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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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Cuban Car Buyers Have Sticker Shock

July 1, 2014 4:10 pm | by Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press

A new Peugeot family car that listed for $262,000 in Havana would cost $53,000 in the United Kingdom, for example, while a compact Kia Rio hatchback that starts at $13,600 in the United States was on offer for $42,000 in Cuba.        

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Graco Gives In and Recalls Infant Seats

July 1, 2014 4:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, in what is now the largest seat recall in American history.                      

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Auto Sales Maintain Healthy Pace in June

July 1, 2014 4:05 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

U.S. auto sales slowed slightly in June but still maintained a healthy pace despite a record-setting string of safety recalls at General Motors and a slowdown in truck sales at Ford.                    

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Drones Face Significant Hurdles in U.S.

July 1, 2014 4:02 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Despite years of research, the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't figured out what kind of technology unmanned aircraft should use to avoid crashing into other planes, or how to prevent lost links with ground control stations.       

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Chrysler Adds 696K Vehicles to Ignition Recall

July 1, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

After Chrysler filed paperwork telling the NHTSA about the expansion, the agency said it was dissatisfied, raising concerns about whether the switch problem can stop the air bags from inflating in a crash.             

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New Recalls Raise Questions About Auto Parts Safety

July 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.                          

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Hormel Buys Muscle Milk Maker for $450M

July 1, 2014 1:46 pm | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press

Hormel Foods is paying $450 million to acquire CytoSport, which owns Muscle Milk sports nutrition drinks, bars and powders.                                     

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Obama Lauds Former P&G CEO as Right Choice To Fix VA

July 1, 2014 1:43 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press

President Barack Obama sought to turn the page Monday on a humiliating chapter in the history of the Veterans Affairs Department, tapping former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to take over the sprawling agency.         

North Dakota, Texas Provide Nearly Half of U.S. Crude Oil Production

July 1, 2014 9:55 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration

U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day, with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total.                             

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Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations at Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                        

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Pinnacle Foods Lets Hillshire Out Of Deal

July 1, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

Pinnacle Foods said Monday it has scrapped its sale to Hillshire Brands, freeing Hillshire to be acquired by Tyson Foods.                                     

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GM Adds 8.2M Vehicles to Growing Recall List

July 1, 2014 9:34 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

General Motors' safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.                       

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High Court To Consider Deadlines for Suing Gov't

July 1, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

The Supreme Court will consider how strict deadlines should be for people to sue the federal government for negligence.                                     

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Court Says Bat Maker Not Liable for Pitcher's Injuries

July 1, 2014 9:28 am | by Sean Murphy, Associated Press

An Oklahoma man who was seriously injured by a line drive during a 2006 high school baseball game isn't entitled to a nearly $1 million award from the manufacturer of the bat used to hit the ball.               

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Stryker Buying Joint Device Maker for up to $375M

June 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Medical device maker Stryker said Monday it will buy bone and joint replacement maker Small Bone Innovations for up to $375 million in cash.                                

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GM Victim Payment Plan Won't Have Limit

June 30, 2014 2:04 pm | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Kenneth Feinberg is prepared to pay out billions of General Motors' money to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars' ignition switches caused the crash.                   

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American Apparel Adopts Plan To Halt Takeover From Ousted CEO

June 30, 2014 1:55 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

American Apparel has adopted a one-year shareholder rights plan a day after its ousted CEO and founder Dov Charney made a bid to increase his control of the clothing chain.                       

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