Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the … Continue reading


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Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

MOSCOW (AP) — Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and lasting economic damage. … Continue reading


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In China meat scandal, McDonald’s Japan switches to Thai chicken, no nuggets in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp has suspended sales of chicken nuggets and other items in Hong Kong after it said it imported products from Shanghai Husi Food, the U.S.-owned Chinese company at the center of a food safety scare … Continue reading


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Euro, shares sag as Ukraine woes hit German confidence

LONDON (Reuters) – Signs that tensions between the West and Russia are starting to hurt confidence in Europe’s dominant economy Germany left the euro near an eight-month low on Friday and lifted the region’s government bonds. Germany’s Ifo survey revealed … Continue reading


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Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox pledges to extend buybacks

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox said on Friday it would renew a share buyback program using the proceeds from its partial exit from European pay-TV, regardless of any acquisitions the media group undertakes. The company made the … Continue reading


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Liberty Media plans stock dividend to spin off cable assets

(Reuters) – John Malone’s Liberty Media Corp (LMCA.O) started the process of spinning off its cable assets through a stock dividend to its shareholders to form a new listed company called Liberty Broadband. Liberty Broadband, in a regulatory filing, said … Continue reading


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GM recalls far from calamity for some dealers who find new customers, business

FOX LAKE Ill. (Reuters) – The news about deadly crashes linked to a faulty ignition switch, followed by wave upon wave of recalls, did not bode well for General Motors dealers earlier this year. It conjured visions of worried, frustrated … Continue reading


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Stalled Ukraine parliament says yet to receive PM’s resignation

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament said on Friday it had yet to receive a resignation letter from Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk so could not vote on whether to accept it, stalling work at the heart of government. Yatseniuk, a key … Continue reading


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Crunch time for Gaza truce talks as death toll passes 800

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. With Israel … Continue reading


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Australia to send 100 extra police, troops to Ukraine: PM Abbott

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will send 100 additional police and some defense force personnel to Europe to join a planned Dutch-led international security force to secure the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday. … Continue reading


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US Says Russian Military Has Fired Artillery Into Ukraine

Russian military forces have fired artillery rounds into eastern Ukraine targeting Ukrainian military positions and plans to send even more heavy multiple rocket launchers to Russian separatists, U.S. officials said for the first time today. A Pentagon official labeled the … Continue reading


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‘Credible’ Terror Threat in Norway, US Officials Say

There is a “credible” threat of a terror attack in Norway in coming days, U.S. officials said following a stark warning from a top Norwegian intelligence official. Earlier today Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of the Norwegian security service PST, said … Continue reading


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