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Backlash Stirs Against Foreign Worker Visas

July 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Laura Wides-Munoz and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press

Amid calls for expanding the nation's so-called H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees.

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Last Cigar Factory in Tampa Fights for Survival

July 2, 2014 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press

There used to be more than 150 cigar factories here, but that was a long time ago. The U.S. trade restrictions with Cuba caused some to close. Changing public attitudes about tobacco caused others to lock their doors for good.       

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New Ford CEO Gets $5.25M Pay Package

July 2, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press

New Ford CEO Mark Fields will get a pay package worth $5.25 million this year as he takes over for the retiring Alan Mulally.                                      

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AB InBev Acquires Czech 'Budweiser' Brewer

July 2, 2014 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, has acquired a small Czech brewery, Samson, in an effort to strengthen its claim to the trademark name of Budweiser.                         

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Georgia Lawsuit Still Causing Headaches for GM

July 2, 2014 12:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Litigation over the 29-year-old nurse's death was settled by GM last October. But not before it laid bare how the company allowed millions of small cars to stay on the road more than a decade after GM discovered ignition switch flaws.     

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Food Makers Bet U.S. Wants Drinkable Food

July 2, 2014 11:15 am | by The Associated Press

The demand for portable, easy-to-eat foods has been growing, and Hormel isn't the only company hoping that can include liquid food that comes in the convenience bottle.                        

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Iowa Plant Makes First Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol

July 2, 2014 11:07 am | by The Associated Press

A farmer-owned ethanol plant in northwest Iowa is the first commercial facility in the state to make the fuel additive from something other than corn starch.                           

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Philippines To Get First New Fighter Jets Next Year

July 2, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

The Philippine president said Tuesday his country's ill-equipped military will receive its first new fighter jets in nearly a decade next year to help defend the country's territory.                   

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IKEA Expanding Solar Power System in Maryland

July 2, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

IKEA has expanded its solar power system on top of its Perryville, Maryland, distribution center.                                            

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California Raises Minimum Wage

July 2, 2014 10:07 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press

California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect this week and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.                              

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Court To Hear Natural Gas Price-Fixing Claims

July 2, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

The Supreme Court will consider whether a group of energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.           

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Brynwood Partners Buying Juicy Juice From Nestle USA

July 2, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

Brynwood Partners said that Juicy Juice was acquired by its newly created portfolio company, Harvest Hill Beverage Co., which will be based in Stamford, Connecticut.                         

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Obama Dares Republicans After Lawsuit Threat

July 2, 2014 9:17 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.                 

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Chemical Blast at GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press

A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.                             

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Survey: Midwest, Plains Economy Growing

July 2, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press

The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.                        

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Cuban Car Buyers Have Sticker Shock

July 1, 2014 4:10 pm | by Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press

A new Peugeot family car that listed for $262,000 in Havana would cost $53,000 in the United Kingdom, for example, while a compact Kia Rio hatchback that starts at $13,600 in the United States was on offer for $42,000 in Cuba.        

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Graco Gives In and Recalls Infant Seats

July 1, 2014 4:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, in what is now the largest seat recall in American history.                      

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Auto Sales Maintain Healthy Pace in June

July 1, 2014 4:05 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

U.S. auto sales slowed slightly in June but still maintained a healthy pace despite a record-setting string of safety recalls at General Motors and a slowdown in truck sales at Ford.                    

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Drones Face Significant Hurdles in U.S.

July 1, 2014 4:02 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Despite years of research, the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't figured out what kind of technology unmanned aircraft should use to avoid crashing into other planes, or how to prevent lost links with ground control stations.       

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Chrysler Adds 696K Vehicles to Ignition Recall

July 1, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

After Chrysler filed paperwork telling the NHTSA about the expansion, the agency said it was dissatisfied, raising concerns about whether the switch problem can stop the air bags from inflating in a crash.             

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