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HILTON WORLDWIDE is selling the Waldorf Astoria New York to Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group for $1.95 billion. Hilton will continue to manage the storied hotel, which opened in 1931, for the next 100 years as part of an agreement with Anbang. The companies said Monday that the property will undergo a major renovation. When the Waldorf Astoria opened, it was the largest hotel in the world. It became an official New York City landmark in 1993.

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THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE killed in crashes caused by General Motors' defective ignition switches is 24 as of Friday, one more than a week earlier, according to updated figures released Monday. GM victim fund chief Ken Feinberg said he has received applications from 165 families claiming to have lost a loved one in an accident caused by malfunctioning ignition switches, up from 153 a week ago. Families of people who died will get at least $1 million, Feinberg said.

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AFTER FORD recalled about 1.1 million vehicles this year for power steering failures, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the same problem on an additional 938,000 cars: Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans from the 2010-12 model years and Mercury Milans from 2010 and 2011. The NHTSA has received 508 complaints, including four reports of accidents linked to the power steering assist suddenly failing, requiring "increased steering efforts that contributed to a loss of control and crash."

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AN IDENTITY THEFT and fraud ring used shoppers' stolen information to buy over $400,000 worth of designer shoes, handbags and accessories from Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship New York store, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and federal authorities said. The scheme allegedly funneled stolen data to corrupt Saks salespeople to create sham transactions, complete with phony "shoppers" on the other side of the register. At least eight people - including four Saks employees - were charged with various offenses.

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$12.2B

AMOUNT NEW JERSEY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT MAKER Becton Dickinson is paying to acquire rival Carefusion of San Diego in a combination focused on medication systems for hospitals and pharmacies

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Facebook completes acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $21.8 billion, up from the original $19 billion ... Concert and ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment is in advanced talks to buy majority stake in C3 Presents, the country's largest independent promoter

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