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Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 29, 2014 11:58 am | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.               

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Fiat Chrysler Plans to Spin Off Ferrari

October 29, 2014 10:44 am | by Colleen Barry, The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to spin off sports car maker Ferrari into a separate company, a way to unlock value in the luxury brand and distinguish it from its mass-market parent.                    

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Nigeria Sues Coca-Cola for Half-Filled Cans

October 29, 2014 10:37 am | by Michelle Faul, The Associated Press

Nigeria filed a suit Monday against Coca-Cola for allegedly refusing to comply with orders from the Consumer Protection Council over two half-empty cans of evaporating Sprite.                     

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Fed Will Likely Signal No Rate Hike Anytime Soon

October 29, 2014 9:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The global economy has slumped. Turmoil has gripped financial markets, and the U.S. job market, despite steady gains, still isn't fully healthy.                               

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Fireball Whisky Dispels Internet Rumors

October 29, 2014 9:44 am | by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky assures its consumers that the product is perfectly safe to drink. There is no recall in North America, and Fireball fans can continue to enjoy their favorite product as they always have.         

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Judge Orders Mediation in Guardrail Lawsuit

October 29, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

A federal judge has ordered mediation between a Texas company and a whistleblower who won a $175 million verdict over a design change in the company's highway guardrails.                       

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Economy 101: 5 Things To Know About U.S. Growth

October 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Is the U.S. economy accelerating — finally? If it is, which sorts of Americans stand to benefit most? And why is it doing better than other major economies? Such are the questions surrounding a report coming Thursday on economic expansion in the July-September quarter. 

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Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 SUVs and trucks because malfunctioning fuel heaters can cause fires, or a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control.                     

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Battery Maker Touts Big Prospect for Jobs in NC

October 28, 2014 2:46 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio & Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently.

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Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gas for Solar Power

October 28, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.                                       

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Chemical Company Plans To Build $1.4B Fertilizer Plant in Illinois

October 28, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

A chemical company plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois, state economic officials confirmed Tuesday.                                   

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A Brief Look at the U.S. Durable Goods Numbers

October 28, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

As reported by the AP, orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months. The declines, however, will likely be followed by a resumption of stronger growth.

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GM To Move Production of Volt Back to U.S.

October 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt's electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better.           

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New Jersey Firm Recalls Packages of Cashews

October 28, 2014 10:53 am | by FDA

Chetak New York L.L.C.  is recalling packages of deep raw cashew pieces because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.                               

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Now in Aisle 3 at Lowe's: Robots

October 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.                       

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A Warship So Quiet, it Sneaks Up On Submarines

October 28, 2014 9:50 am | by GE Reports

Britain’s sailors are looking towards the future. The Royal Navy has recently commissioned a new high-tech frigate designed to become the “workhorse of the fleet” and focus on a variety of maritime missions ranging from complex combat operations to counter piracy and disaster relief. 

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North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 9:35 am | by Robotic Industries Association

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.                       

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Toyota at Top in Global Vehicle Sales

October 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 percent from the previous year.     

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 1.3 Percent in September

October 28, 2014 9:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months.             

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SpaceX Capsule Splashes Down in the Pacific

October 27, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth, after parachuting into the Pacific on Saturday.                                     

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