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Power Plant Plan Clouds Coal's Future

June 3, 2014 9:55 am | by Dina Cappiello and Adam Beam, Associated Press

Environmentalists had hoped the proposal would shutter hundreds of coal-fired power plants. Republican critics painted it as a war on coal, with a major economic impact on local economies. Neither side got exactly what they wanted.     

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Former Medical Device Company Execs Convicted of Fraud

June 3, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

A federal jury has convicted the former top two executives of an Austin medical device company for taking part in a scheme that defrauded shareholders and investors out of more than $400 million.                

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Hillshire Will Talk With Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride

June 3, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

The board of Hillshire Brands has decided to hold separate talks with Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson Foods, as the two major meat processors engage in a bidding war for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs.           

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Vietnamese Businesses Worry About Anti-China Violence

June 3, 2014 9:43 am | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press

China has long feuded with its Southeast Asian neighbors over who owns what in the South China Sea, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes and a region potentially rich in oil and natural gas.                

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Samsung To Sell First Tizen Phone in 3Q

June 3, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it will begin selling a smartphone that runs on its Tizen operating system in the third quarter of this year, advancing the company's plans to reduce dependence on Google's Android software.        

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Apple Expanding Into Health, Home With New Software

June 3, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.          

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Solar Plane Makes Maiden Flight

June 2, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar flight.                          

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Deal Calls for Egg Company To Pay $6.8M Fine

June 2, 2014 2:00 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press

An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010.                           

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China Manufacturing Continues To Grow

June 2, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press

Chinese manufacturing grew for the third consecutive month in May, suggesting a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is stabilizing, a state-sanctioned industry group said Sunday.                 

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Goodyear Scouting Sites for New Factory

June 2, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is starting to explore where to locate a new $500 million tire plant that it hopes to open within three years.                                

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Seattle Council Expected To Approve $15 Minimum Wage

June 2, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

The Seattle City Council is expected to approve an ordinance Monday to phase in a $15 hourly minimum wage — the highest in the nation.                                 

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Gore Praises Obama's Pollution Proposal

June 2, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Former Vice President Al Gore is praising the Obama administration's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants over the next 15 years.                             

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S.C. Announces 300 New Jobs, $38M Investment

June 2, 2014 12:12 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

During the ceremony, which was held in Allendale, the governor announced that six counties would be targeted by these investments.                                   

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Official Says Deal Will Soon Be Signed for Rosie's Plant

June 2, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press

The leader of an effort to save a portion of Rosie the Riveter's old Detroit-area factory says his group is moving forward on a purchase agreement for the property and could begin construction as early as this fall.          

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Final Jet Leaves Boeing's Wichita Maintenance Site

June 2, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

An era in Kansas aviation has come to a close with the departure of the last aircraft from a Boeing Co. defense maintenance facility in Wichita, ending a 70-year relationship between the aircraft maker and the city.          

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Motorola Closing Only U.S. Smartphone Factory

June 2, 2014 9:57 am | by Emily Schmall, Associated Press

Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit has announced it will close its Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened as the first smartphone factory in the U.S.                   

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Airline Group Will Recommend Plane Tracking Options

June 2, 2014 9:41 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

An organization representing airlines worldwide will offer a list of recommendations in September to improve the tracking of aircraft after the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the group's director said Monday.        

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Delta Orders 15 Planes From Airbus

June 2, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Delta Air Lines Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to buy 15 new Airbus A321 planes to replace older, less-efficient jets in its domestic fleet.                                

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Unilever Banners Used Extremist Symbol in Myanmar

June 2, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

Consumer products giant Unilever scrambled Monday to remove advertising banners from shops in western Myanmar that prominently displayed the symbol of the Buddhist extremist movement blamed for a wave of bloody attacks against minority Muslims. 

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EPA Aims To Cut Power Plant Carbon by 30 Pct.

June 2, 2014 9:24 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

The EPA on Monday will roll out a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting the first national limits on the chief gas linked to global warming.                  

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