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Bourbon Production Reaches Highest Point Since 1970s

August 18, 2014 | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation. To put it in bartenders' lingo: Distillers are putting up the tab for ... 

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Frack-Quakes Less Intense

August 19, 2014 12:13 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found. People feeling the ground move ...

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How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. Macy's book, "Factory Man," tells the story of ...

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Defense Grills Plant Manager In Salmonella Trial

August 19, 2014 11:31 am | by Kate Brumback - Associated Press | Comments

A defense attorney grilled a key prosecution witness in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak. Attorney Tom Bondurant on Tuesday questioned Samuel Lightsey, the former manager of a Peanut Corporation of America plant in ...

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HTC Makes Windows Version Of Flagship One Phone

August 19, 2014 11:31 am | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC said it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to ...

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Execution Drug Cost Quadruples For Texas Prisons

August 19, 2014 11:06 am | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | Comments

Texas is paying four times more for its execution drugs from a new supplier, putting it in line with a local consumer rate but well below the cost in at least one other death penalty state. The prison agency in the nation's busiest death penalty state paid ...

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What Happens When The Boomers Retire?

August 19, 2014 11:02 am | by Adecco | Comments

With baby boomers occupying the majority of skills trade positions and the younger generations steering clear of them, this infographic explores the question: who will replace these labor-intensive jobs?          

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Arkansas Freight Trains Collide

August 19, 2014 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two Union Pacific train crew members were killed and two others were injured when two freight trains collided head-on in northeast Arkansas early Sunday, Arkansas State Police said. The collision happened about ...      

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Ingersoll-Rand To Buy Cameron Unit

August 19, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ingersoll-Rand PLC said Monday that it has agreed to buy the centrifugal compression business from Cameron International Corp. for $850 million, as it looks to grow its compression business. The business makes equipment and parts that ...  

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Egypt Picks Consortium To Draft Suez Plan

August 19, 2014 10:30 am | by Maggie Michael - Associated Press | Comments

Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and the Persian Gulf companies Tuesday to develop the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and free trade zones, officials said. Egyptian authorities say ...

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North Dakota Oil Production Continues To Grow

August 19, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota's Industrial Commission says oil production numbers hit record highs again in the state in June as the state's booming oil industry continues to grow. A report released Friday shows oil drillers in the state produced an average of about ...

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Grand Opening Set For First Large Cellulosic Plant

August 19, 2014 10:05 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | Comments

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin in the next few months as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa, the nation's top ethanol producer, has two major cellulosic plants under construction ...

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U.S. Wants To Make Cars Talk To Each Other

August 19, 2014 10:01 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in ...         

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KPS Capital To Sell Waupaca Foundry For $1.3B

August 19, 2014 8:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Private equity firm KPS Capital Partners plans to sell automotive industry supplier Waupaca Foundry Inc. to Japan's Hitachi Metals Ltd. for $1.3 billion in cash. Waupaca makes gray and ductile iron castings and supplies the ...     

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Accident At Northern New York Plant Has Lethal Results

August 19, 2014 7:27 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say a 28-year-old man has been killed in an accident involving heavy equipment being moved at a northern New York manufacturing plant. Police in Watertown tell local media that employees of ,,,         

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Cianci Sauce Made No Money For Charity In 4 Years

August 18, 2014 1:35 pm | by Michelle R. Smith - Associated Press | Comments

Former Mayor Buddy Cianci's face beams from the label of his Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which also promises that sales are "Benefiting Providence School Children" and have helped hundreds of students attend college. But in recent years, no money from the sauce's sales has been donated to...

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China Accuses Mercedes Of Price Abuses

August 18, 2014 1:30 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

China's government said Monday it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of ...       

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Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds In Mid-Air

August 18, 2014 1:27 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher, Associated Press | Comments

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant ...

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Land Owners Join Child Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool

August 18, 2014 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The owners of polluted land in northern Ohio are joining a civil lawsuit filed by families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a cancer cluster. The group's lawsuit against Whirlpool Corp. links the company's ...     

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Senator Calls For Surveillance Policy Shift

August 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press | Comments

When it comes to searches by law enforcement, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden believes people's online communication should have just as much protection as their homes and property. In a speech Friday at a Portland tech conference ...     

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'62 Ferrari Sold At Auction For $34M

August 18, 2014 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO once owned by a famed racing driver and Olympic gold medalist has sold for $34.65 million. Thursday's sale at an auction in California during Monterey Car Week is ...          

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