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Snyder's Pretzel Maker To Sell Private Brands For $430M

May 7, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pretzel and chipmaker Snyder's-Lance is selling its private brands and two manufacturing plants to Shearer's Foods LLC for $430 million as it hones its focus on its well-known brands.                  

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Smart Gun Technology Sparks Outrage

May 7, 2014 2:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Find out why one gun store received backlash after planning on being the first in the country to sell the new firearm.                                      

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U.S. Productivity Falls In 1Q

May 7, 2014 2:02 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The falling productivity coupled with a slight increase in hourly compensation led to labor costs rising 4.2 percent in the first quarter.                                

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Mazda Miata Turns 25

May 7, 2014 2:00 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty-five years after its debut as a lightweight, fun-to-drive, sporty roadster, the Mazda MX-5 Miata still travels a road all its own.                                 

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Abysmal Scores For High School Seniors, Especially In STEM

May 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Kimberly Hefling, AP Education Writer | News | Comments

In an abysmal showing, only about one-quarter of U.S. high school seniors performed solidly in math in a major assessment known as the nation's report card.                            

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New Plea Expected In Salmonella Outbreak Case

May 7, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man charged in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak in peanuts that killed nine people plans to enter a new plea.                                      

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Applicants, Bosses Get Blamed As Jobs Go Unfilled

May 7, 2014 1:43 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The problem isn't just a flippant attitude on the part of job applicants. Employers have contributed to a change in job search etiquette.                                 

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Eliminating Auto Factory Crashes

May 7, 2014 10:13 am | by Danetta Bramhall, ProSoft Technology | Articles | Comments

Needless to say, having cars crash before they have been completely assembled is not good for the bottom line. That was the problem Autos y Máquinas del Ecuador S.A. was experiencing in its Hyundai/KIA manufacturing plant in Ecuador.      

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Slowing Chinese Economy Likely To Pinch U.S.

May 7, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It is estimated that each 1 percentage point drop in China's economic growth causes as much damage to the U.S. economy as a $20-a-barrel increase in oil prices.                              

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Data Breaches Are A New Source Of Worry For CEOs

May 7, 2014 10:01 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data.                                  

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GOP Examining Claim That EPA Is Blocking Probes

May 7, 2014 9:51 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA allegations are the latest under the Obama administration to question the effective independence of the government's inspectors general, who ostensibly operate on their own to investigate wrongdoing inside federal agencies.      

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Mondelez, DE Master Combining Coffee Businesses

May 7, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mondelez and D.E. Master Blenders will link their coffee businesses together as Mondelez concentrates increasingly on its snack foods division and cost cutting.                         

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Spill Company Wants To Sell Related Business

May 7, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The now-bankrupt company at the center of West Virginia's chemical spill wants to sell what's left at its other site to a company tied to former executives.                              

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Obama's Advisers Set To Spill Details On Great Recession

May 7, 2014 9:32 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

Clinton and Geithner's books will be released just four months after former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' memoir landed like a sucker punch in the West Wing.                           

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FAA Keeping Commercial Drones In Check

May 6, 2014 2:49 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Anybody can buy and operate drones, but it's illegal to make money using one. That's leading to frustration among businesses big and small.                                

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Driverless Car Test Site Gets Industry Partners

May 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by David Runk, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors, Ford and Toyota are joining the University of Michigan in establishing a testing site for driverless cars that will simulate a cityscape, and will work with the school to help make such vehicles commercially viable.   

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Nestle Purina Sues Over Competitor's Claims

May 6, 2014 1:42 pm | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. filed suit Tuesday against Blue Buffalo Co. Ltd., accusing its competitor of misleading consumers about the ingredients in its dog and cat foods.             

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GM Recalls Saturns For Gear Shift Problem

May 6, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling about 56,214 Saturn Aura midsize cars in the U.S. because the automatic transmission shifters can fail.                    

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops In March

May 6, 2014 1:37 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March as exports rebounded to the second highest level on record, led by strong gains in sales of aircraft, autos and farm goods.               

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Announces Changes To Vehicle Lineup

May 6, 2014 1:35 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler Group wants to expand its sales with new vehicles — including a plug-in hybrid minivan and a new small Jeep SUV — and a more aggressive effort to differentiate its brands.            

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