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China Tensions Bad For Business

June 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior U.S. official said Wednesday that Washington wants to expand economic ties with Asia, the world's fastest growing region, but warned that China's provocative conduct in the South China Sea raises tensions that are bad for business.   

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Chobani Laying Off Workers At Idaho Plant

June 4, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek yogurt maker Chobani is laying off workers at its south-central Idaho plant.                                                

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GMO Label Bill Passes Hurdle In N.Y.

June 4, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops is inching closer to a vote in the New York Legislature.                           

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Food Company To Bring 500 Jobs To S.C.

June 3, 2014 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company that makes El Monterey brand frozen Mexican foods will invest $55 million in a manufacturing plant in Florence County, creating 500 jobs.                             

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Little Public Action In China Cyberspying Case

June 3, 2014 1:09 pm | by Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The accused have yet to be placed on Interpol's public listing of international fugitives, and there is no evidence that China would even entertain a formal request by the U.S. to extradite them.               

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J.M. Smucker Raising Prices For Packaged Coffee

June 3, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The J.M. Smucker Co. said Tuesday that it raised prices for most of its packaged coffee, including products sold under the Dunkin' Donuts and Folgers brands.                           

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Reactions To Seattle’s Unprecedented Minimum Wage Hike

June 3, 2014 12:50 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that would give the city the highest minimum wage in the nation — $15 per hour. According to a study by the University of Washington there is debate over whether the wage increase is a smart way to reduce poverty.

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The Looming Whiskey Shortage

June 3, 2014 12:35 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Global whiskey sales are outpacing production by at least 2-to-1 prompting makers such as TennSouth Distillery's Clayton Cutler to work overtime to put up more barrels.                       

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Apple's New Products In 90 Seconds

June 3, 2014 12:31 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

At the WWDC 2014 developers conference Apple announced new operating systems for desktop and mobile along with apps for health monitoring and home control.                           

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ISM: Manufacturing On Target With Predictions

June 3, 2014 12:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 12th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 60th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

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Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud Servers: Who’s Got The Edge?

June 3, 2014 12:16 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

There’s broad agreement on the key benefits of virtual servers — scalability, improved resource utilization, reduced operational costs, instant provisioning, and the ability to quickly expand the server base. But there is no “one size fits all” consensus around private vs. public cloud servers.

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As Seattle Raises Minimum Wage; Will Others Follow?

June 3, 2014 10:29 am | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seattle activists celebrated a successful campaign to gradually increase the city's minimum wage to $15 by calling for a national movement to close the income and opportunity gaps between rich and poor.         

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Automakers See Big U.S. Sales Gains

June 3, 2014 10:01 am | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks — and a strong Memorial Day weekend — was expected to push U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.                               

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Hillshire Will Talk With Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride

June 3, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The board of Hillshire Brands has decided to hold separate talks with Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson Foods, as the two major meat processors engage in a bidding war for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs.         

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Former Medical Device Company Execs Convicted Of Fraud

June 3, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal jury has convicted the former top two executives of an Austin medical device company for taking part in a scheme that defrauded shareholders and investors out of more than $400 million.               

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Vietnamese Businesses Worry About Anti-China Violence

June 3, 2014 9:53 am | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Like thousands of other factory owners in Vietnam, Nguyen Van Phuc relies on China for the expertise and raw materials needed to keep his production line humming. But spiking tensions between Hanoi and Beijing over maritime territorial claims are threatening that relationship and his bottom line.

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Apple Expanding Into Health, Home With New Software

June 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.         

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Samsung To Sell First Tizen Phone In 3Q

June 3, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it will begin selling a smartphone that runs on its Tizen operating system in the third quarter of this year, advancing the company's plans to reduce dependence on Google's Android software.       

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Goodyear Scouting Sites For New Factory

June 2, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is starting to explore where to locate a new $500 million tire plant that it hopes to open within three years.                               

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China Manufacturing Continues To Grow

June 2, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing grew for the third consecutive month in May, suggesting a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is stabilizing, a state-sanctioned industry group said Sunday.                 

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