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FDA Backs Off Feed Rule Affecting Brewers

April 25, 2014 1:41 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.       

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UAW VP Nominated For Seat On GM Board

April 25, 2014 1:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

For the first time, General Motors Co. could have an official of the United Auto Workers union on its board of directors.                                    

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Sudden Acceleration Considered In Day Care Crash

April 25, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press

The Florida Highway Patrol says it is looking at the role of sudden acceleration in a car crash into a day care center that killed a 4-year-old girl.                             

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China Wants More Transparency From Polluters

April 25, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

China has changed its environment law for the first time in 25 years, instituting public oversight of companies and allowing for unlimited fines against persistent polluters.                      

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Adobe, Apple Settle High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 25, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

Google, Apple, Intel, and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.          

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Study Says U.S. Manufacturers Gaining Competitiveness

April 25, 2014 9:40 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies.                           

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Defense Contractor Accused Of Selling Phony Parts

April 25, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

A new indictment accuses an Oregon defense contractor of defrauding the military of $10.5 million by supplying phony truck and helicopter parts.                               

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Lawyer: Volkswagen Has Deals In Places Outside Tenn.

April 25, 2014 9:21 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Volkswagen warned Tennessee officials during difficult negotiations over incentives to expand the German automaker's lone U.S. plant that the company has already secured offers to build a new SUV elsewhere.              

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Wyoming Town Evacuated After Gas Explosion

April 24, 2014 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.                        

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3M Plans $18.7M Expansion In Missouri

April 24, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

Plant manager Todd Cantrell said Wednesday the expansion will make the site the largest 3M plant in Missouri and one of the largest in the country.                              

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China Opening 8 State Industries For Investment

April 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's government says it will open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more productive.                     

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GM Profit Sinks But CEO Sees No Recall Hit To Sales

April 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

The cost of recalling nearly 7 million cars and trucks sank General Motors' first-quarter profit, but the company's CEO said the much-publicized recalls have yet to cut into sales.                    

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Auto Parts Maker Paying $19.9M Fine In Price-Fixing Case

April 24, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department says an auto parts manufacturer accused in a price-fixing conspiracy has agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of $19.9 million.                            

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2-Week Cooldown For Hot Sauce Maker

April 24, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                         

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GM 1Q Profit Hit By Recalls

April 24, 2014 9:37 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

General Motors says first-quarter profit fell 86 percent as a series of recalls dragged down its earnings.                                           

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Tesla Expanding In California

April 24, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is expanding its footprint in California. The company has leased a 430,000-square-foot building about 75 miles east of San Francisco.                         

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A Year After Tragic Factory Collapse, Bangladeshis Suffer

April 24, 2014 9:28 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press

One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.                

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Honeywell Aerospace Expanding In Puerto Rico

April 23, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

Honeywell Aerospace is investing $24 million to expand its business in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.                                           

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Labor Department Cuts Coal Dust Levels

April 23, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.                              

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EPA Scales Back Biofuel Mandate

April 23, 2014 1:59 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.         

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