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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.

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Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison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

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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.              

Is This the Soda Tax's Last Stand?

July 8, 2014 1:52 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don't pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out?                                        

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Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

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.       

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.                    

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.   

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