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Low California snowpack ushers mandatory water restrictions
(CNN) The Golden State could soon refer to the hue of California's lawns. Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday imposed mandatory water restrictions for the first time on residents, businesses and farms, ordering cities and towns in the drought-ravaged state to ...
California governor orders statewide water cutbacks to combat drought  Reuters
California Imposes First Mandatory Water Restrictions to Deal With Drought  New York Times
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McDonald's to Increase Hourly Wages, Offer Paid Vacation
Workers and supporters protests for wage increases outside of a McDonald's in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 29, 2013. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg.
McDonald's move to lift wages at company stores doesn't quiet critics  The Seattle Times
McDonald's to Raise Pay at Outlets It Operates  New York Times
Is the GOP losing Walmart?
(CNN) As goes Walmart, so goes the nation? Everyone from Apple CEO Tim Cook to the head of the NCAA slammed religious freedom laws being considered in several states this week, warning that they would open the door to discrimination against gay and ...
Wal-Mart Expects Heavy Investment as It Expands Store Pickup  Bloomberg
Wal-Mart's obsession with low prices is causing major tension with suppliers  Siskiyou Daily News
GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares rise, US jobs data in focus
... * Weak U.S. data pressures dollar against yen, euro. * U.S. nonfarm payrolls awaited ahead of Easter holiday. * Oil prices take back some of their overnight surge.
Asian Morning Briefing: US Stocks Fall  Wall Street Journal
Job Gains Miss Expectations  Investor's Business Daily
Salesforce CEO: We're helping employees move out of Indiana
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said Wednesday that he is helping employees who are uncomfortable with Indiana's controversial religious freedom law to transfer out of the state.
salesforce.com, inc. CEO Marc Benioff Sells 12500 Shares (CRM)  WKRB News
Insider Selling: salesforce.com, inc. CEO Sells 37500 Shares of Stock (CRM)  sleekmoney
Wall St. declines after data; automakers fall
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks eased on Wednesday as weaker-than-expected data spurred concerns over economic growth ahead of Friday's jobs report and first-quarter earnings.
Stocks Fall But End Off Lows  Investor's Business Daily
US closes lower on weak jobs, factory data  The Australian Financial Review
Shopping mall tycoon withdraws $16.8B bid for rival
The chief executive of the country's No. 1 mall operator, Simon Property Group, late Tuesday abandoned its $16.8 billion hostile bid for rival Macerich - a move tied at least in part to a failed hostile bid for Taubman Centers a dozen year ago, according to a ...
Simon Property Group drops hostile takeover bid for owner of Tysons Corner ...  Washington Times
Simon calls off $16.8B bid to create mall colossus  Worcester Telegram
Overheard: GoDaddy's Turn On
GoDaddy may have made its name by sexing up the rather unsexy business of Internet-domain registration. Now, it will need to find some market-related sex appeal.
Corporate watch : GoDaddy IPO values company at $4.5bn  DAWN.com
GoDaddy shares rise 31% on first day of trading  San Francisco Chronicle
Flames engulf oil platform in Gulf, 4 workers dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) - A huge ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers leaping into the sea.
Pemex oil platform fire kills four in Gulf of Mexico, 302 evacuated  Reuters
Massive fire kills 4 workers on Mexican oil rig  CNN
Allegiant Air Uses Court Order to Head Off Pilot Strike
The airline says flights will not be affected by any strike this busy Easter holiday weekend. UPDATE: Allegiant Airlines says it used a court order to keep its pilots from hitting the picket lines.
Allegiant strike threat has travelers scrambling to other airlines  WZZM
UPDATE: Allegiant Will Fly Despite Threat of Strike  WIFR