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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.              

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.

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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.

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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.                

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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.             

IKEA Expanding Solar Power System In Maryland

July 2, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

Installation of the new solar panels began in the fall of 2013. The project has nearly doubled in size since then.                         

California Raises Minimum Wage

July 2, 2014 7:45 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.                          

Chinese Manufacturing Grows For 1st Time In 6 Months

July 2, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Weakness in manufacturing has posed a challenge to Chinese leaders' efforts to nurture growth based on domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment.                

Chemical Blast At GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 2, 2014 7:38 am | News | Comments

A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.                     

Auto Sales Maintain Healthy Pace In June

July 1, 2014 2:18 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto sales slowed slightly in June but still maintained a healthy pace despite a record-setting string of safety recalls at General Motors and a slowdown in truck sales at Ford.                  

U.S. Manufacturing Expands More Slowly In June

July 1, 2014 12:33 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its manufacturing index dipped to 55.3 in June from 55.4 in May. Any reading higher than 50 signals that manufacturing is growing.                  

New Recalls Raise Questions About Auto Parts Safety

July 1, 2014 10:43 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.                   

Philips To Separate LED Parts Arm

July 1, 2014 8:31 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips NV said Monday it plans to spin off its fast-growing LED parts business into a separate company, to win new customers and to capitalize as manufacturers integrate LED lights into an ever-widening array of products.         

Pinnacle Foods Lets Hillshire Out Of Deal

July 1, 2014 8:06 am | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods said it has scrapped its sale to Hillshire Brands, freeing Hillshire to be acquired by Tyson Foods.                               

Mass. Lawmakers Pass Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Bill

July 1, 2014 7:58 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill stemmed from a nationwide meningitis outbreak that authorities blamed on a tainted steroid produced by the now-closed New England Compounding Center in Framingham. The outbreak resulted in 64 deaths and hundreds of illnesses.    

Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations At Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 7:53 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                 

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