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Duke Announces Plans To Move Coal Ash

November 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Duke Energy is submitting plans to North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from four high-risk plants to other locations, including open-pit clay mines.                     

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SAP To Pay Oracle $359M To End Legal Battle

November 14, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Business software maker SAP is paying rival Oracle $359 million to settle a bitter battle over the theft of copyrighted instruction manuals and other technical information.                       

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Cold Front Helps Wake Up Wheat And Corn Prices

November 14, 2014 1:10 pm | by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press | Comments

Wheat and corn prices are surging this week as temperatures plunge in the U.S. Plains states and after a government report showed domestic supplies slipped.                           

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Camera Used In Space Missions Sold For $275K

November 14, 2014 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The first Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens taken into space more than a half-century ago has been sold at auction for $275,000. The camera was reportedly purchased by astronaut Wally Schirra at a Houston photo supply shop in 1962 and carried into orbit aboard the Mercury-Atlas 8 and 9...

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Senate Committee To Hold Takata Air Bag Hearing

November 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Comments

Add a U.S. Senate committee hearing to the growing list of troubles facing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp.                                        

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2 Developers Sue Hawaii County To Halt GMO Law

November 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press | Comments

Two leading developers of genetically engineered corn have sued Maui County to stop a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.                            

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Price Of Oil Takes Another Sharp Drop

November 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | Comments

The price of oil took another sharp tumble Thursday as it appeared increasingly unlikely that OPEC members will cut production to reverse a plunge that is entering its fifth month.                    

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GM: 13 Families Notified In Ignition Switch Deaths

November 14, 2014 12:22 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors says it now has contacted the families of the original 13 people whose deaths GM linked to faulty small-car ignition switches to tell them about its compensation program.                   

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October Budget Deficit Rises To $121.7B

November 14, 2014 12:16 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | Comments

The federal government started the new budget year with a higher deficit in October than a year ago, but the increase reflected quirks in the calendar rather than a deterioration in the government's budget outlook.           

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Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                        

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U.S. Business Inventories Up 0.3 Percent

November 14, 2014 10:19 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles at a faster rate in September, though sales remained weak.                         

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Berkshire Buying Duracell From P&G

November 14, 2014 10:08 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | Comments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.                

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Monsanto To Pay Wheat Farmers

November 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Sarah Skidmore Sell, AP Business Writer | Comments

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat.                 

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Baker Hughes In Deal Talks With Halliburton

November 14, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oilfield-services provider Baker Hughes Inc. said Thursday it is talks with rival Halliburton Co. about a potential merger.                      

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Drivers Should Get Used To Cheap Gas

November 14, 2014 9:58 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.                            

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise On Autos, Online Purchases

November 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending.                    

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Lockheed Martin's Orion Spacecraft Completes Journey

November 12, 2014 5:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Lockheed Martin built Orion spacecraft has completed its 22-mile, 6-hour journey from the Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center, to launch pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Orion is now another step closer to its first test flight on...

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Anchorage Adds Defendants In Port Lawsuit

November 12, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Anchorage's lawsuit seeking compensation from companies that worked on the city's troubled port expansion has been expanded to include a fourth firm. The municipality last week in U.S. District Court added GeoEngineers Inc. to the lawsuit that includes Integrated Concepts...

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NC Employers Avoid More Federal Unemployment Taxes

November 12, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

North Carolina businesses won't have to pay even higher unemployment insurance taxes beyond what's required while the state still owes the federal government money to pay jobless benefits during the Great Recession. The U.S. Department of Labor told Gov. Pat McCrory this...

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House To Vote On Keystone, Landrieu Seeks Action

November 12, 2014 4:56 pm | by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press | Comments

Call it a high-stakes political poker game, with the Louisiana Senate seat the big prize. Three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, facing an uphill fight to hold her seat in a Dec. 6 runoff, on Wednesday called for vote on approving the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL...

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