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German Labor Chief Says VW Plant Must Halt Work With Anti-Union Group

November 14, 2014 3:16 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press

The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee.                            

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U.S. Business Inventories Up 0.3 Percent

November 14, 2014 2:52 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles at a faster rate in September, though sales remained weak.                                           

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Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs with Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                                         

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise on Autos, Online Purchases

November 14, 2014 2:39 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending.                                  

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Duke Announces Plans to Move Coal Ash

November 14, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Duke Energy is submitting plans to North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from four high-risk plants to other locations, including open-pit clay mines.                      

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First High Cut Resistant Touchscreen Glove

November 14, 2014 10:54 am | by Wells Lamont Industrial

Wells Lamont Industrial, a U.S. manufacturer of hand and arm protection, introduces its Touchscreen Cut Resistant Glove.                                     

2 Developers Sue Hawaii County to Halt GMO Law

November 14, 2014 10:18 am | by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press

Two leading developers of genetically engineered corn have sued Maui County to stop a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.                            

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Senate Committee To Hold Takata Air Bag Hearing

November 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Tom Krisher

Add a U.S. Senate committee hearing to the growing list of troubles facing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp.                                        

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October Budget Deficit Rises to $121.7B

November 14, 2014 10:03 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The federal government started the new budget year with a higher deficit in October than a year ago, but the increase reflected quirks in the calendar rather than a deterioration in the government's budget outlook.           

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GM: 13 Families Notified in Ignition Switch Deaths

November 14, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors says it now has contacted the families of the original 13 people whose deaths GM linked to faulty small-car ignition switches to tell them about its compensation program.                   

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Price of Oil Takes Another Sharp Drop

November 14, 2014 9:46 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

The price of oil took another sharp tumble as it appeared increasingly unlikely that OPEC members will cut production to reverse a plunge that is entering its fifth month.                    

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Cold Front Helps Wake up Wheat and Corn Prices

November 14, 2014 9:40 am | by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press

Wheat prices are surging this week as temperatures plunge in the U.S. Plains states and after a government report showed domestic supplies slipped.                             

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Baker Hughes Talks About Possible Merger With Halliburton

November 14, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

Oilfield-services provider Baker Hughes Inc. said it is in talks with rival Halliburton Co. about a potential merger.                                    

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Honda Widens Air Bag Recall

November 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. expanded its recalls related to defective air bags on Thursday, saying a driver in Malaysia died in an air bag-linked accident earlier this year.                    

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Monsanto To Pay Pacific Northwest Wheat Farmers

November 13, 2014 1:44 pm | by Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat.                             

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Dutch to Test Solar Panels on Bicycle Path

November 13, 2014 1:33 pm | by Toby Sterling, The Associated Press

A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets underway in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam.     

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U.S. Companies Hire at Fastest Pace in 7 Years

November 13, 2014 1:21 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. companies ramped up hiring in September, and more Americans were confident enough to quit their jobs — two signs of a steadily improving economy. The number of available jobs declined but remained at a healthy level.         

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U.S. Drivers Should Get Used to Cheap Gas

November 13, 2014 10:53 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.                                                

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China Must Change Economy to Meet Climate Targets

November 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Jack Chang, The Associated Press

Chinese leaders pledged for the first time to cap the country's decades-long growth of greenhouse gas emissions. Fulfilling its pledge, however, will require China to transform a booming economy that still largely depends on polluting industries such as steel production and manufacturing.

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Virgin Galactic Pilot Unaware Co-Pilot Unlocked Brake

November 13, 2014 10:00 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

The pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert didn't know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked its brakes, though protocol for the test flight required the co-pilot to announce the step, federal investigators said.

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