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Wall Street edges up, on track for fourth week of gains

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks rose in a quiet session on Friday, as the latest in a string of positive data pushed investors to extend a rally that had been briefly threatened by overseas concerns.

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Part of Espirito Santo empire may try to block sale of insurer

LISBON - Part of the troubled business empire of Portugal's Espirito Santo family said on Friday it may try to block the planned sale of an insurance company it once controlled, adding to opposition already expressed by a group of investors.

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Fiat signals Chrysler merger on track

MILAN - Fiat signaled its merger with U.S. affiliate Chrysler was on track on Friday as a tally of shareholders suggested most had chosen not to exercise an option that could derail the plan, a vital step in the Italian carmaker's turnaround efforts.

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McDonald's says 12 Russian branches temporarily closed

MOSCOW - McDonald's said on Friday that a total of 12 of its branches in Russia had been temporarily closed over the state food safety regulator's allegations of sanitary violations.

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Tesco slashes dividend after second profit warning in two months

LONDON - Tesco will slash its dividend and investment spending to give its new boss more firepower to rebuild Britain's biggest retailer, after a second profit warning in two months showed the scale of the task he faces. | Video

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SoftBank's first Sony smartphone deal takes aim at U.S. market

TOKYO - Japan's SoftBank Corp and its U.S. mobile carrier Sprint Corp will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, sources with knowledge of the matter said, as the two technology titans confront daunting challenges in the U.S. market.

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How letting women fail can help them succeed

For women, fear of failure isn't an irrational position. Instead, it’s more likely a reaction to social pressures that tell them they will be more harshly judged than their male peers on their perceived missteps.