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U.S. Auto Sales Sizzle in July

August 4, 2014 2:23 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains. General Motors' sales were up 9 percent compared with last July, while Hyundai's rose 1.5 percent.                        

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USDA Overhauls 50 Year-Old Poultry Inspections

August 4, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.            

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Harley Recalls Bikes for Ignition Switch Problem

August 4, 2014 12:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business.                                      

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U.S. Manufacturing Expands Again in July

August 4, 2014 10:04 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported Friday that its manufacturing index rose to 57.1, highest level since April 2011 and up from 55.3 in June.                   

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Experimental Ebola Drug Not Used on U.S. Missionary

August 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press

The Canadian company that is developing an experimental Ebola drug says its product was not given to one of two American aid workers infected with the virus.                           

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Death Toll Rises To 75 in Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.          

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Hyundai Recalling More Than 419K Vehicles

August 4, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

Hyundai is recalling more than 419,000 cars and SUVs to fix suspension, brake and oil leak problems.                                            

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Prosecutor: Peanut Plant Faked Salmonella Results

August 4, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak cut corners and sent fake lab results to customers, endangering consumers nationwide, federal prosecutors said Friday.                    

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Nevada No Lock for Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 4, 2014 9:46 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Lance Gilman knows the bidding war with Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona has just begun now that the electric-car maker has confirmed the first stage of preparation for a "gigafactory."                 

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With Vote for Chrysler Merger, Fiat Looks Abroad

August 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

Fiat shareholders voted Friday overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad.                  

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Unemployment Insurance Tax Stokes Complaints

July 31, 2014 4:12 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

Nearly 100,000 employers in Connecticut are about to get sticker shock as the state mails annual tax bills to pay interest on its $433 million federal loan for unemployment benefits for workers let go during the Great Recession.       

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Amazon To Invest $2 Billion To Expand in India

July 31, 2014 4:10 pm | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees.                                  

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Study: 35 Percent in U.S. Facing Debt Collectors

July 31, 2014 4:05 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.                          

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Exxon Profit Surges, But Production Slips

July 31, 2014 4:03 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer

Exxon Mobil's net income rose 28 percent in the second quarter on a sale of Asian assets and higher oil prices, but oil and gas production slipped a disappointing 6 percent.                        

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Bringing 3D Printing to Your Hand

July 31, 2014 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press

3D printing is a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things. Enter the 3Doodler: the pen that turns you into the 3D printer.                              

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Escaping Email: Inspired Vision Or Hallucination?

July 31, 2014 3:48 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work.  

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Ethical Practices Take Back Seat To Price, Say Purchasers

July 31, 2014 3:43 pm | by Business Wire

Eighty percent of consumers believe it is important for companies and brands to behave ethically, however the most significant factors when shopping are price, value and quality.                     

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Jimmy Dean Moves Beyond Breakfast

July 31, 2014 11:06 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

Hillshire's expansion into products that aren't made entirely out of meat has been critical in helping fatten the company's profit margins.                                

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NC Weighs Offering Upfront Money for Promised Jobs

July 31, 2014 10:18 am | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

After decades of trying to attract new industries with tax breaks, North Carolina lawmakers are considering whether to just offer selected corporations upfront taxpayer money if they will move to the state.             

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Judge Says Crystal CEO Should Testify in Lawsuit

July 31, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

A federal judge says American Crystal Sugar Co. CEO David Berg should testify in a federal lawsuit pitting the refined sugar manufacturer against the corn syrup industry.                        

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