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Sharp Completes Refrigerator Manufacturing Plant In Egypt

April 15, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. held an opening ceremony for its refrigerator manufacturing plant in Quesna near Cairo on Tuesday that will supply the Middle East and Africa.                    

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Couple Gets $1.3M Wind Turbine Settlement

April 15, 2014 10:31 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press

A Vermont couple whose Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21-turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540-acre farm to Green Mountain Power for $1.3 million.  

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Japan Mulls Reducing Corporate R&D Tax Breaks

April 15, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

The government is considering reducing tax breaks for corporate research and development if the corporate income tax rate is cut as sought by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.                        

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Boeing Supplier Considering New Plant To Make Parts For 777X

April 15, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets.                               

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10,000 Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.                        

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Google Buys Drone Maker

April 15, 2014 9:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.                        

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Altria Sells N.C. Cigarette Plant For $68.5M

April 15, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

The owner of the nation's biggest tobacco company, Philip Morris USA, has sold a North Carolina cigarette plant it idled in 2009.                                    

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Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of West Anniversary

April 15, 2014 9:42 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.       

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GM Loses Communications, Human Resources Heads

April 14, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press

The company says communications head Selim Bingol and human resources chief Melissa Howell are leaving GM to pursue other interests.                                    

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Report Says Glaxo Bribed Doctors In Poland

April 14, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press

The BBC reports that pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is accused of bribing doctors to prescribe medicines in Poland.                                     

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Retail Sales Strong In March

April 14, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture, and a number of other products.                              

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Robotic Submarine Deployed In Search For Missing Plane

April 14, 2014 10:13 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday after failing to pick up any signals from the missing Malaysian airliner's black boxes for six days.                   

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Feds Revisit Safety Rules After Bus Crash Kills 10

April 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press

Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.     

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Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 9:09 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.                 

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Gov. Brewer Signs Arizona Manufacturer Tax Cut Law

April 14, 2014 9:01 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters.                          

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Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                          

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Peugeot Boss Targets Return To Profit By 2018

April 14, 2014 8:55 am | by The Associated Press

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it aims to return to profitability by 2018 by reducing the number of models and relying on its recent rescue by Chinese investors and the French state.             

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Producer Prices Rise In March

April 11, 2014 2:08 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry, and chemicals.                                   

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Sony Recalling Some Vaio Laptops

April 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Sony is recalling some of its VAIO laptop computers, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat.                                   

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Ikea Buys Ill. Wind-Energy Project

April 11, 2014 1:55 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press

IKEA announced that it is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its energy use with renewable energy generation.                   

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