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2 Developers Sue Hawaii County To Halt GMO Law

November 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press | Comments

Two leading developers of genetically engineered corn have sued Maui County to stop a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.                            

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Price Of Oil Takes Another Sharp Drop

November 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | Comments

The price of oil took another sharp tumble Thursday as it appeared increasingly unlikely that OPEC members will cut production to reverse a plunge that is entering its fifth month.                    

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GM: 13 Families Notified In Ignition Switch Deaths

November 14, 2014 12:22 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors says it now has contacted the families of the original 13 people whose deaths GM linked to faulty small-car ignition switches to tell them about its compensation program.                   

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October Budget Deficit Rises To $121.7B

November 14, 2014 12:16 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | Comments

The federal government started the new budget year with a higher deficit in October than a year ago, but the increase reflected quirks in the calendar rather than a deterioration in the government's budget outlook.           

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Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                        

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U.S. Business Inventories Up 0.3 Percent

November 14, 2014 10:19 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles at a faster rate in September, though sales remained weak.                         

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Berkshire Buying Duracell From P&G

November 14, 2014 10:08 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | Comments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.                

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Monsanto To Pay Wheat Farmers

November 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Sarah Skidmore Sell, AP Business Writer | Comments

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat.                 

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Baker Hughes In Deal Talks With Halliburton

November 14, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oilfield-services provider Baker Hughes Inc. said Thursday it is talks with rival Halliburton Co. about a potential merger.                      

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Drivers Should Get Used To Cheap Gas

November 14, 2014 9:58 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.                            

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise On Autos, Online Purchases

November 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending.                    

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Lockheed Martin's Orion Spacecraft Completes Journey

November 12, 2014 5:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Lockheed Martin built Orion spacecraft has completed its 22-mile, 6-hour journey from the Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center, to launch pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Orion is now another step closer to its first test flight on...

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Anchorage Adds Defendants In Port Lawsuit

November 12, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Anchorage's lawsuit seeking compensation from companies that worked on the city's troubled port expansion has been expanded to include a fourth firm. The municipality last week in U.S. District Court added GeoEngineers Inc. to the lawsuit that includes Integrated Concepts...

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NC Employers Avoid More Federal Unemployment Taxes

November 12, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

North Carolina businesses won't have to pay even higher unemployment insurance taxes beyond what's required while the state still owes the federal government money to pay jobless benefits during the Great Recession. The U.S. Department of Labor told Gov. Pat McCrory this...

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House To Vote On Keystone, Landrieu Seeks Action

November 12, 2014 4:56 pm | by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press | Comments

Call it a high-stakes political poker game, with the Louisiana Senate seat the big prize. Three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, facing an uphill fight to hold her seat in a Dec. 6 runoff, on Wednesday called for vote on approving the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL...

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Purdue Economist: Turkeys Will be More Expensive This Year

November 12, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Purdue University agricultural economist says Thanksgiving food shoppers will find adequate supplies of turkeys but possibly at higher prices, depending on the type and whether grocers pass increases on to customers. Corinne Alexander tracks food...

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Retail Imports Set Records Despite Continuing Port Issues

November 12, 2014 4:46 pm | by J. Craig Shearman, National Retail Federation | Comments

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to slow down this month following record levels seen in September and October as retailers rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of a possible shutdown of West Coast ports, according to...

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Smart Home Tech No Longer Just A Luxury

November 12, 2014 4:33 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Initiatives like the Quirky + GE partnership between GE and the collaborative invention company Quirky are making  smart light bulbs, air conditioners and home monitors more affordable for any homeowner or renter. Today, Quirky + GE launched Wink.com, a place where...

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Biden Pitches Infrastructure Improvements

November 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday renewed his call for improvements to the nation's infrastructure, particularly at ports, saying failure to make upgrades will mean missed opportunities for economic growth. "This is a passion of mine," Biden told several hundred people attending the annual...

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5 Questions About The Historic Comet Landing

November 12, 2014 4:07 pm | by Frank Jordans, The Associated Pres | Comments

The European Space Agency has achieved a historic first — landing a washing machine-sized spacecraft on a comet speeding through our solar system at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph). Here are answers to five questions about the space mission...  

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