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Whiskey Fungus Lawsuit Gets Second Life

November 17, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit claiming vapors from Jefferson County bourbon warehouses are causing a black fungus to form on nearby houses, businesses and vehicles.                   

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California Accuses BP of Inflating Natural Gas Prices

November 17, 2014 2:12 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press

A new lawsuit alleges that BP and its traders routinely manipulated prices to overcharge California as much as $300 million when it sold natural gas to the state.                         

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Auto Industry Builds New-Look River Region Economy

November 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by Brad Harper, The Montgomery Advertiser

Long reliant on state jobs and military money, Montgomery, AL shifted gears in 2002 when Hyundai announced it would open its first America production plant here.                         

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What Japan's Recession Means for Country, World

November 17, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

In a surprise, Japan said its economy, the world's 3rd-biggest following the U.S. and China, contracted 1.6 percent at an annual pace in the July-September quarter as consumer and corporate spending failed to regain momentum after a sales tax increase in April.

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U.S. Factory Output Increases in October

November 17, 2014 10:53 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

U.S. manufacturing output grew modestly in October, as autoworkers churned out fewer cars and trucks.                                           

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GM Extends Claims Deadline to Jan. 31

November 17, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press

The lawyer hired by General Motors to compensate victims of crashes caused by faulty ignition switches is giving people another month to file claims after the company came under fire because the family of a woman who died in a 2003 crash had not been notified that her crash had been linked to a faulty switch. 

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Cause of Deadly Leak at Texas Plant Still Unknown

November 17, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press

DuPont officials said Sunday it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth.                       

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Chevrolet Supports Grassland Preservation Program

November 17, 2014 9:52 am | by John Flesher, The Associated Press

Chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale crop production, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said.     

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Halliburton Buying Baker Hughes in $34.6B Deal

November 17, 2014 9:43 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

In a deal that shows just how quickly falling prices can upend the energy industry, Halliburton is buying rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes in a cash-and-stock deal worth $34.6 billion.               

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New York Manufacturing on the Rise

November 17, 2014 9:36 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Manufacturers in New York grew at a faster pace in November and their expectations for future growth rose to the highest level in nearly three years.                             

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German Labor Chief Says VW Plant Must Halt Work With Anti-Union Group

November 14, 2014 3:16 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press

The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee.                            

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U.S. Business Inventories Up 0.3 Percent

November 14, 2014 2:52 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles at a faster rate in September, though sales remained weak.                                           

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Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs with Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                                         

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise on Autos, Online Purchases

November 14, 2014 2:39 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending.                                  

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Duke Announces Plans to Move Coal Ash

November 14, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Duke Energy is submitting plans to North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from four high-risk plants to other locations, including open-pit clay mines.                      

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First High Cut Resistant Touchscreen Glove

November 14, 2014 10:54 am | by Wells Lamont Industrial

Wells Lamont Industrial, a U.S. manufacturer of hand and arm protection, introduces its Touchscreen Cut Resistant Glove.                                     

2 Developers Sue Hawaii County to Halt GMO Law

November 14, 2014 10:18 am | by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press

Two leading developers of genetically engineered corn have sued Maui County to stop a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.                            

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Senate Committee To Hold Takata Air Bag Hearing

November 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Tom Krisher

Add a U.S. Senate committee hearing to the growing list of troubles facing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp.                                        

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October Budget Deficit Rises to $121.7B

November 14, 2014 10:03 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The federal government started the new budget year with a higher deficit in October than a year ago, but the increase reflected quirks in the calendar rather than a deterioration in the government's budget outlook.           

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GM: 13 Families Notified in Ignition Switch Deaths

November 14, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors says it now has contacted the families of the original 13 people whose deaths GM linked to faulty small-car ignition switches to tell them about its compensation program.                   

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