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Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

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Blue Bird Recalling School Buses for Steering Issue

July 7, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press

Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult.                               

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Steel Pipe Imports Put American Jobs at Risk

July 7, 2014 9:44 am | by John D. Oravecz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Nearly 600,000 American jobs, including 35,300 in Pennsylvania, could be at risk from surging imports, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank that focuses on the needs of low- and middle-income workers.

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ADM Gobbles Up Flavoring Maker for About $3B

July 7, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Agribusiness giant ADM will pay about $3 billion to buy the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors, which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.                       

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Germany's Merkel Slams Industrial Spying During China Visit

July 7, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized industrial spying Monday while on a visit to China, which Germany and other governments have cited as a global center for economic espionage.                    

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Backlash Stirs Against Foreign Worker Visas

July 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Laura Wides-Munoz and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press

Amid calls for expanding the nation's so-called H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees.

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Last Cigar Factory in Tampa Fights for Survival

July 2, 2014 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press

There used to be more than 150 cigar factories here, but that was a long time ago. The U.S. trade restrictions with Cuba caused some to close. Changing public attitudes about tobacco caused others to lock their doors for good.       

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New Ford CEO Gets $5.25M Pay Package

July 2, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press

New Ford CEO Mark Fields will get a pay package worth $5.25 million this year as he takes over for the retiring Alan Mulally.                                      

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AB InBev Acquires Czech 'Budweiser' Brewer

July 2, 2014 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, has acquired a small Czech brewery, Samson, in an effort to strengthen its claim to the trademark name of Budweiser.                         

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Georgia Lawsuit Still Causing Headaches for GM

July 2, 2014 12:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Litigation over the 29-year-old nurse's death was settled by GM last October. But not before it laid bare how the company allowed millions of small cars to stay on the road more than a decade after GM discovered ignition switch flaws.     

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Food Makers Bet U.S. Wants Drinkable Food

July 2, 2014 11:15 am | by The Associated Press

The demand for portable, easy-to-eat foods has been growing, and Hormel isn't the only company hoping that can include liquid food that comes in the convenience bottle.                        

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Iowa Plant Makes First Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol

July 2, 2014 11:07 am | by The Associated Press

A farmer-owned ethanol plant in northwest Iowa is the first commercial facility in the state to make the fuel additive from something other than corn starch.                           

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Philippines To Get First New Fighter Jets Next Year

July 2, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

The Philippine president said Tuesday his country's ill-equipped military will receive its first new fighter jets in nearly a decade next year to help defend the country's territory.                   

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IKEA Expanding Solar Power System in Maryland

July 2, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

IKEA has expanded its solar power system on top of its Perryville, Maryland, distribution center.                                            

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California Raises Minimum Wage

July 2, 2014 10:07 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press

California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect this week and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.                              

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Court To Hear Natural Gas Price-Fixing Claims

July 2, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

The Supreme Court will consider whether a group of energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.           

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Brynwood Partners Buying Juicy Juice From Nestle USA

July 2, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

Brynwood Partners said that Juicy Juice was acquired by its newly created portfolio company, Harvest Hill Beverage Co., which will be based in Stamford, Connecticut.                         

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Obama Dares Republicans After Lawsuit Threat

July 2, 2014 9:17 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.                 

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Chemical Blast at GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press

A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.                             

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Survey: Midwest, Plains Economy Growing

July 2, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press

The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.                        

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