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May 27, 2016 - 41 minutes ago

SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s Android software just dodged a $9 billion bullet.

A federal jury found Thursday that Google didn’t need permission to use a rival’s programming tools as it built Android — now the world’s leading smartphone operating software...


CEO pay climbs again, even as stock prices don't

May 26, 2016

NEW YORK — CEOs at the biggest companies got a 4.5 percent pay raise last year. That’s almost double the typical American worker’s, and a lot more than investors earned from owning their stocks — a big fat zero.

The typical chief executive in the Standard &...


New-home sales jump to highest level in more than 8 years

May 25, 2016

WASHINGTON — Americans ramped up their purchases of new homes in April to the highest level since January 2008, evidence of a strong start to the spring buying season.

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales jumped 16.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted...


Bayer makes $62 billion offer for Monsanto

May 24, 2016

BERLIN — German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG announced Monday that it has made a $62 billion offer to buy U.S.-based crops and seeds specialist Monsanto.

The proposed combination would create a giant seed and farm chemical company with a strong presence in the U.S., Europe...