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Europe At Origin Of Chronic U.S. Execution Dilemma

February 18, 2014 9:55 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's one big reason why the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe won't allow the drugs to be exported because of its fierce hostility to capital punishment.

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China City Closes Poultry Markets To Stop Bird Flu

February 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The closure lasts through Feb. 28 "to strengthen work to control the spread of the H7N9 flu," the city government said in a one-sentence announcement on its microblog account.                      

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U.S. Olive Oil Pushing Gov't To Test Imported Oils

February 18, 2014 9:50 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a pressing matter for the tiny U.S. olive oil industry: American shoppers more often are going for European imports, which are cheaper and viewed as more authentic. And that's pitting U.S. producers against importers of the European oil, with some likening the battle to the California wine industry's struggles to gain acceptance decades ago.

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Tesla Protests Bills That Would Limit Expansion

February 18, 2014 9:46 am | by Lisa Baumann, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla lobbyist Daniel Witt told supporters at the Washington State Capitol that under legislation currently proposed, Tesla Motors Inc. would not be able to expand beyond the two stores and service centers it operates in Seattle and Bellevue.   

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After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise Of Jobs?

February 18, 2014 9:41 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans fighting a unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture before last week's vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear.

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2014: The Year Of The Label

February 18, 2014 9:37 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

What’s in a name? Or, more appropriately for food manufacturers, what’s on a label? In 2014, this question will be analyzed from angles we’ve yet to imagine. While the federal government struggles to implement the Food Safety and Modernization Act, industry groups and large food processors are taking up the mantle to define food labeling.

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Apple's Big Bet On Sapphires

February 18, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It feels so strongly about using the material that it’s building a factory in Mesa, AZ and signed a development and supply contract with crystal materials manufacturing specialist, GT Advanced Technologies, to make sapphire material exclusively to Apple for consumer electronics.

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Abrasive Wheels For Robotic Metal Finishing

February 18, 2014 9:23 am | by Rex-Cut Abrasives | Product Releases | Comments

A full line of cotton fiber mounted points and Type 1 abrasive wheels that are ideal for a wide range of robotic metal finishing and surface preparation applications is available from Rex-Cut Abrasives.

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Round Vacuum Cups Help Lift In Tricky Situations

February 18, 2014 9:21 am | by Vi-Cas Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Vi-Cas Manufacturing produces round vacuum cups from .09 inches in diameter to 14.69 inches in diameter to handle many round, oval, and hard-to-grip products, including those with smooth or textured surfaces.

VW Workers At Tennessee Plant Reject Union

February 14, 2014 11:27 pm | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union's effort to organize Southern factories.                  

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Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Asbestos Suit

February 14, 2014 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A divided Kentucky Court of Appeals has turned away a woman's bid for a new trial contending her husband died of exposure to asbestos while working and smoking at a factory that made cigarettes.                

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UK Authorities Arrest 2 In Rolls-Royce Probe

February 14, 2014 3:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Press Association says U.K. authorities have arrested two people as part of an investigation into the dealings in Asia of the engine maker Rolls-Royce PLC. The arrests come after announcements in December of a criminal investigation into bribery and corruption allegations at the defense and aerospace group.

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Toyota City To Earn 5 Times More Corporate Tax In Fiscal 2014

February 14, 2014 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The city of Toyota, where Toyota Motor Corp. is headquartered, is expecting over five times more corporate tax income in fiscal 2014 than the previous year, thanks to the leading Japanese carmaker's robust performance.           

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Report: Engines Failed On Helicopter That Hit Pub

February 14, 2014 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A police helicopter that crashed onto a pub in Glasgow, killing 10 people, suffered double engine failure for reasons that remain unclear, investigators said Friday.                         

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Higher Gasoline Prices Are On The Way

February 14, 2014 2:52 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The price of gasoline held steady into early February, but an increase is almost inevitable this time of year. Pump prices have gone up an average 31 cents per gallon in February over the past three years.              

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Obama: Immigration, Minimum Wage Top Agenda

February 14, 2014 2:31 pm | by Charles Babington, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said Friday that top priorities for Congress should be increasing the minimum wage and overhauling the immigration system, while acknowledging that election year politics could complicate the effort.         

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Hearing On Fisker Asset Sale Postponed

February 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The hearing on whether to confirm the results of an auction of Fisker's assets originally scheduled for Friday in Wilmington is now set for Tuesday. The auction, which began Wednesday, was still going on Thursday night.          

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Military Nears Holy Grail: Pizza That Lasts Years

February 14, 2014 12:58 pm | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Soldiers have been asking for pizza since lightweight individual field rations — known as meals ready to eat, or MREs — replaced canned food in 1981 for soldiers in combat zones or areas where field kitchens cannot be set up.        

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VW's Passat, Made In Tennessee

February 14, 2014 10:53 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant has been getting a lot of attention the past couple of weeks, as workers and VW team up on a vote to unionize the facility. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the plant that's the talk of the nation.    

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Oreo Maker Mondelez Sees Cookie Troubles In China

February 14, 2014 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, which also makes Cadbury, Chips Ahoy, Ritz, and Trident gum, said its core revenue for the final three months of the year rose 2.5 percent, primarily as a result of higher volume.                  

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