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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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Nestle Profit Falls on Stronger Swiss Franc

August 7, 2014 9:41 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nestle SA saw its sales and profits fall in the first half of the year as a stronger Swiss franc and anemic prices in Europe weighed on the bottom line.                            

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Bill on West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast. 

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Toeboard Links for Grating and Deck Plate

August 7, 2014 9:34 am | by Intrepid Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Intrepid Industries Inc. announced immediate availability of Toeboard Links (T5), enabling engineers, fabricators and end-users a more economical way to encircle pipe penetrations in grating and deck plate. 

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Samsung, Apple To Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 2:54 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers.              

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AB InBev Brewery Cited For Serious Violations

August 6, 2014 2:50 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch is facing fines of $92,400 after one of its breweries was found in breach of eight “serious safety violations” by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.             

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Toyota Pledges $1M Toward Detroit Bankruptcy Deal

August 6, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota has pledged $1 million toward the Detroit Institute of Arts' goal to raise $100 million to prevent the sale of art in Detroit's bankruptcy and help city pensioners.                       

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Chrysler Q2 Profit Up

August 6, 2014 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group says its second-quarter net profit rose 22 percent, fueled by rising sales in the U.S.                                           

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China: No Evidence Spoiled Meat Made It To Japan

August 6, 2014 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An ongoing investigation into the food safety scandal that hit several popular fast food chains last month has uncovered no evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, Chinese food safety regulators told their Japanese counterparts.     

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Former GM Site Sold To Aircraft Maintenance Company

August 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former General Motors facility in Washtenaw County has been sold to aircraft maintenance company International Turbine Industries.                                 

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Mondelez Lowers Forecast As Sales Fall Short

August 6, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Oreo, Cadbury and Trident cited the challenging market conditions in scaling back its outlook for core sales growth to 2 to 2.5 percent. It had previously forecast growth of 3 percent.               

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