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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:31 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales, the company said Tuesday.             

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Land Rover Recalling Nearly 41,000 Vehicles

August 13, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash.                            

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 10:31 am | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                     

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Deere Takes a Hit as Farm Economy Weakens

August 13, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

Deere's third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker believes that the same weak sales at home and abroad will cut into earnings for the entire year.                      

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Budget Deficit Running 24.2 Pct. Below 2013

August 13, 2014 9:38 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Reporter

The Congressional Budget Office expects this year's deficit to total around $500 billion, down from $680.2 billion last year.                                   

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Bipartisan Bill to Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 13, 2014 9:26 am

The bill would designate 25 universities as ‘Manufacturing Universities’ and provide incentives to better align educational offerings with the needs of modern manufacturers.                      

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Record Imports Expected as West Coast Port Talks Continue

August 13, 2014 9:24 am | by National Retail Federation

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to hit an all-time record in August as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country.          

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Flooding Slows Auto Production in Detroit

August 12, 2014 2:34 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production and closed some facilities, automakers said Tuesday.                                    

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Understand Your Best Customers To Find New Revenue Opportunities

August 12, 2014 2:28 pm | by Anders Ekman

With more sources of customer information and new technologies to evaluate data, manufactures are using data management and marketing analytics to overcome some longtime challenges and reach some important goals.            

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U.S. Job Openings Hit 13-Year-Plus High

August 12, 2014 2:16 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy.                                        

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Maryland Man Convicted of Exporting to Iran

August 12, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

A Maryland man has been convicted on charges of exporting American manufactured industrial products to Iran.                                         

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Plea Hearing Set in Navy Contractor Bribery Case

August 12, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

Federal prosecutors say Stafford resident Scott Miserendino and a former Military Sealift Command civil servant accepted more than $265,000 in bribes over five years.                            

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CEO: Glass-Making Plant for Apple Nears Production

August 12, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices.                            

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Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor

August 12, 2014 10:19 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer

In India, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $2 billion industry with double-digit annual growth, at least 100 manufacturing plants and some 300,000 jobs.                         

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Obama Takes Step To Improve Government Technology

August 12, 2014 10:02 am | by Julie Pace & Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press

The move is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the website debacle that marred the rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care legislation last year.                           

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U.S. Agency Warns About Bitcoin Risks

August 12, 2014 10:00 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

In issuing an advisory warning, the agency noted that the currencies are not backed by the government, have volatile exchanges rates and are targeted by hackers and scammers.                      

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GM Issues 6 More Recalls Covering 312,000 Vehicles

August 12, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to 66, covering just over 29 million cars and trucks.                                        

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GE & Pivotal Pioneer New Approach to Industrial Data

August 12, 2014 9:45 am | by GE Reports

GE and Pivotal said they built the first industrial-scale “data lake” system that could supercharge how companies store, manage and glean insight from information harvested from machines connected to the Industrial Internet.       

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Chiquita Gets Buyout Offer

August 11, 2014 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Chiquita Brands attracted an approximately $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and Brazilian agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group.                         

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FDA Rules May Jeopardize Black & Mild Cigar Name

August 11, 2014 3:12 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer

Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same way as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild.                           

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