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China's Factory Index at 18-Month High

July 24, 2014 9:39 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

China's manufacturing rose in July to its highest level in 18 months, in a sign that mini-stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world's No. 2 economy have taken hold.                          

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Gov. Walker Got $68K From Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 24, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

A recent campaign finance report shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has received money from at least 11 corporations that outsource jobs to other countries.                            

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IMF Cuts Forecast for U.S. Economic Growth

July 23, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

The International Monetary Fund has shaved its forecast for U.S. economic growth this year, mostly because of a sharp contraction in the first quarter.                             

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China Detains Meat Seller's Employees

July 23, 2014 2:10 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.    

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Officials Investigate Fire at Oil Supply Company

July 23, 2014 2:05 pm | by Josh Wood, Associated Press

Federal and state investigators are at a Williston oil supply and logistics company where a massive fire erupted and disrupted road and air traffic.                              

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Boeing 2Q Profit Up 52 Pct.

July 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press

Increased production of passenger jets helped push up Boeing's profit by 52 percent in the second quarter, topping Wall Street's expectations.                                

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Investigators: Overloaded Bins Caused Collapse, Deaths

July 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Josh Funk, Associated Press

Overloaded storage bins on the roof of an Omaha livestock feed manufacturer's plant caused the building collapse that killed two people in January, federal investigators said Monday.                    

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Chrysler Recalls Over 792K Jeeps for Ignition Switch Defect

July 23, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press

The ignition switch defects that engulfed General Motors are now a rapidly growing problem at Chrysler.                                          

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Gun Law Forces Beretta out of Maryland

July 23, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press

Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.               

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Could The U.S. Dip Back Into Recession?

July 23, 2014 10:06 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer

Sluggish growth in France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and China suggests that the old truism, "When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold," may need to be flipped.                      

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Michigan Approves 9 Projects To Add 3,900 Jobs

July 23, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Michigan on Tuesday approved state incentives for nine economic development projects expected to bring about 3,900 jobs, nearly half from General Motors consolidating engineering jobs from outside the state at a site in Michigan.      

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Ford: New, Lighter F-150 Can Compete With Rivals

July 23, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

The company revealed details of the new truck Tuesday. The 2015 F-150 4x4 goes on sale this fall and is 732 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.                              

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Study: Beef Pollutes More Than Pork, Poultry

July 22, 2014 2:09 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.                              

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F-35's No-Show at Farnborough Disappoints

July 22, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

The failure of the Joint Strike Fighter to travel to England this week for a premier air show heaped further embarrassment on its developers as they try to convince skeptics that the $400 billion program was a price worth paying.      

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Fruit From Trader Joe's, Costco Recalled

July 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.                  

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Larson Electronics Lights Up 'Batman v Superman' Blockbuster

July 22, 2014 11:28 am | by Larson Electronics

Larson Electronics lighting equipment heads back to the big screen for another grand appearance in the new “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” film.                                 

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Aptean Launches Manufacturing Calculator

July 22, 2014 9:57 am | by Aptean

Aptean has launched a free online cost savings calculator to help manufacturers visualize the potential impact of eliminating paper-based, performance measurement on the shop floor.                   

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China's Suspect Meat Scandal Spreads

July 22, 2014 9:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

A suspect meat scandal in China engulfed Starbucks and Burger King on Tuesday and spread to Japan where McDonald's said the Chinese supplier accused of selling expired beef and chicken had provided 20 percent of the meat for its chicken nuggets. 

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Design Will Be Central to Microsoft's Future

July 22, 2014 9:51 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer

Microsoft is putting an emphasis on design excellence more than ever — to make its products more competitive with offerings from rivals Apple, Google and Amazon and to prod its hardware making partners to dream up new, more innovative devices. 

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Unilever Closing Ice Cream Factory in Florida

July 22, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Consumer-goods giant Unilever is closing an ice cream factory in the Tampa Bay area and laying off roughly 210 people.                                      

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