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China Blames Leaking, Sparks For Deadly Oil Blast

January 9, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

A November pipeline explosion in northern China that killed 62 people was caused by sparks from a jackhammer igniting oil that had leaked into the sewage system, revealing major vulnerabilities in China's aging pipeline network, government safety officials said Thursday.

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Food Companies Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories

January 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

The study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that between 2007 and 2012 the companies reduced their products' calories by the equivalent of around 78 calories per person per day. The total is more than four times the amount those companies had pledged to cut by next year.

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Mazda Starts Production At New Plant In Mexico

January 9, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology

Mazda Motor Corporation announced that production has begun at its new plant in Mexico. The plant, named Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation* (MMVO), is located in Salamanca, in the state of Guanajuato.               

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Production Heating Up At Electrolux Plant

January 9, 2014 1:26 pm | by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press

Using assembly lines, lasers and robotic arms, the Memphis facility is making cooking ranges and ovens for sale at major retailers. Heavily backed by politicians and supported by $150 million in incentives provided by taxpayers, the plant carries great expectations as a long-term job producer.

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Samsung, Apple CEOs To Discuss Lawsuit Settlement

January 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

A filing with the U.S. District court in San Jose showed Thursday that senior legal executives from Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this week that the CEOs will meet by or before Feb. 19. The agreement was made in response to a court order to submit a proposal for settlement discussions before a new trial begins in March. 

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Boeing Machinists Get $10,000 Bonus

January 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press

The bonus is part of the contract extension the union approved along with pension concessions in return for the company's promise to build the new 777X in Washington. The union represents about 30,000 workers in the Puget Sound area.     

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Alcoa Subsidiary Pleads Guilty To Bahrain Bribery

January 9, 2014 12:03 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press

A subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. has pleaded guilty and the company will pay $384 million for paying bribes to the Middle Eastern Kingdom of Bahrain through a London-based middleman. The corporate secretary for Alcoa World Alumina LLC pleaded guilty on behalf of the company on Thursday in federal court in Pittsburgh.

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Ford Fiesta Back In Japan Despite Past Failure

January 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Japan Ford President Toshio Morita, unveiling the 2.29 million yen ($22,900) model Thursday, declined comment on trade barrier and currency manipulation allegations being voiced by Ford Motor Co. headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, and other U.S. automakers.

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Okuma America’s 2013 Technology Showcase Is Largest To Date

January 9, 2014 10:48 am | by Okuma America Corporation

Okuma America Corporation’s Technology Showcase event, held December 10-12, 2013 in Charlotte, NC, was the company’s largest to date, both in attendance and the number of CNC machines shown.                  

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Workers Building Samsung Factory Riot In Vietnam

January 9, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

Motorbikes and containers housing security guards were set alight, sending thick smoke over the complex. Footage showed people throwing rocks at police in riot gear who huddled together. Local official Duong Ngoc Long said police restored order after three hours. 

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Blast At Japan Chemical Plant Kills 5, Injures 17

January 9, 2014 9:48 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

An explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan on Thursday killed at least five workers and injured 17 others, authorities said. Investigators suspect chemical reaction involving hydrogen caused the blast at metal and chemical company Mitsubishi Materials Corp.'s Yokkaichi plant, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) west of Tokyo.

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Airlines Go On A Record New Jet Shopping Spree

January 9, 2014 9:45 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer

Airlines are on the largest jet-buying spree in the history of aviation, ordering more than 8,200 new planes with manufacturers Airbus SAS and The Boeing Co. in the past five years. There are now a combined 24 planes rolling off assembly lines each week, up from 11 a decade ago. And that rate is expected to keep climbing.

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Wanxigang Increases Offer For Fisker

January 9, 2014 9:43 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

An attorney for Fisker's official committee of unsecured creditors told a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday that Wanxiang may increase its offer even more if the judge approves a competitive auction for Fisker. "They have told us they have considerable room to go," said William Baldiga, the attorney.

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Natural Gas Exports: Slow Walk Or 'Danger Zone'?

January 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Some large manufacturers that use natural gas say the Energy Department is moving too quickly to approve gas exports, pushing the United States into a "danger zone" that could raise prices and harm the economy.            

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Goodyear Sues Over 'Boss-Napping' In France

January 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Goodyear Dunlop Tires France — a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio — said in a statement the lawsuit was filed Wednesday with the prosecutor in Amiens, France, because it can't accept "actions that endanger people and goods."

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FDA Approves Diabetes Drug With New Approach

January 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

Farxiga is a once-a-day tablet designed to help diabetes patients eliminate excess sugar via their urine. That differs from older drugs that decrease the amount of sugar absorbed from food and stored in the liver.           

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Cargill Selects Colorado Industrial Park For Latest Facility

January 8, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Broe Group

Cargill will build its eighth U.S. steel processing center to help meet the increasing demands for steel products in the manufacturing and shale oil industries. The new service center is expected to create up to 25 new jobs over the next three years. 

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Survey: U.S. Companies Add 238K Jobs, Most In Year

January 8, 2014 1:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

A private survey shows U.S. businesses added the most jobs in a year in December, powered by a big gain in construction. The figures are the latest evidence that the economy gained momentum at the end of 2013. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 238,000 jobs in December, up slightly from 229,000 in the previous month.

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EU Makes Carbon Pollution More Expensive

January 8, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press

The European Union says it is beefing up its carbon trading system to make it more expensive for utilities and other businesses to burn fossil fuels. EU officials on Wednesday voted for a proposal that ended a year of bickering over how to amend what is Europe's prime tool in the fight against climate change.

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Ford Stock Up, Microsoft Down On Mulally News

January 8, 2014 1:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Ford Motor Co. shares rose while Microsoft Corp. stock fell Wednesday morning on news that Ford CEO Alan Mulally won't leave the automaker to lead the software giant. Mulally said in an interview with The Associated Press late Tuesday that he will stay at Ford at least through the end of this year. 

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