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Former GM Site Sold To Aircraft Maintenance Company

August 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press

A former General Motors facility in Washtenaw County has been sold to aircraft maintenance company International Turbine Industries.                                 

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Mondelez Lowers Forecast As Sales Fall Short

August 6, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press

The maker of Oreo, Cadbury and Trident cited the challenging market conditions in scaling back its outlook for core sales growth to 2 to 2.5 percent. It had previously forecast growth of 3 percent.               

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Fiat Shares Plunge Over Chrysler Merger Worries

August 6, 2014 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Fiat shares have been suspended temporarily after an excessive drop due to investor concerns that a planned merger with Chrysler may be blocked.                               

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Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Trucks In Mexico

August 6, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

Unidentified attackers have burned four Coca-Cola Co. delivery trucks in an area of Mexico's southern state of Guerrero known for drug gang turf battles.                           

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China Probes Automakers, Tech Firms

August 6, 2014 10:08 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.             

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Manager Of Gunmaker Sentenced For Failing To Report Missing Firearms

August 5, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

Prosecutors say Brinkerhoff initially failed to report 23 missing firearms to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.                                  

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GM Says It's Making Progress To Fix Recall Website

August 5, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press

The government said that GM's vehicle identification number look-up system has been incorrectly telling some owners that their cars aren't being recalled.                          

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U.S. Gov't Had Role in Ebola Drug Given to Aid Workers

August 5, 2014 9:54 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year.                

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Autos And Construction Fuel U.S. Job Growth

August 5, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

In a month when auto plants usually shut down to retool for next year's models, the sector added a solid 14,600 jobs, according to the government's employment report released Friday.                   

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Ind. Man Laid Off Twice Finds New Purpose at 52

August 5, 2014 9:49 am | by Tim Vandenack, The Elkhart Truth

The Great Recession battered Elkhart County and, in some ways, many are still feeling the aftershocks of the downturn, five years after it ended. But it's made others leaner, forcing them to improvise and forge a new trail lest they wither on the vine.

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GM Canada Agrees To Restore Retirement Benefits

August 5, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors of Canada Ltd. has agreed to pay $9 million to nearly 3,300 salaried and executive retirees and restore most of their post-retirement benefits to pre-financial crisis levels, the Toronto Star reports.          

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Official Says Mechanical Failure Caused Food Lab Blast

August 5, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                          

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Toyota Profit Up Nearly 5 Pct.

August 5, 2014 9:16 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan.                      

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China To Ban All Coal Use in Beijing

August 5, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press

China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.                         

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McDonald's Says China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 4, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press

McDonald's said Monday that a scandal over a meat supplier in China is hurting sales in the region and its global sales forecast for 2014 is "at risk."                             

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HP To Pay $32.5M To Settle Postal Service Dispute

August 4, 2014 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle allegations it overcharged the U.S. Postal Service for products over more than eight years.                            

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Energy Efficiency May Be Your Factory's Golden Ticket

August 4, 2014 4:05 pm | by Thulasi Narayan, LEED® AP and Grey Fowles, CDT, LEED® AP

By diligently estimating projected energy use for the project, substantial cost reduction can be achieved while maintaining the quantity and quality of the product produced.                      

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Oscar Mayer Gives Consumers Another Reason To Love Bacon

August 4, 2014 4:00 pm | by Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

Just when you thought bacon couldn't get any better, Oscar Mayer introduces the newest innovation from the Oscar Mayer Institute for the Advancement of Bacon (OMIFAB): Bacon Jerky.                    

Japan, China Eye Meeting Over Food Safety

August 4, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month following a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said Monday.

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Colorado Considers New Look for Edible Pot

August 4, 2014 2:26 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.                    

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