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Higher Gas Costs Push Up Producer Prices

July 16, 2014 1:23 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Feds, Widows Settle Mine File Lawsuit

July 16, 2014 7:52 am | Comments

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the deaths of two miners in a 2006 fire at an underground coal mine in West Virginia, according to court documents.       

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Boeing Gets Order For 10 Dreamliners

July 16, 2014 7:48 am | Comments

The aircraft-leasing firm CIT Group Inc. has ordered 10 Boeing 787 passenger jets with a list price of $2.5 billion, Boeing said Tuesday.                    

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NY Investing $135M In Nanotech Initiative With GE

July 16, 2014 7:45 am | Comments

New York state is teaming with General Electric and other companies on a $500 million initiative to spur research and development in miniature electronic components.                

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The Next Big Thing In Aviation Is Small

July 16, 2014 7:43 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | Comments

With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner.              

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Yellen: Economy Needs Fed Support

July 15, 2014 1:25 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.         

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Brewery Boom Is A Bright Spot For New Mexico Economy

July 15, 2014 1:20 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | Comments

That frosty tide of smooth, golden brown craft beer has finally come in, and it's helping to quench this drought-stricken state's thirst for jobs and economic development.                   

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