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Almonds Get Roasted In Debate Over California Drought

April 20, 2015 10:46 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | Comments

Since each tiny nut requires a gallon of water, almonds are consuming 1.07 trillion gallons annually in the state, one-fifth more than California families use indoors.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 10:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The percentage of firms that said they raised pay in the January-March quarter soared to 45 percent, up from 31 percent in January and 35 percent a year earlier.

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Behind The Lens: 5 Iconic Photos Of The BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Look back on some of the most enduring photos of the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion of 2010.

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Automakers Debut New Car Models At Shanghai Auto Show

April 20, 2015 10:11 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Competition in China is intensifying as economic growth slows and more manufacturers pile into the world's biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold.

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Hyundai Supplier Disputes Safety Allegations, Blames Union

April 17, 2015 10:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Lear Corp. says safety allegations are part of efforts by United Auto Workers to pressure the company into accepting a union at the plant.

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Obama Defends Pursuit Of Sweeping Trade Pact

April 17, 2015 6:06 pm | by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press | Comments

Obama faces opposition from key labor and environmental groups that form much of the liberal base of his party. The rift puts Obama's would-be successor, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in an awkward spot as she launches a campaign to unite the party behind her.

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Recalls Of The Week: Popular Flu Vaccine Recalled For Reduced Efficacy

April 17, 2015 5:06 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The recall affects approximately 1.7 million doses, about 7 percent of the total flu vaccine doses distributed in by Glaxo in the U.S. this year.

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Raytheon Lands Two DoD Work Deals

April 17, 2015 3:31 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Comments

According to the DoD, the program is "for the development and demonstration of technologies to enable air-launched tactical range hypersonic boost glide systems."

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Judge Tosses Lumber Liquidators Lawsuit

April 17, 2015 3:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"Lumber Liquidators tried to silence us and the court saw through it," GCM Executive Director Denny Larson said in a statement. "The court recognized that we have a constitutional right to free speech."

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OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 17, 2015 3:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

OSHA said the company failed to provide employees with a safety plan despite storing up to 1,900 pounds of a flammable formaldehyde solution.

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Trade-Off: Deal Splits Democrats Between Business, Labor

April 17, 2015 3:20 pm | by Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writer | Comments

The mere announcement of a bipartisan accord on the legislation reignited a longtime feud among liberal and pro-business Democrats over the deal's potential to create or subtract American jobs.

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Heinz, French's Each Target The Other's Condiment Dominance

April 17, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The companies hope to capitalize on changing consumer palates, with French's touting a ketchup that's free of preservatives and artificial flavors and Heinz increasingly introducing new flavor options in its condiments.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

April 17, 2015 3:04 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

This week we have a winner who has set their sights on new factories and growth, while the loser has become the focus of statewide bans and legal resistance.

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Obama: Trade Politics Difficult, But Opposition Helps China

April 17, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | Comments

Under the agreement reached in Congress, Obama would get so-called trade promotion authority to negotiate trade that Congress could approve or reject, but not change.

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Rises 0.2 Percent

April 17, 2015 12:08 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy slowly crept upward for the third straight month, a sign that the pace of growth has been weakening since the start of 2015.

E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth In Warehouse Automation Market

April 17, 2015 10:33 am | by ARC Advisory Group | Comments

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study.

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Proposed Volvo Manufacturing Plant 'Tremendous Opportunity'

April 17, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

State lawmakers have said Volvo is considering South Carolina for a new plant. The application says the permit is needed for a manufacturing plant that could employ 4,000 workers in 10 years.

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SpaceX Shipment Arrives At Space Station

April 17, 2015 10:22 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured the Dragon capsule, which arrived three days after its Florida launch, with the help of a giant robot arm.

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Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 17, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Ford officials elected to build the entire body of the 2015 F-150 with aluminum in an effort to make a lighter, more fuel efficient truck, but the decision was considered a risk given the model's nearly four-decade run as the top selling vehicle.

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GE Posts $13.6 Billion Loss On Finance Unit Sale

April 17, 2015 10:02 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | Comments

GE CEO Jeff Immelt said in a statement that the global economic environment remained "volatile" but that investments in large infrastructure projects being made around the world provided opportunities for growth.

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