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Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment

July 21, 2014 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey.                   

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GE Invests $5M In Mebane Manufacturing Operations For New Jobs

July 21, 2014 2:52 pm | by GE

GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5 million to strengthen its Mebane, N.C. operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience.                   

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RJ Reynolds To Fight $23.6B Verdict

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press

The No. 2 U.S. cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.                     

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GM Delayed Another Recall

July 21, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors knew of ignition switch problems with 6.7 million midsize and large cars for 11 years, yet it failed to warn customers with a recall until last month, according to documents posted by federal safety regulators.       

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EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their order to clean up 15 million pounds of artillery propellant improperly stored at a northwest Louisiana site.             

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FBI Issues Warning For Unapproved Air Conditioner Coolant

July 21, 2014 9:55 am | by Pamela Sampson, Associated Press

As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.           

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Judge: Chinese Drywall Maker In Contempt

July 21, 2014 9:48 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press

A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the United States — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product.

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Severstal Selling U.S. Plants For $2.3B

July 21, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion.                             

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Senators Call On GM To Fire Top Lawyer

July 18, 2014 2:33 pm | by Marcy Gordon & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers

Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.            

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Labor Force Drop Had Pre-Recession Roots

July 18, 2014 2:30 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

In a new report released Thursday, President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers point to an aging population as the biggest single factor contributing to the lowest participation rate in 36 years.               

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Blast Reported at Iowa Ethanol Plant

July 18, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press

The blast occurred Thursday night at the Flint Hills Resources plant in Arthur. Flint Hills spokesman Jake Reint says the explosion occurred in a grain dryer.                           

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Australia Repeals 2-Year-Old Carbon Tax

July 18, 2014 2:23 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press

Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.         

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Philly Factory Growth Fastest in 3 Years

July 18, 2014 2:21 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region surged in July, expanding at its fastest pace in more than three years, as new orders, shipments and hiring all rose.                            

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Land Rover's LR4 Updated for Fuel Efficiency

July 18, 2014 9:52 am

Land Rover's capable and rugged LR4 mid-size sport utility vehicle is more fuel efficient for 2014 and has refreshed exterior front styling and new standard features such as rearview camera.                  

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Disaster Strikes Twice for Malaysia Airlines

July 18, 2014 9:49 am | by Stephen Wright and Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writers

Hit by two astonishing tragedies in quick succession, the Malaysia Airlines brand may become the airline industry's equivalent of asbestos or News of the World: toxic to the public and, experts say, impossible to redeem.          

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Second-In-Command at EPA Resigns

July 18, 2014 9:45 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

The No. 2 environmental official under President Barack Obama is resigning to head a nonprofit group dedicated to energy and climate change.                                

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Edible Marijuana Products Recalled in Colorado

July 18, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

A popular Colorado brand of marijuana-infused brownies and other sweets was recalled Thursday amid concerns of contamination from unsanitary equipment.                             

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Bolivia Legalizes Child Labor From Age 10

July 18, 2014 9:40 am | by Paola Flores, Associated Press

While most of the world is trying to diminish child labor, Bolivia has become the first nation to legalize it from age 10.                                     

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Factory Worker Makes Most of British Open Opportunity

July 18, 2014 9:37 am | by Steve Douglas, AP Sports Writer

On a typical Thursday at 10:30 a.m., John Singleton would be making paints and varnishes in a resin factory. Maybe driving around in a forklift truck. Not this Thursday morning.                      

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Airbus Beats Boeing in Farnborough Orders Race

July 17, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press

Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year's Farnborough International Airshow, garnering nearly twice as many orders and commitments.                           

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