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Walmart Turns Business Into A Reality Show

July 14, 2014 4:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, Walmart announced that it had hosted a group of U.S. manufacturers to its headquarters in Bentonville, AR. It inspires me to hear that big corporations (especially those as big as Walmart), are getting on or are still on the ...   

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Court Rules Against A&G Coal Corp. In Va. Pollution Case

July 14, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected A&G Coal Corp.'s claim that it was not required to report it was discharging selenium when the company applied for a permit for its Kelly Branch mine.   

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Railroad Crashes Prompt New Safety Rules

July 14, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A string of fiery train derailments across North America has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the U.S. government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.          

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Audit Finds Failed Sugar Mill Cost Taxpayers $71M

July 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana lost more than $71 million in taxpayer money on a failed sugar cane mill in Jefferson Davis Parish that was sold for scrap late last year, according to an audit released Monday.           

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WTO Sides With China And India In U.S. Trade Disputes

July 14, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

The world trade body has ruled against the United States in two disputes with India and China, telling the U.S. government it must abide by international rules.                            

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ConAgra Buying Chinese Potato Processor For $93M

July 14, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc., the company behind Chef Boyardee canned pasta, said Monday that it bought a Chinese potato processor for $93 million to help it sell more frozen potato products in Asia.              

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Bill Cosby Supports Pipeline Protesters

July 14, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

Comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille are supporting protesters marching across Massachusetts in opposition to Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline.                      

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Report: iPads May Cause Rashes

July 14, 2014 10:24 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.                    

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Halliburton Enters Into Energy Joint Venture In China

July 14, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

Halliburton said it is entering its first joint venture in China that will use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to unleash energy.                          

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Volkswagen To Add 2,000 Jobs In Tennessee

July 14, 2014 9:44 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.           

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Mylan Buying Abbott Business Line In $5.3B Deal

July 14, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The generic drug maker Mylan is buying Abbott Laboratories' generic-drugs business in developed markets for stock valued at about $5.3 billion.                         

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Lindt Buying U.S. Candy Maker Russell Stover

July 14, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli says it is buying U.S. manufacturer Russell Stover Candies, Inc., for an undisclosed sum.                       

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Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 14, 2014 8:12 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co.              

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Gov't Sets Duties On Steel Pipe Imports

July 14, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government has imposed duties on imports of steel pipe from South Korea, India and seven other countries, ruling in favor of U.S. steel producers and unions that had complained those countries were unfairly flooding the American market.

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Patients Want FDA Ban On Fibroid Removal Devices

July 14, 2014 8:02 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body.          

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Airshow To Give Glimpse Of The Future Of Flying

July 14, 2014 7:56 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The trade show is expected to see the first presentation of the world's most advanced fighter jet, new commercial aircraft as well as a host of new technological advances.                 

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NHTSA Investigating Fatal Truck Tank Explosion

July 14, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will probe a fatal truck explosion that happened last spring when a forklift pierced the vehicle's natural gas fuel tank.                   

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White House Says 2014 Deficit To Drop To $583B

July 14, 2014 7:48 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government's budget deficit will drop to $583 billion this year, the lowest level of President Barack Obama's tenure, the White House said.                           

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Inventor Pushing Solar Panels For Roads, Highways

July 14, 2014 7:45 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the idea may sound outlandish to some, it has already got $850,000 in seed money from the federal government, raised more than $2 million on a crowd-funding website and received celebrity praise.            

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Cargill Building $45M Facility In Arkansas

July 14, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Cargill has announced plans for a $45 million grain handling and shipping facility in West Memphis that will handle the increased production of corn and soybeans in the state.                   

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