Earnings and corporate deals lift U.S. stocks

Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market to its sixth straight gain Tuesday. Allergan surged after Valeant Pharmaceuticals said it had teamed up with activist investor Bill Ackman to make a bid for the Botox maker. Netflix and Harley-Davidson rose sharply after reporting earnings that beat analyst's expectations.

Netflix poised to raise prices after strong 1Q

Netflix is preparing a sequel unlikely to be a hit with its subscribers. The Internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more Internet video programming such as its popular political drama "House of Cards."

‘Liking’ General Mills means you can’t sue company

The maker of Cheerios and Chex cereals and such brands as Bisquick and Betty Crocker has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities such as Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest, or interact with it in a variety of other ways. It even suggests that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms.

Lowe's agrees to minimize lead dust, pay fine

Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 federal penalty in settling claims that its contractors in at least nine states broke environmental rules for addressing lead paint dust during home renovation projects, two federal agencies announced Thursday.

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