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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 1.3 Percent in September

October 28, 2014 | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | Comments

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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U.S. Consumer Spending Down in September

October 31, 2014 10:19 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. consumer spending fell in September, the first decline in eight months, as shoppers took a breather after a big spending spree in August. Income growth posted the slowest gain this year.                 

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Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs to Fix Air Bags

October 31, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment.                             

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Amy's Kitchen To Open in Converted ID Plant

October 31, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Organic frozen food maker Amy's Kitchen is opening a new plant in southeastern Idaho. The company is buying the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant that closed in June, eliminating 400 jobs.                   

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U.S. Economy Grew at 3.5 Percent Rate in Third Quarter

October 31, 2014 9:34 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.           

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Rivals Gear Up for Next Round of Tenn. Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 9:24 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

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Not So Sweet: Chocolate Prices Set To Rise

October 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press

The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is rising, and the nation's biggest candy makers have already warned of price hikes next year. And it's not just costs that are pushing up prices. A growing sweet tooth around the world means more demand for chocolate.

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Museum Agrees to Purchase Rosie's Old Plant

October 30, 2014 1:46 pm | by Mike Householder, The Associated Press

Yankee Air Museum chairman Ray Hunter will sign papers Thursday making the aviation museum the official owner of a 144,000-square-foot slice of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant, where Rose Will Monroe and other workers built B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II.

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Inside the World's Biggest Auto Factory

October 30, 2014 1:33 pm | by Bloomberg News

Volkswagen, the world's number-two carmaker, plans to cut billions in operating costs by 2017. That means making the world's biggest auto plant, in Wolfsburg, Germany, more efficient. Hans Nichols spent a day on the assembly line for a progress report.

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Lawsuit Challenges Power Plant's Restart With Gas

October 30, 2014 12:32 pm | by The Associated

The environmental group Riverkeeper has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's approval to restart an idled power plant on the Hudson River with natural gas instead of coal.                     

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JA Worldwide and Alcoa Foundation Implement Global STEM Education Initiative

October 30, 2014 12:22 pm | by JA Worldwide & Alcoa Foundation

JA Worldwide (JA) has announced a new partnership with Alcoa Foundation to launch a global curriculum that will bring enhanced STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education to middle and high school students.       

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Alabama Plant Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 10:42 am | by OSHA

Wayne Farms LLC, which makes products under brand names Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous machinery, fall and musculoskeletal disorder hazards. 

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Ford Recalls 205K SUVs for Fuel Tank Leak

October 30, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire.                                 

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Bar Sues Florida for Restricting Beer Sales

October 30, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

A Florida craft beer bar is suing the state over its ban on half-gallon, refillable beer jugs known as growlers.                                       

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Tick Up to 287K

October 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.                           

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Lenovo Wraps Up Purchase of Motorola Phones

October 30, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

Lenovo Group announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. on Thursday in a move aimed at making the Chinese computer maker a global smartphone brand.                   

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Government Pushes Air Bag Maker on Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem.

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GM To Invest $63M in New Car Plant

October 29, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. is investing $63 million in a mid-Michigan plant where crossover vehicles are being built.                                         

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Commercial Supply Rocket Explodes at Liftoff

October 29, 2014 1:44 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff.                                           

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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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