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GE pares off financial unit and returns to industrial roots

General Electric is leaving the lending business, a major source of both profit and risk, as it continues to whittle its focus down to an industrial core.

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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.

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.

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.

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Why job growth and cheap gas aren't doing what they should

Here are five factors that help explain why the U.S. economy isn't accelerating as you might expect.

Court won't reconsider decision on Wall St. insider trading

A federal appeals court refused Friday to reconsider a ruling that dealt a blow to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and the prosecution of insider trading on Wall Street.

Hiring slowdown: US employers added just 126K jobs in March

A weakening U.S. economy spilled into the job market in March as employers added just 126,000 jobs — the fewest since December 2013 — snapping a 12-month streak of gains above 200,000.