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NLRB Rules Mercedes Violated Labor Laws at AL Plant

December 1, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant.               

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U.S. Tightens Smog Limits in Bid to Protect Health

December 1, 2014 9:54 am | by Josh Lederman, Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press

In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.

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Amazon's New Robot Army is Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 9:42 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

Amazon.com Inc., which faces its single biggest day of online shopping on Monday, has invested heavily this year in upgrading and expanding its distribution network, adding new technology, opening more shipping centers and hiring 80,000 seasonal workers to meet the coming onslaught of holiday orders.

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Toyota Recalls 30K Minivans Worldwide

December 1, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota is recalling about 30,000 Sienna Minivans worldwide, saying the 2015 models' overhead assist grips can detach when an air bag deploys.                               

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U.S. Appeals WTO Ruling Against National Meat Labels

December 1, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from.                         

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Oil Plunge Creates Mixed Feelings in Global Economies

December 1, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses.

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Obama's Immigration Move Disappoints Some Business Leaders

November 26, 2014 12:35 pm

President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.     

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3 Reasons Shoppers Will Spend Cautiously This Season

November 26, 2014 12:22 pm | by Anne D'innocenzio, Christopher Rugaber, AP Business Writers

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion - the highest increase since 2011. But retailers already have had to resort to discounting to get shoppers into stores.           

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Germany To Require 30 Percent Women on Company Boards

November 26, 2014 11:49 am | by The Associated Press

Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.           

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White House Veto Threat Puts Business Tax Credits on Ice

November 26, 2014 11:43 am | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press

The White House is working feverishly to quickly scuttle a congressional effort to permanently renew generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals, saying a plan brewing on Capitol Hill favored corporations over the working class.     

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Woman Cleared in Fatal Wreck After GM Confirms Car Would Have Been Recalled

November 26, 2014 11:24 am | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press

A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death.     

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Kentucky Whiskey Maker Fetches More Than $28K For 1st Bottle of Bourbon

November 26, 2014 9:54 am | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press

One of Kentucky's newest whiskey makers is making a big splash, fetching more than $28,000 for its first bottle of bourbon.                                     

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MAPI Foundation Economic Forecast: Jobs, Replacement Demand Highlight Growth

November 26, 2014 9:47 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

The MAPI Foundation predicts strong growth in jobs plus replacement demand for equipment from businesses will provide a stable base for overall economic growth, according to a new report.                  

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U.S. Durable Goods Order on the Rise

November 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders for durable goods increased 0.4 percent last month following a 0.9 percent drop in September and an even bigger 18.3 percent plunge in August, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. The two months of declines reflected big swings in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Rise to 313K

November 26, 2014 9:37 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.                           

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AAM Asks Americans to Pledge to Buy American-Made Over Holidays

November 26, 2014 9:24 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Millions of shoppers will rush to stores in the hopes of a great deal on Friday, there is nothing that will change that, however the Alliance for American Manufacturing wants to change the effects of such consumerism. They want that money to go back to American workers and companies.

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Vermont Auditor Questions State's Role in Liquor Business

November 25, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Vermont state Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer is questioning the state's role in the liquor business, and says complete privatization likely would have a neutral revenue impact                     

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As OPEC Faces Tough Test, Lower Oil Prices Loom

November 25, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day.                           

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EPA: Texas Coal Plants Should Spend $2B to Cut Emissions

November 25, 2014 2:07 pm | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press

Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist.               

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NAM Urges India to Improve Business Climate

November 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers

Along with 15 other associations, NAM signed a letter urging action on a wide range of barriers they feel inhibit India from being "open for business."                             

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