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U.S. Executions Marked By Challenges, Drug Shortages

July 25, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

After more than three decades of using the same three-drug combo to put hundreds of inmates to death with few problems, states have scrambled in recent years to find alternative drugs because of a shortage rooted in European opposition to capital punishment.

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Layoffs Becoming Rare Across U.S. Job Market

July 25, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

The trend means greater job security and suggests a critical turning point in the economic recovery. It raises the hope that workers' pay will finally accelerate after grinding through a sluggish recovery for the past half-decade.                 

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Court Tosses Chiquita Terror Payment Claims

July 25, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

A divided federal appeals court on Thursday threw out claims against produce giant Chiquita Brands International made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war.          

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FDA Reviewing What Might Become First Biosimilar Drug

July 25, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing research data on what could become the first U.S.-approved "biosimilar" drug, a cheaper, sort-of generic version of a biologic drug.                   

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Bombardier To Cut 1,800 Jobs

July 25, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

Airplane maker Bombardier Inc. is cutting 1,800 jobs across facilities worldwide as it restructures operations.                                     

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House Panel Clears Way For Obama Lawsuit Vote

July 25, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written.    

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EU Seeking Energy Efficiency To Ease Russia Gas Link

July 25, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

The Commission proposed to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent, an upward revision of its earlier target of 20 percent by 2020.                                  

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Ga. Investigated Complaint Against MFG Chemical Plant

July 25, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Environmental regulators investigated an anonymous report alleging MFG Chemical Inc. in Dalton was illegally discarding waste five months before an accident injured a worker, government records show.           

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Cutlery Firm Celebrates 125 Years

July 24, 2014 2:34 pm | News | Comments

A northwestern Pennsylvania cutlery firm is celebrating its 125th anniversary, along with $10 million in renovations to its plant.                          

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Biden Pushes Infrastructure, Job Training In Ohio

July 24, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that more investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.                   

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U.S. Nuclear Industry Needs To Think About Unthinkable Disasters

July 24, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios.             

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Nokia Expects Brighter Future Without Handset Unit

July 24, 2014 12:16 pm | by Jari Tanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares in the Finnish wireless equipment maker surged Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of the sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset division.           

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Faulty Ignition Equals Faulty Leadership

July 24, 2014 12:02 pm | by Killino Firm, P.C. | News | Comments

GM has run into a lot of trouble over the last few months with the emergence of several recalls. Now, the Killino Firm, P.C. has created this infographic to demonstrate that leadership lead GM to its recall conundrum.            

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Perry's Tech Startup Fund Is Not All It Seems

July 24, 2014 11:35 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

One actually operates in California. Some have stagnated trying to find more capital. Others have listed out-of-state employees and short-term hires as being among the jobs they created. A few have forfeited their right to do business in Texas by not filing tax reports.   

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PHD Introduces Low Cost Lead Screw Electric Linear Solutions

July 24, 2014 11:14 am | by PHD | News | Comments

PHD, a manufacturer of industrial automation solutions, has announced a new, lower cost lead screw version of its series of PHD Plus™ line of electric cylinders and linear slides. In addition ...          

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Japan Trade Deficit At Record $75B

July 24, 2014 10:58 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's trade deficit surged to a record $74.9 billion in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.             

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Ford 2Q Net Income Rises To $1.3B

July 24, 2014 10:10 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. beat Wall Street's expectations in the second quarter as it chalked up a record profit in North America and made money in Europe for the first time in three years.                

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W.Va. Man Sues GM Over Deadly Crash

July 24, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

A West Virginia man has filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corp., claiming a defective ignition switch in a Chevrolet Cobalt caused a 2006 accident that killed his pregnant wife.                  

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Wal-Mart Names CEO Of U.S. Discount Division

July 24, 2014 9:34 am | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says U.S. discount-store chief Bill Simon is stepping down. The world's largest retailer has named the head of its Asian business as his replacement.                      

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Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 284K

July 24, 2014 9:05 am | News | Comments

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest reading since February 2006, nearly two years before the Great Recession began.               

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