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Lawsuits Aim To Stop Work At Mines In 3 States

July 7, 2014 10:02 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.        

1 Hurt In Georgia Chemical Leak

July 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in northeast Georgia say an industrial area on the city of Dalton's northwest side has been deemed safe after a chemical leak injured one person and prompted road closures.              

Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 8:26 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

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Steel Pipe Imports Put American Jobs At Risk

July 7, 2014 8:20 am | by John D. Oravecz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Nearly 600,000 American jobs, including 35,300 in Pennsylvania, could be at risk from surging imports, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute.                

Backlash Stirs Against Foreign Worker Visas

July 7, 2014 8:11 am | by Laura Wides-Munoz and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid calls for expanding the nation's H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees.  

California Chicken Tied To Salmonella Strain Recalled

July 7, 2014 8:06 am | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | News | Comments

Foster Farms has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said.               

Gov. Bentley To Visit Whiskey Barrel Production Plant

July 7, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to visit a plant where workers will build oak barrels that will hold Jack Daniel's Whiskey.                     

ADM To Buy Flavoring Maker For About $3B

July 7, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Agribusiness giant ADM will pay about $3 billion to buy the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors, which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.               

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Germany's Merkel Slams Industrial Spying During China Visit

July 7, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

Chinese enterprises and Chinese-born employees of companies abroad have been implicated in a growing number of attempts to steal technology and other commercial secrets.               

Group: Coal Ash Dumps Polluting 3 N.C. Rivers

July 2, 2014 2:54 pm | by Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

An environmental group says it's planning to use the federal Clean Water Act to sue Duke Energy over coal ash pollution at three plants along North Carolina rivers.                 

Safety Agency: Chrysler Recall Too Slow

July 2, 2014 2:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The agency is asking the company why it's taking so long to recall as many as 2.5 million older Grand Cherokees and Libertys with gas tanks mounted behind the rear axles. The tanks could rupture in rear collisions, leak fuel and cause fires.           

Chinese Woman Charged In U.S. Trade Secrets Case

July 2, 2014 2:40 pm | News | Comments

U.S. agents have charged a Chinese woman in a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies.                        

Small Business Owners Learn Recession Lessons

July 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Many owners whose businesses failed during the recession have taken the plunge again, restarting or opening new businesses, but they're not repeating past mistakes. Their companies are leaner, smarter and less risky.              

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Last Cigar Factory In Tampa Fights For Survival

July 2, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

There used to be more than 150 cigar factories here, but that was a long time ago. Political events that include the U.S. trade restrictions with Cuba caused some to close. Changing public attitudes about tobacco caused others to lock their doors for good.

First Bill Reacting To West Explosion Meets GOP Pushback

July 2, 2014 11:10 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception from Republicans who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.

Factory Orders Slide In May

July 2, 2014 10:41 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department reports that orders fell 0.5 percent, pulled down by falling demand for military and transportation equipment. That followed increases of 0.8 percent in April, 1.5 percent in March and 1.7 percent in February.             

New Ford CEO Gets $5.25M Pay Package

July 2, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

New Ford CEO Mark Fields will get a pay package worth $5.25 million this year as he takes over for the retiring Alan Mulally, but he'll get stock options that could drive that figure much higher.           

Roche Buying Seragon For Up To $1.7B

July 2, 2014 9:28 am | News | Comments

Roche Holding AG says its U.S.-based biotech company Genentech has agreed to acquire American biotechnology firm Seragon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for up to $1.725 billion in cash and contingency payments.              

Georgia Lawsuit Still Causing Headaches For GM

July 2, 2014 9:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Litigation over the 29-year-old's death was settled by GM last October, but not before it laid bare how the company allowed millions of small cars to stay on the road more than a decade after GM discovered ignition switch flaws linked to at least 13 fatalities.

Tyson Moves Forward With Hillshire Deal

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. for $7.75 billion, two days after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs was let out of its agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods.           

Iowa Plant Makes First Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol

July 2, 2014 8:39 am | News | Comments

A farmer-owned ethanol plant in northwest Iowa is the first commercial facility in the state to make the fuel additive from something other than corn starch.                

World's Largest Plant Factory With LED Lighting Built In Quake-Hit City

July 2, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

The world's largest plant factory using light-emitting diode lighting has been built in a northeastern Japanese city devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the factory operator said.          

AB InBev Acquires Czech 'Budweiser' Brewer

July 2, 2014 8:34 am | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, has acquired a small Czech brewery, Samson, in an effort to strengthen its claim to the trademark name of Budweiser.              

Food Makers Bet U.S. Wants Drinkable Food

July 2, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

The demand for portable, easy-to-eat foods has been growing, and Hormel isn't the only company hoping that can include liquid food that comes in the convenience bottle.                

Brynwood Partners Buying Juicy Juice From Nestle USA

July 2, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

Brynwood Partners says it plans to leverage the 37-year-old brand's nutritional attributes and make changes to its packaging. Juicy Juice is in the 100 percent juice category.             

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