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Company Fined $11K for Chemical Spill

July 8, 2014 9:49 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.                                 

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How Did GM's Ignition Switch Redesign Go Wrong?

July 8, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

GM set about making switches that would work more smoothly and give drivers the impression that they were better designed, a GM switch engineer testified in a lawsuit deposition in the spring of 2013.               

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Luxury Rolls-Royce Car Sales Soar

July 8, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

The Britain-based manufacturer said Tuesday that global sales in the first half of the year were up 33 percent compared with the same period in 2013.                              

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Robbers Raid Samsung Plant in Brazil

July 8, 2014 9:39 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press

Thieves raided a Samsung electronics factory in Brazil during the night shift early Monday, subdued workers and guards, and made off with at least $6 million worth of cellphones and computers.                 

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AP: Most Union Members Have Ties to Gov't

July 8, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

Roughly 1-in-3 public sector workers is a union member, compared with about 1-in-15 for the private sector workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.                          

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Boeing Checking Plane Parts for Damage After Accident

July 8, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press

Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday.                

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Lawsuits Aim To Stop Work at Mines in 3 States

July 7, 2014 1:34 pm | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press

Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.            

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WTO Appellate Body Issues Mixed Ruling in U.S.-China Dispute

July 7, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press

An appeals body of the World Trade Organization has decided it lacked enough information to uphold China's objections to a U.S. law meant to help American companies that face unfair foreign competition.             

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Former Anheuser-Busch Exec Wants New Trial

July 7, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press

A former Anheuser-Busch executive who unsuccessfully sued the brewer for gender discrimination is seeking a new trial.                                      

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Submarine Maker Plans R.I. Expansion

July 7, 2014 1:16 pm | by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press

The workforce at the North Kingstown manufacturing plant could double by 2028 to about 6,000 people, said Sean Davies, the site's general manager.                             

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Safety Agency: Chrysler Recall Too Slow

July 7, 2014 10:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The U.S. government's road safety agency is accusing Chrysler of moving too slowly to fix some Jeep SUVs in a recall announced more than a year ago.                              

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Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

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Blue Bird Recalling School Buses for Steering Issue

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

Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult.                               

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Steel Pipe Imports Put American Jobs at Risk

July 7, 2014 9:44 am | by John D. Oravecz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Nearly 600,000 American jobs, including 35,300 in Pennsylvania, could be at risk from surging imports, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank that focuses on the needs of low- and middle-income workers.

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ADM Gobbles Up Flavoring Maker for About $3B

July 7, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Agribusiness giant ADM will pay about $3 billion to buy the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors, which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.                       

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Germany's Merkel Slams Industrial Spying During China Visit

July 7, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized industrial spying Monday while on a visit to China, which Germany and other governments have cited as a global center for economic espionage.                    

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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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