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GMO Ban Advances In L.A.

October 22, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants. City News Service says the City Council voted Tuesday to draft a ban that would cover seeds, fruit trees and plants. That would include varieties of corn and other crops that are designed to...

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Passenger Jets Push Boeing Profit To 18%

October 22, 2014 9:56 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | Comments

Robust demand for commercial jets and an increased pace of production helped Boeing earn $1.36 billion in the third quarter, up 18 percent from the same period last year. On a per-share basis, the Chicago-based company said it had a profit of... 

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Government Ups Faulty Air Bag Warning To Nearly 8M Vehicles

October 22, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday put out a new list of vehicles, increasing the number from...

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Haynes Acquires Leveltek Processing

October 22, 2014 9:22 am | by Haynes International, Inc. | Comments

Haynes International, Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of technologically advanced high-performance alloys, reported today that it had entered into a definitive agreement to purchase those assets and operations of Leveltek Processing, LLC located in...

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KY Manufacturing Company Expands, Adds 30 Jobs

October 22, 2014 4:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A western Kentucky company is expanding and expects to add 30 jobs in Daviess County. Castlen Welding & Manufacturing LLC was started in 2008. The company makes material-handling equipment for the fertilizer and grain industries and erects and installs the equipment...

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Jury Rules Against TX Company In Guardrail Case

October 21, 2014 6:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A jury has decided that a Texas company should pay $175 million in a case involving the safety of thousands of guardrails on highways around the country. A whistleblower charged that the company changed the design of caps at each end of the guardrails a decade ago that made...

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U.S. Oversight Increased At Millstone Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is stepping up oversight at Connecticut's nuclear plant following a safety violation, the federal agency said Tuesday. The Millstone Power Station in Waterford was cited for failure to address repetitive problems with a pump that is part of a...

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Staples Investigating Possible Data Breach

October 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue. The office supplies retailer said Tuesday that if it turns up any data discrepancies during its investigation, customers won't be responsible for fraudulent activity on their...

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Bourbon Makes Mark On KY Economy

October 21, 2014 2:13 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said Tuesday. By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31 — the most distilleries in Kentucky since...

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Unemployment Rates Fall In 31 States

October 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections. Tuesday's data may quickly find its way into late campaign ads and stump speeches. The economy is the top concern for...

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Cigarette Maker CEO To Receive Millions After Merger

October 21, 2014 1:40 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | Comments

Regulatory filings show the CEO of Newport cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. is set to receive more than $44 million following the planned $25 billion merger with Reynolds American Inc. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday, Murray Kessler is one of...

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EU Antitrust Watchdog Eyes DuPont, Honeywell

October 21, 2014 1:35 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | Comments

The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative venture to supply the only automotive air-conditioning refrigerant that meets European standards for greenhouse gas emissions, regulators said Tuesday. DuPont, based in Wilmington, Delaware, and...

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New Tool Will Help Find 'Gaps' In Global Crop Production

October 21, 2014 11:46 am | by Grant Schulte, The Associated Press | Comments

A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments, and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential...

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McDonald's Faces Problems In The U.S.

October 21, 2014 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Times are getting leaner for McDonald's. McDonald's said Tuesday a key sales figure declined 3.3 percent in the U.S., marking the fourth straight quarter of declines for the world's biggest hamburger chain. By contrast, Chipotle reported a 19.8 percent increase in sales at...

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Slovakia Bans Exports Of Drinking Water

October 21, 2014 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Slovak Parliament has voted to approve a constitutional amendment that bans exports of water from Slovakia. Some opposition lawmakers joined the ruling leftist Smer-Social Democracy in a 102-5 vote on Tuesday to approve the move that bans exports of drinking and mineral...

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Kimberly-Clark To Cut Up To 1,300 Jobs

October 21, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient. The consumer products company has 58,000 workers worldwide, according to its website. Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Tuesday that it anticipates...

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Chevron Invests $20M In PA Workforce

October 21, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chevron Corp. is spending $20 million to launch its Appalachia Partnership Initiative, which is meant to improve schools and workforce development in 27 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. Chevron is working with...

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GE, Honda Join To Power Legacy Cessna Jets

October 21, 2014 9:44 am | by GE Reports | Comments

GE engineers helped inventor and aircraft designer Bill Lear create the business jet market in the 1960s, when they converted a fighter jet engine into propulsion for the first Learjet. But the company has been largely absent from the space since...

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Tragic Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories

October 21, 2014 9:35 am | by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for gross safety and labor violations, and seized 33,427 sewing machines that were not up to code. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name...

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SKF To Expand, Relocate Facility

October 21, 2014 5:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A company that makes industrial lubrication systems could receive state and local incentives to build a new manufacturing plant in the St. Louis area. Sweden-based SKF plans to relocate its facility from St. Louis city to St. Louis County while retaining 388 jobs and creating an additional 73...

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