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Renault-Nissan, Mitsubishi To Expand Cooperation

November 5, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

The Renault-Nissan alliance and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Tuesday they will expand cooperation in developing new vehicles, including small cars and full-size sedans.                        

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Apple To Open Phoenix-Area Plant, Employ 700

November 5, 2013 9:41 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press

Tech giant Apple Inc. on Monday said it will open a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will eventually employ 700 workers and provide material currently used only in its iPhone 5 cameras and fingerprint reading sensors.

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OECD: Economic Crisis Hits Trust In Governments

November 5, 2013 9:30 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press

The financial crisis of the past few years has severely sapped confidence in government around the globe, a think-tank representing the world's wealthiest economies said Tuesday.                     

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W. Va. Potato Chip Co. Resumes Production After Fire

November 4, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

West Virginia Potato Chip Co. has rebounded from a fire that damaged its Parkersburg plant in March.  Production of the company's Mister Bee potato chips has resumed following renovations of the facility.            

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Employers' Wariness Thwarts Many Blind Jobseekers

November 4, 2013 2:19 pm | by David Crary, AP National Writer

Blind people remain largely unwanted in the U.S. workplace, despite technological advances that dramatically boost their capabilities. Only about 24 percent of working-age Americans with visual disabilities had full-time jobs as of 2011, according to Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute.

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J&J To Pay $2.2B To Settle Marketing Allegations

November 4, 2013 1:58 pm | by Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press

 Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries have agreed to pay over $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company promoted powerful psychiatric drugs for unapproved uses in children, seniors and disabled patients, the Department of Justice announced on Monday.

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EU, U.S. To Resume Free Trade Talks After Shutdown

November 4, 2013 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

The talks, initially scheduled for early October, come amid heightened political tension between the two economic giants because of European anger over the allegedly widespread online spying activities by the U.S. National Security Agency.   

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U.S. Factory Orders Rise 1.7 Percent In September

November 4, 2013 1:46 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Orders to U.S. factories rose in September after two months of declines on a big jump in demand for commercial aircraft. But orders that signal business confidence in the economy fell.The Commerce Department says factory orders increased 1.7 percent in September from August.

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New Wisconsin Brewer Slated To Produce 20K Barrels In First Year

November 4, 2013 1:44 pm | by Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal

Besides its size and lofty production goals, Wisconsin Brewing Co. has a management team with decades of experience in brewing, distribution, finance and construction. Its $11 million facility has a brewhouse that can make 80 barrels per batch. 

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New Wrench Engineered to Prevent Injuries

November 4, 2013 10:29 am | by Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has developed a new wrench aimed at preventing serious and costly injuries among gas-meter technicians.  In some cases, the injuries have required shoulder surgery and have resulted in up to $100,000 in medical bills and lost work days according to researchers.  

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Kellogg To Cut Jobs, Lowers Outlook

November 4, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

Kellogg says it plans to trim its global workforce by 7 percent, with the breakfast foods maker citing weaker-than-expected sales for the year.  According to FactSet, Kellogg has 31,000 employees, suggesting the company plans to cut about 2,170 jobs.

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Suit Claims Fire Caused By NH-Made Light Bulb

November 4, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

A lawsuit that alleges a defective light bulb manufactured in New Hampshire caused a fire at a Kimberly-Clark de Mexico paper mill in Mexico has been moved from state to federal court.                   

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Court Must Revisit Harley Davidson's E. Pa. Taxes

November 4, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

The state Commonwealth Court says a lower court must determine whether a Harley-Davidson plant in eastern Pennsylvania is owed a refund on its local property taxes.                         

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Bombardier, Gulfstream Fighting For Top Business Jet Maker

November 4, 2013 10:02 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

Bombardier and Gulfstream are in a dogfight that could decide which plane maker flies highest this year in terms of business jet sales.  At the end of the third quarter, Gulfstream was ahead of Montreal-based Bombardier, which has been the global leader each year since 2005.

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Bangladesh To Raise Garment Workers' Minimum Wage

November 4, 2013 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

A government-appointed panel in Bangladesh voted Monday to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers to about $66 a month — still the lowest in the world and well below what workers have been seeking.

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Temporary Order Against Horse Slaughter Expires

November 1, 2013 1:43 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

Attorneys for the Humane Society of the United States and other groups suing the Department of Agriculture over its permitting procedures for the plants filed a motion Friday seeking an extension of the restraining order.      

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AB InBev 3Q Profits Up 31 Percent

November 1, 2013 1:37 pm | by Toby Sterling, AP Business Writer

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, says its third-quarter profits rose as the takeover of new brands and higher selling prices offset the impact of lower sales volumes. The gain largely reflects the company's $20 billion purchase of the remainder of Mexico's Grupo Modelo.

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Expert: Shutdown Hurt Midwest Business Conditions

November 1, 2013 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press

The stalling of the federal government contributed to worsening business conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a monthly economic report issued Friday.                       

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Ex-CEO Pleads Guilty In $5M Fire Fraud

November 1, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press

The former CEO of a company that made fire-resistant building blocks has pleaded guilty to scamming nearly $5 million from people who lost their homes in two wildfires. The Santa Barbara News-Press reports 64-year-old Penny Estes entered her plea to 28 counts on Thursday. She could face nearly 40 years in prison when she's sentenced.

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U.S. Manufacturing Expands At Best Pace In 2½ Years

November 1, 2013 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. factory activity expanded in October at the fastest pace in 2½ years, suggesting that the 16-day partial shutdown of the government had little effect on manufacturers.Instead, overseas demand and healthy U.S. auto sales appear to be supporting factory output.

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