From the Wires

Mergers lucrative for departing CEOs, but not necessarily shareholders

AP: Critics say "golden parachute" deals are motivation to make so-so deals.

Senators ask, but get no real answers regarding safety from air bag executives

AP: Quality chief for Takata Corp. apologizes for air bags that can fire metal shrapnel into the car.

Senate investigation says Wall Street misused commodities businesses

BLOOMBERG: Firms blurred line between banking and commercial activities at expense of consumers.

Amazon says its cloud services will run on renewable energy

TIME: The company announced a comprehensive policy regarding its environmental impact on Wednesday.

Home building falls in October due to apartment sector

Associated Press: Construction of new homes fell 2.8 percent from September.

Dollar hits highest point against Yen since 2007

REUTERS: Investors believe the US central bank could raise interest rates next year.

Investors wonder if OPEC cutback is imminent

BLOOMBERG: The United States is producing oil at fast pace, creating a bear market as demand lags.

IBM looks to improve business e-mail

REUTERS: The computer hardware company is shifting toward cloud computing and data analytics.

Halliburton buying rival for $34.6B

ABC NEWS: Low gas prices spur company to acquire Baker Hughes.

GOP's Twitter activity raises legal questions

CNN: Anonymous accounts run by Republicans allegedly sent internal polling data ahead of the election.

U.S. retail sales rise 0.3%

WSJ: Lower gas prices are boosting household spending at restaurants and other stores.

Panel considers lifting FDA ban on blood donations by gay men

LA Times: A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services panel is debating whether to overturn the long-standing ban.

YouTube launches music-streaming service

Forbes: YouTube Music Key will have a promotional price of $7.99 per month and a regular price of $9.99 per month.