GM profit falls 85 percent

(Daniel Acker / Bloomberg)

The automaker says that its second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.

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Some Lay’s potato chip bags actually do come with fewer potato chips inside

This is going to ruffle a few feathers.

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Wonkbook — The latest risk in the migrant crisis: politics

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