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US stocks solidly higher; Apple, Harley up

U.S. stocks were solidly higher in midday trading as the market headed for a fourth day of gains.


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McDonald’s CEO outlines changes as sales slide


McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn’t been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.

Staples investigating possible data breach

Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.

Verizon misses Street 3Q forecasts

Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday reported earnings of $3.7 billion in its third quarter.

American, US Airways complete cargo combination

American Airlines and US Airways say they have finished combining their cargo operations.

Whole Foods tries national ads for first time

The nation’s largest natural and organic chain on Monday announced plans to roll out its first national advertising campaign. The move comes at a time when the chain is facing slowing growth and increasing competition from the likes of Safeway and Walmart, even as its stock has fallen.

Halliburton tops Street 3Q forecasts

Halliburton Co. on Monday reported profit of $1.2 billion in its third quarter.

Pay raises rarer despite strong US hiring: survey

U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.

Yellen: Greatly concerned by widening inequality


WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America’s longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake. The growing gap between the rich and everyone else narrowed slightly during the …

Microsoft CEO launches diversity training effort


SAN FRANCISCO — Still working to repair damage caused by his gaffe about women seeking pay raises, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has again apologized to employees and announced in a company-wide memo that all workers will receive expanded training on how to foster an inclusive …

Business briefs for Oct. 20

Technology Trends Presentation: A presentation titled “Incorporating Emerging Technology Trends to Increase your Sales and Profitability” is set for 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at First Financial Bank’s banking center, 11890 Broadway, Crown Point. The presenter will be Luke Weinman IV, chief technology officer of …

AM General laying off 60 from Indiana factory

AM General is laying off about 60 workers from the northern Indiana factory where it builds military vehicles.

UnitedHealth tops 3Q expectations, raises forecast


UnitedHealth Group’s third-quarter earnings inched up 2 percent but that was enough to help the nation’s largest health insurer trump Wall Street expectations and raise its 2014 forecast for the first time this year.

Chrysler recalling nearly 907,000 cars, SUVs

Chrysler is recalling nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and cars for failing alternators and heated power mirrors that can cause minor fires.

Barbie’s star fades, dragging down Mattel in 3Q

Mattel’s got girl problems and her name is Barbie. Sales of the iconic doll continue to slide and a surprising drop in sales of its American Girl toys could become another headache for the toy company as it heads into the crucial holiday season.