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Oil, Rail Industries Want 7 Years To Fix Tank Cars

September 30, 2014 4:19 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

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Lawsuit Against Templeton Rye Allowed to Proceed

September 30, 2014 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press

A lawsuit alleging Iowa-based whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed, according to the state attorney general's office.                                 

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Decreases in September

September 30, 2014 3:41 pm | by Martin Crutsinger

U.S. consumer confidence deteriorated in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August. But economists said the fall appears to be a temporary slip that shouldn't dampen consumer spending in the coming months.

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CA Governor Expected To OK Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 3:31 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press

California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways.               

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Belarus, GM To Set Up Assembly Plant

September 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Interfax News Agency

Belarus has reached an agreement with General Motors to set up an assembly plant in the country with the capacity to produce 20,000 to 25,000 cars per year, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said.               

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EU Investigating Illegal Apple Tax Benefits

September 30, 2014 1:38 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press

Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there.              

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China Manufacturing Growth Low in September

September 30, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press

China's manufacturing activity in September held steady at the previous month's low level, indicating the world's second-largest economy faces risks to growth, a survey showed Tuesday.                    

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Ford Lowers European Outlook, Shares Drop

September 30, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford shares tumbled Monday after the automaker said it will fall short of its full-year profit goals.                                           

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Navistar Engine Expands Production Capacity

September 30, 2014 10:45 am | by India Automobile News

Navistar International Corporation announced today that Anhui Jianghuai Navistar Diesel Engine Co., Ltd., the company's joint venture with Chinese truck maker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd., has begun engine production at its new facility in Hefei, China.

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Lenovo Plans Expansion After IBM Acquisition

September 30, 2014 10:37 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday.        

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Increases to 23

September 30, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals on Monday. Feinberg says he has received 153 death claims since August. Of those, 23 have been deemed eligible for compensation payments, up from 21 last week.

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GE To Build Oil and Gas Plant in Jacksonville

September 30, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016.                             

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Factory Boom Cranks Up Economy

September 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Paul Davidson, USA TODAY

After years of factory closings shrank the nation's industrial footprint, a miniboom in plant construction is beginning to reverse the trend and fuel faster economic growth.                       

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Toyota Recalls 690K Pickups

September 30, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota says it is recalling 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because the rear leaf springs could break, puncture the gas tank and cause a fire.                               

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Biden Announces $450M Grant for Community Colleges Working on Job Training

September 30, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training.                               

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Texas Beef Packer Recalls 12 Tons Of Meat

September 29, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

A meat packer in the Texas Panhandle has recalled nearly 12 tons of beef trimmings products due to possible E. coli contamination.                                   

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Safety Agency Studying Toyota Acceleration Problem

September 29, 2014 2:08 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a consumer's petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes.                           

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GE Introduces Largest and Most Efficient Gas Turbine in the World

September 29, 2014 2:01 pm | by GE Report

Anyone who’s met her will tell you that Harriet is not like other house guests. That’s because Harriet, whose real name is the 9HA, is the largest and most efficient gas turbine in the world.                 

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Goodyear Aims To Use Rice Husk Byproduct in Tires

September 29, 2014 1:55 pm | by Mark Gillispie, The Associated Press

One of the world's biggest tire manufacturers is taking another step toward more environmentally friendly production by incorporating a byproduct created by the burning of rice husks into a material used in high-end tires.        

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Ford Invests in New LED Lighting for Manufacturing Plants

September 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Business Wire

Ford Motor Company is investing in the future as it begins installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe.                                   

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