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Survey: Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment In 2Q

July 21, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.           

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Drought Impacting California's Clean Energy Goals

July 21, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said.                     

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Allergan To Cut 1,500 Jobs

July 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox-maker Allergan says it is cutting about 13 percent of its workforce, or roughly 1,500 employees, as part of a push to become more efficient and productive.                      

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Private Jet Recovery From Recession Uneven

July 21, 2014 10:03 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The improving market has not been universal. Signs of strength have been in large-cabin planes, while sales of small and mid-sized planes stall.                      

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Ag-Gag Laws Face Federal Court Challenges

July 21, 2014 9:25 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

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GM Delayed Another Recall

July 21, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

General Motors knew of ignition switch problems with 6.7 million midsize and large cars for 11 years, yet it failed to warn customers with a recall until last month, according to documents posted by federal safety regulators.            

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RJ Reynolds To Fight $23.6B Verdict

July 21, 2014 8:19 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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Severstal Selling U.S. Plants For $2.3B

July 21, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion.                           

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McDonald's, KFC Face Food Scandal In China

July 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.                

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Obama Opening Eastern Seaboard To Oil Exploration

July 21, 2014 8:04 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact as well as the long-term implications of oil development.              

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FDA Warns Against Caffeine Powder After Death

July 21, 2014 7:59 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick and Ann Sanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.                     

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Boeing Procurement Officer Pleads Guilty To Fraud

July 21, 2014 7:57 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former procurement officer for The Boeing Company in St. Louis pleaded guilty Friday to federal fraud charges for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts sold to Boeing.          

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Judge: Chinese Drywall Maker In Contempt

July 21, 2014 7:54 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 U.S. — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product.

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Subaru Sued Over Dangerous Auto Defect

July 21, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Some Subaru vehicle models have a defect that could lead to engine failure while they're being driven, a federal lawsuit says.                      

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FBI Issues Warning For Unapproved Air Conditioner Coolant

July 21, 2014 7:48 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.         

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EPA Tells Army To Clean Up Louisiana Explosives

July 21, 2014 7:42 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.               

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Axed Nokia Phones Suffered From Lack Of Identity

July 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Nokia X project is an example of clashing priorities that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is trying to curb with a refocusing effort that includes 18,000 job eliminations over the next year.                   

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Chinese Chemical Company Opening Facility In Louisiana

July 18, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Yuhuang Chemical Inc., a subsidiary of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Co. Ltd., will make a $1.85 billion capital investment in the project that represents the first major foreign direct investment by a Chinese company in Louisiana.      

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Massive Layoffs At Microsoft; Wal-Mart And Obama Face Lawsuits

July 18, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Microsoft's plan to layoff up to 18,000 employees to Tracy Morgan suing Wal-Mart over a fatal accident in New Jersey.              

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Unemployment Down In 22 States In June

July 18, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

Unemployment rates dropped in 22 U.S. states last month and stayed the same in 14, as the nation at large posted a fifth straight month of solid hiring.                 

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