a daylong sideways drift, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index managed to eke out its third record close in three days.

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As conference ends, economists give clashing views

For the economists and central bankers who gathered in Wyoming for the past three days, attention fell on a consequential matter: the often conflicting relationship between unemployment and inflation. How, they argued, should central banks manage their control of interest rates to strengthen job markets without igniting inflation?

Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators.