Head of Asia division, Greg Foran, to succeed Bill Simon as CEO of Wal-Mart U.S. More 'Mandatory Fun,' the latest album by Weird Al, is topping the charts -- and getting pirated like mad too. More The world economy is still stuck in low gear even as the risks to growth mount, the International Monetary Fund says as it cuts its 2014 forecast. More Automaker sets aside $400 million for victim compensation from faulty ignition switch, but says costs could rise by another $200 million. More The owner of Dunkin' Donuts reported weak sales and lowered its outlook. It blamed the weather. But tough competition may be the real reason. Investors aren't pleased. More Hackers have broken into a database at the European Central Bank, stealing 20,000 e-mail addresses and other contact information. The bank said its market data was not affected. More McDonald's is standing by a troubled meat supplier, even after allegations the company was selling tainted and expired meat. More Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day. More Manufacturing activity is at an 18-month high in China as factories roar to life after a dismal start to the year. More Yes, an SUV really can drive like a sports car. Just don't expect it to be cheap. More Like many of its Silicon Valley peers, Twitter workers are mostly male and white according to a diversity report released by the company Wednesday. More With cost-cutting at the U.S. Postal Service more letter carriers are working later and later to deliver your mail. About 38% of mail is delivered after 5 p.m. in cities nationwide. And areas like Atlanta, Washington and South Florida, it's 70%. More Facebook posted another strong quarter driven by its success in mobile advertising revenue. More General Motors recalls another 718,000 U.S. cars to deal with variety of problems including seat height adjustments, welds and power steering. More The Department of Transportation wants to change how oil and ethanol move by rail. More The Israeli stock market has actually gained ground since war broke out with Gaza earlier this month. More Microsoft is cutting the cord on Windows RT, its poorly executed tablet operating system. More Apple is facing a class-action lawsuit from employees who say they were denied meal breaks and rest periods. More These cars and trucks topped J.D. Power's APEAL survey, which measures how much owners like their new vehicles. More Corporate inversions are on the rise. A U.S. company can greatly lower its tax bill by merging with a foreign firm and legally moving its headquarters abroad. Lawmakers from both parties are unhappy with the trend and want to change the rules. In the meantime, some are saying the move is unpatriotic. More Strong corporate earnings are making investors more bullish despite events in Gaza and Ukraine. More
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Hospitals are hoping online ER appointments will help attract patients anxious to avoid long waits in a crowded and often chaotic environment. More Fearing stricter gun laws in Maryland, gun maker Beretta is moving its manufacturing to Tennessee. More A problem with the ignition switch can cause engines to stall on the road and disable airbags. More Ladar Levison, the guy behind Lavabit, is launching Dark Mail to encrypt emails so the NSA doesn't even know who's talking. More Microsoft reported quarterly results Tuesday that took a hit from Nokia's ailing business. More Apple reported earnings showing the company is slightly more profitable, but revenue fell short. More One recently retired airline worker on Obamacare said his tax credit for 2014 will return him $3,600 for the year, or 23% of his annual income. He's watching the dueling court rulings closely. More MH17 has created new interest in protecting commercial flights by equipping them with missile defense technology. Play Comcast is offsetting the loss of cord-cutting cable customers by luring in more Internet users. More Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has proposed a 3-day work week. We asked New Yorkers what they thought. Play Earnings took center stage Tuesday as investors shrug off the conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza. Chipotle and Comcast are winners, while McDonald's and Netflix are losers. More Europe has threatened Russia with tough economic sanctions if it fails to halt the flow of arms to rebels in Ukraine and cooperate over the Malaysia Airlines crash. More Verizon has announced a new program offering perks for customers who agree to have their location data tracked for marketing purposes. More Two opposing court rulings issued Tuesday sowed confusion about whether 4.7 million Americans can keep their Obamacare subsidies. More Goodwill Industries says it has found no evidence of credit card data theft. More Food prices have been rising, but don't fear: Not all groceries are more expensive. All the fixings for peanut butter and jelly are cheaper now than they were a year ago. More The Golden Arches hamburger chain and Coca-Cola remain in a slump, and there are few reasons to expect a turnaround soon. More Saudi Arabia is set to open its stock market to direct foreign investment for the first time, giving outsiders access to the biggest bourse in the region. More As Europe edges toward tougher sanctions on Russia, here's a list of the 10 most important companies and businessmen already targeted by the U.S. More The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for a smartwatch. It resembles others already on the market but there are some features that could set an iWatch apart. More Burger King and Papa John's have joined McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks on the list of fast food chains hit by China's latest food scare. More Chipotle reports one of its best quarters for sales since it went public in 2006 despite recent price hikes. Shares soar to a new high in extended trading. More Over 5,100 similar cases are pending against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. But it's likely there won't be more judgments of that size. More Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day. More Workers rejoice: Economists say their companies are granting more pay raises this year. More Six Flags investors are not thrilled with theme park's surprise attendance dive. More Google's new WebP image file format promises to speed up the Web by reducing image sizes. Those JPEGs and GIFs are just too darn big and clunky. More Mexican-style chicken chain El Pollo Loco wants to raise $100 million in the stock market this week to pay down debt as it pushes ahead with expansion plans. Can it be the next Chipotle? More The Senate joined the House and backed off plans that would have forced grocery stores for military to offer fewer discounts due to slashed budgets. More The U.K. has launched a wide-reaching criminal investigation to catch people who may have manipulated the foreign exchange market. More Facebook has unveiled a new standalone app it's calling 'Mentions,' which is designed to help famous people manage their presences on the site. More Voting results due Monday will determine if Detroit can emerge quickly from the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy. More A new food scandal has erupted in China and is threatening the reputations of McDonald's and Yum Brands. More Shares fall after Florida jury awards payment to widow of a man who died in 1996. More Stocks rebound from tough start despite Ukraine and Gaza crises. More Millennials are three times more likely to choose cash over stocks as a long-term investment. More Carlos Slim, world's 2nd richest man, advocates three-day work week along with longer work days and later retirement age. More Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day. More NBC News Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin returned to Gaza on Sunday, four days after outrage that followed network management's decision to remove him from the conflict zone. More Daniel Ellsberg and Edward Snowden teamed up to make this plea to hackers: Develop better tools that allows future insiders to secretly expose wrongdoing. More Many big restaurant chains and food companies have announced price hikes recently as wholesale prices for many basic ingredients have soared. More Malaysia Airlines will have to make payouts to families of the deceased and will have lawsuits to fight. But whether or not customers stay loyal is key to its bottom line. More IRAs climb more than 15% on an annual basis due to the rally in stocks. More Coach popularized 'luxury for the masses.' Now the brand is struggling and it wants to leave the masses behind. Can new creative director Stuart Vevers pull off a comeback? More Rupert Murdoch isn't saying anything about his bid for Time Warner. But he is taking himself off the list of possible bidders for Tribune Publishing. More Worried about geopolitical fallout from Ukraine and the Middle East? Forget about it, investors say. More Level 3, a company that Netflix and others pay to deliver traffic to Internet service providers, has accused Verizon of refusing to upgrade its infrastructure to boost lagging streaming speeds. More Forbes family will retain stake in Forbes Media, but majority of iconic business media group sold to Hong Kong investment group. More Kalashnikovs sell out in U.S. after feds block Russian imports. More