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A contract's a contract, right?
'Million Miler' flier sues United for reducing his perks -- A Chicago man is suing United Airlines for "immorally" reducing some of his lifetime perks as a "Million Miler" -- someone who has flown 1 million miles with the airline. George Lagen, who reportedly flies on average 200,000 to 250,000 miles and achieved "Million Miler" status in United Airlines' Mileage Plus program, filed a class action in U.S. District for the Northern District of Illinois last week reports ABC. Lagen says he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in becoming a Million Miler, which once offered perks including seat upgrades, early boarding and bonus frequent-flier miles.

I'll believe it when I see it.
Wal-Mart Is Taking Mexico Allegations 'Very Seriously' -- Wal-Mart Inc. is taking "very seriously" bribery and coverup allegations in connection with its Mexican operations, Chairman Rob Walton said Friday at the company's annual meeting. The comment came as Mr. Walton started the shareholder input part of the session, warning gathered employees and shareholders "don't be "surprised if we have some interruptions" given that Mexico is a hot button for the company. A number of proxy advisory firms and large shareholders have indicated they will vote against several board members, including Mr. Walton, in the wake of the allegations.

Google+ Local (and Zagat). Will you use it?
Local - Now With a Dash of Zagat and a Sprinkle of Google+ -- Exciting news! Today marks the launch of Google+ Local. Check out the below letter from Avni Shah, Director of Product Management, to learn about this easy way to discover and share local information. Also, be sure to see what Tim and Nina Zagat have to say on our Google+ Page here. Finding the best places to go is an essential part of our lives, as are the people and resources that help us make those decisions. In fact, the opinions of friends, family or other trusted sources are often the first we seek when looking for the perfect restaurant for date night or the cafe that makes the best latte ever.

Slowing development.
Fiat Delays Launch of Two Models -- Fiat SpA has postponed the European launch of two cars for its namesake brand by at least a year, the latest example of the Italian auto maker's efforts to save money by slowing the development of new models as the region's car market shrinks amid a worsening financial crisis. Fiat has pushed back the timing of the introduction of new versions of two models--the Grande Punto and the Bravo--to 2014 at the earliest, people familiar with the Italian auto maker's plans said. These models were the only new Fiat-badged cars that the group had scheduled to bring to market in 2013.

- Sheena Moore

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