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Panasonic, Tesla To Build Big U.S. Battery Plant

July 31, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs.                  

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Century-old Pipe Break Points to National Problem

July 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Brian Melley and Michael R. Blood, Associated Press

Age inevitably takes a toll. There are 240,000 breaks a year, according to the National Association of Water Companies, a problem compounded by stress from an increasing population and budget crunches that slow the pace of replacement.     

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Boeing Will Handle Final Assembly of 787-10 in SC

July 31, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

Boeing said final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina.                                 

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Target Names Pepsi's Cornell as Chairman, CEO

July 31, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers.                                    

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11,000 Kawasakis Recalled for Injury Risk

July 30, 2014 4:59 pm | by The Associated Press

About 11,000 Kawasaki off-road vehicles are being recalled because debris can cut through the foot rest area and hurt riders' legs.                                  

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Chrysler Recalls Fiat 500Ls To Fix Air Bags

July 30, 2014 4:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling just under 30,000 Fiat 500L small cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a problem with air bags that protect knees in a crash.                              

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Ohio: 2nd Fine Levied Against Prison Food Vendor

July 30, 2014 4:50 pm | by Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP Legal Affairs Writer

The state on Wednesday announced a second fine against the private vendor that took over the job of feeding inmates last year as the company defended its operations before a prison's oversight committee.                  

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Cargill To Close Beef Plant, Cites Cattle Shortage

July 30, 2014 4:48 pm | by The Associated Press

Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.                                     

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Kellogg Plans To Close Georgia Plant

July 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

Kellogg Co. officials announced Monday that they're closing a plant in Columbus as part of a restructuring process. The move is expected to eliminate 325 jobs.                           

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Arkansas Lands $90M Wood Pellet Manufacturing Site

July 30, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

A Texas-based company is opening a $90 million facility in south Arkansas to manufacture wood pellets that can be used as an alternative fuel source.                              

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Crash: Electric Cars Put to the Test

July 30, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jared Mandel, CNNMoney

The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf experience their toughest front-end crash test to date.                                              

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Company To Fight Penalties in Omaha Plant Collapse

July 30, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press

A livestock feed company intends to contest citations and proposed penalties issued by federal safety regulators after the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees.                      

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Sanctions Will Damage Russia If Not Lifted Quickly

July 30, 2014 1:29 pm | by Laura Mills and Juergen Baetz, Associated Press

U.S. and European sanctions against Russia's energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents.     

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Lawyer Sues GM On Behalf of 658 Plaintiffs

July 30, 2014 1:25 pm | by Associated Press

A Texas lawyer has filed a lawsuit against General Motors on behalf of 658 people who were injured or killed in crashes allegedly caused by faulty ignition switches.                         

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Steel Mill Fined $135K for Emission Sensors

July 30, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution-control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011.             

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Samsung Phone Shipments Falter

July 30, 2014 1:13 pm | by Peter Svensson - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press

The Korean phone giant lost ground to upstart Chinese manufacturers after several years of headlong growth, according to figures from IDC.                                 

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GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

July 30, 2014 1:10 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press

Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.                                    

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Gov't. Fails To Vet Chemical Plants for Terror Risk

July 30, 2014 11:51 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press

Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities.       

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Toyota Remains No. 1 in Global Vehicle Sales

July 30, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.            

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5 Reporters Subpoenaed in $1.2B 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

July 30, 2014 11:48 am | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press

Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics.  

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