Shareholders weren’t lovin’ it: McDonald’s CEO resigns

Don Thompson will be replaced as the company’s CEO.

The past few years have been difficult—to say the least—for McDonald’s. Just ask the company’s soon-to-be former chief executive.

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    Mortgage rates drift slightly higher

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    Michelle Singletary

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