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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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GM 2Q Profit Falls 85 Percent

July 24, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.                        

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China's Factory Index At 18-Month High

July 24, 2014 8:18 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing rose in July to its highest level in 18 months, in a sign that mini-stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world's No. 2 economy have taken hold.                

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JFK Returns To Old Look On New Coins

July 24, 2014 8:13 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gold coins being stamped at the mint's West Point plant this week portray JFK's famously tousled head of hair a bit fluffier, his part is less severe and his cheeks less chiseled than on the half dollar discontinued in 2001.         

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Report: Female Business Owners Face Gender Gap

July 24, 2014 8:06 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday.                  

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$148M Metal Research Center To Open In Detroit This Fall

July 24, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

The $148 million American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to help move cutting-edge metals from research into vehicles, planes and ships used commercially and by the U.S. military.           

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Texas Firm Recalls Compounded Drugs

July 24, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors not to use compounded drugs from a Texas specialty pharmacy due to risks of contamination.                     

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Head Of Troubled Anthrax Lab Has Resigned

July 24, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Dozens of CDC workers were potentially exposed to anthrax. No one got sick, but an internal investigation found serious safety lapses, including use of an unapproved sterilization technique and use of a potent type of anthrax in an experiment that did not require a live form of the germ.     

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Reid: Taxpayers Shouldn't Bankroll Companies That Outsource Jobs

July 24, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

"We need to close this indefensible loophole and instead start rewarding the companies that are doing the right thing and bringing jobs back to America," said Sen Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.             

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NASA Doesn't Have The Money For Big Rockets

July 24, 2014 7:43 am | News | Comments

NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.                   

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