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Amazon Posts Stronger 1Q Profit on Revenue Growth's (AMZN) first-quarter earnings climbed 32% on stronger-than-expected revenue, although the online retail giant again posted a small profit amid hefty investments in video and other initiatives.
Amazon Q1 income up 32% on brisk sales  USA TODAY
Amazon revenue up but offset by increasing expenses  BBC News
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Microsoft's Nadella Posts Cloud Gains in Third Quarter
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s push into cloud computing, which is accelerating under new Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, paid off in the fiscal third quarter.
Microsoft Posts Smaller-Than-Expected Profit Decline  Wall Street Journal
So far, so good for Microsoft's Nadella  CNNMoney
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SEC opens probe over GM ignition switch recall
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating General Motors over its handling of an ignition switch defect, according to a public filing today.
GM's Net Income Falls 85 Percent  New York Times
GM says facing multiple probes into recent recalls  Reuters India
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Equity indexes up on Apple, Ukraine tempers rise
... * Russia launches army drills near Ukraine border. * U.S. shares pare early gains made on Apple, Facebook rally. * Dollar loses ground on risk aversion.
Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up
Market Closes Mostly Higher in Volatile Trading  New York Times
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UPDATE 1-Ex-KPMG partner London gets 14 months for insider trading
... * 29-year KPMG veteran sentenced in Los Angeles. * Friend was tipped about news involving KPMG clients (Adds details of allegations, background; paragraphs 1-4, 7-9).
Ex-KPMG Partner Sentenced for Insider Trading  Fox Business
Ex-KPMG Partner Gets 14 Months in Prison -- Update  Wall Street Journal
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Ronald McDonald's Hipster Makeover Is The Sexiest Thing Since The Shamrock ...
What's creepier than Ronald McDonald's horror movie makeup and old-man-lurking-around-the-playground jumpsuit? The fact that, instead of retiring the character once and for all, McDonald's is giving everyone's least-favorite clown a hipster makeover.
America's Most Terrifying Mascot Is Getting a Total Makeover  TIME
Ronald McDonald gets a makeover, takes on Twitter (+video)  Christian Science Monitor
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Taco Bell to test US Taco Co. concept: Fancier food, boozy shakes
Taco Bell plans to test a new fast-casual restaurant in Huntington Beach called U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Tap Room, slated to open in the next couple of months.
Taco Bell Is Going Upscale�Really  Businessweek
Taco Bell to test fast-casual restaurant  WTSP 10 News
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Amazon Meets Analysts' Low Expectations
Amazon earlier this month announced a device, called Fire TV, that lets consumers watch the company's extensive video library as well as play a wide array of games on their television sets.
Amazon's Spending Rises as Revenue Exceeds Estimates (1)  Businessweek
Amazon shares rise on strong earnings  CNNMoney
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Strong durable goods orders buoy growth outlook
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected in March and a measure of business capital spending plans surged, bolstering views of an acceleration in growth in the second quarter.
Durable-Goods Orders Rise 2.6% -- Update  Wall Street Journal
Forex - USD/CAD remains rangebound after U.S. data  NASDAQ
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Postal Workers Unions Protest Staples Program
Postal workers in cities big and small around the country have fanned out to protest a deal that puts postal services in Staples stores.
Postal workers protest Staples  CNNMoney
Postal Workers Protest At Staples Over Shift In Jobs  NPR
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