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W.Va. Wants $1.8M From Bankrupt Spill Co.

August 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                                

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Safety Agency Probes Can-Am Motorcycle Fires

August 8, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.                                          

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Wholesale Inventories Rise in June

August 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they may anticipate slower growth ahead.                              

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Productivity Recovers After Steep 1Q Fall

August 8, 2014 10:09 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                               

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Hyundai Fined $17.35M for Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 10:07 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.                    

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GM Issues Third Recall for SUVs That Can Catch Fire

August 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The problem, revealed in documents posted by federal safety regulators this week, is so serious that GM is telling customers to park the SUVs outdoors until they are repaired because they could catch fire when left unattended.          

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Factory Worker Sentenced for Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

A former contract worker at a subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. was sentenced Friday to three and a half years in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide last fall at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan. 

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FDA Lifts Hold on Experimental Ebola Drug

August 8, 2014 9:38 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.                    

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FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited To Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 9:30 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press

Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified Thursday.

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Bobcat Opening $28M Bismarck Center

August 7, 2014 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Bobcat Co. is hoping that its new research and development facility in Bismarck will help it snatch up engineering talent from North Dakota universities.                            

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Is the U.S. Headed in the Right Direction?

August 7, 2014 2:24 pm | by Jennifer Agiesta, Associated Press

Three-quarters of Americans doubt the federal government will address the important problems facing the country this year, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.                       

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Obama Seeks Executive Ways To Limit Tax Inversions

August 7, 2014 1:15 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press

Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday.          

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Company To Shutter 2 Manufacturing Plants in New York

August 7, 2014 11:37 am | by The Associated Press

A fiberglass manufacturer says it will shut down both of its plants in a Mohawk Valley city after more than a half-century in business, putting more than 100 people out of work.                     

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Pfizer To Pay $35M To Settle Drug Marketing Case

August 7, 2014 11:36 am | by The Associated Press

Pfizer will pay $35 million to resolve allegations by 42 states that its subsidiary, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, illegally marketed an organ transplant drug for unapproved uses.                       

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Trade Gap Narrows to Lowest Level in 5 Months

August 7, 2014 10:15 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. trade deficit fell in June to its lowest level since January as imports dropped sharply, led by lower shipments of cellphones, petroleum and cars.                            

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Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 7, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press

A Coca-Cola distribution plant in southern Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles, the company said.                   

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FDA Rules Ga. Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' To Produce Food

August 7, 2014 9:50 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press

The company's products were blamed for the deaths on nine Americans and for sickening hundreds nationwide. Now the company's former owner and two others are standing trial in a rare instance of corporate officers and workers being prosecuted in a food poisoning case.

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Nestle Profit Falls on Stronger Swiss Franc

August 7, 2014 9:41 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

Nestle SA saw its sales and profits fall in the first half of the year as a stronger Swiss franc and anemic prices in Europe weighed on the bottom line.                            

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Bill on West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast. 

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Samsung, Apple To Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 2:54 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers.              

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