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Salmonella-tainted peanuts case in hands of jury

Jurors started deciding Friday whether the owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak recklessly sent known tainted products with the motto "just ship it" or was simply a scapegoat for large food companies that authorities didn't want to prosecute and subordinate managers who weren't prominent enough to shoulder the blame.

Chemical trade tries to shape regs

The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles — but also make it tougher for states to enact their own regulations.

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US threatened Yahoo with huge fine over emails

Yahoo's free email service could have cost the company an extra quarter of a million dollars a day.

Fitch downgrades RadioShack’s credit rating

RadioShack’s credit rating was downgraded by Fitch Ratings Friday, a day after the electronics retailer warned it may need to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

US budget deficit dips to $128.7 billion in August

The federal government ran a lower budget deficit this August than a year ago, remaining on track to record the lowest deficit for the entire year since 2008.

Applications for US unemployment rise to 315K

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the trend in benefit applications in the past month remained low.

Feds tighten rules on workplace death reporting

The federal government on Thursday moved to tighten its rules on the reporting of workplace deaths and severe injuries, declaring that employers beginning Jan. 1 must report any fatalities within eight hours of the accident or incident.

FDA approves weight-loss drug Contrave

U.S. regulators have greenlighted a new weight-loss drug called Contrave, the third in a string of approvals for prescription medications aimed at the nation's 78 million obese adults.

Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs.

FBI: 2013 attack on power grid easy to execute

An attack last year on Silicon Valley's power grid appears to have involved only one shooter and did not require access to technology or a high degree of training, an FBI official said.

Why fund managers are sad you're not on vacation

Most mutual funds are failing to keep up with broad market indexes again. It's a trend that's gone on for years, and the most recent struggles for portfolio managers may be due to their preference for companies that sell coffee, make travel reservations and otherwise focus on non-essentials for consumers.

Senator skips override attempt, wants full tax reform next year

State Sen. Bob Dixon passed on the chance Wednesday to win an override vote on tax law changes he sponsored last spring.

Missouri lawmakers OK farmers market tax break

Products sold at farmers markets will be exempt from sales taxes as a result of a veto override by the Missouri Legislature.

Wild Turkey maker reaches 60th year in business

Jimmy Russell strolled into a roomful of tourists, and soon the patriarch of Kentucky bourbon was surrounded by fans, posing for pictures and autographing bottles. The man behind Wild Turkey even took a turn as barkeeper, pouring samples of amber whiskey at the distillery’s visitors’ center.

T-Mobile to sell phones that call, text on Wi-Fi

T-Mobile will sell more than 100 smartphone models that tap into Wi-Fi networks to make phone calls and send texts when customers can’t connect to the wireless carrier’s cellular network.

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US airlines improve their on-time performance

At the height of this summer’s travel season, airline flights were more likely to arrive on time and less likely to be canceled than they were last year.

US stocks end higher as Apple shares jump

U.S. stocks broke two days of losses on Wednesday as a jump in Apple shares helped push indexes higher.

US consumer borrowing jumps by most in 3 years

U.S. consumers stepped up their borrowing in July, led by rising auto loans and higher credit card balances.

US job openings stay near 13-year high; hiring up

The number of U.S. job openings remained near the highest level in 13 years in July, and companies also stepped up hiring that month to the fastest pace in nearly seven years, two signs the job market is slowly healing.

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Honda introduces self-driving car

Honda shared its vision of the hands-free highway commute Tuesday, a car that can safely drive itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel.