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US pay and benefits rose by most in 6 years last year

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wages and benefits rose at the fastest pace in six years last year, a sign strong job gains could be forcing companies to pay a bit more for workers....

Markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's just a forecast, and for only one of 10 industry groups in the stock market. Yet it has almost singlehandedly turned what had been a promising earnings season into a grim one....

Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name

PHOENIX (AP) -- It is the game that must not be named - at least not without permission....

Barbie blues gave Mattel holiday disappointment

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc....

Russia cuts key rate to help economy, leaving ruble to drop

MOSCOW (AP) -- In a surprise decision, Russia's central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate, which it had raised sharply last month to support the collapsing ruble, in order to help the fading economy....

World stocks uneven ahead of US growth report

HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets were uneven Friday and Wall Street futures slid ahead of quarterly growth figures that will show whether weakness in China, Japan and Europe has hit the U.S. economy....

Marlboro maker Altria's 4Q profit more than doubles

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc.'s profit more than doubled in the fourth quarter on higher cigarette prices and lower costs for paying down debt....

How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins....

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