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Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears in Scotland

August 25, 2014 9:47 am | by Martin Benedyk and Danica Kirka, Associated Press

Whisky makers and many other businesses are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency.                      

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Advocacy Group Asks for Chrysler Investigation

August 25, 2014 9:41 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

An auto safety advocacy group has asked the U.S. government to investigate power system failures in Chrysler vehicles that could cause them to stall while being driven.                          

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Lufthansa Union Threatens New Strikes

August 25, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

A union representing Lufthansa's pilots is threatening a new round of strikes in a long-running dispute over wages and early retirement benefits.                              

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Economists Give Clashing Views as Conference Ends

August 25, 2014 9:37 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press

The Federal Reserve's annual conference opened with Chair Janet Yellen suggesting that the U.S. economy, the world's biggest, still needs help in the form of ultra-low rates and that U.S. inflation has yet to become a problem.        

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California Winemakers Cleaning Up After Quake

August 25, 2014 9:29 am | by Ken Sweet and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press

Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.                                   

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Dynergy To Spend $6.25B on Power Plant Acquisition

August 22, 2014 11:30 am | by The Associated Press

Dynegy plans to spend more than $6 billion to buy several coal and gas power generation plants from Duke Energy and Energy Capital Partners.                                

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Yellen: Job Market Makes Fed Hesitant on Rate Hikes

August 22, 2014 11:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the Great Recession complicated the Fed's ability to assess the U.S. job market and made it harder to determine when to adjust interest rates.                 

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McDonald's Names New U.S. President, Again

August 22, 2014 11:26 am | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

On Friday McDonald's named a new president for its flagship U.S. division, marking the second change in the high-profile spot in less than two years.                              

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2.2M Bean Bag Chairs Recalled After Deaths

August 22, 2014 11:25 am | by The Associated Press

About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.                                      

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Keurig Strikes Deal With Kraft

August 22, 2014 11:22 am | by The Associated Press

Keurig Green Mountain says it struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees, such as Maxwell House and Gevalia, for its single-serve brewing systems in the U.S.                          

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Deere To Lay Off 460 From Iowa Plant

August 22, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press

Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand.                            

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Nestle Pushes for Humane Treatment of Animals in Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Nestle USA

Thousands of farms that supply Nestle with their dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will now have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Nestle has signed an agreement pledging to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain.

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Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Change Risks

August 22, 2014 9:34 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press

The coal-to-gas plants are part of a controversial energy revolution China hopes will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities.         

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Jell-O Can't Stop Slippery Slide

August 22, 2014 9:29 am | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

Executives at Kraft Foods, which owns Jell-O, say they're confident they can revitalize the brand. But their efforts so far have been a disappointment.                             

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Ford Recalling More Than 160K Vehicles

August 22, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press

The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate or stall because of a wiring problem.                     

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Gauge of U.S. Economy Rises 0.9 Pct. in July

August 22, 2014 9:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted the sharpest advance in four months in July, indicating the economy is gaining traction headed into the last half of the year.                  

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USS Saratoga Carrier Heads Off To Be Scrapped

August 21, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped.                             

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Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K for Environmental Law Breach

August 21, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Canadian Press

An Alberta court has fined the company that owns the largest beef processing plant in Canada $80,000 for breaking an environmental law.                                  

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Hostess Closing Bakery That Created the Twinkie

August 21, 2014 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press

Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history.                         

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Honda Recalls Fit To Boost Crash Resistance

August 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.                                      

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