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Crash Of Iranian-Built Plane Brings Production Into Question

August 10, 2014 1:28 pm | by Ali Akbar Dareini - Associated Press | Comments

A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions. The plane was based on a ...

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Florence Losing 65 Jobs Amid Company Restructuring

August 9, 2014 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A welding equipment company with a plant in South Carolina is restructuring and that means the loss of about 65 jobs in Florence. Area media outlets report that ESAB Welding and Cutting Products announced Friday that the restructuring is ...

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State Seeks Training For Manufacturing Jobs

August 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Stephen Singer - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A low-cost state loan to train manufacturing workers is drawing support from business groups that say Connecticut is ill-prepared for an increase in aerospace and other high-tech factory work, but some economics are dismissing the complaint as ...

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Hagel: U.S., India Must Improve Defense Cooperation

August 9, 2014 5:23 am | by Lolita C. Baldor - Associated Press | Comments

Capping two days of meetings, Hagel's speech to New Delhi business leaders and scholars reflected the hopes and frustrations of America's struggles to forge weapons ...              

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Machinists Union Sues Spirit AeroSystems

August 8, 2014 8:28 pm | by Roxana Hegeman - Associated Press | Comments

The Machinists union sued Wichita-based aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems Friday over its reported efforts to sell off its fabrication operations, contending such outsourcing would violate its labor contract and put in imminent danger the jobs of ...

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High Interest In Minnesota Medical Pot Production

August 8, 2014 5:28 pm | by Kyle Potter - Associated Press | Comments

Want to grow a few plants for Minnesota' new medical marijuana program? It's not so simple. The state is looking to register just two manufacturers to cultivate the drug for severely ill patients. They'll need to ...      

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Officials: Corporate Tax Case Could Cost Michigan

August 8, 2014 2:09 pm | Comments

A recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling in favor of IBM in a corporate tax case could cost the state more than $1 billion — an amount that could have a "budget-busting" impact, according to the state's attorney general.                   

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Judge Won't Block Utah 'Ag-Gag' Challenge

August 8, 2014 12:12 pm | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country's first lawsuit challenging an "ag-gag" law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.              

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Wholesale Inventories Rise In June

August 8, 2014 11:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they may anticipate slower growth ahead.                   

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W.Va. Wants $1.8M From Bankrupt Spill Co.

August 8, 2014 10:05 am | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                             

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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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