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Merck beats 4Q profit forecast, misses Street view on sales

Merck & Co. posted an 87 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit compared with last year when the drugmaker had a huge gain from the sale of consumer health business. It beat Wall Street profit... Read more »

Published Feb. 3, 2016

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Super Bowl ads this year might stick to 'good taste'

As the Super Bowl turns 50 and faces middle age, will this be the year that advertisers stick to — gasp — good taste? Read more »

Published Feb. 2, 2016

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Yahoo to cut 1,700 workers as CEO tries to save her own job

Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer can save her own job. Read more »

Published Feb. 2, 2016

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Agency: North Korea plans satellite launch this month

Weeks after its fourth nuclear test, North Korea announced plans Tuesday to launch an Earth observation satellite on a rocket later this month, in what critics see as a covert test of banned... Read more »

Published Feb. 2, 2016

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US education official apologizes for poor judgment, behavior

A senior Education Department official apologized on Tuesday for what he acknowledged was poor judgment related to working on his side businesses with subordinates, failing to pay taxes on his... Read more »

Published Feb. 2, 2016

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UBS bank shares plunge as rich investors withdraw money

Swiss bank UBS saw its shares slide on Tuesday on news that investors had pulled billions out of its division serving wealthy clients — a token of the market turbulence that has shaken the... Read more »

Published Feb. 2, 2016

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China company accused of fleecing investors of $7.6 billion

Police arrested the maverick founder of China's largest online finance business on suspicion of fleecing 900,000 investors of $7.6 billion, in what could be the biggest financial fraud in Chinese... Read more »

Published Feb. 1, 2016

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US stocks edge mostly lower as energy prices plunge again

The stock market was able to recover from steep losses to close slightly lower on Monday as investors looked past another drop in the price of oil and renewed concerns about U.S. and Chinese... Read more »

Published Feb. 1, 2016

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Hotels expand options to keep guests healthy on the road

Running concierges, a hotel mini bar stocked with produce from the local farmers market and a training wall that comes standard in every room. The hotel industry is moving beyond basement gyms and... Read more »

Published Feb. 1, 2016

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Dominion Resources buying Questar for about $4.4 billion

Dominion Resources will spend approximately $4.4 billion to acquire Questar in a big reach to the West for the East Coast energy company. Read more »

Published Feb. 1, 2016

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Airlines restore tiny perks, like pretzels, to pacify fliers

After 15 years of near austerity, U.S. airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach. Read more »

Published Feb. 1, 2016

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Drone schools spread in China to field pilots for new sector

Joysticks at their fingertips, the mostly male students packing the classroom lift their virtual helicopters into the air, part of a new cottage industry that's sprung up in China: drone pilot... Read more »

Published Jan. 31, 2016

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Cash flow could be issue for 4 GOP contenders seeking boost

Money may be growing tight for four Republican presidential hopefuls clustered under Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — just when they're about to need it the most. Read more »

Published Jan. 30, 2016

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From pork rinds to pocket knives, surplus centers see it all

In the market for a crate of Boston and Harvard hoodies and baby onesies? How about a suitcase full of pork rinds? Seek out your nearest state surplus store, where many airports nationwide send... Read more »

Published Jan. 30, 2016

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Japan introduces negative interest rate to boost economy

The Bank of Japan on Friday said it will charge lenders that leave too much cash on idle deposit with it, introducing a negative interest rate policy for the first time as it seeks to shore up a... Read more »

Published Jan. 29, 2016

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Deadline looms for decision on Nevada mine Superfund status

Gov. Brian Sandoval was still wrestling Friday with whether to end the state's opposition to adding a toxic, abandoned mine in western Nevada to a list of the country's most contaminated sites that... Read more »

Published Jan. 29, 2016

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Regulators get input, sort of, on self-driving car rollout

California regulators deciding how to permit the future rollout of self-driving cars were told Thursday by consumer advocates that their cautious approach was right on, and by companies developing... Read more »

Published Jan. 28, 2016

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Inquiry finds sales of concert tickets are a 'fixed game'

Had a hard time getting a ticket to a concert or sporting event? New York's attorney general says that's probably because more than half of tickets to many events are held for industry insiders or... Read more »

Published Jan. 28, 2016

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Chase planning rollout of card-free ATMs

JPMorgan Chase will install new ATMs later this year that will allow customers to withdraw cash or initiate other transactions using their cellphone. Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2016

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Germany proposes short-term jobs for half a million Syrians

Germany proposes creating up to 500,000 short-term jobs to help Syrian refugees survive in overburdened Middle Eastern host countries, the minister for economic cooperation said during a visit to... Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2016

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American consumers showing more confidence in economy

A strong job market and low gasoline prices helped boost U.S. consumer confidence again this month. Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2016

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US home prices rise in November; all-time highs in 4 cities

U.S. home prices increased at a faster clip in November, the gains fueled by solid hiring growth, historically low mortgage rates and a shortage of houses on the market. Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2016

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Johnson & Johnson beats 4Q profit views despite lower sales

& Johnson, despite a tough year of falling revenue, posted a 27.6 percent increase in fourth-quarter profit, as a big one-time gain offset restructuring and other charges taken by the... Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2016

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LG Electronics posts 4Q loss as mobile business struggles

LG Electronics, the world's second-largest TV maker, on Tuesday reported an unexpected loss for the final quarter of 2015 as its smartphone business struggled and costs for raw materials rose. Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2016

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Hyundai Motor's 2015 profit sinks to 5-year low

Hyundai Motor Co. reported its lowest annual profit in five years after a failure to fully anticipate strong demand for sports utility vehicles in China led to a sales drop in the world's largest... Read more »

Published Jan. 26, 2016

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