CNN Money: Top business headlines for April 30

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    NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Tuesday, April 30.

    Bangladesh: Cheap clothes lead to danger and tragedy
    The latest tragedy in Bangladesh once again raises the issue of the high price of cheap clothing, and puts pressure on the world's largest retailers to take meaningful action. Last week, nearly 400 people were killed in Bangladesh when a nine-story building housing five garment factories collapsed. More than 600 people still remain unaccounted for. The collapse occurred a day after cracks appeared in the structure of the building. Despite the danger, garment workers were told to report to work.

    Workers threaten strike at Exxon refinery
    Union workers at the second-largest U.S. refinery are threatening to strike in mid-June over a safety dispute with facility owner Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM +0.35%  The United Steelworkers said Monday that about 850 union employees could halt work at Exxon's 584,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Baytown, Texas, unless the company agrees to new contract language on safety at the plant.  A strike at Exxon's Baytown facility would be the first work-stoppage at a refinery that size in recent memory.

    Spending cut bright spot: Fewer IRS audits
    Thanks to the government's spending cuts, you may have a smaller chance of being audited this year. The cuts, known as the sequester, will wipe $600 million from the IRS's budget this year, forcing the agency's nearly 100,000 employees to be furloughed without pay for up to seven days. Five furlough days have been identified so far -- beginning on May 24 and they will be spread out among separate pay periods, according to the National Treasury Employees Union.

    Google's best app now on the iPhone
    Google Now, arguably the search giant's most promising mobile feature, is now available on Apple's iOS platform. An update to the Google Search app for Apple iPhones and iPads includes features found on the company's own Android operating system. What's Google Now? Somewhat similar to Siri, the software is a digital personal assistant that answers question and collates information for its users. It can display everything from upcoming calendar appointments to the weather and sports scores.



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