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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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Cisco Awards Celestica EMS Partner Of The Year

October 1, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Celestica Inc., a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, today announced that it has received the 2014 EMS Partner of the Year Award from Cisco. This prestigious award recognizes Celestica for outstanding...

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New SunEdison Technology To Slash Cost Of Solar Power

October 1, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

SunEdison, Inc., a leading global solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, today announced that its most advanced polysilicon technology was now in production and on target to produce solar material at the...

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Truck Deals Help Boost U.S. Auto Sales In September

October 1, 2014 9:52 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

September sales won't be as hot as August, the best month in eight years, but industry analysts still expect them to be strong. Most predict sales rose around 10 percent from a year ago, fueled mainly by big discounts on pickup trucks. General Motors and...

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Mondelez To Build $90M Plant In Bahrain As Mideast, Africa Demand Grows

October 1, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Mondelez International, the world's leading maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum, and candy, today mannounced plans to invest $90 million in building a biscuit plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain to meet rising demand in the Middle East and Africa for beloved...

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Ford Adding 1,000 New Jobs In Canada

October 1, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ford Motor Co. of Canada says it is adding 1,000 jobs at its plant in Oakville, Ontario, by the end of this year to build the 2015 Ford Edge crossover SUV for the global market. The automaker said Wednesday it also expects to increase...

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Unlocking The Market For Electric Vehicles

October 1, 2014 9:28 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. One important piece of this jigsaw could be the increased commercialization of electric cars, which use carbon-free energy sources and...

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Fire At Manufacturing Building Releases Toxic 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 Landmark 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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