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Walgreen explores sale of $1.5 billion infusion business: sources

NEW YORK - U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co is exploring the sale of a majority stake in its infusion services business, in a deal that could value that division at around $1.5 billion, according to four people familiar with the matter.

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Home Depot data breach triggers fraudulent transactions: WSJ

- Data breach at home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc has led to fraudulent transactions across the United States, draining cash from customer bank accounts, the Wall Street Journal said.

Sturdy U.S. factory, services data bolster growth picture

WASHINGTON - U.S. manufacturing activity hovered at a near 4-1/2-year high in September and factory employment surged, supporting views of sturdy economic growth this quarter.

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Starbucks buying full control of Japan unit for $914 million

- Starbucks Corp on Tuesday said it plans to buy the remaining 60.5 percent share of Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd that it does not already own in a two-step deal valued at about $913.5 million.

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Fed officials take aim at regulations for small banks

ST. LOUIS - Federal Reserve officials on Tuesday offered their support to the nation's community banks, acknowledging that the complex financial reform effort is saddling small lenders with a heavy supervision load.

Barclays takes $77 million hit from British and U.S. fines

LONDON/NEW YORK - British bank Barclays was hit with a combined $77 million in fines from British and U.S. regulators on Tuesday as the lender continues to be dogged by problems from its past.

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Why quitters are good for the economy

This week Anchorage television reporter Charlo Greene quit her job—on-air, complete with a curse—in order to work full-time in support of Alaska’s ballot initiative to legalize marijuana.