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Gender Pay Gap Bill Has Little Chance In Senate

April 9, 2014 8:20 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | Comments

Democrats all but dared Republicans on Tuesday to resist the legislation, which would make it harder for companies to pay women less than men for the same work and easier for aggrieved workers to sue employers.          

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GM Auto Workers In Kentucky Vote To Allow Strike

April 9, 2014 8:07 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns.                      

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NLRB Hears Union Complaints About Mercedes

April 9, 2014 8:01 am | Comments

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board is considering a complaint filed by union supporters at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, where labor has failed to gain a foothold despite past organizing attempts.         

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Toyota Recalling 6.4M Vehicles

April 9, 2014 7:52 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.                  

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Intel Cuts 1,500 Jobs In Costa Rica

April 9, 2014 7:49 am | Comments

Chipmaker Intel announced Tuesday that it is eliminating 1,500 jobs from its assembly and test operation in Costa Rica, a blow to a country that has used Intel's presence to build a high-tech sector.            

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N.C. Sides With Duke In Appeal Of Coal Ash Ruling

April 8, 2014 3:51 pm | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | Comments

North Carolina regulators are joining with Duke Energy in appealing a judge's ruling on cleaning up groundwater pollution leeching from the company's coal ash dumps.                 

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Swedish Court Orders Sony To Pay $46K

April 8, 2014 3:33 pm | Comments

Lund's district court on Tuesday ruled that Sony's mobile phone model W715, which includes and MP3 player, should be considered as equipment aimed at copying copyright protected material.             

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Teva Launches Generic Fish Oil Drug

April 8, 2014 3:31 pm | Comments

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said Tuesday it is now selling a generic version of the heart medication Lovaza, which is used to treat high triglyceride levels.                

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P&G Changes Palm Oil Policy After Protests

April 8, 2014 2:57 pm | Comments

The world's largest consumer products company said Tuesday that it has adopted a "no-deforestation" policy for its palm oil products.                      

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GM Investing $449M In Detroit-Area Factories

April 8, 2014 2:05 pm | Comments

General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car.                      

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Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:00 pm | Comments

The Center for Worker Freedom said in a release that it would be a "betrayal" of the workers at the Chattanooga plant to recognize the UAW even though they voted 712-626 against the union in February.             

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Biden Swears In Head Of Small Business Agency

April 8, 2014 12:18 pm | Comments

Contreras-Sweet says entrepreneurs are the difference-makers in the U.S. economy and that SBA plays a pivotal role in helping them overcome hurdles.                   

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Employers Advertise More Jobs In February

April 8, 2014 11:35 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead.                         

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FDA Defines Honey

April 8, 2014 11:01 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | Comments

New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."                      

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Electrical Device Helps Paralyzed Men Move Their Legs

April 8, 2014 10:27 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Comments

When the implanted device is activated, the men can wiggle their toes, lift their legs and stand briefly. But they aren't able to walk and still use wheelchairs to get around.              

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IMF Says World Economy Is Stronger But Faces Threats

April 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The global economy is strengthening but faces threats from super-low inflation and outflows of capital from emerging economies, the International Monetary Fund warns.                

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Mallinckrodt To Buy Questcor For About $5.6B

April 8, 2014 9:01 am | Comments

Mallinckrodt is buying California-based Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. for a combination of stock and cash valued at about $5.6 billion that will help to further diversify the Irish company's business.          

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EU Opens Case Over Russia's Pork Import Ban

April 8, 2014 8:57 am | Comments

The European Union is opening a case against Russia before the World Trade Organization to protest a pork import ban which it calls disproportionate and illegal.                 

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UN Climate Panel Chair Asking For 'Enlightenment'

April 8, 2014 8:36 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | Comments

Pachauri urged diplomats and scientists to show "enlightenment" as they began a weeklong meeting aimed at spelling out in plain terms what options the world has if it wants to prevent catastrophic global warming.        

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China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the $7.3 billion deal.              

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