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Lawsuit Challenges Power Plant's Restart With Gas

October 30, 2014 12:32 pm | by The Associated

The environmental group Riverkeeper has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's approval to restart an idled power plant on the Hudson River with natural gas instead of coal.                     

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JA Worldwide and Alcoa Foundation Implement Global STEM Education Initiative

October 30, 2014 12:22 pm | by JA Worldwide & Alcoa Foundation

JA Worldwide (JA) has announced a new partnership with Alcoa Foundation to launch a global curriculum that will bring enhanced STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education to middle and high school students.       

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Alabama Plant Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 10:42 am | by OSHA

Wayne Farms LLC, which makes products under brand names Dutch Quality House and Platinum Harvest, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing workers to dangerous machinery, fall and musculoskeletal disorder hazards. 

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Ford Recalls 205K SUVs for Fuel Tank Leak

October 30, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak, and cause a fire.                                 

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Bar Sues Florida for Restricting Beer Sales

October 30, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

A Florida craft beer bar is suing the state over its ban on half-gallon, refillable beer jugs known as growlers.                                       

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Tick Up to 287K

October 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.                           

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Lenovo Wraps Up Purchase of Motorola Phones

October 30, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

Lenovo Group announced the completion of its acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. on Thursday in a move aimed at making the Chinese computer maker a global smartphone brand.                   

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Government Pushes Air Bag Maker on Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 9:21 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem.

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GM To Invest $63M in New Car Plant

October 29, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. is investing $63 million in a mid-Michigan plant where crossover vehicles are being built.                                         

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Commercial Supply Rocket Explodes at Liftoff

October 29, 2014 1:44 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff.                                           

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How Well Did the Fed's Stimulus Work?

October 29, 2014 1:38 pm | by Matthew Craft, The Associated Press

Over the past five years, as the Fed has pumped ever-more money into the financial system, critics have warned that it would lead to all kinds of disasters. It was an unprecedented effort aimed at lowering borrowing costs, encouraging spending and reviving a dormant economy before it could slip back into recession.

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Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 29, 2014 11:58 am | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.               

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Fiat Chrysler Plans to Spin Off Ferrari

October 29, 2014 10:44 am | by Colleen Barry, The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to spin off sports car maker Ferrari into a separate company, a way to unlock value in the luxury brand and distinguish it from its mass-market parent.                    

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Nigeria Sues Coca-Cola for Half-Filled Cans

October 29, 2014 10:37 am | by Michelle Faul, The Associated Press

Nigeria filed a suit Monday against Coca-Cola for allegedly refusing to comply with orders from the Consumer Protection Council over two half-empty cans of evaporating Sprite.                     

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Fed Will Likely Signal No Rate Hike Anytime Soon

October 29, 2014 9:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The global economy has slumped. Turmoil has gripped financial markets, and the U.S. job market, despite steady gains, still isn't fully healthy.                               

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Fireball Whisky Dispels Internet Rumors

October 29, 2014 9:44 am | by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky assures its consumers that the product is perfectly safe to drink. There is no recall in North America, and Fireball fans can continue to enjoy their favorite product as they always have.         

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Judge Orders Mediation in Guardrail Lawsuit

October 29, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

A federal judge has ordered mediation between a Texas company and a whistleblower who won a $175 million verdict over a design change in the company's highway guardrails.                       

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Economy 101: 5 Things To Know About U.S. Growth

October 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Is the U.S. economy accelerating — finally? If it is, which sorts of Americans stand to benefit most? And why is it doing better than other major economies? Such are the questions surrounding a report coming Thursday on economic expansion in the July-September quarter. 

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Chrysler Recalls Over 566K Trucks, SUVs

October 29, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 SUVs and trucks because malfunctioning fuel heaters can cause fires, or a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control.                     

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Battery Maker Touts Big Prospect for Jobs in NC

October 28, 2014 2:46 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio & Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently.

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