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Court: Czech Brewer Gets Budweiser Trademark In Portugal

June 27, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press

The Czech brewery Budvar says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision preventing its rival Anheuser-Busch InBev from registering its beer under the Budweiser name in the country.           

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West Coast Port Shutdown Could Cost $2.5B Per Day

June 26, 2014 4:30 pm | by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new study shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs. 

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Auto Production Sets New Record, Fleet Surpasses 1 Billion Mark

June 26, 2014 2:12 pm | by Worldwatch Institute

Five countries account for the production of 60 percent of all light vehicles worldwide. China produced a stunning 20.9 million vehicles in 2013.                                

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Indiana Developer Turns Manure Into Renewable Energy

June 26, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jeff Parrott, The Elkhart Truth

A developer is bringing a new project to Elkhart County aimed at reducing the environmental impact of dairy farms and helping the nation's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                   

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Survey: Industrial Sector Plans To Add Jobs Amid Growing Optimism

June 26, 2014 2:05 pm | by McGladrey

Nine out of 10 executives at small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period.                   

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NSA Fears Prompt Germany To End Verizon Contract

June 26, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday.                   

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Ruling Might Help U.S. Become Major Oil Exporter

June 26, 2014 10:04 am | by Jonathan Fahey and Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

Companies are taking advantage of new ways to export oil from the U.S. despite government restrictions, and in the process helping the U.S. become an ever bigger exporter of petroleum on the world stage.             

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Boehner: House Planning To Sue Obama

June 26, 2014 10:01 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent

The House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a campaign-season lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress.                        

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Acne Products May Cause Potentially Deadly Reactions

June 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

Federal health officials are warning consumers who use popular anti-acne treatments about rare but potentially deadly allergic reactions that can cause swelling of the face and difficulty breathing.               

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Obama Claims Progress on Climate Change

June 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press

One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said Wednesday that new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for green technology have cleared the way for further action in the U.S. and abroad.   

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U.S.: China's Behavior Hurts International Standing

June 26, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

A senior U.S. official says China's coercive efforts to enforce its territorial claims in disputed waters are not just raising tensions but damaging its international standing.                     

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Alcoa Moves Further Into Aerospace Industry With $2.85B Acquisition

June 26, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Alcoa is delving deeper into the aerospace industry, spending nearly $3 billion to acquire the British jet engine component company Firth Rixson.                               

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Ikea Raising Hourly Pay for U.S. Workers

June 26, 2014 9:33 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

Ikea's U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.                         

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Chrysler Investing $63M in Michigan

June 25, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler Group has confirmed plans to invest $63 million in its Warren Stamping Plant to expand capacity at the suburban Detroit facility.                                

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Orders for Durable Goods Drop in May; MAPI Responds

June 25, 2014 11:38 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Orders for U.S. durable goods tumbled 1 percent in May as demand for military equipment fell sharply. But excluding defense-related goods, orders actually rose, and orders in a key category that signals business investment also increased.    

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General Mills To Cut Costs After Sales Fall

June 25, 2014 11:04 am | by The Associated Press

General Mills announced further cost cuts Wednesday as the maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and other packaged foods reported a sales decline for its latest quarter.                          

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FDA Outlines Nanotechnology Policy

June 25, 2014 9:58 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

FDA regulators want companies to consult with them before launching nanotechnology products, though the decision whether to go to market will essentially rest with manufacturers.                     

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U.S. Economy Shrinks at Steep 2.9 Percent Rate In 1Q

June 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago.               

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Boeing 777-300ER Expected To Become New Japanese Gov't Planes

June 25, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

Japan is likely to adopt the Boeing 777-300ER as its new government aircraft to be used for overseas trips by the prime minister and imperial family members, government sources said Wednesday.                 

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Survey: Few Hanford Workers Question Bosses

June 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

Few of the U.S. Department of Energy workers who are helping build a plant to treat the most dangerous radioactive wastes at a nuclear site in Washington state feel they can openly challenge management decisions, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

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