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Staples Investigating Possible Data Breach

October 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue. The office supplies retailer said Tuesday that if it turns up any data discrepancies during its investigation, customers won't be responsible for fraudulent activity on their...

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Bourbon Makes Mark On KY Economy

October 21, 2014 2:13 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said Tuesday. By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31 — the most distilleries in Kentucky since...

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Unemployment Rates Fall In 31 States

October 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections. Tuesday's data may quickly find its way into late campaign ads and stump speeches. The economy is the top concern for...

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Cigarette Maker CEO To Receive Millions After Merger

October 21, 2014 1:40 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | Comments

Regulatory filings show the CEO of Newport cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. is set to receive more than $44 million following the planned $25 billion merger with Reynolds American Inc. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday, Murray Kessler is one of...

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EU Antitrust Watchdog Eyes DuPont, Honeywell

October 21, 2014 1:35 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | Comments

The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative venture to supply the only automotive air-conditioning refrigerant that meets European standards for greenhouse gas emissions, regulators said Tuesday. DuPont, based in Wilmington, Delaware, and...

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New Tool Will Help Find 'Gaps' In Global Crop Production

October 21, 2014 11:46 am | by Grant Schulte, The Associated Press | Comments

A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments, and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential...

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McDonald's Faces Problems In The U.S.

October 21, 2014 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Times are getting leaner for McDonald's. McDonald's said Tuesday a key sales figure declined 3.3 percent in the U.S., marking the fourth straight quarter of declines for the world's biggest hamburger chain. By contrast, Chipotle reported a 19.8 percent increase in sales at...

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Slovakia Bans Exports Of Drinking Water

October 21, 2014 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Slovak Parliament has voted to approve a constitutional amendment that bans exports of water from Slovakia. Some opposition lawmakers joined the ruling leftist Smer-Social Democracy in a 102-5 vote on Tuesday to approve the move that bans exports of drinking and mineral...

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Kimberly-Clark To Cut Up To 1,300 Jobs

October 21, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient. The consumer products company has 58,000 workers worldwide, according to its website. Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Tuesday that it anticipates...

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Chevron Invests $20M In PA Workforce

October 21, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chevron Corp. is spending $20 million to launch its Appalachia Partnership Initiative, which is meant to improve schools and workforce development in 27 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. Chevron is working with...

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GE, Honda Join To Power Legacy Cessna Jets

October 21, 2014 9:44 am | by GE Reports | Comments

GE engineers helped inventor and aircraft designer Bill Lear create the business jet market in the 1960s, when they converted a fighter jet engine into propulsion for the first Learjet. But the company has been largely absent from the space since...

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Tragic Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories

October 21, 2014 9:35 am | by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for gross safety and labor violations, and seized 33,427 sewing machines that were not up to code. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name...

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SKF To Expand, Relocate Facility

October 21, 2014 5:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A company that makes industrial lubrication systems could receive state and local incentives to build a new manufacturing plant in the St. Louis area. Sweden-based SKF plans to relocate its facility from St. Louis city to St. Louis County while retaining 388 jobs and creating an additional 73...

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Organic Standards Hazy For Nonfood Items

October 21, 2014 3:33 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona...

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CEO Of Total Oil Dies In Moscow Plane Crash

October 20, 2014 9:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Russia's Tass news agency says the CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport. Airport officials told Tass that the collision occurred at 11:57 p.m. Moscow time Monday, killing Total CEO...

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Judge To Rule Against Ameren In Power Line Case

October 20, 2014 6:33 pm | by David A. Lieb, The Associated Press | Comments

A judge said Monday that he will rule against a subsidiary of Ameren Corp. in a legal fight over whether it needs state regulators' permission to build a high-voltage power line across northern Missouri. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green said he's inclined to reject Ameren's request for a...

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Illegal Drones A Growing Issue At Sporting Events

October 20, 2014 3:45 pm | by Rob Harris, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Long after drones became a key tool for military and spy agencies, authorities now realize the threat they can pose to sports events. It's not multimillion-dollar military-grade drones prompting concerns, but remote controlled contraptions costing just a few hundred dollars that can be sent...

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WTO Rejects U.S. Meat Label Requirements

October 20, 2014 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Learning where the meat in your grocery store came from might get harder.In a ruling Monday, the World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised, and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements...

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American, U.S. Airways Complete Cargo Combination

October 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

American Airlines and US Airways say they have finishes combining their cargo operations. American Airlines Group Inc. said Monday that it was the first time that operating divisions at the two carriers have become fully combined. The combined cargo unit will have annual revenue of more than...

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Explosion Rocks Rubber Processing Plant

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

A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region despite a nominal cease-fire being in place. Shockwaves from the explosion Monday damaged buildings and were felt over a radius of several...

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