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Majority of Small Businesses Skip Websites

June 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer

It's cheap. It's easy to do. And it can take less than 20 minutes to set up. Yet more than half of all small businesses still don't have a website.                              

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Players Helped Develop World Cup Ball

June 4, 2014 1:40 pm | by Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press

German manufacturer Adidas says the "Brazuca" was tested by more than 600 of the world's top players, and 30 teams in 10 countries over two and a half years.                            

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Fiat Adds Lower-Priced Maserati to Lineup

June 4, 2014 1:32 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press

The new four door called the Ghibli has Italian flair, a Ferrari engine and a lower price tag than Maserati's other models that are all priced above $100,000.                            

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GM Will Release Recall Report on Thursday

June 4, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors says it will release the results of an outside attorney's investigation into its mishandled recall of small cars on Thursday morning.                             

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Productivity Falls in 1Q

June 4, 2014 1:09 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. productivity fell even more than previously thought in the January-March period while labor costs rose at a faster pace.                                    

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U.S. Trade Deficit at 2-Year High

June 4, 2014 1:07 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. trade deficit jumped to a two-year high in April, as sales of exports declined and imports surged to a record high.                                    

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GMO Label Bill Passes Hurdle in N.Y.

June 4, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

The labeling legislation was endorsed Tuesday by the state Assembly's Committee on Codes, a key panel that often signs off on bills before they proceed to a vote of the full House.                    

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Survey: Companies Added 179,000 Jobs in May

June 4, 2014 9:48 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. businesses pulled back on hiring in May, adding the fewest jobs in four months, a private survey showed.                                         

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New Mexico Utility Adding More Solar Power

June 4, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

New Mexico's largest electric utility says it will meet a state standard for renewable energy by building four more solar arrays in 2015.                                 

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UAW Raising Dues for 1st Time in 47 Years

June 4, 2014 9:38 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union's finances, the first increase in 47 years.                             

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Chobani Laying Off Workers at Idaho Plant

June 4, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Chief marketing and brand officer Peter McGuinness tells The Times-News the layoffs include temporary workers as well as some regular workers.                                 

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U.S.: China Tensions Bad for Business

June 4, 2014 9:34 am | by Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press

A senior U.S. official said that Washington wants to expand economic ties with Asia, the world's fastest growing region, but warned that China's provocative conduct in the South China Sea raises tensions that are bad for business.      

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Ford Develops Lightweight Concept Car

June 4, 2014 9:21 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The prototype is 800 pounds lighter than a regular Fusion thanks to greater use of aluminum and other materials.                                       

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Safety Was Low Priority in GM Hierarchy

June 3, 2014 2:16 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

To understand how General Motors allowed a problem with a small part to balloon into a crisis, look at the company's organization chart.                                 

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Nissan Creating 500 Manufacturing Jobs in Mississippi

June 3, 2014 1:42 pm | by AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology

Nissan North America will create 500 new jobs for the Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi with the production of the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano crossover later this fall.                      

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As Seattle Raises Minimum Wage, Will Others Follow?

June 3, 2014 1:37 pm | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that would give the city the highest minimum wage in the nation.                                     

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Factory Orders Up for Third Month

June 3, 2014 1:34 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Orders to U.S. factories rose for a third consecutive month in April, pushed higher by a surge in demand for military hardware. But a key category that signals business investment plans fell.                  

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Food Company To Bring 500 Jobs to S.C.

June 3, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press

The company that makes El Monterey brand frozen Mexican foods will invest $55 million in a manufacturing plant in Florence County, creating 500 jobs.                              

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Automakers See Big Sales Gains in May

June 3, 2014 1:27 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

Chrysler, Nissan and Toyota all reported double-digit sales gains over last May. Even General Motors, battling bad publicity from a mishandled recall, surprised with a 13 percent sales increase.                 

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Subaru Starts Building New SUV in Indiana

June 3, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

The Subaru factory in Lafayette has started building a redesigned Outback SUV.                                                 

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