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Nevada No Lock for Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 4, 2014 9:46 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lance Gilman knows the bidding war with Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona has just begun now that the electric-car maker has confirmed the first stage of preparation for a "gigafactory."                 

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With Vote for Chrysler Merger, Fiat Looks Abroad

August 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat shareholders voted Friday overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad.                  

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Unemployment Insurance Tax Stokes Complaints

July 31, 2014 4:12 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 100,000 employers in Connecticut are about to get sticker shock as the state mails annual tax bills to pay interest on its $433 million federal loan for unemployment benefits for workers let go during the Great Recession.       

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Amazon To Invest $2 Billion To Expand in India

July 31, 2014 4:10 pm | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees.                                  

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Study: 35 Percent in U.S. Facing Debt Collectors

July 31, 2014 4:05 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.                          

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Exxon Profit Surges, But Production Slips

July 31, 2014 4:03 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Exxon Mobil's net income rose 28 percent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped a disappointing 6 percent.                        

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Bringing 3D Printing to Your Hand

July 31, 2014 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

3D printing is a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things. Enter the 3Doodler: the pen that turns you into the 3D printer.                              

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Escaping Email: Inspired Vision Or Hallucination?

July 31, 2014 3:48 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work.  

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Ethical Practices Take Back Seat To Price, Say Purchasers

July 31, 2014 3:43 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Eighty percent of consumers believe it is important for companies and brands to behave ethically, however the most significant factors when shopping are price, value and quality.                     

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Jimmy Dean Moves Beyond Breakfast

July 31, 2014 11:06 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Hillshire's expansion into products that aren't made entirely out of meat has been critical in helping fatten the company's profit margins.                                

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Drop Light with Inline Transformer

July 31, 2014 10:27 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

This drop light is ideal for general close work and inspection activities in hazardous locations requiring explosion proof protection.        

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NC Weighs Offering Upfront Money for Promised Jobs

July 31, 2014 10:18 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

After decades of trying to attract new industries with tax breaks, North Carolina lawmakers are considering whether to just offer selected corporations upfront taxpayer money if they will move to the state.             

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Judge Says Crystal CEO Should Testify in Lawsuit

July 31, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge says American Crystal Sugar Co. CEO David Berg should testify in a federal lawsuit pitting the refined sugar manufacturer against the corn syrup industry.                        

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Panasonic, Tesla To Build Big U.S. Battery Plant

July 31, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.                  

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Century-old Pipe Break Points to National Problem

July 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Brian Melley and Michael R. Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

Age inevitably takes a toll. There are 240,000 breaks a year, according to the National Association of Water Companies, a problem compounded by stress from an increasing population and budget crunches that slow the pace of replacement.     

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Boeing Will Handle Final Assembly of 787-10 in SC

July 31, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina.                                 

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Target Names Pepsi's Cornell as Chairman, CEO

July 31, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers.                                    

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Ground Rod Kit Expands Grounding Electrode Offering

July 31, 2014 9:36 am | by Galvan Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Galvan's new Ground Rod Electrode Kit is easy to install, ship and handle, and it complies with UL 467. Designated part number 6258R-KIT, it is NEC and NESC compliant.   

11,000 Kawasakis Recalled for Injury Risk

July 30, 2014 4:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 11,000 Kawasaki off-road vehicles are being recalled because debris can cut through the foot rest area and hurt riders' legs.                                  

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Chrysler Recalls Fiat 500Ls To Fix Air Bags

July 30, 2014 4:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling just under 30,000 Fiat 500L small cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with air bags that protect knees in a crash.                              

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