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Judge Says FDA Can't Use Tobacco Panel Menthol Report

July 22, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration can't use an advisory panel's 2011 report on menthol cigarettes because its members had conflicts of interest, a federal judge ruled Monday.                      

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Unilever Closing Ice Cream Factory In Florida

July 22, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer-goods giant Unilever is closing an ice cream factory in the Tampa Bay area and laying off roughly 210 people.                                     

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GM Delayed Another Recall

July 21, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | 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.       

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Allergan To Cut 1,500 Jobs

July 21, 2014 1:15 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox maker Allergan will cut about 13 percent of its workforce, or roughly 1,500 employees, as part of a push to become more efficient and productive.                             

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RJ Reynolds To Fight $23.6B Verdict

July 21, 2014 1:12 pm | 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.                     

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Private Jet Recovery From Recession Uneven

July 21, 2014 1:09 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The improving market has not been universal. Signs of strength have been in large-cabin planes, while sales of small and mid-sized planes stall.                               

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McDonald's, KFC Face Food Scandal In China

July 21, 2014 1:07 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.                           

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3D Printing For Aircraft Industry Takes Off

July 21, 2014 12:44 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

European aerospace manufacturer Airbus says its pioneering use of a 3D printed titanium bracket in its A350-XWB aircraft could herald a new future for aerospace production.                       

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A Desert Drive In The Porsche Macan

July 21, 2014 12:35 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

William Welch heads to Willow Springs Raceway to test drive the new Porsche Macan.                                                

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IaaS: Delivering Enterprise-Level Support To Manufacturers

July 21, 2014 12:24 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers look to secure a competitive advantage in their specific markets, implementing a virtual infrastructure is often a step in the right direction.                         

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Severstal Selling U.S. Plants For $2.3B

July 21, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion.                             

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FBI Issues Warning For Unapproved Air Conditioner Coolant

July 21, 2014 9:34 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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Subaru Sued Over Dangerous Auto Defect

July 21, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit alleges violations of the state's consumer fraud act, breach of express warranty and other violations. It says piston rings in the vehicles wear out quickly and some vehicles burn excessive amounts of oil.         

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Judge: Chinese Drywall Maker In Contempt

July 21, 2014 9:27 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ordered a China-based maker of drywall to pay $55,000 in penalties and attorney fees — and to stop doing business in the United States — as punishment for refusing to take part in court proceedings over harm allegedly done by the product.

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Boeing Procurement Officer Pleads Guilty To Fraud

July 21, 2014 9:24 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former procurement officer for The Boeing Company in St. Louis pleaded guilty Friday to federal fraud charges for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts sold to Boeing.             

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U.S. Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment

July 21, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new survey says rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter.                                           

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Axed Nokia X Phones Suffered From Lack Of Identity

July 18, 2014 1:21 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Nokia X phones were devised to be a gateway to the company's pricier Lumia phones. The operating system that runs the phones was to blend the core technology found in Google's Android system with services and designs found in Microsoft's own Windows Phone system.

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'Frankenfood,' Chlorine Chicken Hurt U.S.-EU Trade Talks

July 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified "Frankenfood" invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade agreement between the United States and the 28-country bloc.

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Airbus Joining Virginia Applied Research Center

July 18, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The center in Prince George County is a consortium of industry, academia and government. It focuses on manufacturing breakthroughs and advancements in applied research.                       

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States Sue 5-Hour Energy Over Ads

July 18, 2014 1:10 pm | by Steven Dubois, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two attorneys general from the Northwest have sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.                         

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