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Businesses Join White House In Backing Export-Import Bank

June 24, 2014 9:41 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent

The bank's existence is fast emerging as a flashpoint in the internal Republican struggle between the business-backed establishment and tea party groups.                           

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Australia PM Introduces Bill To Repeal Carbon Tax

June 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.                     

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Vermont Trying To Keep 4,000 IBM Jobs

June 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press

The head of the economic development organization in Vermont's largest county made a series of recommendations Monday for the state to help protect the 4,000 jobs at the IBM electronics plant in Essex Junction.            

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FDA Extends Comment Period on E-Cig Rules

June 23, 2014 2:09 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer

The Food and Drug Administration said that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes.               

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Food Safety Is a New Frontier for Legal Pot

June 23, 2014 2:05 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

The thriving edible marijuana industry in Colorado is preparing for new testing requirements — due to take effect in October — to make sure the products are safe to eat and drink.                   

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Robot Valet To Park Cars at Airport in Germany

June 23, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for parking? Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can soon leave the job to a robot valet.                                 

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Supreme Court Limits Existing EPA Global Warming Rules

June 23, 2014 1:46 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.                  

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China Factory Gauge Shows Economy Stabilizing

June 23, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press

Factory activity in China expanded in June for the first time this year, according to an HSBC report Monday, adding to signs that the slowdown in the No. 2 economy is stabilizing as recent micro boosting measures take hold.           

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MakerBot, TechShop Join GE's Collaborative Innovation Strategy

June 23, 2014 1:39 pm | by Microfactory, Inc.

GE announced two new partnerships with MakerBot and TechShop that will harness the global brain of the maker community to bring innovative new products to market faster.                       

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Oracle To Buy Micros Systems for $5.3B

June 23, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Software maker Oracle is buying Micros Systems Inc., which provides software and hardware to the hospitality and retail industries, for about $5.3 billion.                            

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Jamaica To Encourage Bamboo Industry

June 23, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

Jamaica hopes to kick-start a local bamboo industry as the tropical plant becomes more common in flooring, furniture and household accessories.                                

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Shire Rejects $46.2B Offer From AbbVie

June 23, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

The Dublin-based drugmaker Shire said Friday it has rejected an unsolicited $46.2 billion offer from AbbVie Inc., arguing that it fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.                   

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Report: Apple Smartwatch Coming This Fall

June 23, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.                       

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Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dies at 90

June 23, 2014 9:26 am | by Randall Chase, Associated Press

Kwolek, who died Wednesday at 90, was a DuPont Co. chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world.               

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Honda, Mazda, Nissan Recall Millions of Vehicles Over Airbags

June 23, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode.                           

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Alstom CEO: GE Deal Will Save Jobs

June 23, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press

Alstom SA's chief executive says the French heavy engineering firm's agreement to sell off most of its power generation business to U.S. rival General Electric Co. will save jobs and protect France's national interests.          

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China Expands Investment in U.S., Creates Jobs

June 23, 2014 9:11 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

After decades of siphoning jobs from the United States, China is creating some. Chinese companies invested a record $14 billion in the United States last year.                            

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Feds Report On Trucker In Morgan Crash

June 19, 2014 4:58 pm | by David Porter, Associated Press

A report on the crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man says the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding before the crash.                

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Senator Wants To Tighten Controls On Radioactive Material

June 19, 2014 4:54 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press

A U.S. senator is urging the Obama administration to tighten procedures after a congressional audit found security problems at companies using radioactive material.               

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Walmart Plans Indiana Distribution Center

June 19, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Walmart says it will build a new distribution center in central Indiana and have perhaps 300 employees there in the next couple years.                    

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