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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    Northrop Grumman is looking abroad for growth

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    Congress mulling new rules for federal rulemakers

    House, Senate push separate bills to protect small businesses from onerous regulations.

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    Hershey’s plan to hook Americans onto impulse-buying chocolate again

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    The abandoned plan for 529 plans: Are there lessons?

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    New shows help make TV more diverse than ever

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    Mortgage rates drift slightly higher

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    Michelle Singletary

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    Steven Pearlstein

    Steven Pearlstein

    At the glimmering edge of good sense

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    Allan Sloan

    Allan Sloan

    Yahoo’s complex Alibaba spin-off will save billions in taxes

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    Thomas Heath

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    Market News

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    Stocks move higher in afternoon trading; Energy stocks fall

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    100 years of stock market gains and losses, visualized

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    How cheap parking makes a lot of life more expensive

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    Lynch: Alcohol is safer than marijuana

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    The Shake Shack strategy

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    The biggest mass layoffs of the past two decades

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    The majority of consumers have subprime credit scores, report says

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    Want to lose weight? Get on a budget.

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    The Switch

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    Microsoft launches Office for Android, Outlook for iOS and Android

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    FCC chairman warns: The GOP’s net neutrality bill could jeopardize broadband’s ‘vast future’

    FCC chairman warns: The GOP’s net neutrality bill could jeopardize broadband’s ‘vast future’

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