- AbbVie to buy leukemia drugmaker Pharmacyclics for $21B
AbbVie will spend about $21 billion to buy leukemia-drug maker Pharmacyclics in its first major deal attempt since walking away from a $55 billion takeover of Shire last fall.
- China lowers growth target, promises to open industries
BEIJING (AP) — China set a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive.
- China stocks fall on growth target cut, Europe up before ECB
HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Thursday after China cut its economic growth target while European shares rose as investors awaited an ECB meeting that may provide more details on its massive stimulus program.
- Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.
- European Central Bank faces questions on stimulus, Greece
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Central Bank will face questions on the details of its bond-buying stimulus program when it holds a policy meeting and press conference Thursday.
- German factory orders down more than expected in January
BERLIN (AP) — German factory orders, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy, dropped much further than expected in January, led by a big drop in demand from other eurozone countries.
- WHO to begin large-scale testing of Ebola vaccine in Guinea
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization will start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea on Saturday to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the deadly virus.
- Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use
NEW YORK (AP) — There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall. But if phones get any bigger will they be too hard to use?
- McDonald's chicken gets new standard: No human antibiotics
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it plans to require chicken suppliers to stop using antibiotics important to human medicine within two years.
- How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say people should eat less sugar. But that's easier said than done.