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Kansas Company To Build Biogas Plant in Missouri

May 30, 2014 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press

A Kansas company that converts agricultural manure into energy and fertilizer will build its next biogas production plant in west-central Missouri's Pettis County.                         

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How Did Google Get States To Legalize Driverless Cars?

May 30, 2014 11:44 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press

About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.   

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Diageo Planning New Distillery in Ky.

May 30, 2014 11:38 am | by Rebecca Yonker and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Global liquor giant Diageo PLC on Thursday announced plans to build a new distillery in Kentucky amid a global boom in American whiskey sales.                               

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Ford Updating Truck Plant, Factory Tour

May 30, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. has plans to revamp both its Dearborn Truck Plant as well as the Rouge Factory Tour.                                            

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White House Touts Energy Policies

May 30, 2014 11:04 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

Setting the stage for upcoming restrictions on coal-fired power plants, the Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success.                      

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Goodyear Plans $500M American Tire Plant

May 30, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press

Goodyear says it will spend $500 million to build a new tire plant that will produce about 6 million tires a year for Goodyear's North American and Latin America customers.                        

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Musk Unveils Spacecraft to Ferry Astronauts

May 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Raquel Maria Dillon, Associated Press

A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.            

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Alcoa Building Plant for Jet Engine Parts

May 30, 2014 9:22 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer

Alcoa hopes to cash in on the boom in commercial aircraft orders by building a new plant that will make engine parts for big jets.                                   

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Japan Oil Tanker Explodes

May 30, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press

A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured.                

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8 States Sign Plan To Promote Clean Cars

May 30, 2014 9:17 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press

Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.                          

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Ford Recalls 1.4M Vehicles

May 30, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling 1.4 million SUVs and cars in North America to fix steering, rust and floor mat problems.                                          

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Documents Show GM Delayed Another Recall

May 30, 2014 9:07 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors recalled a small number of Pontiac G6 midsize cars to fix a faulty brake light system in 2009, yet waited more than five years to call back over 2 million other cars with the same system.              

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Boehringer Ingelheim Reaches $650M Settlement Over Blood Thinner

May 29, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer

German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim said Wednesday it has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of U.S. claims questioning the marketing and safety of its popular blood thinner Pradaxa.                

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Michigan a Leader in 'Blue Economy' Jobs

May 29, 2014 1:57 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press

From wastewater treatment to farming and advanced manufacturing, a wide swath of the state's economy is particularly sensitive to any changes in water quality or abundance.                       

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Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Kentucky-Made Vehicle

May 29, 2014 1:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

While today's event is meant to celebrate the plant's successes, it will also be bittersweet for some employees. In late April, the company announced that it would close its manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky.       

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Italy Wants $1.6B in Damages From Novartis and Roche

May 29, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Italy's health ministry is seeking $1.63 billion in damages from Swiss pharmaceutical giants Novartis and Roche after an anti-trust court ruled the two companies colluded to prevent the distribution of an eye medication.          

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U.S. Economy Shrinks at 1 Percent Rate in 1Q

May 29, 2014 1:31 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy was battered even more than first suspected by the harsh winter, actually shrinking from January through March.                                    

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NHTSA: Car, Truck Crashes Cost Whopping $871B

May 29, 2014 1:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

The study examined the economic toll of car and truck crashes in 2010, when 32,999 people were killed, 3.9 million injured and 24 million vehicles damaged.                            

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Applications for Jobless Aid Near 7-Year Low

May 29, 2014 9:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly the lowest level in seven years, a sign hiring may be picking up.                               

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Apple Acquires Beats for $3B

May 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers

It's by far the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history, a price that the company is paying to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.                            

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