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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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U.S. Deficit In Manufactures Surges In Second Quarter, Chinese Surplus Rises

August 20, 2014 12:58 pm | by MAPI Foundation | Comments

The surge in the U.S. trade deficit in manufactures in the second quarter of 2014 and the increase in the Chinese trade surplus shows the countries have resumed their opposite growth paths, according to an analysis from the MAPI Foundation. In the report ...

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Nut Butters Recalled For Salmonella

August 20, 2014 12:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination. The company said Tuesday that there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to ...    

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Safety Agency Offers Online Recall Service

August 20, 2014 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. government is offering a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the service started ...      

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Apple's Stock Bounces Back To Hit A New High

August 20, 2014 12:13 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents ...  

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China Fines 12 Firms In Auto Price Probe

August 20, 2014 12:08 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry. Beijing has launched a series of investigations of ...

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Brita Recalls Children's Water Bottles

August 20, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Brita is recalling approximately 242,500 children's water filter bottles due to a possible laceration hazard. The company said Tuesday that the lid of the hard-sided bottles can break into pieces with sharp points. Brita has received ...  

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Chemical Fire Disables Tanker

August 20, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An engine-room fire has disabled a private commercial chemical tanker 700 miles off the Oregon coast, and one crew member has died, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. The fire was extinguished by the vessel's own installed firefighting systems, but ...

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Google's IPO Launched A Decade Of Big Bets

August 20, 2014 9:53 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. Page's vision is that ...    

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New Corvette Feature Keeps An Eye On Valets

August 20, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Now, General Motors has an option on ... 

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Agency Opens Probe Into Fire Truck Recall

August 20, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall of 156 fire trucks last year was enough to fix a problem with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall. The probe covers trucks from the 2000 to 2012 model years made by ...   

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4 At Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 20, 2014 9:43 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | Comments

A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to ...        

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Fortune Brands To Sell Window Business For $130M

August 20, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its Simonton Windows business to building products maker Ply Gem Holdings Inc. for about $130 million. The deal is expected to close in October. Fortune Brands ...  

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Protesters Target NC Chicken Processing Plant

August 20, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cumberland County Commissioners now know that dozens of their constituents oppose a proposed $113 million chicken processing plant in the area. The Fayetteville Observer reports that more than ...       

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Attorney General Sues State Farm Over Auto Repairs

August 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by Melinda Deslatte - Associated Press | Comments

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a lawsuit Tuesday against State Farm, alleging Louisiana's largest auto insurer is illegally steering customers involved in car accidents to repair shops that use junkyard parts and choose cheap fixes over safety. The lawsuit, filed in state district court in...

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Frack-Quakes Less Intense

August 19, 2014 12:13 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. People feeling the ground move ...

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