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Brewers Aim To Rekindle Belgium's Love Of Beer

April 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | Comments

The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.      

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Optimism On U.S. Economy Highest Among Manufacturers In Eight Years

April 18, 2014 10:01 am | by PwC US | Comments

Optimism around the prospects of the U.S. economy during the next 12 months rose among U.S. industrial manufacturers to 71 percent in the first quarter of 2014, from 68 percent in the previous quarter and 55 percent in the first quarter of 2013.

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Apartheid Abuse Cases Against Ford, IBM Go Forward

April 18, 2014 9:07 am | Comments

A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.           

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Mazda Recalling 109K SUVs

April 18, 2014 8:53 am | Comments

The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Mazda says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that the frame can rust and a wheel control arm can separate from it.             

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Texas Town May Rebuild Plant After Fatal Blast

April 18, 2014 8:24 am | Comments

The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people says local officials are considering building a new one.                      

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Fuji Heavy Increasing Production At Indiana Plant

April 18, 2014 8:11 am | Comments

The maker of Subaru-brand cars will boost production capacity at its plant in Fayetteville, Indiana by 30,000 units by the summer to address strong demand in the U.S, company president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said.        

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Former BP Employee Settles Insider-Trading Charges

April 18, 2014 8:07 am | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. 

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N.M. Crews Find Suspected Area Of Radiation Leak

April 18, 2014 8:03 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | Comments

Officials said Thursday that crews have found contamination underground in the area where waste was most recently being stored.                       

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GM 1Q Global Sales Up 2 Pct

April 18, 2014 7:56 am | Comments

General Motors says it sold 2.42 million cars and trucks in the first three months of the year, keeping it slightly ahead of Volkswagen in the global sales race.                

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Trade Group To Mediate Shoe Factory Strike

April 18, 2014 7:54 am | Comments

More than 40,000 workers went on strike this week against Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd., bringing production to a halt at the manufacturer, which makes shoes for companies including Nike and Adidas.          

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NASA's Moon-Orbiting Robot Crashes

April 18, 2014 7:43 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

Researchers believe the robotic explorer vaporized upon contact because of its high orbiting speed of 3,600 mph, possibly smacking into a mountain or side of a crater.                  

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La-Z-Boy Cutting 100 Jobs In N.C.

April 17, 2014 3:11 pm | Comments

La-Z-Boy Inc. is closing two facilities and eliminating 100 jobs in North Carolina as part of a larger restructuring of its business.                     

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Judge Denies Motion To Park GM Cars

April 17, 2014 2:36 pm | Comments

A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.         

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Miss. Gov. Signs Bills Limiting Union Activities

April 17, 2014 2:34 pm | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press | Comments

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed three bills to limit union activities in Mississippi, saying he hopes they strengthen the state's reputation as a place where organized labor has little influence.        

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Food Poisoning Report Shows Decline In Salmonella

April 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Last year, salmonella cases fell 9 percent, compared to the previous three years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that's the largest drop in a decade.              

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CBO: Boosting Minimum Wage Would Cost Firms $15B

April 17, 2014 2:08 pm | Comments

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.             

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Chinese Auto Brands Are Underdogs At Beijing Show

April 17, 2014 12:39 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Facing intense competition from General Motors, Volkswagen and other global rivals, local brands such as Chery, Geely and SUV maker Great Wall have suffered shrinking sales and market share this year while China's overall auto market has grown.  

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Consumer Groups Win 'Company Doe' Appeal

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | Comments

We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.                  

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Tobacco Companies Make Payments Under Settlement

April 17, 2014 11:27 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | Comments

The nation's top cigarette makers say they've made annual payments as part of a settlement in which some companies are paying states billions for smoking-related health care costs.              

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Chinese Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 10:56 am | Comments

Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing, electronics and toys for export now face changing government priorities as a growth engine based on investment and trade loses its momentum after more than a decade of double-digit expansion.

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