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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.

Dollar falls, bonds jump after disappointing US hiring

U.S. government bond prices jumped and the dollar dipped on Friday following news that U.S. employers added the fewest jobs in a month since December 2013. The stock market was closed in observance of Good Friday.

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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.