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IMF Cuts Forecast For U.S. Economic Growth

July 23, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

The International Monetary Fund has shaved its forecast for U.S. economic growth this year, mostly because of a sharp contraction in the first quarter.                 

China Detains Meat Seller's Employees

July 23, 2014 12:04 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Five employees of a company accused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other restaurants in China were detained by police Wednesday after an official said illegal activity was an organized effort by the supplier.    

Inspection Finds Issues At GSK Vaccine Plant

July 23, 2014 10:10 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A recent Health Canada inspection of the country's only flu vaccine production plant identified 10 issues that need to be addressed, a report from the regulatory agency reveals.               

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Gun Law Forces Beretta Out Of Maryland

July 23, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

Beretta U.S.A. said company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.              

Miner Asks Congress For Help On Black Lung

July 23, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease urged Congress on Tuesday to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease.                     

Courts Split On Health Law Clash

July 23, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.         

Judge: State Senator Must Drop Hershey-Bar-Like Signs

July 23, 2014 7:38 am | News | Comments

The judge ruled that Maryland state Sen. Stephen Hershey Jr. must stop using his dark brown signs with white lettering for now. The company filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in June.            

EPA Mistakenly Tweets About Kim Kardashian

July 23, 2014 7:33 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution is getting a splash of pop culture, thanks to a flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.               

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Chinese Woman In Trade Secrets Case Released On Bond

July 22, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

A Chinese woman charged as part of what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is free on bond after a judge said she is a flight risk but can be closely monitored until trial.    

British Experts To Analyze Black Boxes From MH17

July 22, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Britain's prime minister says black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines plane downed in eastern Ukraine will be examined by U.K. air accident investigators.                        

Obama Commemorates 45th Anniversary Of Moon Landing

July 22, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.                         

Job Training Review Emphasizes Data, Employers

July 22, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

A six-month review of federal job-training programs concludes that the government needs to better engage U.S. employers, improve the use of data, and boost apprenticeship programs so workers can earn while they train.         

Lawmakers Face Long To-Do List

July 22, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

With just two weeks before lawmakers' sacrosanct August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items due to Capitol Hill partisanship, heightened by midterm elections and the Obama administration's conflicting signals to Congress.  

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Judge Says FDA Can't Use Tobacco Panel Menthol Report

July 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

While the agency has since conducted an independent review on the public health impact of menthol cigarettes, the ruling could hinder the FDA's ability to defend any future regulation of the minty smokes.             

China, Venezuela Deepen Economic Ties

July 22, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

Venezuela's socialist government has received roughly $50 billion from China in recent years, paying for the loans with petroleum exports.                   

Environmental Groups Sue Over Steel Plant's Air Emissions Permit

July 22, 2014 7:41 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state agency's decision to revise a Detroit-area steel plant's air quality permit will allow the facility to continue emitting too much pollution, environmental organizations said Monday in a lawsuit.               

EPA Proposal Could Block Alaska Mine

July 21, 2014 4:02 pm | by Becky Bohrer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement came as the EPA was being sued by Pebble Limited Partnership, the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine, and the state of Alaska for allegedly exceeding its authority.             

Rhode Island Tied For Worst Jobless Rate

July 21, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released unemployment rates for all 50 states on Friday. Rhode Island has had the highest rate in the U.S. for months.                           

NASA Renames Building For Armstrong

July 21, 2014 12:50 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Armstrong, who died in 2012, was remembered at a ceremony Monday as not only an astronaut, but also as an aerospace engineer, a test pilot and university professor.                    

Ag-Gag Laws Face Federal Court Challenges

July 21, 2014 9:25 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

GM Delayed Another Recall

July 21, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

General Motors knew of ignition switch problems with 6.7 million midsize and large cars for 11 years, yet it failed to warn customers with a recall until last month, according to documents posted by federal safety regulators.            

RJ Reynolds To Fight $23.6B Verdict

July 21, 2014 8:19 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 2 U.S. cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer.                       

Obama Opening Eastern Seaboard To Oil Exploration

July 21, 2014 8:04 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact as well as the long-term implications of oil development.              

FDA Warns Against Caffeine Powder After Death

July 21, 2014 7:59 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick and Ann Sanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.                     

FBI Issues Warning For Unapproved Air Conditioner Coolant

July 21, 2014 7:48 am | by Pamela Sampson, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the U.S. tries to phase out a polluting refrigerant that is used in millions of air conditioners across the country, unapproved coolant is popping up on the market — with potentially dangerous consequences.         

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