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Teamsters Warn Against Sysco, US Foods Merger

June 6, 2014 10:59 am

The Teamsters Union cautioned that Sysco's proposed acquisition of US Foods could limit competition and negatively affect consumers, food suppliers, small business owners and government agencies.                

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Purdue University Planning Melon Safety Workshops

June 6, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

Purdue University experts are planning two workshops to help southwestern Indiana's melon growers follow the proper food safety practices as they prepare for the upcoming harvest.                       

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Former Japanese Exec Indicted for Price-Fixing

June 6, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted a former executive at a Japanese auto parts maker on accusations that he helped fix the prices of seatbelts sold to leading Japanese automakers.               

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What's Next For GM After The 'Switch From Hell'

June 6, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

GM on Thursday released the results of an internal investigation into the delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches. But the 315-page report doesn't bring the issue to a close.               

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Beastie Boys Get $1.7M in Monster Case

June 6, 2014 9:24 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press

It's a rap: The Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against the maker of Monster Energy drink.                                      

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Glock Execs, Gun Dealer Face Indictment

June 6, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press

Federal prosecutors have accused a Kansas firearms dealer of paying more than $1 million in bribes and kickbacks to two high-ranking executives of Georgia-based Glock Inc. in exchange for preferential treatment and access to confidential company information.

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GM: Incompetence and Negligence Led to Recall

June 5, 2014 1:43 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

General Motors says a pattern of incompetence and neglect, not a larger conspiracy or cover-up, is to blame for a long-delayed recall of defective ignition switches.                         

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Engine Maker: CSeries Could Fly Again Soon

June 5, 2014 1:39 pm | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

Bombardier's CSeries planes could resume flight testing in a few weeks after the plane's engine manufacturer believes it has found the cause of an incident a week ago that grounded the four test aircraft.              

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GM Launching Compensation Program for Crash Victims

June 5, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors says it will launch a compensation program for crash victims or their families as a result of faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths that prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars.             

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Safety Board Faults Key Device in BP Oil Spill

June 5, 2014 1:32 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

A U.S. board's investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.         

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Fed: Economy Showing Improvement Across U.S.

June 5, 2014 9:59 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy strengthening over the past two months in areas from manufacturing and construction to retail sales and bank lending.                         

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3 Key Questions About the GM Recall Report

June 5, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Why the recall delay happened — and who is responsible — should be revealed Thursday, when a report by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas is made public.                           

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Siemens Donates $2B in Software to Va. Colleges

June 5, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Electronics and engineering company Siemens Corp. is donating software worth more than $2 billion to seven Virginia universities and community colleges.                             

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Walmart Facing Big Hurdles

June 5, 2014 9:37 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

Revenue at established Walmart stores in the U.S., which accounts for 60 percent of the company's total sales, has declined for five consecutive quarters.                             

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UAW Names Williams as New President

June 5, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

Dennis Williams is the union's current secretary-treasurer. He'll replace the retiring president, Bob King.                                         

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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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