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Holes In Tank Likely Factor In W.Va. Chemical Leak

July 17, 2014 3:25 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Holes in a tank's floor and roof likely helped cause a January chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply for days, federal investigators said.               

UK Employment Rate Reaches Record High

July 17, 2014 11:31 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proportion of workers in Britain has hit its joint-highest level since records began more than 40 years ago, official figures showed in a further sign of the strength of the U.K. economic recovery.          

Recall Hearing Targets GM Legal Staff

July 17, 2014 11:04 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.                

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Japanese Nuclear Plant Deemed Safe

July 17, 2014 10:57 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety requirements, clearing a major hurdle toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules.          

Chrysler Can Fix Recalled Jeeps Faster Than Expected

July 17, 2014 10:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The development could end a spat between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has accused Chrysler of moving too slowly to repair about 2.7 million SUVs in a recall announced more than a year ago.   

Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 302K

July 17, 2014 10:29 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, a steady decline that suggests a strengthening job market.                    

Ghosn: Japan's Goal For Female Bosses Goal Too Ambitious

July 17, 2014 8:23 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nissan's chief executive, who has long made a point of promoting women to management positions, said the Japanese prime minister's plan to boost female bosses to 30 percent by 2020 is too ambitious.                

Health Officials Say Food Label Changes Aren't Enough

July 17, 2014 8:15 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them.                  

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Obama Aims To Stop Corporate Overseas Tax Moves

July 17, 2014 8:06 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration is urging Congress to act swiftly to curtail a growing trend in which U.S. corporations reorganize overseas with foreign entities in part to trim their tax bills back home.            

Pickup In China's Growth Reassuring But No Game Changer

July 17, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

A pickup in China's growth has fortified confidence the world's second-biggest economy is stabilizing as the past decade's explosive growth decelerates to the 7 percent range.                  

Obama Says Climate Change A Direct Threat To Cities

July 17, 2014 7:48 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change.         

Fed Survey Sees Improved Economy

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A Federal Reserve survey indicates the economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending.                    

Fight Continues Over Obama Lawsuit

July 16, 2014 2:04 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats mocked the legal action as a purely political exercise that is doomed to failure but aimed at appeasing conservatives who want to see Obama impeached.                     

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Higher Gas Costs Push Up Producer Prices

July 16, 2014 1:23 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index, which measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer, rose 0.4 percent last month. The increase follows a 0.2 percent decrease in May.          

Factory Output Rises For 5th Straight Month

July 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The modest gain underscored manufacturing's role in helping return the economy to growth after a grim first quarter.                       

Tenn. Officials Downplay Union Debate At Volkswagen

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.    

Delaware Expanding Research Tax Credit

July 16, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Small business owners in Delaware are eligible for an expanded tax credit with the signing of a new law by Gov. Jack Markell.                        

Feds, Widows Settle Mine File Lawsuit

July 16, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the deaths of two miners in a 2006 fire at an underground coal mine in West Virginia, according to court documents.       

NY Investing $135M In Nanotech Initiative With GE

July 16, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

New York state is teaming with General Electric and other companies on a $500 million initiative to spur research and development in miniature electronic components.                

Yellen: Economy Needs Fed Support

July 15, 2014 1:25 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.         

Sausage Makers Fined $460M For Price-Fixing

July 15, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has imposed fines totaling $460 million on 21 sausage manufacturers for colluding on prices.                       

F-35 Jet Gets Limited OK After Fire

July 15, 2014 9:09 am | by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy and Air Force have approved a limited return to flight for their new-generation F-35 fighter jet, keeping alive the possibility that it could make an appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week.           

Railroad Crashes Prompt New Safety Rules

July 14, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A string of fiery train derailments across North America has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the U.S. government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.          

Audit Finds Failed Sugar Mill Cost Taxpayers $71M

July 14, 2014 12:10 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana lost more than $71 million in taxpayer money on a failed sugar cane mill in Jefferson Davis Parish that was sold for scrap late last year, according to an audit released Monday.           

WTO Sides With China And India In U.S. Trade Disputes

July 14, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

The world trade body has ruled against the United States in two disputes with India and China, telling the U.S. government it must abide by international rules.                            

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