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Calif. Company Recalls 8.7M Pounds Of Meat

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press

A northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds (3.95 million kilograms) of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, U.S. officials said Saturday.      

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U.S. Economy May Be Stuck In Slow Lane For Long Run

February 10, 2014 9:28 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

Two straight weak job reports have raised doubts about economists' predictions of breakout growth in 2014. The global economy is showing signs of slowing — again. Manufacturing has slumped. Fewer people are signing contracts to buy homes. Global stock markets have sunk as anxiety has gripped developing nations.

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Special Financing Available For Cushman Purchases At The Rental Show

February 7, 2014 4:56 pm | by Cushman

Attendees of the American Rental Association’s The Rental Show may be eligible for an exclusive financing offer on Cushman vehicle purchases. Several of Cushman’s newest vehicles will also be showcased.              

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Illinois Tool Works Sells Packaging Unit For $3.2B

February 7, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

Illinois Tool Works is selling its packaging division to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billion and plans to use the money to buy back shares. Carlyle says the packaging division has 88 manufacturing sites on six continents.         

Idaho Dairies Seek To Stop Activists From Filming

February 7, 2014 2:02 pm | by John Miller, Associated Press

The legislation, backed by some of the nation's largest milk producers, would put people who surreptitiously film their operations in jail for up to a year and slap them with a $5,000 fine. The measure follows Utah and Missouri, states that have already enacted so-called "ag gag laws."          

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Cargill Adds 'Textured Beef' Wording To Labels

February 7, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

Cargill, one of the nation's largest meatpackers, has added wording to its labels on ground beef packages that indicates whether the meat inside includes a product that's been called "pink slime."               

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U.S. Closes Antitrust Probe Of Samsung

February 7, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the U.S. market.                  

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Ind. Company Taking Lead In Side-Impact Crashes

February 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Michelle Sokol, The Republic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new rule requiring car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 mph. The new standards are expected to prevent about five deaths and 65 injuries each year, a "very, very conservative estimate," according to the safety administration.

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Apple Said To Take $14B Bite Of Stock Via Buyback

February 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Apple has reportedly repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financials and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.                        

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Logs Record Global Vehicle Sales In 2013

February 7, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press

Nissan Motor Co. said Friday the Renault-Nissan alliance sold a record 8.27 million vehicles globally in 2013 due to strong performance in China and the United States, the group's two largest markets.               

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Sony To Cut 5,000 Jobs By March 2015

February 7, 2014 10:08 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

The company said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television, and other businesses. That comes on top of the 10,000 jobs cuts Sony announced over the previous year.

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Leak, Fire Shut Down Neb. Beef Processing Plant

February 7, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

The Lincoln Journal Star reports workers at the Cargill plant in Schuyler detected the ammonia leak around 3:40 a.m. Thursday. Smoke and flames were reported several minutes later above an area where beef carcasses are trimmed to smaller cuts.  

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Oreo Maker Mondelez To Close Philly Bakery

February 7, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, said Thursday that it will close a Philadelphia bakery by 2015 as part of a plan to restructure its supply chain and save money.                

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UAW Critics Take Differing Approaches To VW Vote

February 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Two of the more vocal Republican critics of efforts to unionize the Volkswagen assembly plant in Tennessee are taking opposing approaches to a pending vote over United Auto Workers representation next week.              

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Kellogg Cereals Struggle To Keep Spot At The Table

February 6, 2014 2:12 pm | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writers

Kellogg's cereals keep getting pushed aside at the breakfast table. The maker of Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts, and Eggo waffles said Thursday that sales in its flagship U.S. breakfast unit declined 4 percent.              

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Distributor, Maker Of E-Pull-Tabs Fight In Court

February 6, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Two companies instrumental in launching Minnesota's electronic pull-tab gambling games are fighting in court, a battle that could disrupt the games that were initially launched to fund the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.         

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NC Would 'Do Anything' For Boeing Plant, 7K Jobs

February 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer

Assembling one of the largest package of tax breaks and other incentives in North Carolina history earned the state consideration for as many as 7,250 Boeing aircraft manufacturing jobs — but its $683 million offer was dwarfed by Washington state's winning promise of nearly $9 billion in corporate sweeteners.

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Fears Of Slowdown Sharpen Focus On Jobs Report

February 6, 2014 1:53 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Stock markets have sunk after signs of weaker growth in the United States, Europe, and China. Turmoil in developing countries has further spooked investors. The upheaval has renewed doubts about the Federal Reserve's next steps.       

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Fall To 331K

February 6, 2014 1:48 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects.                      

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U.S. Trade Deficit Up In December To $38.7B

February 6, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit increased in December after hitting a four-year low in November. But for the year, the deficit fell to its lowest point since 2009 as exports rose to an all-time high.                  

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