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Security Contractor Says Hit By Computer Breach

August 6, 2014 7:31 pm | by Stephen Braun - Associated Press | News | Comments

Two government agencies said Wednesday they limited operations with a major government contractor that oversees hundreds of thousands of security clearance background checks for civilian and military workers after the contractor reported it had been ...

Putin Orders Import Limits Over Sanctions

August 6, 2014 4:50 pm | by Jim Heintz, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Vladimir Putin has ordered government agencies to restrict imports of food and agricultural products from the countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine.         

Report Faults Chevron In Deadly Gas Well Fire

August 6, 2014 3:54 pm | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental investigators faulted Chevron Inc. site managers in a report released Wednesday on a natural gas well fire in western Pennsylvania that killed one worker.                      

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Is The U.S. Headed In The Right Direction?

August 6, 2014 3:45 pm | by Jennifer Agiesta, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three-quarters of Americans doubt the federal government will address the important problems facing the country this year, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.                   

Dutch Contractor Selected For Malaysian Jet Search

August 6, 2014 3:31 pm | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch contractor will conduct the underwater search for the Malaysian airliner that crashed off the Australian coast in March, Australia announced Wednesday.                 

Obama Seeks Executive Ways To Limit Tax Inversions

August 6, 2014 3:23 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from ...                          

China: No Evidence Spoiled Meat Made It To Japan

August 6, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

An ongoing investigation into the food safety scandal that hit several popular fast food chains last month has uncovered no evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, Chinese food safety regulators told their Japanese counterparts.     

Rosetta Space Probe Catches Up With Comet

August 6, 2014 8:01 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a journey of 4 billion miles, Europe's unmanned Rosetta probe reached its destination Wednesday, a milestone in mankind's first attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet.             

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Bill On West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 6, 2014 7:47 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The prospect of Texas strengthening fire safety codes or enforcing tougher standards on companies with volatile quantities of hazardous chemicals has become murky 16 months after the disaster.              

China Probes Automakers, Tech Firms

August 6, 2014 7:41 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.           

Obama: U.S. Companies To Invest $14B In Africa

August 5, 2014 11:53 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Tuesday announced $14 billion in commitments from U.S. businesses to invest in Africa, as representatives from nearly 100 American and African companies gathered in Washington to discuss ways to ...     

Coal Struggle Endures With Mine Layoff Plans

August 5, 2014 9:03 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal giant Alpha Natural Resources revealed plans to shed 1,100 workers at 11 West Virginia surface mines and related operations by mid-October. In Boone, where about 2,400 people work in coal mining, two mines employing 462 people could be shuttered.

'Gluten-Free' Labeling Standards Kick In

August 5, 2014 8:14 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting this week, "gluten-free" labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten-free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.          

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Vendors, Military Buyers Meet At N.C. Trade Show

August 5, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

About 100 North Carolina businesses are showing off their robots, bomb-sniffing dogs and shooting-range construction skills at one of the state's largest gathering of military contractors.              

Autos And Construction Fuel U.S. Job Growth

August 5, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

In a month when auto plants usually shut down to retool for next year's models, the sector added a solid 14,600 jobs, according to the government's employment report.                 

China To Ban All Coal Use In Beijing

August 5, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.                 

U.S. Gov't Had Role In Ebola Drug Given To Aid Workers

August 5, 2014 7:46 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. government and the military.

Report: Nigeria, Shell Not Cleaning Oil Pollution

August 5, 2014 7:43 am | by Maram Mazen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday.           

Agency Says Confusion Caused Missed Nuke Dump Checks

August 5, 2014 7:35 am | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators say a federal agency charged with reviewing the safety of mines failed to conduct required inspections at the government's troubled underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.               

Japan, China Eye Meeting Over Food Safety

August 4, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month following a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said Monday.

Taiwan Explosions Probe Focuses On Petrochem Firm

August 4, 2014 12:10 pm | by Gladys Tsai and Ralph Jennings, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in Taiwan's second-biggest city zeroed in on a petrochemical firm Saturday in their investigation into a series of gas pipeline explosions that killed 28 people and injured 286, as anger rose over the handling of the disaster.                      

USDA Overhauls 50-Year-Old Poultry Inspections

August 4, 2014 11:29 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.             

Gov't: GM Owner Site Was Faulty

August 4, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

The government and General Motors are warning vehicle owners that GM's recall Web site may not be listing all the cars that need recall repairs.                   

Colorado Considers New Look For Edible Pot

August 4, 2014 10:06 am | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.           

Hyundai Recalling More Than 419K Vehicles

August 4, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The biggest of three recalls posted by U.S. safety regulators is of 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2001-2006 to replace front coil springs that can rust and crack in cold-weather states. The springs can fracture and make contact with a tire, potentially causing a crash.

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