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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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Pet Food Factory Opens in Joplin

August 21, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

The 415,000-square-foot production plant will slowly begin operating. It is expected to be near full production by April.                                      

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Growth in China's Manufacturing Weakens in August

August 21, 2014 9:33 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world's No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.                  

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Animal Health Company To Open Plant in Missouri

August 21, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press

A company that handles animal medicines plans to open a massive new warehouse and packaging plant in St. Joseph next week.                                      

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Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations of 21 Countries

August 20, 2014 2:11 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

A new report evaluates the traceability regulations and requirements of 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada and the EU among others.                                 

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Women Small Business Owners Struggle To Get Loans

August 20, 2014 1:54 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer

Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank.                                    

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