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  • Halliburton reaches $1.1B oil spill settlement

    Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

  • US stock market edges higher at open

    U.S. stocks were slightly higher Tuesday as investors await the actions of global central banks.

  • US home prices rose at slower pace in July

    U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. The moderating price increases could help support sales.

  • 1-800-FLOWERS buying Harry & David for $142.5M

    1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. is buying Harry & David for $142.5 million to help broaden the assortment of foods that its customers can choose as gifts.

    Norwegian sails into luxury with Prestige purchase

    Norwegian Cruise Line is sailing into the luxury sector, spending about $3 billion in cash and stock to acquire the high-end Prestige Cruises International.

    Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1B

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    Dollar General upped its bid for the rival Family Dollar chain and addressed an earlier roadblock, saying it will more than double the number of stores it would shed to tamp down the antitrust concerns of its takeover target. The newest bid is worth $9.1 billion.

    Court halts ridesharing service Uber in Germany

    A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in a fight with the country’s taxi drivers.

    Civil disobedience expected as fast-food workers push for raise

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    McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry’s workers. Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said workers in a couple of dozen cities were trained to peacefully engage in civil disobedience ahead of this week’s planned protests.

    Hershey takes wraps off new corporate logo

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    The Hershey Co. is rolling out a new corporate logo that features a freshly stylized version of one of its most famous chocolate products.

    Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

    Tesla Motors has five states bidding to attract a $5 billion factory that will make batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

    International students study in Chicago but IT jobs go unfilled

    The Chicago region’s colleges and universities are attracting growing numbers of foreign-born students, but employers are doing less well in hiring these students for local jobs when they graduate, especially to fill a big shortage of workers for information technology jobs, a new report shows.

  • JPMorgan investigating possible cyberattack

    JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s biggest bank by assets, is working with law enforcement officials to investigate a possible cyberattack, though the bank isn’t currently seeing any unusual fraud activity at the time.

  • Darden delays shareholders meeting

    Olive Garden’s parent company Darden Restaurants said it is postponing its annual meeting to give shareholders enough time to review its proxy materials.

  • FBI investigates reports of cyberattacks on JPMorgan Chase, other banks

    JPMorgan spokeswoman Trish Wexler said large companies experience cyberattacks nearly every day. “We have multiple layers of defense to counteract any threats and constantly monitor fraud levels,” said Wexler, who did not confirm the reports.

  • Northwestern, Cadence Health merger takes effect Sept. 1

    Effective Sept. 1, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Winfield-based Cadence Health will merge into one health system — one of the largest in the Chicago area, officials said Wednesday.