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US stocks ease for a second day; price of crude oil soars

(AP) — U.S. stocks are closing modestly lower, continuing a downward trajectory from the day before.

McDonald's: Workers to get pay hikes at company-owned stores

(AP) — McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.

Why businesses are speaking out on religious-objections laws

(AP) — A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas.

States increasing production caps for microbreweries

 (AP) — Four Peaks Brewing Co. has grown over the last two decades from a historic red-brick microbrewery and restaurant into an Arizona staple that served nearly 1 million gallons of beer last year, including its popular Kilt Lifter ale.

Simon calls off $16.8B bid to create mall colossus

(AP) — Simon Property Group is calling off its hostile $16.8 billion takeover bid for Macerich, which would have tied together two of the nation's largest mall operators.

Live in a Porsche? Designer labels draw Miami home buyers

(AP) — The wow factor for Miami's skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view.

Survey: US businesses add 189k jobs in March

(AP) — U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring in March, a private survey found. The slowdown raises questions about how much of an impact falling oil prices, a stronger dollar and harsh winter weather have had on dampening economic growth.

US auto sales tap the brakes in March, but outlook strong

(AP) — U.S. car buyers stepped on the brakes in March, a sign of a long-expected slowdown in the blistering pace of sales.

US construction spending falls for second month in February

(AP) — U.S. construction spending slipped for the second month in February, pulled down by a drop in single-family home building.

Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes

(AP) — Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.