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As Seattle Raises Minimum Wage, Will Others Follow?

June 3, 2014 1:37 pm | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that would give the city the highest minimum wage in the nation.                                     

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Factory Orders Up for Third Month

June 3, 2014 1:34 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories rose for a third consecutive month in April, pushed higher by a surge in demand for military hardware. But a key category that signals business investment plans fell.                  

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Food Company To Bring 500 Jobs to S.C.

June 3, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company that makes El Monterey brand frozen Mexican foods will invest $55 million in a manufacturing plant in Florence County, creating 500 jobs.                              

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Automakers See Big Sales Gains in May

June 3, 2014 1:27 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase.                 

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Subaru Starts Building New SUV in Indiana

June 3, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Subaru factory in Lafayette has started building a redesigned Outback SUV.                                                 

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Digital Document Workflow Opens Options for Door Maker

June 3, 2014 10:15 am | by Chris Wacker, Laserfiche | Articles | Comments

This Texas company found itself paying for damaged delivery claims despite its meticulous packaging procedures. So it turned to technology to provide an answer, securing its reputation for excellence and reliability.          

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Software Integration With Hardware Crucial for Manufacturing

June 3, 2014 10:03 am | by Kevin Prendeville, Accenture | Articles | Comments

Why does software integration with hardware matter so much? In a word, money.                                                          

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Power Plant Plan Clouds Coal's Future

June 3, 2014 9:55 am | by Dina Cappiello and Adam Beam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists had hoped the proposal would shutter hundreds of coal-fired power plants. Republican critics painted it as a war on coal, with a major economic impact on local economies. Neither side got exactly what they wanted.     

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Former Medical Device Company Execs Convicted of Fraud

June 3, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury has convicted the former top two executives of an Austin medical device company for taking part in a scheme that defrauded shareholders and investors out of more than $400 million.                

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Hillshire Will Talk With Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride

June 3, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The board of Hillshire Brands has decided to hold separate talks with Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson Foods, as the two major meat processors engage in a bidding war for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs.           

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Vietnamese Businesses Worry About Anti-China Violence

June 3, 2014 9:43 am | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China has long feuded with its Southeast Asian neighbors over who owns what in the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes and a region potentially rich in oil and natural gas.                

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Samsung To Sell First Tizen Phone in 3Q

June 3, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it will begin selling a smartphone that runs on its Tizen operating system in the third quarter of this year, advancing the company's plans to reduce dependence on Google's Android software.        

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Apple Expanding Into Health, Home With New Software

June 3, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.          

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Solar Plane Makes Maiden Flight

June 2, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar flight.                          

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Tesla Debt Gets Junk Bond Rating

June 2, 2014 2:08 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Tesla debt may have gotten a junk bond rating from Standard and Poor due to concerns about its 'niche' market status, but investors in Tesla stock still have faith in Elon Musk.                      

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Deal Calls for Egg Company To Pay $6.8M Fine

June 2, 2014 2:00 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010.                           

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China Manufacturing Continues To Grow

June 2, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing grew for the third consecutive month in May, suggesting a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is stabilizing, a state-sanctioned industry group said Sunday.                 

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Goodyear Scouting Sites for New Factory

June 2, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is starting to explore where to locate a new $500 million tire plant that it hopes to open within three years.                                

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Seattle Council Expected To Approve $15 Minimum Wage

June 2, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Seattle City Council is expected to approve an ordinance Monday to phase in a $15 hourly minimum wage — the highest in the nation.                                 

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Gore Praises Obama's Pollution Proposal

June 2, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Vice President Al Gore is praising the Obama administration's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants over the next 15 years.                             

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