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China Factory Gauge Shows Economy Stabilizing

June 23, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press

Factory activity in China expanded in June for the first time this year, according to an HSBC report Monday, adding to signs that the slowdown in the No. 2 economy is stabilizing as recent micro boosting measures take hold.           

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MakerBot, TechShop Join GE's Collaborative Innovation Strategy

June 23, 2014 1:39 pm | by Microfactory, Inc.

GE announced two new partnerships with MakerBot and TechShop that will harness the global brain of the maker community to bring innovative new products to market faster.                       

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Oracle To Buy Micros Systems for $5.3B

June 23, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Software maker Oracle is buying Micros Systems Inc., which provides software and hardware to the hospitality and retail industries, for about $5.3 billion.                            

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Jamaica To Encourage Bamboo Industry

June 23, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

Jamaica hopes to kick-start a local bamboo industry as the tropical plant becomes more common in flooring, furniture and household accessories.                                

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Shire Rejects $46.2B Offer From AbbVie

June 23, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

The Dublin-based drugmaker Shire said Friday it has rejected an unsolicited $46.2 billion offer from AbbVie Inc., arguing that it fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.                   

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Report: Apple Smartwatch Coming This Fall

June 23, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.                       

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Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dies at 90

June 23, 2014 9:26 am | by Randall Chase, Associated Press

Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont Co. chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world.               

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Honda, Mazda, Nissan Recall Millions of Vehicles Over Airbags

June 23, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode.                           

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Alstom CEO: GE Deal Will Save Jobs

June 23, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press

Alstom SA's chief executive says the French heavy engineering firm's agreement to sell off most of its power generation business to U.S. rival General Electric Co. will save jobs and protect France's national interests.          

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China Expands Investment in U.S., Creates Jobs

June 23, 2014 9:11 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

After decades of siphoning jobs from the United States, China is creating some. Chinese companies invested a record $14 billion in the United States last year.                            

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Feds Report On Trucker In Morgan Crash

June 19, 2014 4:58 pm | by David Porter, Associated Press

A report on the crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man says the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding before the crash.                

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Senator Wants To Tighten Controls On Radioactive Material

June 19, 2014 4:54 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press

A U.S. senator is urging the Obama administration to tighten procedures after a congressional audit found security problems at companies using radioactive material.               

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Walmart Plans Indiana Distribution Center

June 19, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Walmart says it will build a new distribution center in central Indiana and have perhaps 300 employees there in the next couple years.                    

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Data Shows iPhone 'Kill Switch' Cuts Thefts

June 19, 2014 4:49 pm | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press

New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.                

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Lawsuit Claims Extending Eagle Death Permits Illegal

June 19, 2014 3:15 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

A conservation group sued the Obama administration Thursday over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.             

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E-Cigarette Makers Under Fire In Senate

June 19, 2014 3:12 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press

E-cigarettes with fruity flavors like "cherry crush" ignited an intense Senate debate Wednesday about whether manufacturers are trying to appeal to youngsters similar to the way that Big Tobacco used Joe Camel decades ago.     

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Mass. House Passes Minimum Wage Compromise

June 19, 2014 3:10 pm | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

Massachusetts moved closer to instituting the nation's highest minimum wage among states under a bill approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.               

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Ohio Coal Company Sues Over Emissions Rules

June 19, 2014 3:07 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press

One of the nation's largest coal companies filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama's administration seeking to block the EPA's new carbon emissions rules for power plants.            

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Mercedes Workers Celebrate 'Made In USA' Milestone

June 19, 2014 3:04 pm | by Patrick Rupinski, The Tuscaloosa News

The first Mercedes C-Class that bears the claim "made in the USA" ceremoniously rolled off the assembly line at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance, AL this week.              

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Former Hostess Plant Up For Sale In Maine

June 19, 2014 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press

Flower Foods acquired the bakery last year and is selling the plant and eight other bakeries and 21 depots across the country.                     

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