Under pressure, Groupon suspends gun-related deals

Groupon Inc. has stopped all current and future gun-related deals, bowing to customer pressure a month after the deadly mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The Chicago company said Monday it has cancelled existing and planned discounts for shooting ranges, conceal-and-carry and clay shooting.

The statement didn’t specify the company’s motives or when it would resume such deals, other than to say that the “category is under review following recent customer feedback.” 

Global jobless rate to rise even in recovery, U.N. says

The U.N. labor agency warns that the lingering effects of the global economic crisis means unemployment will continue to rise — even though world economies are expected to pick up.

The International Labor Organization said in a report released Tuesday in Berlin that the net number of unemployed people rose by 4 million in 2012 to some 197 million overall. It is expected to rise by 5.1 million in 2013, and by another 3 million in 2014.

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said that “an uncertain economic outlook, and the inadequacy of policy to counter this, has weakened aggregate demand, holding back investment and hiring.” 

McDonald’s to pay $700,000 to settle Islamic ad lawsuit

McDonald’s and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations that a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.

McDonald’s and Finley’s Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, and lawyers.

McDonald’s and Finley’s Management deny any liability but say the settlement is in their best interests.