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Cautiously, Wall Street Floats Higher
The stock market closed mostly higher on Thursday, helped by positive earnings reports by several large companies, including Apple and Caterpillar.
Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up  The Seattle Times
Apple helps boost US stocks  Sydney Morning Herald
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Ronald McDonald gets a hip new makeover
Ronald McDonald has replaced his pass� overalls with a chic vest and pants combo, showing that just because you're a clown, you don't have to look like one.
VIDEO: Ronald McDonald Gets A Makeover: Two New Outfits And A Hashtag  FTC Publications
Ronald McDonald gets a makeover for social media  CNET
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Microsoft results beat expectations, with $5.7B in earnings
SAN MATEO, Calif. - Microsoft's third-quarter results were in the clouds. Propelled by strong sales in the fledgling cloud-computing market, the software behemoth on Thursday reported profits of $5.7 billion on revenue of $20.4 billion (68 cents per share).
UPDATE 2-Microsoft beats Wall Street on new CEO debut  Reuters
How Microsoft's Nadella Gains Ground in Cloud  Bloomberg
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Amazon's slim profits meet analyst expectations
The online retail giant's chief financial officer also suggested that the increase to Amazon Prime hasn't scared off subscribers.
Amazon's Q1 2014 Earnings Hint At Streaming TV Services As Key Element  Forbes
Amazon's Sales Satisfy the Street  Businessweek
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Former KMPG partner who took bribes for providing inside information gets 14 ...
LOS ANGELES - A former partner at the accounting firm KPMG has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for insider trading. Scott London, of Agoura Hills, was sentenced Thursday in Los Angeles.
Scott London's Fall From Grace  Wall Street Journal
UPDATE 1-Ex-KPMG partner London gets 14 months for insider trading  Reuters
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GM's profit dragged down by recalls
General Motors squeezed out a small profit in the first three months of 2014 after setting aside $1.3 billion to cover the cost of recalls that followed a deadly ignition-switch defect linked to 13 deaths, the company reported Thursday.
Massive recall expenses slash General Motors' first-quarter profit  Los Angeles Times
UPDATE 3-GM says facing multiple probes into recent recalls  Reuters
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U.S. durable goods orders rise 2.6% in March, core orders up 2% - U.S. durable goods orders rose more than expected in March, while core orders also topped forecasts, official data showed on Thursday.
Orders for US durable goods up solid 2.6 percent in March with strength in ...  Fox News
Durable-goods orders climb 2.6% in March  MarketWatch
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Taco Bell for Foodies
Taco Bell is testing out a fast casual restaurant called U.S. Taco Co and Urban Tap Room. The clandestine concept�it was even hidden from Taco Bell employees�was developed over the course of the past year in Taco Bell's Irvine, California headquarters, ...
Polish Your Monocles, Because Taco Bell Is Going Fancy On Our Asses  Uproxx
Live m�s expensively: Taco Bell is launching a fancy new chain
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Barclays to Pay $280 Million Fine Over Mortgage Securities
Barclays PLC on Thursday said it would pay $280 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a top U.S. regulator over mortgage securities the bank sold to mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during last decade's housing bubble.
Barclays to pay $280 million to settle mortgage bond claims  Reuters UK
Politics clouds proposed overhaul of US housing finance system  Reuters
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Postal workers protest privatization at Clawson Staples store
Postal workers protest privatization of the United States Postal Service outside of a Staples store in Clawson on April 24, 2014. (Photo by Andrew Kidd/The Oakland Press).
Mail Carriers Protest Staples Postal Counters  CBS Local
Postal service deal with Staples raises ire  WJLA
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