In Germany, Amazon Keeps Unions at Bay

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German union Verdi is conducting a series of strikes against Amazon.com, but the online retailer has refused to bargain.

Pfizer Held Takeover Talks With Actavis

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Pfizer explored a potential tax-lowering takeover of rival Actavis in recent weeks, but talks between the two pharmaceutical companies have ended, according to a person familiar with the matter.

New Tax Rules to Slow, Not Halt, Inversion Deals

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The Obama administration's actions to tighten rules against corporate inversions should discourage such deals—at least temporarily—experts said. But many questioned how long any chilling effect would last.

Ackman Threatens to Sue Allergan

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Activist investor William Ackman threatend to sue Allergan if the Botox maker makes a deal to acquire Salix Pharmaceuticals.

CEO Steers Halliburton Through Controversy

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Boss Talk: Dave Lesar has run Halliburton since Dick Cheney left for politics. In his 14 years as CEO, he has steered the oil-services company through the fracking boom and split off its military business.

Websites Are Wary of Facebook Tracking

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Fearing the growing clout of Facebook, some publishers and retailers are reprogramming their websites to send less data back to the social network about who visits their sites.

Yara, CF Industries in Merger Talks

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Norway's Yara International and U.S.-based CF Industries said they are discussing a merger that would create a new, nearly $19 billion-a-year powerhouse in the global fertilizer business.

Oracle Pays Ellison $67.3 Million

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Oracle paid Larry Ellison, who vacated the chief executive post last week, $67.3 million for his final full year in the job, the company said.

Firms Fight Limits on Oil Trains

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Executives from the top oil companies in the Bakken Shale told state regulators that their crude is safe to transport by train, opposing possible requirements that they make the oil less volatile before shipping it.

Health Diagnostic Laboratory CEO Resigns

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Health Diagnostic Laboratory's chief executive, Tonya Mallory, resigned amid a federal investigation into the medical lab's payments of blood-sample fees to doctors.

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