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Economy 101: 5 Things To Know About U.S. Growth

October 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Is the U.S. economy accelerating — finally? If it is, which sorts of Americans stand to benefit most? And why is it doing better than other major economies? Such are the questions surrounding a report coming Thursday on economic expansion in the July-September quarter. 

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Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 SUVs and trucks because malfunctioning fuel heaters can cause fires, or a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control.                     

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Battery Maker Touts Big Prospect for Jobs in NC

October 28, 2014 2:46 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio & Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently.

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Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gas for Solar Power

October 28, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.                                       

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Chemical Company Plans To Build $1.4B Fertilizer Plant in Illinois

October 28, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

A chemical company plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois, state economic officials confirmed Tuesday.                                   

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A Brief Look at the U.S. Durable Goods Numbers

October 28, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

As reported by the AP, orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months. The declines, however, will likely be followed by a resumption of stronger growth.

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GM To Move Production of Volt Back to U.S.

October 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt's electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better.           

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New Jersey Firm Recalls Packages of Cashews

October 28, 2014 10:53 am | by FDA

Chetak New York L.L.C.  is recalling packages of deep raw cashew pieces because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.                               

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Now in Aisle 3 at Lowe's: Robots

October 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.                       

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A Warship So Quiet, it Sneaks Up On Submarines

October 28, 2014 9:50 am | by GE Reports

Britain’s sailors are looking towards the future. The Royal Navy has recently commissioned a new high-tech frigate designed to become the “workhorse of the fleet” and focus on a variety of maritime missions ranging from complex combat operations to counter piracy and disaster relief. 

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North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 9:35 am | by Robotic Industries Association

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.                       

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Toyota at Top in Global Vehicle Sales

October 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year.     

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 1.3 Percent in September

October 28, 2014 9:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months.             

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SpaceX Capsule Splashes Down in the Pacific

October 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth, after parachuting into the Pacific on Saturday.                                     

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Coca-Cola Shuts Down Great Falls Bottling

October 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

 The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Great Falls is no longer bottling Coca-Cola products.                                              

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Chiquita Accepts $681M Deal with Brazilian Bidders

October 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has agreed to sell itself to two Brazilian companies for approximately $681 million. The deal comes just days after the fresh produce company's shareholders rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.

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German Business Confidence Drops for Sixth Month

October 27, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Business confidence in Germany, Europe's largest economy, has dropped for a sixth consecutive month as concerns over the turmoil in Ukraine and elsewhere continue to take their toll.                   

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5 Injured in Industrial Plant Explosion

October 27, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

The mayor of Sarnia says five people have been sent to the hospital after an explosion at an industrial plant in the southwestern Ontario city.                             

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Food Giants Spend Big Money to Defeat GMO Labeling

October 27, 2014 9:56 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press

Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses.             

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U.S. Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 27, 2014 9:51 am | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press

The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements.                 

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