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Germany's Merkel Slams Industrial Spying During China Visit

July 7, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized industrial spying Monday while on a visit to China, which Germany and other governments have cited as a global center for economic espionage.                    

Last Cigar Factory in Tampa Fights for Survival

July 2, 2014 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There used to be more than 150 cigar factories here, but that was a long time ago. The U.S. trade restrictions with Cuba caused some to close. Changing public attitudes about tobacco caused others to lock their doors for good.       

Drones Face Significant Hurdles in U.S.

July 1, 2014 4:02 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite years of research, the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't figured out what kind of technology unmanned aircraft should use to avoid crashing into other planes, or how to prevent lost links with ground control stations.       

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Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations at Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                        

High Court To Consider Deadlines for Suing Gov't

July 1, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will consider how strict deadlines should be for people to sue the federal government for negligence.                                     

Court: Czech Brewer Gets Budweiser Trademark In Portugal

June 27, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Czech brewery Budvar says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision preventing its rival Anheuser-Busch InBev from registering its beer under the Budweiser name in the country.           

Protecting Your Ideas

June 26, 2014 4:25 pm | by Michael Sherban, patent attorney | Articles | Comments

Small and midsize companies often neglect their most valuable assets — their intellectual property. Here's how to protect yours.                                    

NAM Backs Boeing After 'Misguided Decision' by NLRB Judge

June 26, 2014 1:52 pm | by Patrick Forrest, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, NAM | Blogs | Comments

Recently, an NLRB administrative law judge (ALJ) issued a decision that, if allowed to stand, would have significant implications for manufacturers and their intellectual property.                    

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Boehner: House Planning To Sue Obama

June 26, 2014 10:01 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a campaign-season lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress.                        

Acne Products May Cause Potentially Deadly Reactions

June 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials are warning consumers who use popular anti-acne treatments about rare but potentially deadly allergic reactions that can cause swelling of the face and difficulty breathing.               

Obama Claims Progress on Climate Change

June 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said Wednesday that new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for green technology have cleared the way for further action in the U.S. and abroad.   

Big Tobacco Snubs Indonesia Health Warning Law

June 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Tobacco companies have largely snubbed an Indonesian law requiring them to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs, in another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that's home to the world's highest rate of male smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising.

FDA Extends Comment Period on E-Cig Rules

June 23, 2014 2:09 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes.               

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Food Safety Is a New Frontier for Legal Pot

June 23, 2014 2:05 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The thriving edible marijuana industry in Colorado is preparing for new testing requirements — due to take effect in October — to make sure the products are safe to eat and drink.                   

Supreme Court Limits Existing EPA Global Warming Rules

June 23, 2014 1:46 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.                  

Feds Report On Trucker In Morgan Crash

June 19, 2014 4:58 pm | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A report on the crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man says the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding before the crash.                

Lawsuit Claims Extending Eagle Death Permits Illegal

June 19, 2014 3:15 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

A conservation group sued the Obama administration Thursday over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.             

E-Cigarette Makers Under Fire In Senate

June 19, 2014 3:12 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

E-cigarettes with fruity flavors like "cherry crush" ignited an intense Senate debate Wednesday about whether manufacturers are trying to appeal to youngsters similar to the way that Big Tobacco used Joe Camel decades ago.     

Deadline Set For Claims In Freedom Industries Case

June 19, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge has set an Aug. 1 deadline for financial claims by West Virginia residents and businesses affected by a January chemical spill in Charleston that contaminated the local water supply.       

Eaton To Pay $147.5M To Settle Trade Secrets Dispute

June 19, 2014 1:01 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Power management company Eaton Corp. will pay $147.5 million to settle a long-running trade secret dispute with aerospace firm Triumph Group that exploded into scandal and landed a state judge in prison.        

Washington Residents Oppose Oil Shipments

June 19, 2014 12:59 pm | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee met in Spokane, a major railroad hub for the northern United States, to take testimony on a bill that seeks to improve the safety of those oil shipments.      

Missouri Sues Tyson Over Fish Kill

June 19, 2014 10:12 am | by Chris Blank, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed suit Tuesday against Tyson Foods Inc. seeking civil penalties and compensation for state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.      

Gov't Opens 2 New Chrysler Investigations

June 18, 2014 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday it has opened two new investigations into Chrysler over complaints that the ignition key could shut the engine off involuntarily and may cause air bags not to deploy in a crash. 

Republican EPA Chiefs Tell Congress To Act On Climate

June 18, 2014 2:38 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top environmental regulators for four Republican presidents told Congress on Wednesday what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming.               

Lawmakers In California Reject Sugary Drink Warnings

June 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks was effectively killed Tuesday.               

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