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China To Put Glaxo Investigators On Trial In August

July 29, 2014 8:37 am | Comments

A Shanghai court says American and British investigators who worked for drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will stand trial Aug. 8 on charges of illegally obtaining information on Chinese citizens.                       

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Board Denies Challenges To Giant Telescope

July 29, 2014 8:22 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | Comments

The Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources has denied requests to contest the approval of a sublease for the Thirty Meter Telescope, allowing construction to move forward for what will be one of the largest telescopes in the world.            

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Drone Nearly Blocks California Firefighting Planes

July 29, 2014 8:18 am | by Fenit Nirappil and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | Comments

A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow some of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday.

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U.S. Companies Increasingly Look For Growth Overseas

July 29, 2014 8:16 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Few U.S. industries are tying their fortunes to overseas markets as aggressively as the technology sector, where new sources of revenue are often just a matter of equipping people with a computing device and an Internet connection.        

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1 Dead, 3 Hurt In Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 8:11 am | Comments

One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion Monday at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast.                                 

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Smith & Wesson Paying $2M To Settle Bribery Charges

July 29, 2014 8:08 am | Comments

Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business.                       

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Ohio Plane Crash Victim Was Company CEO

July 29, 2014 8:00 am | Comments

Authorities in northwest Ohio say one of the two people killed in a weekend plane crash was the CEO of an Ohio manufacturing company.                     

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Mining Deaths On Rise In First Half Of 2014

July 29, 2014 7:54 am | Comments

Twenty-two miners were killed in accidents during the first half of 2014, compared to 18 in the first half of 2013 and 19 for the same period in 2012.                 

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FAA Proposes $12M Fine For Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 7:49 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.               

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Amazon Offers 3D Printed Products

July 29, 2014 7:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Amazon said Monday that it has started selling 3-D printed customizable objects like iPhone cases, jewelry and figurines on the online retailer's website.                    

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Clinton Impeachment Shadows GOP Lawsuit

July 28, 2014 2:12 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | Comments

Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help explain why Speaker John Boehner and the current GOP leadership want no part of impeachment talk now, although conservatives increasingly clamor for it.         

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Samsung Postpones Tizen Smartphone Launch

July 28, 2014 12:54 pm | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.                

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RPM Agrees To $797.5M Deal On Asbestos Claims

July 28, 2014 11:58 am | Comments

RPM International plans to spend nearly $800 million as part of a preliminary deal to fund a trust that resolves asbestos personal injury claims tied to a business owned by its Specialty Products Holding Corp.              

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Tyson Selling Mexico, Brazil Poultry Operations

July 28, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

Tyson Foods says it will sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt tied to its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.                    

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Lawmakers Push For Airline Safety Devices

July 28, 2014 10:51 am | Comments

Anti-missile devices include onboard lasers, warning systems, flares and infrared countermeasure systems, costing from $1 to $2 million per plane, Schumer and Israel said.                

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Drug Maker Fights Pediatricians' New Advice

July 28, 2014 10:38 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine.              

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Report: China Investigating Microsoft For Antitrust Violations

July 28, 2014 9:54 am | Comments

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce descended on Microsoft offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu, questioning employees about the company's business practices in a move that the South China Morning Post described as a "raid."

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NHTSA Opens Probe Of Impala Air Bag Performance

July 28, 2014 9:11 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency has opened a formal investigation into air bag failures in some Chevrolet Impala full-size cars made by General Motors.                

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Son Of Salmonella Victim Hopes Trial Sends Message

July 28, 2014 8:32 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | Comments

The son of a Minnesota woman who died after eating tainted peanut butter hopes a trial in Georgia sends a message to food manufacturers that there can be serious consequences for peddling contaminated food.              

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Russia: McDonald's Food Does Not Meet National Regulations

July 28, 2014 8:26 am | Comments

The Russian consumer protection agency said it is taking the company to court for selling foods that contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by national regulations.             

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