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Agency to Report on Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast

May 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The men who died last year fighting a fire at a Texas fertilizer plant that then exploded have been called heroes, but they have also been called victims of a failed system.                      

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EPA Announces Record $14M Fine for Titanium Waste

May 15, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a cancer-causing chemical in Pennsylvania.                          

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Flooded Florida Panhandle Residents Sue International Paper

May 15, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of one flooded Panhandle neighborhood are blaming International Paper for their property damage.                                         

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Bayer Selling Division to Boston Scientific for $415M

May 15, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's Bayer AG says it's selling its interventional division to the Boston Scientific Corporation for $415 million so that it can focus on growth in other areas.                         

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Acid Leaks Stopped At W.Va. Silica Plant

May 14, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews are working to clean up leaks of sulfuric acid and caustic soda at a sand plant in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. An estimated 300 gallons of caustic soda leaked from a tank adjacent to the sulfuric acid tank.     

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Chevron To Pay $875K For Utah Oil Spills

May 14, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have announced an $875,000 settlement with Chevron related to a pair of Utah oil spills in recent years.                      

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Anti-China Protesters Burn Factories In Vietnam

May 14, 2014 1:27 pm | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mobs burned and looted scores of foreign-owned factories in Vietnam following a large protest by workers against China's recent placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters.           

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Sony Quarterly Losses Sink To $1.3B

May 14, 2014 1:25 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp. sank to a 138 billion yen ($1.3 billion) quarterly loss, hit by costs from selling its personal computer business, and is forecasting more red ink as it struggles to execute a long-promised turnaround.            

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Hyundai To Pay $240M In Punitive Damages

May 14, 2014 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Montana jury has ordered Hyundai to pay $240 million in punitive damages after finding that a manufacturing defect in a Hyundai vehicle caused a crash that killed two Missoula cousins in July 2011.         

Coca-Cola Raises Stake In Keurig Green Mountain

May 14, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola has raised its stake in Keurig Green Mountain Inc., the beverage dispenser maker, as it looks to bring its familiar drink brands to the fast-growing at-home market.             

U.S. Producer Prices Up In April

May 14, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The prices U.S. companies receive for their goods and services rose by the most in seven months in April, led by more expensive food and higher retail and wholesale profit margins.            

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Report Spotlights Child Labor On Tobacco Farms

May 14, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.

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Samsung Apologizes To Sick Chip Workers

May 14, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                    

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Bill To Renew Tax Breaks Clears Senate Hurdle

May 14, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill to renew more than 50 expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals cleared a key hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, giving hope to millions of taxpayers who would otherwise be hit with unwelcome tax increases next spring.    

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GSK Exec Accused Of Bribery In China

May 14, 2014 9:49 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese police Wednesday accused a British executive of GlaxoSmithKline of leading a sprawling scheme to bribe doctors and hospitals to use its drugs.                 

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Chrysler Dedicates Indiana Transmission Plant

May 14, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler's Tipton Transmission Plant, a sprawling factory seven years in the making, was dedicated Tuesday during an event that celebrated the promise of 850 jobs.               

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Apple CEO Dares to Be Different From Jobs

May 13, 2014 11:31 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

"Think different" became Apple's creed during the late Steve Jobs' reign as CEO. Now, chief executive Tim Cook is embracing the idea while making decisions that would have seemed crazy to his fabled predecessor.            

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Airbus Plane Orders Down in 1Q

May 13, 2014 11:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European plane maker, Boeing's chief rival, said in a statement that it took in 103 orders in the quarter, worth $28.9 billion. That is down from 410 orders in the first quarter of 2013.                  

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British Lawmakers Press Pfizer for Job Guarantees

May 13, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British lawmakers pressed the chief executive of Pfizer on Tuesday to guarantee jobs should the American company succeed in taking over London-based AstraZeneca.                         

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U.S. Aims to Boost Small Business Exports

May 13, 2014 11:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seeking to boost exports, the Obama administration is launching a new initiative aimed at helping small- and medium-sized businesses sell their products in new markets overseas.                      

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