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GM Delayed Another Recall

July 21, 2014 | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors knew of ignition switch problems with 6.7 million midsize and large cars for 11 years, yet it failed to warn customers with a recall until last month, according to documents posted by federal safety regulators.       

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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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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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U.S. Craft Breweries See Growth Overseas

July 22, 2014 9:31 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer

Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.            

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Western Sugar Cooperative Issued 39 Citations

July 21, 2014 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press

Wyoming workplace safety officials have proposed fining Western Sugar Cooperative $194,000 for 39 citations at the company's two processing plants in the state.                         

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Subaru Sued Over Dangerous Auto Defect

July 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press

Some Subaru vehicle models have a defect that could lead to engine failure while they're being driven, a federal lawsuit says.                                   

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McDonald's, KFC Face Food Scandal In China

July 21, 2014 3:03 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.                           

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Private Jet Recovery From Recession Uneven

July 21, 2014 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press

The improving market has not been universal. Signs of strength have been in large-cabin planes, while sales of small and mid-sized planes stall.                               

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Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment

July 21, 2014 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey.                   

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GE Invests $5M In Mebane Manufacturing Operations For New Jobs

July 21, 2014 2:52 pm | by GE

GE’s Industrial Solutions business is investing $5 million to strengthen its Mebane, N.C. operations, adding production and testing capabilities that enhance the customer experience.                   

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RJ Reynolds To Fight $23.6B Verdict

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press

The No. 2 U.S. cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.                     

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EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their order to clean up 15 million pounds of artillery propellant improperly stored at a northwest Louisiana site.             

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FBI Issues Warning For Unapproved Air Conditioner Coolant

July 21, 2014 9:55 am | by Pamela Sampson, Associated Press

As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.           

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