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Ford Recalls 850,000 Cars

September 26, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash.                                     

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Woman Beheaded at Oklahoma Workplace

September 26, 2014 11:18 am | by The Associated Press

Police said Friday a man recently let go from a food processing plant in an Oklahoma City suburb beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by the owner of the company.         

Intel Invests up to $1.5B in China Venture

September 26, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press

Intel will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics.                         

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Chrysler Recalls Vehicles To Fix Ignition Switches

September 26, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling nearly 350,000 older cars and SUVs to fix defective ignition switches that can cause the vehicles to stall.                                   

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Renewable Energy Plan Hinges on Utah Caverns

September 26, 2014 9:56 am | by Mead Gruver and Matthew Brown, The Associated Press

A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air in caverns in central Utah.

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Old Forester Bourbon Distillery Planned for Louisville

September 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press

Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. is returning to its roots, Louisville, to build a distillery to produce Old Forester bourbon, its founding brand.                             

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North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 26, 2014 9:39 am | by Josh Wood, The Associated Press

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom.            

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Chiquita, Fyffes Alter Merger Agreement

September 26, 2014 9:34 am | by The Assocated Press

Changes to the proposed merger between Chiquita and the Irish fruit importer Fyffes will give Chiquita shareholders a larger stake in what would become the world's largest banana supplier.                  

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Economy Grew at 4.6 Percent Rate in April-June

September 26, 2014 9:29 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 4.6 percent in the spring, the fastest pace in more than two years, the government reported Friday.                        

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India Launches New 'Make in India' Campaign to Boost Manufacturing

September 25, 2014 2:06 pm | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign — "Make in India" — to entice investment and promote the country as the world's next cheap labor economy.                           

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Siemens Provides $32M To Train Workers For Manufacturing Industry

September 25, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

Siemens announced from its Charlotte Energy Hub that it will be making a $32 million in-kind software grant to Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.       

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Chrysler Redesigns its Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 12:28 pm | by Chrysler Group LLC

The Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant is increasing production. This increase meant rethinking the assembly process and implementing significant changes. The most extensive transformation came on the assembly line.      

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NutraSweet To Cease Aspartame Production

September 25, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press

NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame as a result of foreign competition.                                         

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Ford To Add 1,200 Workers at MO Plant

September 25, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van.                                   

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Wisconsin Rep. Takes Stand for Consumers, Food Safety

September 25, 2014 10:11 am | by The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food

Tom Petri is cosponsoring the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which will establish national labeling standards for food and beverage products and eliminate the potential confusion and bureaucratic, costly red tape stemming from a 50-state patchwork of laws and regulations that could raise the could cost of food.  

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Businesses Won't Return BP Spill Payments

September 25, 2014 9:49 am | by Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill.       

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Victims of GM Recall Given Two Choices: To Settle or Fight in Court

September 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Tom Krisher and Amy Forliti, The Associated Press

As General Motors begins to compensate the victims of crashes tied to faulty ignition switches, this week more than a dozen families were given a choice: accept a settlement, presumably in the millions of dollars, or fight GM in a potentially lengthy court battle.

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 18.2 Percent

September 25, 2014 9:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell by a record amount in August, dragged lower by a plunge in demand for commercial aircraft.                             

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Rise to 293K

September 25, 2014 9:26 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago.                                        

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Explosion at Nevada Plastic Manufacturing Plant

September 25, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.                                          

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