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Shire Rejects $46.2B Offer From AbbVie

June 23, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dublin-based drugmaker Shire said Friday it has rejected an unsolicited $46.2 billion offer from AbbVie Inc., arguing that it fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.                   

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Report: Apple Smartwatch Coming This Fall

June 23, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.                       

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Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dies at 90

June 23, 2014 9:26 am | by Randall Chase, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont Co. chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world.               

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Honda, Mazda, Nissan Recall Millions of Vehicles Over Airbags

June 23, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode.                           

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Alstom CEO: GE Deal Will Save Jobs

June 23, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alstom SA's chief executive says the French heavy engineering firm's agreement to sell off most of its power generation business to U.S. rival General Electric Co. will save jobs and protect France's national interests.          

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China Expands Investment in U.S., Creates Jobs

June 23, 2014 9:11 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

After decades of siphoning jobs from the United States, China is creating some. Chinese companies invested a record $14 billion in the United States last year.                            

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Feds Report On Trucker In Morgan Crash

June 19, 2014 4:58 pm | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A report on the crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man says the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding before the crash.                

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Senator Wants To Tighten Controls On Radioactive Material

June 19, 2014 4:54 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. senator is urging the Obama administration to tighten procedures after a congressional audit found security problems at companies using radioactive material.               

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Walmart Plans Indiana Distribution Center

June 19, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Walmart says it will build a new distribution center in central Indiana and have perhaps 300 employees there in the next couple years.                    

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Data Shows iPhone 'Kill Switch' Cuts Thefts

June 19, 2014 4:49 pm | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.                

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Lawsuit Claims Extending Eagle Death Permits Illegal

June 19, 2014 3:15 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

A conservation group sued the Obama administration Thursday over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.             

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E-Cigarette Makers Under Fire In Senate

June 19, 2014 3:12 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

E-cigarettes with fruity flavors like "cherry crush" ignited an intense Senate debate Wednesday about whether manufacturers are trying to appeal to youngsters similar to the way that Big Tobacco used Joe Camel decades ago.     

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Mass. House Passes Minimum Wage Compromise

June 19, 2014 3:10 pm | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts moved closer to instituting the nation's highest minimum wage among states under a bill approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.               

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Ohio Coal Company Sues Over Emissions Rules

June 19, 2014 3:07 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's largest coal companies filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama's administration seeking to block the EPA's new carbon emissions rules for power plants.            

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Mercedes Workers Celebrate 'Made In USA' Milestone

June 19, 2014 3:04 pm | by Patrick Rupinski, The Tuscaloosa News | News | Comments

The first Mercedes C-Class that bears the claim "made in the USA" ceremoniously rolled off the assembly line at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance, AL this week.              

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Former Hostess Plant Up For Sale In Maine

June 19, 2014 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Flower Foods acquired the bakery last year and is selling the plant and eight other bakeries and 21 depots across the country.                     

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Industry Agrees To Ban 'Microbeads'

June 19, 2014 1:09 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways.

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Harley To Introduce Electric Motorcycle

June 19, 2014 1:06 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand to become a leader in developing technology and standards for electric vehicles.

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Deadline Set For Claims In Freedom Industries Case

June 19, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge has set an Aug. 1 deadline for financial claims by West Virginia residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated the local water supply.       

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Eaton To Pay $147.5M To Settle Trade Secrets Dispute

June 19, 2014 1:01 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Power management company Eaton Corp. will pay $147.5 million to settle a long-running trade secret dispute with aerospace firm Triumph Group that exploded into scandal and landed a state judge in prison.        

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