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U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 1:38 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press

President Barack Obama's administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute.                                

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Tesla Plans Expansion In China

April 22, 2014 10:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.            

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No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.       

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No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press

It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers in buildings without sprinklers.     

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GM Wants More Protection From Lawsuits

April 22, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.                    

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Man Convicted For Fatal N.H. Explosion On Trial

April 22, 2014 9:50 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press

A Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant is on trial for wire fraud connected to an ammunition company in Maine.                     

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Lawmakers Demand Sanctions On Russia's Chemicals

April 21, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries.                         

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Up

April 21, 2014 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press

Both hiring and consumer outlooks have improved, which along with interest rates fueled much of the index's improvement.                                     

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Albuquerque Leaders Propose Site For Tesla

April 21, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Some Albuquerque leaders are suggesting a site on the city's west side as a location for Tesla Motors' planned new plant to manufacture batteries for its electric cars.                        

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Why Are Americans Obsessed With Missing Malaysia Plane?

April 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by Margie Mason, Associated Press

Many found it impossible to believe that a modern Boeing 777 carrying 239 people could just vanish without a trace in an age where an iPhone can be tracked just about anywhere.                      

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Fiat And Chrysler Building 3 Jeep Models In China

April 21, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States.                            

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UAW Withdraws Volkswagen Vote Appeal

April 21, 2014 9:47 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

In a statement, the UAW says it will instead focus on a congressional investigation into an anti-unionization campaign by Republican politicians and outside groups.                          

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Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.                                         

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GM To Boost China Production Capacity To 5M

April 21, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. and its Chinese partners are in the midst of what the company has said is a $12 billion investment program through 2017.                                

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Brewers Campaign to Bring Belgians Back to Beer

April 18, 2014 2:20 pm | by Raf Casert, Associated Press

Beer consumption in Belgium has dropped 27 percent since 1992, and brewers are trying to reverse this trend.                                         

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Unemployment Rates Fall In 21 States

April 18, 2014 2:08 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12.                                   

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Former BP Employee Settles Insider-Trading Charges

April 18, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock.

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Chobani Is Moving Beyond Yogurt

April 18, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category.                                  

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Apartheid Abuse Cases Against Ford, IBM Go Forward

April 18, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.           

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Trade Group To Mediate Shoe Factory Strike

April 18, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press

More than 40,000 workers went on strike this week against Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd., bringing production to a halt at the manufacturer, which makes shoes for companies including Nike and Adidas.             

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