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FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

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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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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$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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Ford Raising F-150 Prices

July 29, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press

Ford is raising the price of its new aluminum-sided pickup truck, but still trying to stay competitive with rivals.                                        

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Clinton Impeachment Shadows GOP Lawsuit

July 29, 2014 9:28 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent

Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help explain why Speaker John Boehner and the current GOP leadership want no part of such talk now, although conservatives increasingly clamor for it.               

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Samsung Postpones Launch of Tizen

July 28, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.             

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Lawmakers Push for Airline Safety Devices

July 28, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Anti-missile devices include onboard lasers, warning systems, flares and infrared countermeasure systems, costing from $1 to $2 million per plane.                              

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RPM Agrees To $797.5M Deal on Asbestos Claims

July 28, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

RPM International plans to spend nearly $800 million as part of a preliminary deal to fund a trust that resolves asbestos personal injury claims tied to a business owned by its Specialty Products Holding Corp.            

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Tyson Selling Mexico, Brazil Poultry Operations

July 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Tyson Foods says it will sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt tied to its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.                          

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Nissan Expands Faulty Air Bag Recall

July 28, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press

Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry.                                 

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Son of Salmonella Victim Hopes Trial Sends Message

July 28, 2014 1:41 pm | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press

Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week.         

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Fertilizer Companies Blame Texas City for Blast

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast.    

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Russia: McDonald's Food Does Not Meet National Regulations

July 28, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.         

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GM Proposes Expansion for Michigan Crossover Plant

July 28, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

The Detroit automaker is seeking a tax break for work at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, which makes the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia.                          

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Tyson Closing Plants in Iowa, N.Y., N.M.

July 28, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press

Tyson Foods Inc. says it's closing three U.S. plants, employing a total of 950 workers, which have struggled financially as the company's product needs have changed.                         

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