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Obama Wants Companies To Pay Suppliers Faster

July 11, 2014 8:23 am | News | Comments

Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday.              

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Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake In Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                            

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Reynolds, Lorillard In Merger Talks

July 11, 2014 8:18 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation's biggest tobacco companies.                

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U.S., China Tackle Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 11, 2014 8:15 am | by Bradley Klapper and Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files.       

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N.D. Pipeline Spill Cleanup Could Take Weeks

July 11, 2014 8:09 am | by Josh Wood and James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pipeline has leaked 1 million gallons of oil drilling saltwater into the ground at a North Dakota Indian reservation, and some of the byproduct ended up in a lake that provides the reservation with drinking water, company and tribal officials said.

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Unilever Selling Slim-Fast Brand To Kainos Capital

July 11, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

Unilever said it sold its Slim-Fast brand to the private equity firm Kainos Capital. Unilever said it will keep a minority stake in Slim-Fast, which sells weight loss and nutrition products in North America, the U.K., and Ireland.         

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Portion Of U.S. Capitol Closed After Asbestos Accident

July 11, 2014 8:02 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours.                   

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Robot Writes Torah At Berlin Museum

July 11, 2014 7:59 am | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. It is penning down the Torah, the Jews' holy scripture, and it is doing it much faster than a rabbi could because it doesn't need to take breaks.

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Ford Planning $1M Alan Mulally Scholarship

July 11, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship announced Thursday provides financial assistance to students pursuing degrees in automotive engineering.                

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New Pecan Liqueur Brand Looks For Niche In Kentucky's Bourbon Country

July 11, 2014 7:53 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The producer of a new high-end pecan liqueur hopes to carve out a niche in Kentucky's bourbon country, adding to the lineup of craft spirits-makers giving new twists and tastes to the state's burgeoning liquor business.       

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Wisconsin Gave Money To 2 Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 11, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Both Eaton Corporation and Plexus Corporation received millions of dollars in financial awards from WEDC, only to later lay off workers whose jobs were taken by employees at the companies' foreign facilities.            

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Gov. Patrick Signs Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Changes

July 11, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

The measure had been in the works for nearly two years, since a nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham. A tainted steroid produced by the company was blamed for 64 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.

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Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla

July 11, 2014 7:45 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is one of five states competing for a $5 billion Tesla battery manufacturing plant, but Brown's administration has largely declined to discuss what the state is doing to persuade the company to build it in its home state.           

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UAW Says 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen

July 11, 2014 7:39 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers leaders said they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.         

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Chinese Export Growth Edges Up To 7.2 Percent

July 10, 2014 3:27 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's export growth edged higher in June in a small sign of improvement for the world's second biggest economy as it undergoes an uneven recovery.                 

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TRW Automotive Gets Preliminary Acquisition Offer

July 10, 2014 2:58 pm | News | Comments

TRW said that it is evaluating the non-binding proposal. It did not name the bidder. TRW also said it is looking at other strategic options that may help boost shareholder value.                     

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Wholesalers Slow Restocking As Sales Weaken

July 10, 2014 2:17 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale stockpiles rose in May at the weakest pace in five months as companies kept their supplies in line with slower sales.                          

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France Pleads For New EU Economic Strategy

July 10, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

France's economy minister is blaming European authorities for the lack of growth in France and Europe, and says it's time for a new economic policy that shuns austerity measures.            

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Meeting To Discuss Silicon Plant Project

July 10, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

A North Carolina group plans a meeting Saturday in Iuka to call on local residents to press state regulators to hold a hearing on what it believes is health risks connected to a silicon metal plant under construction in Tishomingo County.    

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The IoT Uplink: Connecting With A $12 Billion Technology

July 10, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, focuses on the growth and expansion of industrial wireless connections, M2M communication and sensor integration.

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