Companies Try to Escape Health Law's Penalties

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With the health law’s insurance mandate for employers set to kick in next year, companies trying to avoid the law’s penalties while holding down costs, using strategies like enrolling employees in Medicaid.

McDonald's Vows Fresh Thinking

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McDonald’s outlined plans for what it called fundamental changes to its business as it reported one of its worst quarterly profit declines in years, driven by problems in nearly every major part of its business.

Coke Promises Cost Cuts as Profit Falls

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Coca-Cola Co. continues to flail as soda consumption declines in the U.S., China, Brazil and elsewhere. Third-quarter profit fell 14%, and Coke lowered its long-term revenue target and warned it will miss profit targets.

British Columbia Proposes Natural Gas Tax Break

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Canada’s British Columbia province introduced legislation to lighten the tax burden for natural-gas export terminals, a move aimed at spurring development.

Walgreen Faces Investor Pressure

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An activist adviser for union pension funds is pressing Walgreen Co. to postpone seeking shareholder approval of a major takeover until directors investigate allegations raised by former Chief Financial Officer Wade Miquelon in a defamation lawsuit.

GDF Suez Board Names Deputy CEO

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GDF Suez’s board appointed CFO Isabelle Kocher as deputy chief executive, as it moves to prepare the company for the departure of longtime leader Gérard Mestrallet, who will encounter age limits in 2016.

GT Advanced, Apple in Deal for 'Amicable' Split-Up

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GT Advanced Technologies has signed a pact with Apple Inc. for an “amicable parting of the ways,” Luc Despins, attorney for the bankrupt supplier to the technology giant, said Tuesday.

Bosses Seek 'Critical Thinking,' but What Is That?

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Critical thinking is a critical skill for young workers these days, but what bosses mean by that and how to measure it is less clear.

Mexican Stock Exchange's Chief Stepping Down

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Luis Téllez, chief executive of Bolsa Mexicana de Valores SAB, was recently named to country’s petroleum fund.

IRobot Earnings Surge on Bump in Sales

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IRobot Corp.’s third-quarter profit surged 87% as the company, known for its Roomba automated vacuum cleaner, reported a bump in sales ahead of schedule.

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