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U.S. Trade Deficit Widens In May As Exports Struggle

July 7, 2015 10:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in May, reflecting declines in sales of American-made aircraft and machinery as exports continued to suffer from a strong dollar.

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New Honda CEO Promises Company Turnaround, Offers Few Details

July 6, 2015 3:17 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Hachigo covered ways he plans to improve Honda's poor company image.

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Southeast Manufacturing Heats Up After A Lethargic Spring

July 6, 2015 3:12 pm | by Kennesaw State University

Southeast manufacturing heats up after a lethargic spring June sees 2.7-point increase based on pickups in new orders and production.

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Death Toll From Defective GM Switches Rises To 121

July 6, 2015 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in General Motors' small cars has risen by two to 121.

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Oreos Get Thin, Going For 'Sophisticated' Air

July 6, 2015 3:04 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for grown-ups that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.

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Worker's Family Sues Over Fatal Boeing 777 Airbag Injury

July 6, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press

The family of a man who was fatally injured while he was working on a seat belt airbag replacement that inflated explosively is suing Boeing Co. and a supplier.

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Farm Use Of Drones To Take Off As Feds Loosen Restrictions

July 6, 2015 2:50 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Agricultural use of drones is about to take off after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved more than 50 exemptions for farm-related operations since January.

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Electrical Fire Halts Production At Indiana Factory

July 6, 2015 11:17 am | by The Associated Press

An electrical fire caused the evacuation of about 300 workers from an Evansville, Indiana plastics factory and halted production for several hours.

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Top U.S. Auto Safety Regulator Says Chrysler To Face Sanctions

July 6, 2015 11:14 am | by Tom Krisher & Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writers

Fiat Chrysler will be punished soon for failing to follow the law in 23 recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles, the nation's top auto safety regulator said. 

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Shell Authorizes Largest-Ever Gulf Drilling Platform

July 6, 2015 11:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Experts said the project could cost $2 billion or more before it begins operation.

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Tesla Tops 11K Vehicles Delivered In Second Quarter

July 6, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press

Tesla's second-quarter deliveries surged 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles.

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General Mills To Remove Gluten From Lucky Charms

July 6, 2015 10:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

General Mills announced that it will begin making its Lucky Charms cereal from the same oat flour that will soon make Cheerios gluten-free.

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Milk Surplus Hurting Dairy Prices

July 2, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Dairy prices worldwide are down nearly 40 percent as forecasters predict another year of record milk production in 2015.

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U.S. Regulator Says Fiat Chrysler Recall Woes Are Widespread

July 2, 2015 2:46 pm | by Tom Krisher & Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writers

A top U.S. auto safety regulator accused Fiat Chrysler of failing to provide timely and accurate recall information to her agency and said that customers also have problems getting accurate information.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Says New Port Labor Laws Are Unnecessary

July 2, 2015 2:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Obama administration's top labor official this week said he opposed legislation that would enable states to intervene in union disputes at the nation's ports.

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Report: Fracking Is Helping Manufacturing Costs Drop Below China

July 2, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent report projected that the cost of manufacturing in the U.S. will fall below costs in China within the next three years, in large part due to the rise of fracking.

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ISM: Hiring Signals More Good Things To Come

July 2, 2015 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 30th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 73rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Toyota, Nissan, Honda Back Hydrogen Stations For Fuel Cells

July 2, 2015 2:10 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society."

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Justice Department Sues Over Electrolux-GE Deal

July 2, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday in an effort to block Electrolux's purchase of General Electric's appliance business.

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JBS USA To Buy Cargill Pork Business For $1.45B

July 2, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. subsidiary of a Brazilian-based international meat processor is buying the pork division of Cargill Inc.

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