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U.S. Retail Sale Increase Led By Auto Spending

September 12, 2014 | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | Comments

Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Friday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 0.6 per cent compared with the prior month. Sales are up...

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Large Fire At Seattle Manufacturing Building Releases Chemicals

September 30, 2014 8:43 pm | by Manuel Valdes - Associated Press | Comments

A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, sending a large plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort to contain toxic chemicals. The fire at the building began shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday. Workers inside noticed smoke coming from a...

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Cutler Attacks LePage Over Great Northern Paper Deal

September 30, 2014 7:44 pm | by Patrick Whittle - Associated Press | Comments

Independent governor's race candidate Eliot Cutler accused Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday of leaving taxpayers on the hook for $15.9 million over seven years with a failed deal that aimed to save a pulp and paper manufacturer that recently filed for bankruptcy. Cutler said that LePage...

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A Look At CA's Larndmark Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags, following the lead of more than 100 California cities and counties. The fight between environmentalists and manufacturers is not over, as plastic bag makers vow to take their...

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Two Rivers Plant To Receive Cleanup

September 30, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The parent company of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. is cleaning up environmental pollutants left behind by a manufactured gas plant it operated. Integrys Energy Group, Inc. is seeking regulatory closure for the Two Rivers plant that ceased operations almost seven decades ago, HTR Media (...

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Lenovo Plans Expansion After IBM Acquisition

September 30, 2014 11:39 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday. The $2.1 billion acquisition is ...

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Bill Gates Ranked Richest American By Forbes

September 30, 2014 11:35 am | by Mae Anderson, Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates topped Forbes' latest list of the 400 richest Americans for the 21st straight year. The list, released on Monday, was largely unchanged for 2014 and showed ...          

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Changes Ordered At Los Alamos Over Waste Leak

September 30, 2014 11:31 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | Comments

Four Los Alamos National Laboratory workers have been reassigned and the Department of Energy has pulled nuclear waste cleanup operations from the contractor that runs the lab after a barrel of waste packed at Los Alamos leaked, officials said Friday. The leak contaminated ...

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JAC-Navistar Expands Production Capacity of High-Performance Engines

September 30, 2014 11:16 am | by India Automobile News | Comments

Navistar International Corporation has announced that Anhui Jianghuai Navistar Diesel Engine Co., Ltd. (JND), the company's joint venture with Chinese truck maker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC), has begun engine production at ...  

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Belarus, GM To Set Up Assembly Plant

September 30, 2014 11:01 am | by Russia & CIS Business and Financial Newswire | Comments

Belarus has reached an agreement with General Motors to set up an assembly plant in the country with the capacity to produce 20,000 to 25,000 cars per year, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said. "We agreed to create this capacity gradually, in accordance with agreements made with the Customs Union and EurAsEC to achieve at least 30% localization by ..."

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Factory Boom Cranks Up Economy, Leads To Strongest Growth In 2 Years

September 30, 2014 10:56 am | by Paul Davidson, USA TODAY | Comments

After years of factory closings shrank the nation's industrial footprint, a miniboom in plant construction is beginning to reverse the trend and fuel faster economic growth.A 12.6% surge in spending on ...        

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CA Governor Expected To OK Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 9:47 am | by Fenit Nirappil - Associated Press | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways. Senate Bill 270 is one of the last major bills pending Tuesday, the deadline ...

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China Approves iPhone 6 After Security Assurances

September 30, 2014 6:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

China's phone regulator said Tuesday it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start ... 

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China Manufacturing Growth In September Low

September 30, 2014 3:43 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

China's manufacturing activity in September held steady at the previous month's low level, indicating the world's second-largest economy faces risks to growth, a survey showed Tuesday. HSBC Corp.'s monthly purchasing managers' index stood at ...

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Man Accused In OK Beheading Is Awake

September 29, 2014 4:20 pm | by Tim Talley, The Associated Press | Comments

A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives Saturday. Alton Nolen, 30, remains...

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Airlines Look For An Edge With Weather-Radar Systems

September 29, 2014 4:13 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | Comments

As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them.Then, looking at the display on a new weather-radar system, the pilots...

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Consumer Spending Up In August

September 29, 2014 4:03 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year. Consumer spending in August rose 0.5 percent from the previous month after...

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Underwater Robot For Port Security

September 29, 2014 3:52 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform...

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Thousands Attend Willie Nelson And Neil Young Performance, Anti-Pipeline Gathering

September 29, 2014 3:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on...

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Brose Celebrates Opening New Michigan Plant

September 29, 2014 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Brose North America celebrated the grand opening of its new facility in New Boston, Michigan, today. The facility will support increased growth with Brose's domestically located OEM partners while making a positive impact on Michigan's economy. The opening...

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GE To Build Oil And Gas Plant In Jacksonville

September 29, 2014 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Gov. Rick Scott announced the new plant Friday. The company will...

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