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Chip Makers Will Merge in Deal Worth $11.8 Billion
NXP Semiconductors said on Sunday that it would buy a smaller peer, Freescale Semiconductor, in an $11.8 billion deal that would create a big maker of chips for industries as varied as automobiles and mobile payments.
NXP and Freescale Announce $40 Billion Merger  CNNMoney
NXP Semiconductors Near Deal to Buy Freescale for $40 Billion
Montana Standard  
Wal-Mart Pay Increase Decision Having Ripple Effect In Various Markets
Market analysts say the decision from Wal-Mart to increase 500,000 employees' wages in April is going to have a ripple effect on many industries and states.
Pay hike decision by Wal-Mart will have massive ripple effects in America  Times Gazette
Wal-Mart's Pay Hike Decision Will Have A �Ripple Effect� On Other ...  Consolidate Times
A Two-Man Race Is On to Succeed Buffett at Berkshire
Warren Buffett once wrote to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. that if he, his partner Charles Munger and his deputy Ajit Jain were ever on a sinking boat and only one of them could be saved, �Swim to Ajit.
Jain or Abel? Buffett Successor Speculation Continues  Insurance Journal
Eight pearls of wisdom for investors from Warren Buffett  Sydney Morning Herald
China's official manufacturing gauge edges up
BEIJING--An official gauge of China's manufacturing sector edged up in February but remained in contractionary territory for a second month in a row, official data showed.
UPDATE 1-China Feb HSBC PMI at 7-month high but deflation risk persists  Reuters
China February HSBC PMI at 7-month high but export orders shrink  Livemint
US lawmakers say China's �corrupt, gangster� regime is bad for Hong Kong
The US Congress is so bitterly divided that funding for the country's homeland security agency could be suspended this week, but a handful of lawmakers from both parties agree on one thing: China is undermining democracy in Hong Kong.
More than 30 arrested as Hong Kong anti-China protesters scuffle with police  Reuters
33 held after anti-mainland march in Hong Kong
Asia stocks mostly rise as China rate cut offsets US data
TOKYO (AP) - Asian stock markets were mostly higher Monday as a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank lifted sentiment following the release of lackluster U.S.
Asian shares edge up after China rate cut, euro sags  Livemint
Asian markets edges up after China rate cut, euro sags  Economic Times
Oil falls 1 percent on weak China outlook, higher Libya production
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil fell about 1 percent on Monday after posting its first monthly rise since June, pressured by continued weakness in China's vast manufacturing sector and higher Libyan crude output.
Bunker prices likely to continue mixed movements next week  Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
Last day to buy Girl Scout cookies
Nearly 4,000 area Girl Scouts have been out selling cookies this weekend as part of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana council office reported.
Girl Scout cookies are here
Thin mints, Caramel deLites and more cookies coming to a neighborhood near you  The Times and Democrat
Jared Hunt column: Gas prices on the way back up
Gas prices were under two dollars a gallon at a service station in Leonia, N.J., in January. After their winter break, consumers can expect prices to begin their seasonal rise.
Wichita gas prices predicted to climb in next few weeks
Cal. gas prices rose faster than ever  U-T San Diego
How to handle health insurance on your taxes
Health-care tax forms 8962, 1095-A, and 8965. Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015. (Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press).
Tax season hassle: Health form errors  Jackson Sun
Latino nonprofit offers aid with health and taxes days