Life Time Fitness in Talks With Two Private-Equity Groups

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Gym chain Life Time Fitness Inc. is in advanced talks with private-equity bidders, according to people familiar with the matter.

EU Court Rules E-Books Are Services, Not Goods

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Electronic books cannot share the same reduced rate of value-added tax as paper books, the top EU court ruled, because e-books are ‘electronically supplied services,’ not goods.

Apple to Make Larger iPad in Second Half

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Apple suppliers have been told to start production of a larger-screen iPad in the second half of this year as the U.S. tech giant wrestles with new designs and features for the enterprise market.

DuPont: Plant Outage to Hurt Unit in 1Q

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DuPont said that an unplanned outage at a chemical plant in Deepwater, N.J., will “challenge productivity and earnings” in its safety and protection segment in the first quarter

CBRE in Talks to Buy Johnson Controls Unit

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CBRE Group., the world’s largest commercial real-estate services company, is negotiating to buy the division of Johnson Controls Inc. that manages 1.8 billion square feet of corporate real estate globally.

Google Snubs Robotics Rivals

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Google is the hottest company in the robotics business, but it wants no part of a Pentagon-backed robot-building contest. Its decision to drop out of the competition has irked some robotics experts.

Canadian Crude Exports by Rail Drop in Latest Quarter

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Canada’s national energy regulator said Thursday exports of crude oil by rail dropped in the latest quarter, a sign that lower oil prices have made shipments by rail less attractive to some Canadian crude producers.

Study Touts Self-Driving Cars

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Self-driving vehicles could reduce accidents in the U.S. by 90%, says consulting firm McKinsey & Co., saving lives and eliminating $190 billion in damages and health-care costs a year.

Limits Sought on GMO Corn as Pest Evolves

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U.S. regulators are proposing limits on the planting of some genetically engineered corn to combat a voracious pest that has evolved to resist the bug-killing crops, a potential blow to makers of biotech seed.

New Jersey's Exxon Settlement Questioned

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New Jersey’s proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon for years of environmental damage—after state officials previously argued for $8.9 billion—came under scrutiny as legislators and environmentalists called for separate probes and rejection of the deal.

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