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Labor Group Seeks Rehiring Of Workers At 5 Wal-Mart Sites

April 20, 2015 3:43 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | Comments

A union is asking labor regulators to go to court to force Wal-Mart to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago.

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Kraft Mac & Cheese Ditching Artificial Coloring

April 20, 2015 3:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

There has been a huge shift away from processed foods in the U.S. and larger food producers are trying to follow their customers in that direction.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 87

April 20, 2015 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday.

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Robotics And Medical Marijuana — A Joint Venture

April 20, 2015 3:23 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

While Potbotics’ technology aims to solve everyday issues for medical marijuana users, the company’s CEO, David Goldstein, says they also have a bigger goal: making cannabis more accepted in the medical community.

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Google Shaking Up Search Recommendations On Smartphones

April 20, 2015 3:19 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Here are a few things to know about what's happening and why Google is doing it.

Top U.S. Exports Still Generate $67B Trade Deficit

April 20, 2015 2:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

According to the analysis by liberal think tank the Economic Policy Institute, the country's top 30 export categories combined for a trade deficit of more than $67 billion in 2013.

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BMW Recalling 91.8K Mini Coopers To Fix Air Bag Problem

April 20, 2015 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash.

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Almonds Get Roasted In Debate Over California Drought

April 20, 2015 10:46 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | Comments

Since each tiny nut requires a gallon of water, almonds are consuming 1.07 trillion gallons annually in the state, one-fifth more than California families use indoors.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 10:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The percentage of firms that said they raised pay in the January-March quarter soared to 45 percent, up from 31 percent in January and 35 percent a year earlier.

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Behind The Lens: 5 Iconic Photos Of The BP Oil Spill

April 20, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Look back on some of the most enduring photos of the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion of 2010.

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Automakers Debut New Car Models At Shanghai Auto Show

April 20, 2015 10:11 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Competition in China is intensifying as economic growth slows and more manufacturers pile into the world's biggest auto market by number of vehicles sold.

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Hyundai Supplier Disputes Safety Allegations, Blames Union

April 17, 2015 10:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Lear Corp. says safety allegations are part of efforts by United Auto Workers to pressure the company into accepting a union at the plant.

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Obama Defends Pursuit Of Sweeping Trade Pact

April 17, 2015 6:06 pm | by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press | Comments

Obama faces opposition from key labor and environmental groups that form much of the liberal base of his party. The rift puts Obama's would-be successor, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in an awkward spot as she launches a campaign to unite the party behind her.

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Recalls Of The Week: Popular Flu Vaccine Recalled For Reduced Efficacy

April 17, 2015 5:06 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The recall affects approximately 1.7 million doses, about 7 percent of the total flu vaccine doses distributed in by Glaxo in the U.S. this year.

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Raytheon Lands Two DoD Work Deals

April 17, 2015 3:31 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Comments

According to the DoD, the program is "for the development and demonstration of technologies to enable air-launched tactical range hypersonic boost glide systems."

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Judge Tosses Lumber Liquidators Lawsuit

April 17, 2015 3:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"Lumber Liquidators tried to silence us and the court saw through it," GCM Executive Director Denny Larson said in a statement. "The court recognized that we have a constitutional right to free speech."

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OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 17, 2015 3:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

OSHA said the company failed to provide employees with a safety plan despite storing up to 1,900 pounds of a flammable formaldehyde solution.

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Trade-Off: Deal Splits Democrats Between Business, Labor

April 17, 2015 3:20 pm | by Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writer | Comments

The mere announcement of a bipartisan accord on the legislation reignited a longtime feud among liberal and pro-business Democrats over the deal's potential to create or subtract American jobs.

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Heinz, French's Each Target The Other's Condiment Dominance

April 17, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The companies hope to capitalize on changing consumer palates, with French's touting a ketchup that's free of preservatives and artificial flavors and Heinz increasingly introducing new flavor options in its condiments.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

April 17, 2015 3:04 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

This week we have a winner who has set their sights on new factories and growth, while the loser has become the focus of statewide bans and legal resistance.

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