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U.S. Businesses Find Welcome Surprises in Tax Bill

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The final tax bill offers much of what large companies hoped to gain from the Republican overhaul, while late modifications dropped some provisions that most worried companies.

Crown Holdings Buying Packaging Maker From Carlyle For $3.91 Billion

Packaging company Crown Holdings Inc. said Tuesday that it will buy Signode Industrial Group Holdings Ltd. from Carlyle Group LP in a deal worth $3.91 billion.

Humana, Private-Equity Firms Agree to Buy Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare said it will be acquired by insurer Humana and two private-equity firms in a deal valuing the firm at $783.2 million.

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Riders in Alphabet's New Driverless Car Will Be Insured by a Startup

Waymo, the driverless-car unit of Google-parent Alphabet, is turning to an insurance-technology startup to provide coverage for passengers of its soon-to-be-launched ride-hailing service.

Forget Phones. BlackBerry Is Pushing Software for Driverless Cars

Having abandoned production of its once-ubiquitous smartphones, BlackBerry is betting its future on a business that makes software for next-generation driverless cars.

Tenet Healthcare Explores Sale of Conifer, Expands Cost-Cutting

One of the nation's largest for-profit hospital chains, Tenet Healthcare, is exploring a sale of its health-care operations management business and plans to boost cost-cutting efforts.

BHP Threatens Exit from Coal Lobby, Chamber of Commerce

BHP Billiton, the world's largest Western mining company, is threatening to leave the World Coal Association and U.S. Chamber of Commerce over disagreements on climate policy, the latest commodity firm to react to pressure on global warming.

Jack in the Box Selling Qdoba to Apollo for $305 Million

Jack in the Box is selling its Qdoba chain to private-equity firm Apollo Global Management for $305 million as it looks to grow its less capital-intensive, franchise-focused business model.

ESPN Chief's Sudden Exit Comes at Crucial Juncture for Disney

ESPN on Monday announced the surprise resignation of network President John Skipper over substance-abuse issues, creating uncertainty at a critical moment for the sports TV juggernaut and its majority-owner, Walt Disney Co.

Germany Says Facebook Abuses Market Dominance to Collect Data

Germany's top antitrust enforcer opened a new front against big tech firms when it said the way Facebook harvests user data constitutes an abuse of dominance.

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December 19, 2017 11:15 ET (16:15 GMT)