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Vietnam meets demands to end strike in Nike, Adidas factory
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Workers at a major Vietnamese footwear factory for Nike and Adidas ended a weeklong strike Thursday after the government agreed to their demands on retirement payouts....

Labor issues to pressure McDonald's despite pay bump
NEW YORK (AP) -- A pay bump for workers at some McDonald's restaurants isn't likely to ease the pressures the chain is facing over labor issues....

US car buyers tap the brakes in March, following torrid run
DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. car buyers tapped the brakes in March, a sign of a long-expected slowdown in the blistering pace of sales....

AP Exclusive: Airbnb to Cuba in major US business expansion
HAVANA (AP) -- The popular online home-rental service Airbnb will allow American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of detente between the two countries late last year....

Obama to criticize GOP for plan to repeal estate tax
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is unhappy about plans by Republicans who control Congress to repeal the estate tax....

Boston Marathon opens new 'front door' on Boylston Street
BOSTON (AP) -- A few blocks from the finish line and even closer to the spot where the second bomb exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon, race organizers are building a combination clubhouse, interactive museum and retail store that, for the first time, gives them a year-round, public presence....

McDonald's joins Wal-Mart, Gap, other cos. in raising wages
NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's said Wednesday it is raising pay for workers at restaurants that the company owns. Here's a look at all the big companies that recently have announced they are boosting hourly wages for their employees:...

Asia stocks gain as weak global data raises stimulus hopes
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets bounded higher Thursday after weak data from major economies boosted hopes for stimulus and a slow pace for U.S. interest rate hikes....

Search, social & shopping: Pinterest turns 5
NEW YORK (AP) -- In its five short years of life, Pinterest has become `the' place where brides-to-be create wish boards of wedding china photos and do-it-yourself home renovators bookmark shiny turquoise tiles for bathrooms. It's where people share ideas and ingenuity and get creatively inspired. And it's fueled a new way of searching for items that's even stolen traffic from tech giant Google....

Why businesses are speaking out on religious-objections laws
NEW YORK (AP) -- A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas....

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