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Obama Claims Progress on Climate Change

June 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press

One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said Wednesday that new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for green technology have cleared the way for further action in the U.S. and abroad.   

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U.S.: China's Behavior Hurts International Standing

June 26, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

A senior U.S. official says China's coercive efforts to enforce its territorial claims in disputed waters are not just raising tensions but damaging its international standing.                     

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Alcoa Moves Further Into Aerospace Industry With $2.85B Acquisition

June 26, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Alcoa is delving deeper into the aerospace industry, spending nearly $3 billion to acquire the British jet engine component company Firth Rixson.                               

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Ikea Raising Hourly Pay for U.S. Workers

June 26, 2014 9:33 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

Ikea's U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.                         

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Chrysler Investing $63M in Michigan

June 25, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler Group has confirmed plans to invest $63 million in its Warren Stamping Plant to expand capacity at the suburban Detroit facility.                                

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Orders for Durable Goods Drop in May; MAPI Responds

June 25, 2014 11:38 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Orders for U.S. durable goods tumbled 1 percent in May as demand for military equipment fell sharply. But excluding defense-related goods, orders actually rose, and orders in a key category that signals business investment also increased.    

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General Mills To Cut Costs After Sales Fall

June 25, 2014 11:04 am | by The Associated Press

General Mills announced further cost cuts Wednesday as the maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and other packaged foods reported a sales decline for its latest quarter.                          

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FDA Outlines Nanotechnology Policy

June 25, 2014 9:58 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

FDA regulators want companies to consult with them before launching nanotechnology products, though the decision whether to go to market will essentially rest with manufacturers.                     

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U.S. Economy Shrinks at Steep 2.9 Percent Rate In 1Q

June 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago.               

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Boeing 777-300ER Expected To Become New Japanese Gov't Planes

June 25, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

Japan is likely to adopt the Boeing 777-300ER as its new government aircraft to be used for overseas trips by the prime minister and imperial family members, government sources said Wednesday.                 

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Survey: Few Hanford Workers Question Bosses

June 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

Few of the U.S. Department of Energy workers who are helping build a plant to treat the most dangerous radioactive wastes at a nuclear site in Washington state feel they can openly challenge management decisions, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

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GE To Locate Center Near Ohio River

June 24, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

General Electric Co.'s new U.S. global operations center will be in Cincinnati, along the Ohio River.                                           

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Senate Backers of Long-Term Jobless Aid Trying Again

June 24, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

Senate supporters of legislation to renew long-term jobless benefits are backing a new approach in hopes of pressuring the House to reinstate the program after a lapse of six months.                    

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Alcoa Expands in Indiana for Jet Engine Parts

June 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by American Foundry Society (AFS)

The new 320,000-sq.-ft. facility will expand Alcoa's reach from structural engine components for business and regional jets to large commercial aircraft, including narrow- and wide-body and military airplanes.           

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Museum Signs Deal for Rosie's Plant

June 24, 2014 12:04 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press

An aviation museum announced Monday it has signed an agreement to buy a 144,000-square-foot slice of the Michigan factory where the original Rosie the Riveter worked during World War II.                   

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Japan Aims To Restore Cutting Edge

June 24, 2014 11:47 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formally announced Tuesday an outline of his long-awaited growth strategy, a slew of reforms meant to revitalize the economy and restore its global competitiveness.               

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Hillary Clinton Announces Youth Jobs Push in 'Job One' Initiative

June 24, 2014 11:40 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press

Hillary Rodham Clinton is encouraging companies to train and hire young people, offering a new jobs pitch during her family's annual domestic policy summit as she considers another presidential campaign.              

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Toyota Teams Up With IBM To Improve Driver Experience

June 24, 2014 11:26 am | by IBM

The project is part of Toyota’s new telematics service, called T-Connect, and aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services that will shape the future of connected vehicles.           

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Big Tobacco Snubs Indonesia Health Warning Law

June 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer

Tobacco companies have largely snubbed an Indonesian law requiring them to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs, in another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that's home to the world's highest rate of male smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising.

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Businesses Join White House In Backing Export-Import Bank

June 24, 2014 9:41 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent

The bank's existence is fast emerging as a flashpoint in the internal Republican struggle between the business-backed establishment and tea party groups.                           

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