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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Rises 0.9 Pct. In July

August 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted the sharpest advance in four months in July, indicating the economy is gaining traction headed into the last half of the year. The Conference Board said ...     

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USS Saratoga Carrier Heads To Scrap Yard

August 22, 2014 9:33 am | by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press | Comments

The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped. The ship departed Naval Station Newport and made its way down Narragansett Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. It is ...

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Inclusion Technologies To Locate In Atchison

August 22, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A company that produces food ingredients for the industrial market plans to locate its headquarters and manufacturing plant in Atchison. Inclusion Technologies and Atchison officials announced Thursday the company would locate its plant in the site of the former Anacon Food Co. The St. Joseph...

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NKorea Launch Pad Expansion 'Nearing Completion'

August 21, 2014 5:35 pm | by Matthew Pennington - Associated Press | Comments

Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. The U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International...

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Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K For Environmental Law Breach

August 21, 2014 12:44 pm | by The Canadian Press | Comments

An Alberta court has fined the company that owns the largest beef processing plant in Canada $80,000 for breaking an environmental law. A provincial court judge has ruled that ...            

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Hostess Closing Bakery That Created The Twinkie

August 21, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

About 400 people will lose their jobs and a piece of American baking history will shut down when Hostess Brands closes the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented. Hostess said ...          

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Honda Recalls Fit To Boost Crash Resistance

August 21, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Honda is recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant. The tiny Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year, and ...             

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Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations Of 21 Countries

August 21, 2014 12:21 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | Comments

The Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) just released a new report in the peer-reviewed journal, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, that evaluates and compares the ...        

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Water Leads To Chemical That Gunks Up Biofuels Production

August 21, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mary Beckman, PNNL | Comments

Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps ...        

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Survey Indicates Eurozone Growing Slowly

August 21, 2014 11:15 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A survey of business activity shows the economy of the 18-country eurozone grew at only a slow pace in August, a sign it remains sluggish after a disappointing second quarter in which it did not ...         

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Pet Food Factory Opens In Joplin

August 21, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

 A pet food company has opened its first $90 million factory in Joplin. The Joplin Globe reports the Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing plant opened Wednesday ...              

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Aid Fall

August 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless aid ...            

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Exporting Coal To Asia Could Reduce Emissions 21%

August 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Duke University | Comments

Under the right scenario, exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning the fossil fuel at plants in the United States, according to ...      

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UPS Says Retail Stores Breached By Malware

August 21, 2014 10:04 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | Comments

Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores in 24 states.A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes ...      

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Animal Health Company To Open Plant In St. Joseph

August 21, 2014 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A company that handles animal medicines plans to open a missive new warehouse and packaging plant in St. Joseph next week. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. will open its $28.7 million plant next Wednesday. It's about the size of four football fields, and eventually will have 150 employees. ...

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Growth In China Manufacturing Weakens In August

August 21, 2014 12:29 am | by Kelvin Chan - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus. The preliminary version of HSBC's manufacturing index, released Thursday, fell to a three-month low of 50.3...

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Chip Maker Infineon To Buy California Firm For $3B

August 20, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from ...     

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Warren Buffett's Firm To Pay $896,000 Penalty

August 20, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Warren Buffett's company has agreed to an $896,000 penalty for failing to tell regulators about a December 2013 investment in wallboard maker USG Corp. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. should have ...

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New Listeria Death Linked To Tainted Meat

August 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Danish health officials say a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated meat may have killed an 11th person. Steen Ethelberg of the state health agency SSI said Thursday the deceased person had bacteria similar to those of people who ...  

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Recaro Recalls Child Safety Seats

August 20, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Recaro is recalling more than 39,000 child safety seats because they can let a child's head move too far in a crash. The recall covers ProSport model 385 seats made from  ...           

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