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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Benefits at 14 Year Low

October 16, 2014 9:49 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest signal that companies are cutting fewer workers and hiring could remain healthy.                 

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Senators Question Regional Car Recalls

October 16, 2014 9:41 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Two U.S. senators are questioning why the nation's auto safety regulators are letting car companies recall vehicles only in limited regions when a safety problem could happen anywhere.                   

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Airbus Receives Its Largest Aircraft Order to Date

October 15, 2014 5:12 pm | by The Associated Press

Indian budget airline IndiGo has signed a preliminary order with Airbus for 250 A320neo Family aircraft.                                         

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Toyota Recalls Older Lexus Model in U.S. for Fuel Leaks

October 15, 2014 5:03 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire.                                 

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U.S. Business Stockpiles Up in August

October 15, 2014 2:08 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in August by the smallest amount in more than a year, while sales fell by the largest amount since January. The data suggest that the economy is still having trouble gaining momentum.       

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Brazilian Pair Raises Bid for Chiquita

October 15, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press

Two Brazilian companies are raising their bid for banana company Chiquita to approximately $658 million.                                         

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U.S. Producer Prices Fell in September

October 15, 2014 12:55 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The Labor Department said that the producer price index fell 0.1 percent in September from the previous month. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer.                 

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VW Surpasses GM in Global Sales

October 15, 2014 12:37 pm | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen edged out General Motors for second place in the global auto sales race during the first three quarters of the year.                                   

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Alcoa Sells Stake in Jamalco

October 15, 2014 10:15 am | by Business Wire

Alcoa and Noble Group Ltd announced the signing of a definitive agreement that will result in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals selling 100 percent of its ownership stake in the Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refining joint venture.    

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Gielow Pickles Opens New Processing Plant

October 15, 2014 10:02 am | by Mark Stayton, Skagit Valley Herald

Pickles and sauerkraut are once again rolling down processing lines in Skagit County as Gielow Pickles starts up production in a 70,000-square-foot facility at the Port of Skagit.                 

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Whole Foods is Creating Produce Rankings

October 15, 2014 9:49 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.                            

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MAPI: Lifting Oil Exports Ban Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

October 15, 2014 9:37 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study.                          

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New York Factory Growth at Six Month Low

October 15, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press

New York manufacturers are growing at the slowest pace in six months as new orders shrink and shipments barely rise.                                       

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Mayor Says Toledo, Fiat Chrysler Should Work Together

October 14, 2014 2:19 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press

Mayor, D. Michael Collins, along with state officials, met with Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne last week to begin talks about the future of the Wrangler and the factory that builds it.                 

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Why Oil Price Drop Could Squeeze U.S. Economy

October 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

If you're a driver, a shipper, or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.                     

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Chrysler Recalls SUVs for Air Bag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners.                                   

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GMO Labeling Measure Attracts Big Money in Oregon

October 14, 2014 11:47 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press

An Oregon ballot measure on the labeling of genetically modified foods is starting to attract big money.                                         

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McDonald's Invites Questions About its Food

October 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood.                            

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GM Plant Seeks Tax Break for Upgrade

October 14, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors' Fort Wayne truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said.                         

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Companies Abandon Ambitious Desert Solar Project

October 14, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

It sounded like a good idea: build massive solar energy plants in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East to supply Europe with 15 percent of its electricity needs by 2050. But, the consortium behind the ambitious plan has now admitted defeat.

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