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Pa., W.Va. Landowners Sue FirstEnergy Over Waste

October 15, 2013 9:49 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press

More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy Corp. over groundwater pollution, soggy yards and foundation damage they blame on a leaking coal ash impoundment and the 7-mile waste pipeline that feeds it.  

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Retiree Trust Assets Grow On Chrysler Value

October 15, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

A health care trust for Chrysler retirees saw an 18 percent gain in the value of its assets thanks to the rising value of its stake in Chrysler.                  

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Alcatel-Lucent Chief Warns Company May Collapse

October 15, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

The chief executive of Alcatel-Lucent SA is warning that the telecommunications equipment maker could go under if it doesn't slash costs — and jobs.                 

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Conair Recalls 570K Infiniti Pro Hair Dryers

October 15, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

Conair is recalling approximately 570,000 of its Infiniti Pro by Conairâ hair dryers because they can short out and start a fire or burn someone.                  

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Frito-Lay Plant Has 30th Anniversary Next Year

October 15, 2013 9:41 am | by Shelley Ridenour, Casa Grande Dispatch

As the plant nears its 30th anniversary next year, Manufacturing Plant Director Jason Gray says everyone is prepping for the celebration.                   

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Germany Dodges Tougher EU Car Emission Limits

October 14, 2013 2:22 pm | by AP

Germany has managed to delay tougher European Union car emission rules amid fears they could harm its automotive industry.                      

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Tire-Maker Hankook To Build $800M Plant In Tenn.

October 14, 2013 2:21 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

South Korean tire-maker Hankook announced Monday that it will build its first North American plant in Tennessee, creating 1,800 jobs.                    

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Default Looming: Day 14 Of Shutdown With No Solution

October 14, 2013 2:20 pm | by Donna Cassata, Associated Press

The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its 14th day as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises facing the nation.

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Poll: Half Of Older Workers Delay Retirement Plans

October 14, 2013 2:18 pm | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press

Older Americans appear to have accepted the reality of a retirement that comes later in life and no longer represents a complete exit from the workforce. Some 82 percent of working Americans over 50 say it is at least somewhat likely they will work for pay in retirement.

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Eurozone Industrial Output Rebounds In August

October 14, 2013 2:15 pm | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press

Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said industrial production rose 1 percent. The increase was roughly in line with market expectations.                   

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Auto Parts Supplier Opening $110M Plant

October 14, 2013 2:10 pm | by AP

French company Plastic Omnium plans a ribbon-cutting Tuesday for the Inergy Automotive Systems facility, located in Wayne County near New Boston. The facility will produce about 1.5 million plastic fuel tanks a year.       

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Daimler Trucks Won't Build New Headquarters In S.C.

October 14, 2013 9:15 am | by The Associated Press

When South Carolina gave Daimler Trucks $2 million to buy land in York County five years ago, the hope was the vehicle-maker would move its company's headquarters to the region.            

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China Reports Unexpected Drop In September Exports

October 14, 2013 9:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's exports suffered an unexpectedly sharp decline in September amid weak global demand but imports grew. Exports fell 0.3 percent to $185.6 billion, a customs official said at a news conference.         

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$120M Lawsuit Over Ind. Factory Moves Ahead

October 14, 2013 9:12 am | by The Associated Press

The Indiana appeals court has decided against stopping a lawsuit filed by a Detroit-based construction company against the German company that stopped building a new transmission factory in central Indiana five years ago.     

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Ford, University Of Michigan Open New Battery Lab

October 14, 2013 9:09 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Ford Motor Co. and the University of Michigan are opening a new battery research and manufacturing lab that they hope will speed the development of batteries for electric and hybrid cars.           

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DuPont Pioneers Food Safety Testing Process

October 14, 2013 9:06 am | by Cori Anne Natoli, The News Journal

Inside the labs of DuPont's Nutrition and Health business at the Experimental Station, a team of scientists in Delaware whose life work is rooted in improving food safety testing technologies advance the BAX system, which the firm invented to detect foodborne pathogens, including salmonella, listeria and E. coli.

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Car Sales Burst A Challenge To Parts Suppliers

October 14, 2013 9:04 am | by The Associated Press

The rising demand for new cars is creating a problem for parts suppliers — and that, in turn, could hurt the growth of car plants in Mississippi, a trade association official says.            

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Canadian Company Eyes Ky. For Possible Hemp Plant

October 11, 2013 1:41 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Hemp Oil Canada Inc. President and CEO Shaun Crew said the Bluegrass state is in the running for a possible plant in the U.S. to process hemp seeds. The company would look to contract with area farmers to supply seeds to the plant, he said.

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Baby Boomers Fueling Wave Of Entrepreneurship

October 11, 2013 1:38 pm | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press

In a mix of boomer individualism and economic necessity, older Americans have fueled a wave of entrepreneurship. The result is a slew of enterprises such as Crash Boom Bam, the vintage drum company that 64-year-old Glay began running from a spare bedroom in his apartment in 2009.

Dow Chemical Sells Unit For $500M

October 11, 2013 1:37 pm | by AP

The sale includes Dow Chemical's polypropylene catalysts manufacturing plant in Norco, La., and customer contracts, licenses, intellectual property and inventory.               

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