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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.
Two Semiconductor Companies You Haven't Heard Of Are Merging In A $40B ...  TechCrunch
Dutch Chipmaker NXP to Buy Freescale Semiconductor for $12B  ABC News
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
European Central Bank Readying QE
Quantitative easing and Greek funding in Europe, a rate cut that is expected in Australia and the buoyant labor market in the U.S.
ECB braces for QE as others shift rates  Reuters
Jain or Abel? Buffett Successor Speculation Continues
Warren Buffett's annual reports to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders have their own Kremlinology. Investors hunt for any hint about who will succeed the 84-year- old chief executive officer, much as students of the Soviet Union sought clues from its ...
A Two-Man Race Is On to Succeed Buffett at Berkshire  Wall Street Journal
Buffett Expects Another Big Crowd at Shareholder Meeting  1011now
Hong Kong lawmakers hand themselves in to police over protests
Hong Kong (AFP) -- Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers handed themselves in to police Monday over their involvement in mass protests for free elections, the latest step in a widespread investigation which has been accused of intimidation.
33 held after anti-mainland march in Hong Kong
More than 30 arrested as Hong Kong anti-China protesters scuffle with police  Reuters
NYMEX-US oil falls toward $49 after 1st monthly gain since June
SINGAPORE, March 2 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures fell towards $49 a barrel on Monday after rising more than $1 in the previous session to close February with the first monthly gain since June last year.
Oil falls 1 percent on weak China outlook, higher Libya production  KDAL
Oil falls approximately 1% on weak China outlook, higher Libyan crude output ...
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.
China's Manufacturing Gauge Strengthens in February  Wall Street Journal
China February HSBC PMI at seven-month high  TODAYonline
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: From mundane to mystery
What happened to Flight 370, and will we ever find it? Watch "Vanished: The Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370" Tuesday at 9 p.m.
Silver linings in yearlong search for Flight 370: No sign of plane but many ...  Fox Business
MH370: Penang overflight 'last emotional look' for captain, pilot ...  Malay Mail Online
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
Yuan Drops to Two-Year Low as PBOC Rate Cut Boosts China Stocks
A commuter walks past the People's Bank Of China headquarters in the financial district of Beijing. The PBOC keeps the yuan within 2 percent of its daily reference rate, which has been lowered by 0.5 percent this year.
China steps up easing tempo as factory activity shrinks  Reuters India
China Pushes On A String With Rate Cut  Barron's