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Republican EPA Chiefs Tell Congress To Act On Climate

June 18, 2014 12:29 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top environmental regulators for four Republican presidents told Congress on Wednesday what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming.               

Lawmakers Press GM On Report Findings

June 18, 2014 10:59 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

House members say they still have many questions about General Motors' delayed recall of small cars, including whether the company's culture has truly changed.                

Lockheed Martin Lands $35.7M Army Deal

June 18, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

The Pentagon says most of the work will be done at Lockheed Martin's Electronics Park campus in the Syracuse suburb of Salina. Additional work on the contract will be done at Lockheed Martin plants in Oldsmar, Florida, and Moorestown, New Jersey. 


Sustainable Energy Hub For Asia Launched

June 18, 2014 10:03 am | by Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy demand is soaring in the region on the back of economic and population growth, and the ADB said that by 2035 developing countries in the region will account for 56 percent of global energy use, up from 34 percent in 2010.            

Va. Resumes Chicken Exports To China

June 18, 2014 9:24 am | News | Comments

China blocked Virginia chicken exports in 2007 after a case of pathogenic avian influenza was reported on a single farm in Virginia.                     

Current Account Deficit Jumps From 14-Year Low

June 18, 2014 8:48 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A drop in U.S. exports and lower income from overseas investments drove the U.S. current account deficit to its highest level in 18 months.                   

Obama, Inventors Check Out Electric Giraffe At 'Maker Faire'

June 18, 2014 8:33 am | by Stacy Anderson, Associated Press | News | Comments

As part of a weeks-long emphasis on the economy, Obama was promoting the use of new tools and techniques to start up new businesses, to boost manufacturing and to strengthen science and math education.        

Dr. Oz Scolded At Weight Loss Scam Hearing

June 18, 2014 8:18 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz is offering to help "drain the swamp" of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight.        


Texas Has Beef With Chipotle Buying Australian Meat

June 18, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

The Texas agriculture commissioner aired a beef with Chipotle Mexican Grill and wants to talk with its founder after the company decided to import grass-fed beef from Australia.              

Consumers Aren't Shying Away From GM

June 18, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM has retained buyers' confidence by appearing to act quickly on safety matters — even though GM's internal investigation into the small-car switch recall showed that employees took years to realize they had a safety problem on their hands.    

Obama Says He Will Build Up Manufacturing

June 18, 2014 8:06 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Surrounded by an array of gadgets and high tech equipment, Obama pledged to boost American manufacturing and to give entrepreneurs greater access to production tools that would help bring their ideas to fruition.         

Lawmakers In California Reject Sugary Drink Warnings

June 18, 2014 7:55 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks was effectively killed Tuesday.                   

Russia: New Pipeline Will Go Ahead Despite Setback

June 17, 2014 3:53 pm | News | Comments

Russia's foreign minister insists the EU's order to halt construction work on the South Stream pipeline in Bulgaria is only a brief delay in the project planned to bypass Ukraine as a transit country and consolidate Russia's energy grip in Europe. 


China Blocks Alliance Of World's Biggest Shippers

June 17, 2014 3:24 pm | by Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

A plan by the world's three biggest container shipping operators to create an alliance has been scrapped after Chinese authorities blocked it.                     

Ben & Jerry's Helping Vermont In GMO-Labeling Fight

June 17, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

Iconic Vermont ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced a name change for a popular flavor to help raise money to defend a new state law that requires the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.         

China, UK Sign Business Deals

June 17, 2014 12:09 pm | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese premier Li Keqiang oversaw Tuesday the signing of trade deals with Britain worth billions during an official visit that kicked off with a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.            

Consumer Prices Rise In May

June 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices increased in May by the largest amount in more than a year as the cost of food and gasoline showed big gains and airline fares jumped by the largest amount in 15 years.           

Smithsonian Honoring Ralph Lauren For Fashion, Flag

June 17, 2014 10:38 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lauren is known for designs that have defined American fashion and for his patriotic uniforms for U.S. Olympic athletes.                       

4 Months Into Recall, Only 7 Pct. Of GM Cars Fixed

June 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

More than four months after General Motors started recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.               

Clinton Says Keystone Not A Proxy For Canada Relations

June 17, 2014 9:26 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the proposed Keystone XL pipeline shouldn't be seen as a proxy for the relationship between Canada and the United States.            

3 Companies Announce 7,100 Jobs In S.C.

June 17, 2014 8:41 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three companies announced plans Monday to bring a combined 7,100 jobs to South Carolina's Interstate 77 corridor, though many of those jobs are moving just minutes south from Charlotte, North Carolina.           

Tech Giants Want To Halt Overseas Snooping By U.S.

June 17, 2014 8:29 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.             

FDA Prepping Plan To Reduce Salt

June 17, 2014 8:24 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.             

Tesla Vote In N.J. Moves To Senate

June 17, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

The New Jersey Assembly unanimously approved a bill that would allow zero-emission carmakers to sell directly to consumers in that state.                         

Wyo. OSHA Did Not Inspect Sugar Plant Before Death

June 17, 2014 8:12 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has no record of ever inspecting Western Sugar Cooperative's beet-processing plant in Lovell before a woman died there in an industrial accident this year.          

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