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Fire Damages Detroit Chemical Company

November 15, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

A Detroit company that makes adhesives, paint, primers and sealants was heavily damaged Thursday by a blaze that forced authorities to evacuate surrounding homes and a nearby elementary school.  The fire started early Thursday afternoon at Chemical Technology Inc.'s offices and warehouse.

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Kimberly-Clark To Spin Off Health Care Business

November 15, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Kimberly-Clark Corp. said on Thursday that it plans to spin off its health care business into a separate publicly traded company.  Kimberly-Clark's stock jumped 5 percent in after-hours trading following the announcement Thursday.     

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Gov't Fast Tracks New Safety Systems For Cars

November 14, 2013 3:30 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

The U.S. government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk or aren't buckled properly.                       

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Pipeline Explosion In North Texas

November 14, 2013 1:36 pm | by Reuters

A pipeline operated by Chevron Corp exploded in rural Milford, Texas, on Thursday and while no injuries were reported residents of the town of 700 were asked to evacuate, said company and emergency officials.            

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Next Generation Of Biofuels Still Years Away

November 14, 2013 1:25 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press

The failure so far of cellulosic fuel is central to the debate over corn-based ethanol, a centerpiece of America's green-energy strategy. Ethanol from corn has proven far more damaging to the environment than the government predicted, and cellulosic fuel hasn't emerged as a replacement.

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BlackBerry Says $1B Investment Is Complete

November 14, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press

BlackBerry said Wednesday that a $1 billion investment by its biggest shareholder and other investors is complete.  Earlier this month the struggling smartphone company announced that it abandoned its bid to sell itself.       

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China Announces VW Recall Of 640,000 Vehicles

November 14, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press

China's government on Thursday announced the second recall of Volkswagen vehicles this year, a setback for the German automaker following a March report by state TV that criticized its quality standards.             

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U.S. Trade Deficit Widens 8 Pct In September

November 14, 2013 12:10 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Exports, which hit a record high in June, slipped for the third straight month, dipping 0.2 percent to $188.9 billion, with sales of commercial aircraft and autos both down. Imports rose 1.2 percent to $230.7 billion, the highest level since November.

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Lockheed Martin Cutting 4,000 Jobs, Closing Plants

November 14, 2013 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Lockheed Martin is cutting 4,000 jobs, about 3.5 percent of its workforce, as the defense contractor continues to look for ways to lower costs amid reduced government spending.                     

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3 Hurt In Tesla Factory Hot Metal Spill

November 14, 2013 11:47 am | by The Associated Press

Three Tesla Motors employees were injured Wednesday after an aluminum casting press failed at its San Francisco Bay Area factory, officials said.                              

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Undetectable, 3D-Printed Guns A Law Enforcement Challenge

November 14, 2013 11:42 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press

With a law banning undetectable firearms about to expire, federal agents are focusing attention on the latest twist in high-tech weaponry: guns made entirely out of plastic.                      

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Boeing Workers Reject Plan Linked To 777X In Wash.

November 14, 2013 11:41 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press

Despite warnings that production of Boeing's next generation 777 plane could go to another state, machinists in the Northwest voted late Wednesday to reject a contract proposal that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs.   

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ND Testing For Contamination At Spill Site

November 13, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press

State health officials are working this week to verify that a 20,000-barrel oil spill in northwestern North Dakota didn't contaminate groundwater.                             

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Equipment Failure Causes 2 Day Nuclear Shutdown

November 13, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Connecticut's nuclear plant has shut down one of its units for 48 hours due to equipment failure.  Unit 2 of Millstone Power Station was down when a turbine tripped due to a loss of a condenser vacuum.             

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Senate Votes To Advance Specialty Pharmacy Bill

November 13, 2013 1:39 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

The bill cleared a parliamentary hurdle on a 97-1 vote, indicating its overwhelming support in the Senate. The legislation, passed by the House in September, also creates a national system for tracking prescription drugs from manufacturers to retail pharmacies. Final passage sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature could come as early as Wednesday.

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Glass Manufacturer Announces Shreveport Plans

November 13, 2013 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press

Glass manufacturer Libbey Inc. plans to spend $20 million on new technology, research and development at its factory in Shreveport.  The Louisiana Economic Development department announced Tuesday that Libbey expects to create 70 jobs.    

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GM Stock Rises As Government Sells Off More Shares

November 13, 2013 12:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

News that the government sold $1.2 billion in GM stock last month was released by the Treasury Department Tuesday. It didn't say how many shares were sold. But based on the average price in October, the government now owns less than 4 percent of GM.

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8th Person Dies From Explosion At Mexico Factory

November 13, 2013 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Government health system spokesman Rosendo Gaytan says a 30-year-old employee of the factory Dulces Blueberry in Ciudad Juarez died Tuesday at a hospital in Guadalajara, where he was transferred to be treated for third-degree burns.     

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Lincoln Hopes For Smoother 2014 With New MKC SUV

November 13, 2013 10:06 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

After a bumpy start to its reinvention as a luxury brand, Lincoln hopes to smooth things out with a graceful new SUV.                                      

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Tesla CEO: 'Definitely' No Model S Recall

November 13, 2013 9:55 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

There is one fire for every 1,300 gas-powered cars on U.S. roads, and for the Model S, that's closer to one in 8,000, Musk said during an interview Tuesday at The New York Times' DealBook conference. He underscored that none of the drivers in the three cases was injured.

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