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Why Global Turmoil Hasn't Sunk U.S. Markets. Yet.

August 15, 2014 1:26 pm | by Josh Boak and Bernard Condon, AP Business Writers

Here's a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S economy and others, and why the calm in markets may or may not last.                                       

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Walmart, The U.S. Conference of Mayors Award $4M To Spark Innovation in American Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 1:13 pm

Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), kicked off a new chapter in the modern American manufacturing story today as the global retailer announced the first grant recipients of the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

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84 MPG Car Gets Closer to Production

August 15, 2014 1:11 pm | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it's also less than half the cost.                 

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Factory Output Surges in July

August 15, 2014 9:55 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

U.S. factory output rose for the sixth consecutive month in July, led by a jump in the production of motor vehicles, furniture, textiles and metals.                              

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Ex-peanut Plant Head Says He Lied About Salmonella

August 15, 2014 9:49 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press

A former manager of a south Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak lied to federal investigators to protect the company he worked for but decided to come clean after realizing how many people had been sickened, he testified Thursday.

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Ford Recalls More Than 83,000 Cars and SUVs

August 15, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling 83,250 vehicles because a faulty part could cause them to lose power or roll away if they're parked.                                      

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Chiquita Rejects New $611M Takeover Bid

August 15, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

Banana distributor Chiquita Brands says it is rejecting the $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and the Brazilian agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group.                     

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Deere Announces Factory Layoffs

August 15, 2014 9:39 am | by Deere & Company

The action will place more than 600 employees at four locations on indefinite layoff. In addition, Deere is implementing seasonal and inventory adjustment shutdowns and temporary layoffs at several of the affected factories.          

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Ebola Puts Focus on Drugs Made in Tobacco Plants

August 15, 2014 9:35 am | by Malcom Ritter, AP Science Writer

It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.                         

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GE In Talks To Sell Historic Appliance Division

August 14, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division as part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and more profitable industrial equipment.                 

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Briggs & Stratton Buying Maker of Light Towers

August 14, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Engine maker Briggs & Stratton Corp. is acquiring a Nebraska company that makes towable light towers, industrial heaters and solar-powered arrow boards.                            

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Cash for Carp: Illinois Company Tests Market

August 14, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press

This company is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering, and their experiment offers another test of whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food.        

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Cisco To Lay Off up to 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.                                     

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OSHA: Flammables Wrongly Put in Factory Oven Pre-blast

August 14, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.                

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China Panel Fires Adviser Over Ties to Qualcomm

August 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation, according to state media.          

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Apple Bans Use of 2 Chemicals in iPhone Assembly

August 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.           

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Shell Sells Shale Gas Rights for $2.1B

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

Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions.                                

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Walmart Cuts Profit Outlook

August 14, 2014 9:38 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday as the world's largest retailer faced another quarter of sluggish sales and traffic declines.                           

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GE To Invest Billions in Africa's People, Infrastructure, Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by GE Reports

A few miles outside Durban, South Africa is the Bisasar Road landfill, Africa’s largest refuse site and a big source of renewable energy.                                 

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Natural Gas Plant in Western Ky. Canceled

August 13, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward.                           

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