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Report: 30 Pct. Renewable Energy Mandate Doable

November 5, 2013 1:19 pm | by David Eggert, Associated Press

Michigan is positioned to double its share of electricity from wind and other renewable sources within two decades but risks falling behind other states if nothing is done, state officials said in a final report issued to Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday.

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Southeast Manufacturing Activity Climbs In October

November 5, 2013 10:10 am | by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast climbed in October, pushing the monthly index to 50.4 and narrowing the gap with the National PMI, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business.

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Federal Appeals Court Halts Horse Slaughterhouses

November 5, 2013 10:06 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Monday temporarily halted plans by companies in two U.S. states to begin slaughtering horses, continuing on-again, off-again efforts to resume domestic equine slaughter two years after Congress lifted a ban on the practice.

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CAT To Close W.Va. Highwall Miner Plant

November 5, 2013 9:53 am | by The Associated Press

Caterpillar Inc. is closing a highwall miner plant in southern West Virginia and moving production to a facility in Pennsylvania.  Caterpillar says its plant in Beckley will close by mid-2014.               

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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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