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Mitsubishi Will Acquire Stake in UAE Water Firm

July 8, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press

Japanese companies Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announced Monday they have entered into an agreement with a water firm in the United Arab Emirates to acquire a 38.4 percent share in its water and wastewater projects.   

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GM: Small Crossovers Are the New Utility Players

July 8, 2014 2:01 pm

Overall, demand for compact crossovers and SUVs has nearly doubled since 2008, from 10 percent to 18 percent of the market, according to AutoTrader.com.                            

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Report: Global Demographics Play Emerging Role for Manufacturers

July 8, 2014 1:58 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

The era of constrained labor supply is just beginning, and the decreasing share of populations that are in the working age cohort will keep human capital a front-burner issue for goods producers for decades, according to a new Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) report.

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Is This the Soda Tax's Last Stand?

July 8, 2014 1:52 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don't pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out?                                        

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Walmart’s First-Ever “Made in the USA” Open Call for Suppliers

July 8, 2014 1:39 pm

For the first time ever, Walmart is opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers today at its world headquarters during the company’s first-ever “Made in the USA” open call.                      

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5 Factors That Helped the U.S. Economy

July 8, 2014 9:52 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

How does the U.S. economy do it? Europe is floundering. China faces slower growth. Japan is struggling to sustain tentative gains. Here are five reasons the United States is outpacing other major economies.             

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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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