CNN Money: Top business headlines for April 2

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    NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Tuesday, April 2.

    Madoff victims get back another $500 million
    Some $506 million has been returned to victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, the largest in history, according to a Monday announcement by the office of trustee Irving Picard and the Securities Investor Protection Corp. That means that a total of $5.44 billion has been returned to victims of Madoff.

    Justices reject challenge to airfare ad rules
    The Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an airline industry challenge to a government rule that restricts how airlines advertise fares.  The rule, issued by the Department of Transportation in 2011, requires that an airline's most prominently advertised fare price be the full cost of the ticket, including government taxes. The regulation restricts the manner in which airlines can display the amount a passenger is paying in taxes and fees. For example, such information can't be displayed as prominently as the total price of the fare.

    GM throws down gauntlet in truck mileage
    The pickup truck mileage war is on with General Motors Co. claiming on Monday its coming eight-cylinder Chevrolet Silverado and GM Sierra pickup trucks will go farther on a gallon of gasoline than Ford Motor Co.'s six-cylinder F-150 trucks.  The Silverado two-wheel-drive model and the four-wheel-drive version, powered by the company's 5.3-liter EcoTec3 eight-cylinder engine, each will go one highway mile farther than the F-150 with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. GM said its two-wheel-drive version is rated to achieve 23 highway miles per gallon while the four-wheel version would get 22 mpg.

    Bacon mouthwash? April Fools' marketing jokes go viral
    April Fools' Day was canceled this year by the Presidential Commission on National Holidays. If you believed this nonsense - even for a fraction of a moment - that's the main reason so many marketers embraced April Fools' Day pranks in 2013. With social media driving inexpensive but often-viral messaging, major marketers from Procter & Gamble to Virgin Atlantic to Ikea posted, tweeted or even printed pranks that raised eyebrows and elicited reams of freebie PR targeted at a generation of social-media junkies.

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