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  • Civil disobedience expected as fast-food workers push for raise

    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

    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.

    Spiders force Suzuki to recall midsize cars

    Suzuki is recalling more than 19,000 cars because spider webs can clog a fuel vapor vent hose in some 2010 to 2013 Kizashi cars, cutting off air flow. If that happens, it can cause the gas tank to deform, causing cracks, fuel leaks and possible fires.

  • Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

    Time Warner Cable said Wednesday service was largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours.

  • IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

    Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was placed under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that dates back to her days as France’s finance minister.

  • US consumer confidence near a 7-year high: survey

    U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains. The optimism suggests Americans will be more likely to spend in the months ahead, an important boost to the economy.

  • US closes probe into Camry Hybrid brake problems

    An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.

    S&P 500 closes above 2,000 for first time

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    It was a big round-number day for the stock market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed above 2,000 points Tuesday for the first time.

    US durable goods orders surge record 22.6 percent

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    Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July but much of the strength came from a huge surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders actually fell.