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Applications for Jobless Aid Near 7-Year Low

May 29, 2014 9:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly the lowest level in seven years, a sign hiring may be picking up.                               

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Apple Acquires Beats for $3B

May 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers

It's by far the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history, a price that the company is paying to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.                            

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Hiring To Bring Nissan Employment Over 6,000 In Miss.

May 29, 2014 9:37 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.                            

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Samsung Envisions Wearables With Common System

May 29, 2014 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer

The South Korean company pushed for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies — can interchange key components such as the wristband.                    

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American Airlines To Get First Boeing 787 in November

May 29, 2014 9:32 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer

The 787 could be American's most important new plane since the Boeing 777 in 1999.                                                   

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Obama Administration Names U.S. Manufacturing Regions

May 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press

The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies.              

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8 Vehicles Get Top Rating for Collision Warning

May 29, 2014 9:23 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the only non-luxury car to earn the highest safety rating in new tests of high-tech crash prevention systems.                                 

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Consumer Confidence Moves Up in May

May 28, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. consumers were slightly more confident in the economy in May than in April, partly because of strengthening optimism about future hiring and income gains.                          

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Nestle Paying $1.4B for Skin Treatments

May 28, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Nestle says it is paying $1.4 billion in cash for the rights to sell lip and wrinkle treatment Restylane and other skin products in the U.S. and Canada.                              

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Dirtiest Power Plant Cleaning Up Its Act

May 28, 2014 1:43 pm | by Dina Cappiello and Kevin Begos, Associated Press

A massive coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania is turning from one of the worst polluters in the country to a model for how such a facility can clean up its act.                         

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Why Small Businesses Won't Hire

May 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer

Many small business owners have no plans to add to their payrolls, according to recent surveys.                                             

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Exxon: Oil Will Be Top Energy Source for Years

May 28, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

The CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. says alternative fuels will grow but that oil will remain the world's leading source of energy for another quarter century.                             

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Salmonella Linked to Chicken Sickens 524

May 28, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press

An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a California chicken company continues even after more than a year.                                     

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Woman Sues Packing Company Over Illness

May 28, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press

A college student sickened at a Detroit-area restaurant has sued a packing company that recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.                     

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Google Building Car With No Steering Wheel

May 28, 2014 9:34 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press

The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google said Tuesday it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads.                                  

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Hot Sauce Controversy Might Be Cooling Down

May 28, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press

Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda tells the Pasadena Star-News that he'll ask the City Council to drop its public-nuisance order and lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods.                           

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SunPower Announces New Solar Plant in Colorado

May 28, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

SunPower Corp. plans to double its solar power generating capacity in the San Luis Valley with a new 50-megawatt solar power plant.                                   

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Michigan Approves 3 Projects That Add Over 800 Jobs

May 28, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press

Projects approved Tuesday by the Michigan Strategic Fund include Walker-based automotive supplier Challenge Mfg. Co. expanding into Pontiac.                                

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New Mexico Biofuel Facility on Fire

May 28, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press

A biofuel facility near Anthony in southern New Mexico caught fire Tuesday, prompting an evacuation of an area a half-mile around the plant, authorities said.                            

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Malaysia Releasing Satellite Data on Missing Jet

May 27, 2014 2:17 pm | by Eileen Ng and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press

The Malaysian government on Tuesday released 45 pages of raw satellite data it used to determine that the missing jetliner crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, responding to demands for greater transparency.             

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