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The New York Stock Exchange is once again the home of the Whopper. Burger King, in its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange since 2010, gained 3.5 percent to close the day at $15.01. The world's No. 2 hamburger chain, trading under the ticker symbol "BKW," was taken private by investment firm 3G Capital in 2010, but in April, 3G sold a minority stake to Justice Holdings, a London-based entity that was specifically set up to invest in another company.

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A survey of chief executives shows fewer large U.S. companies plan to hire or boost spending in the next six months. The Business Roundtable says 36 percent of its CEO members plan to add workers over the next six months, down from 42 percent when the survey was last taken three months ago. Only 43 percent say they plan to step up spending on machinery, computers and other large goods, down from 48 percent. Most CEOs still expect sales to increase in the next six months.

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A federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., refused Wednesday to order a new trial for Lee Farkas, former owner of now-defunct Taylor, Bean and Whitaker Mortgage Corp. of Ocala, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted last year on 14 fraud and conspiracy counts. The fraud scheme, one of the biggest to emerge from the nation's housing crisis, also led to the collapse of Alabama-based Colonial Bank, the sixth-largest bank failure in U.S. history.

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has agreed to buy 98 percent of the island of Lanai, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Wednesday. Abercrombie said the land's current owners, Castle & Cook, have filed a transfer application with the state's public utilities commission. Lanai is Hawaii's smallest publicly accessible inhabited island, with about 3,200 residents. It attracted more than 26,000 visitors from January through April this year.

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"This is a huge release."

JOE BELFIORE, Microsoft corporate vice president, as the company on Wednesday unveiled a new version of its mobile phone operating system, Windows Phone 8, in hopes of attracting more attention from consumers and developers

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RECORD ATTENDANCE Friday at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, according to Al Lutz, founder of the online Disney blog Miceage.com, the opening of a 12-acre Cars Land expansion based on the movie Cars

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