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Nearly 1M Jars Of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico

March 28, 2014 9:39 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.            

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GM's Opel To Pull Out Of China

March 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue.                               

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Why 2014 Could Prove Breakout Year For Economy

March 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The combination of an improving job market, pent-up consumer demand, less drag from U.S. government policies, and a brighter global outlook is boosting optimism for the rest of 2014.                    

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Demand For Greater Efficiency Boosts Belt And Chain Drives Market

March 27, 2014 2:32 pm | by Frost & Sullivan

New analysis finds that the market earned revenues of $8.80 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $10.57 billion in 2018.                                    

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U.S. Q4 Growth Revised Slightly Up

March 27, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.                   

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Unions In Missouri Rally Against Right-To-Work Bill

March 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jordan Shapiro, Associated Press

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's condemnation of so-called right-to-work legislation as unnecessary and misguided drew applause from about a thousand Missouri union members who gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol.           

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GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Drug After Foreign Pills Found In Bottles

March 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the weight loss drug Alli after receiving reports of unknown pills and tablets in the bottles.                                     

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Applications For Jobless Aid Dip To 4-Month Low

March 27, 2014 1:44 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up.                   

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25 Companies To Phase Out Animal Antibiotics

March 27, 2014 10:17 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Citing a potential threat to public health, the FDA in December asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for animal growth promotion.               

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ANA Orders $17B In Jets From Airbus, Boeing

March 27, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

ANA is ordering 70 aircraft with a list price of 1.7 trillion yen ($17 billion) from Boeing Co. and Airbus, in the largest order in the Japanese carrier's history.                         

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$270M Chocolate Plant Highlights America's Sweet Tooth

March 27, 2014 9:32 am | by John Hanna, Associated Press

In Kansas, candy giant Mars Inc. is opening its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of chocolate bars and other sweets every day.                               

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Women Say J&J Trashed Records In Product Injury Suits

March 27, 2014 9:26 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer

Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department to investigate their claims the health care giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits.     

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Study: Young Workers More Apt To Jump Jobs Quickly

March 26, 2014 2:55 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

Young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of just over six jobs each from ages 18 through 26, a Labor Department survey showed Wednesday.                

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Levis Strauss To Cut About 800 Jobs

March 26, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

The privately held company said Wednesday that the cuts will include some management positions and what it considers duplicate roles.                    

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GM CEO Listens In On Customer Complaints

March 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors CEO Mary Barra is spending time in the automaker's call center listening to customer complaints.                       

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U.S. Claims Victory In Trade Dispute With China

March 26, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

The World Trade Organization ruled Wednesday that China has violated international trade rules with its restrictions on the export of 17 "rare earths" and two other minerals that have key industrial and high-tech uses.    

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Trade Pacts May Boost Small Business

March 26, 2014 1:48 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer

Small businesses may get an export boom under trade agreements the federal government is hammering out with Pacific and European countries.                   

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Nissan Recalls Vehicles For Air Bag Issue

March 26, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press

Nissan is recalling just over 1 million cars, SUVs and vans because the front passenger air bags may not inflate in a crash. It's the company's second recall to fix the same problem.            

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Ohio To Allow Tesla Sales To Continue

March 26, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

Ohio auto dealers have struck an agreement that will allow Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars in the state.                     

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Senators Focusing On GM Recall Problems

March 26, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

Congress is increasingly putting the pressure on General Motors and the government's auto safety agency over a delayed recall of small cars.                   

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