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  • A Staples store is seen on March 6, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Postal Workers Union Protests Mail Counters in Staples Stores

    WASHINGTON—Postal workers plan protests in 27 states Thursday against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees. Last year,... Read more

  • FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2012 file photo, a Delta Air Lines airplane is parked at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Delta reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren File)

    Delta Beats First-Quarter Profit Predictions Despite Bad Winter Weather

    DALLAS—Delta Air Lines Inc. is making more money by filling more seats on its planes and paying a bit less for fuel. Delta’s first-quarter profit... Read more

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    Amazon Obtains Streaming Rights to Classic HBO Series

    SEATTLE—Amazon is teaming up with HBO, the first streaming arrangement agreed to by the cable network, in a deal that will make available to Amazon... Read more

  • A Boeing 787 Dreamliner sits on the assembly line June 13, 2012 at the Boeing Factory in Everett, Washington. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

    Boeing Brings Makes $965M 1Q Profit With Faster Production

    Boeing’s increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders. In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes... Read more

  • FILE - This Aug. 2, 2010, file photo, shows the Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters building in Cincinnati. P&G reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

    Procter & Gamble Increases Q3 Profit With Cost Cuts

    CINCINNATI— Procter & Gamble Co.’s fiscal third-quarter net income rose 2 percent as it cut costs to offset sluggish sales in categories like beauty and... Read more

  • This picture taken on July 7, 2009 in Paris, shows the front page of Microsoft's web search engine Bing. (Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

    Microsoft Offers Ad-Free Bing Search to All US Schools

    LOS ANGELES—Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search... Read more

  • Dutch electronics giant Philips reported a drop in first-quarter profits blamed partly on sluggish sales of its health care products and consumer lights. (Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images)

    Philips First-Qurter Proftits Drop, Driving Down Share Price

    AMSTERDAM—Shares in Royal Philips, the world’s leading light maker, slumped Tuesday after the Dutch company reported a drop in first-quarter profits blamed partly on sluggish... Read more

  • This Wednesday, March 19, 2014 photo shows CVO Deluxe Harley-Davidson at the South East Harley-Davidson in Bedford, Ohio. Harley Davidson reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Harley-Davidson First-Quarter Earnings Up 19 percent

    MILWAUKEE—Shares of Harley-Davidson jumped almost 7 percent in premarket trading after the company reported first-quarter earnings that were 18.7 percent higher than a year ago... Read more

  • FILE - The Oct. 19, 2012 file photo shows a Novartis employee in a laboratory of Novartis in Prangins near Nyon, Switzerland. Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals Tuesday, April 22, 2014 with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally.  (AP Photo/Keystone, Yannick Bailly)

    Novartis Announces Major Business Deals With GSK, Lilly Deal

    GENEVA— Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG launched a major overhaul of its business Tuesday, unveiling a series of multibillion-dollar deals with Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline PLC and... Read more

  • FILE - This Feb. 11, 2011 file photo shows the Comcast logo on one of the company's vehicles, in Pittsburgh. Comcast reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    Comcast Income Rises 30 Percent on NBC Popularity

    PHILADELPHIA—Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income rose by 30 percent as ad revenue surged at broadcast network NBC, helped by the Winter... Read more

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    Coca-Cola Declared the Corporate Website Dead. So Why Haven’t Companies Listened?

    Content Is King. The Website Is Dead. About 6 months ago, Coca-Cola declared that “Content is King, and the Corporate Website is Dead”. The blog... Read more

  • An employee works on a Passat sedan at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. July 31, 2012 (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

    UAW Ends Appeal of Volkswagen Union Vote

    NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Tennessee... Read more

  • This Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006 photo shows unsold 2006 Ion coupes outside a Saturn dealership in the south Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo. According to government documents released Saturday, April 19, 2014, General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 small cars for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s auto safety watchdog, didn’t seek a recall of the Saturn Ion compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago, and even though it found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Documents Detail Another Delayed GM Recall

    DETROIT—Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and... Read more

  • A Michaels store logo is seen on a shopping-cart child's seat in this file photo in Mount Prospect, Illinois.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

    Michaels Confirms Security Breach, 2.6 Million Cards Compromised

    NEW YORK — Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at... Read more

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    Air Jordan XX9 Unveiled by Nike, Will Cost $225 (+Photos, Video)

    Nike has unveiled the Air Jordan XX9 shoes on Thursday. They’ll cost $225. “The Air Jordan should be, and has been in the past, the... Read more

  • Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl walks into a news conference after reaching a deal to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry, left, and Wesley Edens, right, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Wes Edens, Marc Lasry to Purchase Milwaukee Bucks From Herb Kohl

    MILWAUKEE—Bucks owner Herb Kohl was well past retirement age and realized it was time to secure the future of the franchise. He had one big... Read more

  • General Electric is reporting lower net income Thursday April 17, 2014 than a year ago because last year's results included the sale of NBC Universal. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    General Electric First-Quarter Earnings Fall, but Outlook Strong

    FAIRFIELD, Conn.—General Electric posted lower first-quarter net income than a year ago because last year’s results included the sale of NBC Universal. But the company... Read more

  • UnitedHealth Sees First-Quarter Profit Drop Eight Percent

    UnitedHealth Group’s first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as fees and funding cuts from the health care overhaul helped dent the performance of the nation’s... Read more

  • PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

    PepsiCo Posts Strong First-Qurter Profit on Snack Sales, Cost Cuts

    NEW YORK—PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world. The company, which makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade,... Read more

  • The new 2015 Camry is unveiled during a media preview of the 2014 New York International Auto Show April 16, 2014 in New York City. (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

    Toyota’s New Camry: Style to Match Its Substance

    Why mess with the best? To make it better. Toyota introduced its next-generation Camry Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, and judging from... Read more