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Obama Says Climate Change A Direct Threat To Cities

July 17, 2014 7:48 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change.         

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Fed Survey Sees Improved Economy

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A Federal Reserve survey indicates the economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending.                    

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Daimler Launches New Version Of Smart Car

July 17, 2014 7:41 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Germany's Daimler unveiled a new version of its tiny, two-seat Smart model in hopes the car won't just get admiring glances with its unusual design — but make a bigger contribution to profits as well.         

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Apple-IBM Deal Weighs On BlackBerry Shares

July 16, 2014 3:41 pm | News | Comments

BlackBerry shares dropped Wednesday after details emerged of a partnership between two of the world's biggest technology companies — Apple and IBM — aimed at business customers.                

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Footwear Factory Closing In Tennessee

July 16, 2014 2:45 pm | News | Comments

A footwear factory in eastern Tennessee has begun shut down operations in a closure that will put 53 workers out of jobs.                       

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Fight Continues Over Obama Lawsuit

July 16, 2014 2:04 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats mocked the legal action as a purely political exercise that is doomed to failure but aimed at appeasing conservatives who want to see Obama impeached.                     

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Higher Gas Costs Push Up Producer Prices

July 16, 2014 1:23 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index, which measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer, rose 0.4 percent last month. The increase follows a 0.2 percent decrease in May.          

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Airbus A380s Tested For Air Leak Problems

July 16, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

Airbus has advised airliners to test noisy doors on the world's largest passenger airliner, the A380, after identifying a problem with the door seal that could lead to a drop in cabin pressure.               

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UAE Plans First Arab Spaceship To Mars

July 16, 2014 11:33 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Arab Emirates, already home to the world's tallest tower, is now reaching for the stars, with plans to send the first Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021.                   

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Factory Output Rises For 5th Straight Month

July 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The modest gain underscored manufacturing's role in helping return the economy to growth after a grim first quarter.                       

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3M To Buy Subsidiary Stake For About $885M

July 16, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

3M will take full control of its Sumitomo subsidiary by acquiring the 25 percent of the company that it doesn't already own for $885 million.                      

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BMW Recalls 1.6M Cars

July 16, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix a growing air bag problem that is hitting much of the auto industry.                         

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Hershey Raising Candy Prices

July 16, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday that prices for ingredients such as cocoa, dairy and nuts have risen since the beginning of the year, and it expects increases for packaging, fuel and other costs.             

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GM Proposes $27M Investment For Indiana Plant

July 16, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

General Motors has proposed investing $27 million at a southern Indiana casting plant for machinery, equipment and tooling needed to produce aluminum engine blocks.                         

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Toyota To Delay Some Vehicle Deliveries Due To Soot

July 16, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said it expects to delay the delivery of about 23,000 vehicles by up to a month while it cleans up soot spewed from a Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. plant in central Japan.         

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Google Adds Former Ford CEO Mulally To Board

July 16, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

Mulally, 68, retired from Ford at the end of June. Over the winter, he was rumored to be in the running for the top job at Microsoft Corp., but it went to an internal candidate.                      

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Apple, IBM To Team Up On Mobile Devices

July 16, 2014 8:07 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies.                          

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Tenn. Officials Downplay Union Debate At Volkswagen

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.    

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Delaware Expanding Research Tax Credit

July 16, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Small business owners in Delaware are eligible for an expanded tax credit with the signing of a new law by Gov. Jack Markell.                        

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Cappuccino Is Finalist For Lay's Newest Chip Flavor

July 16, 2014 7:57 am | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frito-Lay, the snack division of PepsiCo Inc., will announce on Wednesday the coffee-flavored chips as one of the four finalists for its second annual "Do Us a Flavor" contest in the U.S.              

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