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Labor issues to pressure McDonald's despite pay bump

A pay bump for workers at some McDonald's restaurants isn't likely to ease the pressures the chain is facing over labor issues.

Stock split could cost Google over $500 million

An unorthodox stock split designed to ensure Google CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin retain control of the Internet's most profitable company could cost Google more than half a billion dollars.

US stocks edge higher after 2 days of losses

Major U.S. stock indexes closed slightly higher on Thursday, rebounding from a two-day slide as investors looked ahead to the start of the next round of corporate earnings beginning next week.

Economic report points to slow growth in Midwest, Plains

Slow economic growth likely lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a monthly survey report issued Wednesday.

Falling corn prices stalk Monsanto, sending 2Q profits lower

Monsanto reported lower-than-expected earnings as slumping corn prices push farmers toward other crops, crimping sales of the company's best-selling biotech corn seeds.

McDonald’s: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores

McDonald’s says it’s raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.

Wal-Mart seeks assist from its suppliers to lower prices

Wal-Mart is asking suppliers to cut back on advertising spending in its stores as it seeks lower prices on goods that it sells to its own customers.

US stocks ease for second day; price of crude oil soars

A batch of discouraging economic news deepened investors' concerns about corporate earnings, pulling major U.S. stock indexes down on Wednesday for the second day in a row.

Monsanto donates $4M to effort to save monarch butterflies

Agribusiness Monsanto Co., whose popular weed killer Roundup has been partly blamed by critics for knocking out monarch butterflies’ habitat, said Tuesday it is committing $4 million to efforts to stem the worrisome decline of the black-and-orange insects.

Google, Microsoft battle drives down prices for PCs, tablets

Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft’s Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.

Late slide in stocks erases much of the previous day's gain

The stock market closed out the first three months of the year Tuesday on a down note, erasing much of the gains from the prior day's big rally.

Charter nabs Bright House in latest pay-TV deal

Charter buying Bright House for $10.4 billion is the latest big deal in the pay-TV industry.

Judge approves RadioShack sale to Standard General

A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of more than 1,740 RadioShack stores to hedge fund Standard General, preserving some 7,500 jobs.

Altera stock soars on report of sales talks with Intel

Altera's stock soared to its highest price in nearly four years Friday on a report the chipmaker is in talks to be sold to industry leader Intel.

Stocks close with slight gains, but still end the week lower

A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday.