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More Drillers Are Recycling Fracking Water

November 11, 2013 1:14 pm | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press

Just a few years ago, drillers suspected water recyclers of trying to sell an unproven idea designed to drain money from multimillion dollar businesses. Now the system is helping drillers use less freshwater and dispose of less wastewater.   

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U.S., Europe Resuming Talks On New Trade Pact

November 11, 2013 9:25 am | by The Associated Press

The negotiations take place against the backdrop of European pique over reported U.S. electronic espionage, and were delayed due to the U.S. government shutdown. But officials for both sides say the benefits of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership are too great for the talks to be affected.

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Chrysler To Recall 1.2M Ram Trucks

November 11, 2013 9:22 am | by The Associated Press

The trucks are being recalled because tie-rod ends in the steering system may have been installed improperly, which Chrysler says stemmed from technicians misinterpreting instructions. Those tie-rods could be out of alignment, which Chrysler says can lead to steering failures.

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Japan Starts Up Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

November 11, 2013 9:18 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

The wind farm near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant is to eventually have a generation capacity of 1 gigawatt from 143 turbines, though its significance is not limited to the energy it will produce.            

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NY Knish Factory Fire Leads To Nationwide Shortage

November 11, 2013 9:15 am | by Frank Eltman and Verena Dobnik, Associated Press

Kvetching has been going on at delis, diners, food carts and groceries since the six-week-long shortage began, but lovers of the square, fried, doughy pillows of pureed potatoes may not have to go without much longer. The factory promises an end to the knish crunch by Thanksgiving, which coincides with the start of Hanukkah.

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Proposal For Former Indy GM Plant Includes Stadium

November 11, 2013 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

One of four finalists seeking to redevelop a General Motors Corp. stamping plant that once employed more than 6,000 workers near downtown Indianapolis is considering using part of the land for a 10,000-seat soccer stadium.         

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FDA Seeks Faster Warning Updates For Generic Drugs

November 11, 2013 9:10 am | by The Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking a rule change to allow generic drugmakers to quickly update their warning labels with new safety information for doctors and patients.                     

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Wage Protest Closes Bangladesh Garment Factories

November 11, 2013 9:08 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press

Thousands of workers demanding higher pay hurled rocks and sticks at clothing factories and clashed with police who used tear gas against them Monday, bringing fresh scrutiny to working conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry. At least 30 people were reported wounded.

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Pilot's Widow Sues Copter Maker

November 8, 2013 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

The widow of a pilot killed in a helicopter crash on Molokai in 2011 is suing the aircraft's manufacturer, saying defective design caused the crash that killed all five people aboard.                    

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Obama To Pitch U.S. Exports At New Orleans Port

November 8, 2013 2:28 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press

Pushing his case for how to increase jobs, President Barack Obama headed to the Gulf Coast where he was to use the backdrop of the Port of New Orleans to press for more government spending on infrastructure projects that can have ripple effects on employment.  

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Ark. Steel Mill Appeal Tentatively Set

November 8, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press

An administrative law judge has tentatively scheduled a March 28 hearing on the appeal of an air permit issued for a planned $1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County.  Nucor Steel, which has two steel plants in Mississippi County, is appealing the air permit issued to Big River Steel.

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Mitsubishi Recalls 74,000 Colt Compact Cars

November 8, 2013 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Friday it is recalling around 74,000 Colt compact cars to fix a problem causing their headlights to fail due to a bad connection. Subject to the recall are those vehicles produced between October 2002 and February 2004, Mitsubishi said in a report filed with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

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Coca-Cola Plans More Than $4B Investment In China

November 8, 2013 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Coca-Cola says it plans to invest more than $4 billion in China over three years.  The company plans to invest the money between 2015 and 2017 to build factories and add new products to its portfolio.             

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US Added Unexpectedly Strong 204,000 Jobs In Oct.

November 8, 2013 12:31 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

A burst of hiring in October added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs to the economy in a month when the government was partly shut down for 16 days. And employers added far more jobs in August and September than previously thought.     

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Automotive Supplier Adds 180 Jobs In Miss.

November 8, 2013 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Automotive supplier Toyota Boshoku is adding 180 jobs at its manufacturing plant in northeast Mississippi.  The company said Friday that it's investing $21 million at the plant it opened in 2011 in Mantachie, where it makes seat components and door panels for the Toyota Corolla.

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Workers: Japan Nuke Plant Water Tanks Flawed

November 8, 2013 9:55 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

Officials and experts and two other workers interviewed by the AP say the quality of the tanks and their foundations suffered because of haste — haste that was unavoidable because there is so much contaminated water leaking from the wrecked reactors and mixed with ground water inflow.

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2 Burned By Acid At Suburban Philly Plant

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

Authorities say two workers were burned after they were splashed by nitric acid at a dental implant manufacturing plant in suburban Philadelphia.                                

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UAW Nominates Williams As Its Next President

November 8, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Dennis Williams has been the UAW's secretary-treasurer for the last three years. Williams, a Marine Corps veteran, joined the union in 1977 as a welder. He joined the union's national organizing department in 1988 and has negotiated contracts with Mitsubishi, Caterpillar and other companies.

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U.S. Safety Agency Probes VW SUV Lighting Problem

November 8, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating thousands of Volkswagen SUVs because the outside lights can go out unexpectedly.  The probe affects 61,000 VW Tiguans from the 2009 through 2011 model years.             

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Arm Severed At Seattle Fortune Cookie Factory

November 8, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press

A 55-year-old man's left arm was severed Thursday in an industrial accident at a Seattle fortune cookie company.  Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department says the arm was severed after the man became stuck in a machine up to his chest.   

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