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Exxon: Oil Will Be Top Energy Source for Years

May 28, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

The CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. says alternative fuels will grow but that oil will remain the world's leading source of energy for another quarter century.                             

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Salmonella Linked to Chicken Sickens 524

May 28, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press

An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a California chicken company continues even after more than a year.                                     

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Woman Sues Packing Company Over Illness

May 28, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press

A college student sickened at a Detroit-area restaurant has sued a packing company that recalled 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.                     

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Google Building Car With No Steering Wheel

May 28, 2014 9:34 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press

The two-seater won't be sold publicly, but Google said Tuesday it hopes by this time next year, 100 prototypes will be on public roads.                                  

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Hot Sauce Controversy Might Be Cooling Down

May 28, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press

Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda tells the Pasadena Star-News that he'll ask the City Council to drop its public-nuisance order and lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods.                           

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SunPower Announces New Solar Plant in Colorado

May 28, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

SunPower Corp. plans to double its solar power generating capacity in the San Luis Valley with a new 50-megawatt solar power plant.                                   

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Michigan Approves 3 Projects That Add Over 800 Jobs

May 28, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press

Projects approved Tuesday by the Michigan Strategic Fund include Walker-based automotive supplier Challenge Mfg. Co. expanding into Pontiac.                                

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New Mexico Biofuel Facility on Fire

May 28, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press

A biofuel facility near Anthony in southern New Mexico caught fire Tuesday, prompting an evacuation of an area a half-mile around the plant, authorities said.                            

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Malaysia Releasing Satellite Data on Missing Jet

May 27, 2014 2:17 pm | by Eileen Ng and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press

The Malaysian government on Tuesday released 45 pages of raw satellite data it used to determine that the missing jetliner crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, responding to demands for greater transparency.             

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Del Monte Processing Plant Evacuated

May 27, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Tim Williams of the Fresno County Emergency Medical Services says 14 employees were sent to four different area hospitals Friday.                                    

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Move Over Tesla, the Elio Is Here

May 27, 2014 2:01 pm | by USA TODAY

The success of Tesla has inspired other independent American car makers. Paul Elio, founder of Elio Motors has designed an efficient sporty car that gets 84 miles per gallon.                      

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Hyundai-Kia Unseats Honda as Greenest Automaker

May 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press

A scientists' group says Hyundai-Kia has unseated Honda as the greenest automaker in the U.S.                                             

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Median CEO Pay for Large Companies Crosses $10M in 2013

May 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by Ken Sweet, AP Business Writer

The median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from 2012.                

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Boeing Buys AerData

May 27, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing said Tuesday that it bought airplane software company AerData Group to offer its customers a way to manage maintenance records.                                   

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GE-Hitachi Closing Pa. Plant

May 27, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

GE-Hitachi is closing a western Pennsylvania plant that makes storage containers for spent nuclear fuel rods, idling 134 employees who still work there.                                

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Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 27, 2014 10:02 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

The ambitious project implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard.            

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WSU, Beechcraft Team Up to 'Insource' Manufacturing Jobs

May 27, 2014 9:47 am | by Roy Wenzl, The Wichita Eagle

The idea they devised was unusual: Take a bunch of WSU engineering undergraduates. Train them intensely. Then integrate them as full team members on real projects at Beechcraft.                      

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China to Take 6M Vehicles off Roads

May 27, 2014 9:44 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.                        

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New Safety Requirements for Keystone Pipeline

May 27, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.   

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Price-Fixing Probe Rattles Auto Industry

May 27, 2014 9:40 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press

An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department's largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it's not over yet.                   

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