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Nuclear Supplier Agrees To Changes After Cheating

October 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press

A manufacturer making parts for two nuclear plants in the Southeast has promised to better train its employees after investigators accused three workers of cheating on a qualification test four years ago.             

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U.S. Companies Added 213K Jobs in September, 35K in Manufacturing

October 1, 2014 1:44 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses added 213,000 jobs in September, stepping up hiring for the sixth straight month, according to a private survey.                                   

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Ford Adding 1,000 New Jobs in Canada

October 1, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. of Canada says it is adding 1,000 jobs at its plant in Oakville, Ontario, by the end of this year to build the 2015 Ford Edge crossover SUV for the global market.                     

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Truck Deals Help Boost U.S. Auto Sales

October 1, 2014 9:27 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

September auto sales won't be as hot as August, the best month in eight years, but industry analysts still expect them to be strong.                                  

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General Mills Plans To Cut 700 to 800 Jobs

October 1, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press

General Mills plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals.             

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Edmonton Plant Aims To Transform Sewage

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Canadian Press

Two companies are working on a project to transform sewage into commercial fertilizer and help protect the environmental health of the North Saskatchewan River.                         

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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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