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China Manufacturing Slumps To 15-Month Low

July 24, 2015 1:36 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

China's manufacturing slumped to a 15-month low in July in a fresh sign of deterioration in the world's second biggest economy, a survey showed Friday.


Trade Deals Wipes Out Tariffs On More Than 200 Tech Products

July 24, 2015 1:34 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Reporter

Dozens of countries have agreed to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products — from advanced computer chips to GPS devices, printer cartridges and video-game consoles.


Mitsubishi Won't Confirm Reports Of Illinois Plant Sale

July 24, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials with Mitsubishi Motors aren't confirming Japanese media reports saying the automaker will stop making vehicles at its central Illinois factory and try to sell the plant.


Union Expects Recall Of Laid Off Minntac Workers

July 24, 2015 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press

The United Steelworkers union says it expects all laid off employees at U.S. Steel's Minntac mine to be recalled in the next two weeks.


United Technologies: U.S. Probes Sikorsky On Navy Contract

July 24, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press

United Technologies Corp. says the Justice Department has launched a criminal probe into allegations that subsidiary helicopter maker Sikorsky and two subsidiaries overbilled the Navy on a contract.


Report: Packaged Food Market To Exceed $3 Trillion By 2020

July 24, 2015 10:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Growing demand from emerging economies is expected to increase the global market for packaged foods to $3.03 trillion by 2020.


Feds Probe GM-Certified Used Cars That May Have Open Recalls

July 24, 2015 10:40 am | by The Associated Press

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating General Motors because of dealers who advertised certified used cars for sale even though they still needed repairs under existing recalls.


Iran Hopes To Develop Nearly 50 Energy Projects Following Lifted Sanctions

July 24, 2015 10:38 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Iranian officials reportedly hope to develop $185 billion in oil and gas projects within five years in the wake of a historic nuclear agreement.


MakerBot Debuts New 3D Printer Factory

July 24, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Officials from small-scale 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot this week unveiled a new plant that they say doubles its production capacity.


Life Sentence Urged In Peanut Salmonella Case

July 24, 2015 10:34 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press

Federal court officers have recommended a sentence of life in prison for a peanut company executive convicted of selling salmonella-tainted food, a move that attorneys on both sides called "unprecedented" for a food-poisoning case.


Brewers Look To Capitalize On Hard Root Beer Trend

July 23, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A novel alcoholic beverage created by a small Midwestern brewer two years ago could represent the leading edge of a big new trend in the industry.


GM Tops 2Q Profit Forecasts On Trucks, SUVs

July 23, 2015 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

Big profits from trucks and SUVs helped General Motors overcome a sales slowdown in China, economic problems in Venezuela and payments to ignition switch crash victims.


Defense Department Chooses Rochester For Photonics Center

July 23, 2015 2:14 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press

The Department of Defense has picked Rochester as the location for a sought-after manufacturing hub focused on the field of integrated photonics, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday, ahead of an official announcement.


Smoke From New Jersey Warehouse Fire Visible From Space

July 23, 2015 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

A large warehouse fire fueled by plastics, autos and household goods sent plumes of black smoke into the air Wednesday that were visible from space.


Idle Plant In Grant Parish To Reopen As Ammonia Facility

July 23, 2015 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

A Lithuania-based company plans to spend $265 million to reopen an idle biofuels refinery in Grant Parish as an ammonia manufacturing plant.


Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Chemical Spills

July 23, 2015 11:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A trio of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a lack of regulations for chemicals released by industrial facilities.


Bill Would End Ban On USPS Shipments Of Alcoholic Beverages

July 23, 2015 11:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Postal Service could be able to ship beer, wine and liquor for the first time in more than a century under the provisions of a forthcoming bill in Congress.


Sony To Enter Drone Market

July 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Sony on Wednesday announced plans to enter the rapidly expanding market for drones.


After 2 Deaths, Ikea Warns Of Risks With 27M Dressers

July 23, 2015 11:09 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer

A year after Ikea chests tipped over and fatally injured two boys, the Swedish furniture giant and safety regulators say consumers should keep the furniture away from children unless the products are mounted to a wall.


Applications For U.S. Unemployment Aid Plummet To 42-Year Low

July 23, 2015 11:06 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in nearly 42 years, evidence that employers are holding onto their staffs and likely hiring at a steady pace



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