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Colorado Considers New Look for Edible Pot

August 4, 2014 2:26 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.                    

Company To Fight Penalties in Omaha Plant Collapse

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

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.                      

Sanctions Will Damage Russia If Not Lifted Quickly

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

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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Steel Mill Fined $135K for Emission Sensors

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

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.             

GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

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

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

FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.                

Smith & Wesson Paying $2M To Settle Bribery Charges

July 29, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business.                    

Russia: McDonald's Food Does Not Meet National Regulations

July 28, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald's startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company's now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products.         

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House Panel Clears Way for Obama Lawsuit Vote

July 25, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written.   

Gun Law Forces Beretta out of Maryland

July 23, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.               

China, Venezuela Deepen Economic Ties

July 22, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China approved a $4 billion credit line and a flurry of new cooperative agreements Monday with Venezuela, its chief economic partner in Latin America.                             

Western Sugar Cooperative Issued 39 Citations

July 21, 2014 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wyoming workplace safety officials have proposed fining Western Sugar Cooperative $194,000 for 39 citations at the company's two processing plants in the state.                         

RJ Reynolds To Fight $23.6B Verdict

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 2 U.S. cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.                     

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EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal environmental officials have rejected an appeal from the U.S. Army and reiterated their order to clean up 15 million pounds of artillery propellant improperly stored at a northwest Louisiana site.             

FBI Issues Warning For Unapproved Air Conditioner Coolant

July 21, 2014 9:55 am | by Pamela Sampson, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.           

Judge: Chinese Drywall Maker In Contempt

July 21, 2014 9:48 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the United States — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product.

Australia Repeals 2-Year-Old Carbon Tax

July 18, 2014 2:23 pm | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it.         

Obama Aims To Stop Corporate Overseas Tax Moves

July 17, 2014 9:42 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration is urging Congress to act swiftly to curtail a growing trend in which U.S. corporations reorganize overseas with foreign entities in part to trim their tax bills back home.                

Fight Continues Over Obama Lawsuit

July 17, 2014 9:36 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

House Speaker Boehner has said he wants to take legal action because Obama has abused his authority to carry out laws Congress approves, specifically by delaying a health care law requirement that many employers provide medical coverage for their workers. 

WTO Sides With China and India in U.S. Trade Disputes

July 14, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world trade body has ruled against the United States in two disputes with India and China, telling the U.S. government it must abide by international rules.                           

Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co.              

Obama Taps Controversial Nominee for NLRB

July 14, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again nominating lawyer Sharon Block to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, a move that could anger congressional Republicans.                          

Samsung Faces New Child Labor Claim in China

July 10, 2014 9:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant.                    

China, U.S. Differ on Plan To Cut Emissions

July 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on Wednesday, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.       

EU Fines Drug Makers $580M

July 9, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust body is imposing a fine of 428 million euros ($580 million) on France's pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic medicines for distorting competition.              

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