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Safety Agency Probes Can-Am Motorcycle Fires

August 8, 2014 9:30 am | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.                           

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Productivity Recovers After Steep 1Q Fall

August 8, 2014 8:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                    

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Factory Worker Sentenced For Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 8:18 am | Comments

A former contract worker at a subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. was sentenced Friday to three and a half years in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide last fall.                 

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FDA Lifts Hold On Experimental Ebola Drug

August 8, 2014 8:15 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.                     

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British-U.S. Investigative Couple On Trial In China

August 8, 2014 8:12 am | Comments

A Briton and an American charged with illegally trading in the personal details of Chinese nationals testified Friday that they bought such information to help companies combat fraud.               

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GM Issues Third Recall For SUVs That Can Catch Fire

August 8, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.            

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FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited To Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 8:06 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | Comments

Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified.          

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Smartphones Must Include 'Kill Switch' Under Bill

August 8, 2014 8:03 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | Comments

California is on the verge of becoming the latest state to require technology that can disable smartphones when they're stolen.                           

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Toyota: Chinese Regulators Looking At Lexus

August 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Joe McDonald and Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that Chinese anti-monopoly regulators are looking at its Lexus luxury unit in a spreading investigation of foreign automakers.                        

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FDA: Tattoo Inks Can Cause Infections

August 8, 2014 7:57 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe.                     

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Scientists Make Cheap, Fast Self-Assembling Robots

August 8, 2014 7:55 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

In what may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots, researchers have created complex machines that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking automatons.             

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Phillips Lighting Expanding In MS

August 8, 2014 7:52 am | Comments

A unit of Dutch-based Philips NV, the company announced Thursday that it will invest $2 million to expand its production of LED light fixtures in Tupelo, using LED technology made at Philips' plant in San Jose, California.             

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Hyundai Fined $17.35M For Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 7:50 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.              

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Poultry Firms: Russia Ban Has Little Impact On U.S.

August 8, 2014 7:45 am | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press | Comments

Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.                    

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Lululemon Founder Selling Half His Stake For $845M

August 8, 2014 7:42 am | Comments

Lululemon Athletica founder Dennis "Chip" Wilson will sell half his stake in the company as part of a truce that averts a potentially messy battle at the maker of yoga apparel and other exercise gear.           

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WTO Upholds 'Rare Earth' Ruling Against China

August 7, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated international trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products. In March ...

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German Firm Cuts Outlook After Russia Deal Nixed

August 7, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

German defense and auto parts company Rheinmetall has cut its earnings forecast after the government revoked permission for it to deliver a field exercise simulator to the Russian military. The company says it's exploring legal options to ...

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Security Contractor Says Hit By Computer Breach

August 6, 2014 7:31 pm | by Stephen Braun - Associated Press | Comments

Two government agencies said Wednesday they limited operations with a major government contractor that oversees hundreds of thousands of security clearance background checks for civilian and military workers after the contractor reported it had been ...

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China Probes Automakers, Technology Firms

August 6, 2014 5:35 pm | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China. On Wednesday, a regulator said ...

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Company To Shut 2 Manufacturing Plants In New York

August 6, 2014 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A fiberglass manufacturer says it will shut down both of its plants in a Mohawk Valley city after more than a half-century in business, putting more than 100 people out of work. Fiber Glass Industries Inc. announced Tuesday it would be ...

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