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Safety Agency Probes Can-Am Motorcycle Fires

August 8, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.                                          

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Wholesale Inventories Rise in June

August 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they may anticipate slower growth ahead.                              

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Productivity Recovers After Steep 1Q Fall

August 8, 2014 10:09 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                               

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Hyundai Fined $17.35M for Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.                    

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GM Issues Third Recall for SUVs That Can Catch Fire

August 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The problem, revealed in documents posted by federal safety regulators this week, is so serious that GM is telling customers to park the SUVs outdoors until they are repaired because they could catch fire when left unattended.          

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Factory Worker Sentenced for Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former contract worker at a subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. was sentenced Friday to three and a half years in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide last fall at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan. 

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FDA Lifts Hold on Experimental Ebola Drug

August 8, 2014 9:38 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.                    

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FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited To Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 9:30 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified Thursday.

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New Bearing Protectors

August 7, 2014 3:23 pm | by Helwig Carbon Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Helwig’s Bearing Protector is a shaft grounding assembly that diverts static and induced electrical currents in motor shafts away from the bearings.  

Bobcat Opening $28M Bismarck Center

August 7, 2014 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bobcat Co. is hoping that its new research and development facility in Bismarck will help it snatch up engineering talent from North Dakota universities.                            

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Brewing a Craft Beer Empire

August 7, 2014 2:29 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Sierra Nevada is the largest privately owned craft brewery in the U.S. Founder Ken Grossman is determined to keep it that way, by expanding eastward from California.                         

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Is the U.S. Headed in the Right Direction?

August 7, 2014 2:24 pm | by Jennifer Agiesta, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three-quarters of Americans doubt the federal government will address the important problems facing the country this year, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.                       

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An Apple and Samsung Truce? Almost.

August 7, 2014 1:40 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Apple and Samsung call a partial truce in their patent battle. But the war still rages on in the United States — just as rumors swirl about an iPhone 6 launch date.                         

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Obama Seeks Executive Ways To Limit Tax Inversions

August 7, 2014 1:15 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday.          

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Company To Shutter 2 Manufacturing Plants in New York

August 7, 2014 11:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiberglass manufacturer says it will shut down both of its plants in a Mohawk Valley city after more than a half-century in business, putting more than 100 people out of work.                     

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Pfizer To Pay $35M To Settle Drug Marketing Case

August 7, 2014 11:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer will pay $35 million to resolve allegations by 42 states that its subsidiary, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, illegally marketed an organ transplant drug for unapproved uses.                       

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Trade Gap Narrows to Lowest Level in 5 Months

August 7, 2014 10:15 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in June to its lowest level since January as imports dropped sharply, led by lower shipments of cellphones, petroleum and cars.                            

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EPA Regulations and American Manufacturing

August 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

The EPA, as well-intentioned as it may be, is often met with staunch opposition from the industrial sector and the political right. Backing the EPA, more frequently than not, are environmentalist and the left. But who’s right, and is there a clear winner? 

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Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 7, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Coca-Cola distribution plant in southern Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles, the company said.                   

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FDA Rules Ga. Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' To Produce Food

August 7, 2014 9:50 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company's products were blamed for the deaths on nine Americans and for sickening hundreds nationwide. Now the company's former owner and two others are standing trial in a rare instance of corporate officers and workers being prosecuted in a food poisoning case.

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