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What If Car Boss Mulally Took Over At Microsoft?

October 9, 2013 2:00 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers

PC sales are falling as consumers show a preference for mobile devices, and Microsoft is struggling. Meanwhile, U.S. car companies are resurgent.                         

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Hawaii Wants Diet Supplement Removed After Illnesses

October 9, 2013 9:16 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

The Hawaii Department of Health and federal agencies are warning the public to stop using a diet supplement and have asked retailers to take the product off the shelves after reports of hepatitis and liver failure around the state, including one death.

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Lincoln Takes On Lexus In New Ads

October 9, 2013 9:13 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Ford's luxury Lincoln brand spent most of this year reintroducing itself to American buyers. Now, it's taking on Lexus in a new bid to get noticed.                 

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Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire Kills 10

October 9, 2013 9:11 am | by The Associated Press

A fire killed 10 people at a garment factory in Bangladesh about six months after a factory building collapse that killed 1,100 people exposed the harsh and often unsafe conditions in an industry that is the world's third-largest.    

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Ex-Boeing Worker Accused Of Giving Inside Info

October 9, 2013 9:05 am | by The Associated Press

A federal grand jury in St. Louis has indicted a former Boeing Co. procurement officer on charges he gave inside information to a Washington state shop owner and others, netting the subcontractors more than $3.5 million in orders for aircraft parts.

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Pilots, Airline Fault Equipment In Asiana Crash

October 9, 2013 9:03 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

The pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco in July, as well as the airline, are raising the possibility that a key device that controls the Boeing 777's speed may have malfunctioned, an aviation expert familiar with the investigation into the crash said Tuesday.

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Gildan To Add 500 Jobs At N.C. Plants

October 9, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press

An apparel-maker that produces T-shirts, socks and other clothing plans a $250 million factory expansion that will add about 500 jobs in the next three years.                

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Largest Coal-Fired Plant In NE To Close By 2017

October 8, 2013 2:29 pm | by AP

Owners of the coal-fired Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset filed papers Monday indicating the plant will no longer provide power to the region's electricity grid when it is retired as of May 2017.        

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U.S. Adults Score Below Average On Worldwide Test

October 8, 2013 2:26 pm | by AP

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength — American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.

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FAA Brings Back Some Workers As Shutdown Drags On

October 8, 2013 2:24 pm | by AP

Federal Aviation Administration officials say 800 furloughed employees, including some safety inspectors, are being asked to return to work this week despite no end in sight to the partial government shutdown.        

Obama Climate Adviser Stepping Down

October 8, 2013 2:22 pm | by AP

Heather Zichal has been advising Obama for five years and is the architect of his climate change plan. She also advises Obama on energy issues. Zichal plans to leave the White House within a few weeks. The White House hasn't announced who will replace her.

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Cooper Tire, Apollo Tyres Agreement Grows Strained

October 8, 2013 2:21 pm

India's Apollo is seeking a lower price than the original $35 per share it offered Cooper because of added talks for union matters. It also says Findlay, Ohio-based Cooper has not provided enough information about a Chinese subsidiary.   

Budvar Claims Victory Over AB InBev In Italy

October 8, 2013 2:19 pm | by Karel Janicek, Associated Press

The state-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP said on Tuesday an Italian court has banned its bitter rival, beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, from using the Budweiser trademark in that country, the latest ruling in their long legal battle over the brand name.

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Seafood Processor Recalls 2 Years' Worth Of Product

October 8, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

A Sitka seafood processor has recalled two years' worth of product, after a state inspection found monitoring equipment had failed.                                 

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Labeling Bill Raises Modified Food Debate In Ill.

October 8, 2013 9:57 am | by Sara Burnett, Associated Press

Koehler's bill would require farmers and manufacturers to label any food that's available for retail sale in Illinois and that contains more than 1 percent of genetically engineered ingredients. The front or back of the package must clearly state "Produced with Genetic Engineering" or "Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering."

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Alcatel-Lucent To Cut 10,000 Jobs

October 8, 2013 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

Telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA said Tuesday that it plans to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years, the latest cost-cutting drive from the loss-making company.                

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HanesBrands Closes On $583M Maidenform Deal

October 8, 2013 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

HanesBrands said Monday that it has closed the acquisition of Maidenform Brands for about $583 million. The combination is the biggest development in the $11.5 billion underwear industry in years.              

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Colgate-Palmolive To Hire 300 At New S.C. Plant

October 8, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Colgate-Palmolive Co. is investing nearly $200 million to establish a new production facility in Greenwood County that will employ 300 workers.                  

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Floods Breach Thai Industrial Park; Factories Open

October 8, 2013 9:25 am | by The Associated Press

Authorities said a big industrial estate in eastern Thailand faced minor flooding Tuesday although factories were operating normally, triggering concerns the country could see a repeat of the devastation caused by record floods in 2011.   

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Kentucky Electric Steel Completes $6 Million Rolling Mill Enhancement

October 7, 2013 2:05 pm | by KES Acquisition Company

As a result of the upgrades, KES is now capable of producing high-quality round bars with diameters up to 3.8 inches. The expanded product offering enables KES to better serve its current customers and expands the Company’s new business opportunities.

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