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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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Putin Orders Import Limits Over Sanctions

August 6, 2014 4:50 pm | by Jim Heintz, Associated Press | Comments

President Vladimir Putin has ordered government agencies to restrict imports of food and agricultural products from the countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.         

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Pfizer To Pay $35M To Settle Drug Marketing Case

August 6, 2014 4:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Pfizer will pay $35 million to resolve allegations by 42 states that its subsidiary, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, illegally marketed an organ transplant drug for unapproved uses.             

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Mine Officials Will Allow Full Access To Inspectors

August 6, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A North Dakota company has agreed to let federal inspectors have unfettered access to a sand and gravel mine that is the subject of workplace safety complaints.                   

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FDA Agent Says Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' To Produce Food

August 6, 2014 3:56 pm | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | Comments

A federal food safety inspector who investigated a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut plant says the company was "not fit to produce products for human consumption."                 

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Report Faults Chevron In Deadly Gas Well Fire

August 6, 2014 3:54 pm | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | Comments

Environmental investigators faulted Chevron Inc. site managers in a report released Wednesday on a natural gas well fire in western Pennsylvania that killed one worker.                      

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Trade Gap Narrows To Lowest Level In 5 Months

August 6, 2014 3:50 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in June to its lowest level since January as imports dropped sharply, led by lower shipments of cellphones, petroleum, and cars.                  

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Is The U.S. Headed In The Right Direction?

August 6, 2014 3:45 pm | by Jennifer Agiesta, Associated Press | Comments

Three-quarters of Americans doubt the federal government will address the important problems facing the country this year, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.                   

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Dutch Contractor Selected For Malaysian Jet Search

August 6, 2014 3:31 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | Comments

A Dutch contractor will conduct the underwater search for the Malaysian airliner that crashed off the Australian coast in March, Australia announced Wednesday.                 

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Obama Seeks Executive Ways To Limit Tax Inversions

August 6, 2014 3:23 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | Comments

Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from ...                          

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Anheuser-Busch To Import Montejo From Mexico

August 6, 2014 3:07 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | Comments

Hoping to tap the fast-growing Hispanic market, Anheuser-Busch is importing its first Mexican lager to the U.S.                           

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