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Steel Mill Fined $135K for Emission Sensors

July 30, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution-control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011.             

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Samsung Phone Shipments Falter

July 30, 2014 1:13 pm | by Peter Svensson - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press

The Korean phone giant lost ground to upstart Chinese manufacturers after several years of headlong growth, according to figures from IDC.                                 

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GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

July 30, 2014 1:10 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press

Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.                                    

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Gov't. Fails To Vet Chemical Plants for Terror Risk

July 30, 2014 11:51 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press

Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities.       

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Toyota Remains No. 1 in Global Vehicle Sales

July 30, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.            

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5 Reporters Subpoenaed in $1.2B 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

July 30, 2014 11:48 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press

Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.  

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U.S. Economy Grew at Strong 4 Pct Rate in Spring

July 30, 2014 9:42 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.       

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Hyundai Recalls 883K Sonatas To Fix Gear Shifters

July 30, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

The Korean automaker says the automatic transmission shift cable can separate from the shift lever. If that happens the lever may not show the correct gear, increasing the risk of a crash.                 

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Small Cars Fare Poorly in Crash Tests

July 30, 2014 9:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.                                     

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Drugmaker Amgen Laying Off At Least 2,400

July 30, 2014 9:29 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer

Biologic drugmaker Amgen said Tuesday that it will lay off 12 to 15 percent of its worldwide workforce and close four sites, even as it reported stellar second-quarter results that trounced Wall Street expectations.             

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McDonald's Could Be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants.                                              

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Suzuki Recalling Nearly 26K Cars

July 29, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press

Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.                                 

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Full Appeals Court Upholds Labels on Meat Packages

July 29, 2014 2:20 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.                    

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FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.                

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$1,000 Pill Now Treatment of Choice

July 29, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press

A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.                    

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Ocean Spray Worker Dies in Fall Through Skylight

July 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press

Authorities say a Nevada man is dead after falling through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center where he worked.                                 

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Smith & Wesson Paying $2M To Settle Bribery Charges

July 29, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business.                    

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U.S. Companies Increasingly Look for Growth Overseas

July 29, 2014 9:49 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

The intensifying international focus extends beyond technology. Century-old companies such as Coca-Cola Co. and Ford Motor Co. also are hoping to make more money in countries including China and India.              

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Amazon Offers 3D Printed Products

July 29, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

The moves come as organizations ranging from libraries to retailers adopt quickly evolving 3D printing technology. Recently eBay launched its own 3D printing store via an iPhone app called eBay Exact.              

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1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up.                        

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