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Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gas for Solar Power

October 28, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.                                       

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Chemical Company Plans To Build $1.4B Fertilizer Plant in Illinois

October 28, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

A chemical company plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois, state economic officials confirmed Tuesday.                                   

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A Brief Look at the U.S. Durable Goods Numbers

October 28, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

As reported by the AP, orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months. The declines, however, will likely be followed by a resumption of stronger growth.

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GM To Move Production of Volt Back to U.S.

October 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt's electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better.           

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New Jersey Firm Recalls Packages of Cashews

October 28, 2014 10:53 am | by FDA

Chetak New York L.L.C.  is recalling packages of deep raw cashew pieces because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.                               

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Now in Aisle 3 at Lowe's: Robots

October 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.                       

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A Warship So Quiet, it Sneaks Up On Submarines

October 28, 2014 9:50 am | by GE Reports

Britain’s sailors are looking towards the future. The Royal Navy has recently commissioned a new high-tech frigate designed to become the “workhorse of the fleet” and focus on a variety of maritime missions ranging from complex combat operations to counter piracy and disaster relief. 

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North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 9:35 am | by Robotic Industries Association

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.                       

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Toyota at Top in Global Vehicle Sales

October 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year.     

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 1.3 Percent in September

October 28, 2014 9:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months.             

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SpaceX Capsule Splashes Down in the Pacific

October 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth, after parachuting into the Pacific on Saturday.                                     

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Coca-Cola Shuts Down Great Falls Bottling

October 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

 The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Great Falls is no longer bottling Coca-Cola products.                                              

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Chiquita Accepts $681M Deal with Brazilian Bidders

October 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has agreed to sell itself to two Brazilian companies for approximately $681 million. The deal comes just days after the fresh produce company's shareholders rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.

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German Business Confidence Drops for Sixth Month

October 27, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Business confidence in Germany, Europe's largest economy, has dropped for a sixth consecutive month as concerns over the turmoil in Ukraine and elsewhere continue to take their toll.                   

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5 Injured in Industrial Plant Explosion

October 27, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city.                             

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Food Giants Spend Big Money to Defeat GMO Labeling

October 27, 2014 9:56 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press

Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses.             

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U.S. Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 27, 2014 9:51 am | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press

The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements.                 

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Valeant Not Done With Allergan Takeover Yet

October 27, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

The Canadian drugmaker Valeant said it would be willing to raise its takeover bid for Allergan by almost 12 percent, which would mean $200 or more per share for the maker of Botox.                    

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Obama Taking Action to Push Manufacturing

October 27, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers.       

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The SUV Goes Global

October 27, 2014 9:28 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Once a hulking symbol of American excess, sport utility vehicles are quickly becoming the world's favorite way to get around.                                   

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