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US business leaders assess Cuba business climate

(AP) — The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce toured an auto repair cooperative and talked with newly minted private entrepreneurs Wednesday as part of the first American trade mission of its kind to Cuba in 15 years.

Stocks climb; Fourth straight gain for S&P 500 


(AP) — More promising signs that the economy is strengthening after its winter slowdown pushed stocks higher on Tuesday.

$850 million cost of removing some Detroit blight 


(AP) — Removing blighted residential properties, lots and vacant commercial structures that have plagued Detroit neighborhoods for decades would cost $850 million, a task force said Tuesday.

Crossbows recalled that may shoot unexpectedly

(AP) — About 2,800 crossbows are being recalled because they may fire without the trigger being pulled.

Court sides with EPA on not setting new standard 


(AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency was justified in not establishing a new air quality standard for acid rain.

USDA seeks partnerships to protect soil, water 


(AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

The CEO got a huge raise. You didn't. Here's why. 


(AP) — If you randomly put 10,000 Americans in a room, only one would have earned the $10.46 million that a CEO at a typical large public company made last year.

Median CEO pay crosses $10 million in 2013 


(AP) — They're the $10 million men and women.

S&P 500 index closes above 1,900 for first time

The Standard & Poor's 500 index is closing above 1,900 for the first time.

Visa, MasterCard renew push for chip cards

(AP) — Visa and MasterCard are renewing a push to speed the adoption of microchips into U.S. credit and debit cards in the wake of recent high-profile data breaches, including this week's revelation that hackers stole consumer data from eBay's computer systems.