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Survey: Consumers show optimism

Consumer sentiment rose this month to the highest level since January, suggesting spending will strengthen this year.

To sway regulators, Charter pledges to play nice on Internet

Charter is trying to convince the government that consumers will benefit if it is allowed to create a cable giant through its proposed $67.1 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House.

Agency posts thousands of complaints against banks, others

The Consumer Fi3nancial Protection Bureau released thousands of complaints Thursday from disgruntled customers of banks, credit card companies and other providers of financial services.

Stocks retreat as optimism for a Greek debt deal fades

Stocks retreated Wednesday, erasing all of the week’s earlier gains, as negotiations between Greece and its creditors seemed no closer to reaching a resolution.

US economy not as bad in 1st quarter

The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated.

IRS does business with tax delinquents despite ban

The IRS is doing business with tax delinquent contractors despite a federal law that bars the tax agency from awarding contracts to these businesses, a government watchdog said Wednesday.

Italian prosecutors seek to indict Bank of China, 297 people

Italian prosecutors are seeking to indict 297 people and the Bank of China in connection with a massive money-laundering investigation reported by The Associated Press earlier this month.

Google cracks down on ‘revenge porn’ under new nudity policy

Google will start to censor unauthorized nude photos from its Internet search engine in a policy change aimed at cracking down on a malicious practice known as “revenge porn.”

EBay sells stake back to Craigslist

E-commerce company eBay has sold its 28.4 percent stake in Craigslist back to the online classified advertising site, ending years of legal wrangling between the two companies.

McDonald’s to shrink in US

1st time in decades

The burger chain that put “supersize” into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald’s says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking.

US stocks rise sharply on Fed relief

Nasdaq sets record

U.S. stocks notched their biggest gains in a week Thursday, pushing the Nasdaq composite index to an all-time high.

Union-backed Dems make final push to kill Obama’s trade bill

Union-backed Democrats launched a last-ditch effort Thursday to scuttle President Barack Obama’s trade agenda by sacrificing a favored program of their own that retrains workers displaced by international trade.

US stocks end higher, building on gains of a day earlier

Stocks rose for a second day after an encouraging report on retail sales suggested that Americans are finally feeling confident enough to spend more.

US stocks drift mostly lower; Treasury rates rise

With little news to drive trading, major market indexes drifted mostly lower in a listless day of trading on Tuesday. Bond prices fell, driving a benchmark interest rate to its high for the year, and crude oil jumped back above $60 a barrel.

McDonald’s sales slump continues in May

McDonald’s says a key sales measurement dipped in May, with weakness in the U.S. and some overseas markets.