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Legal marijuana stirs hope in Illinois town

ALBION, Ill. (AP) — A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her.

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Saturday 10/03/2015
Legal marijuana stirs hope in Illinois town

ALBION, Ill. (AP) — A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her.

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Paycheck mystery: More jobs and fewer people but limp raises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies have posted a record number of job openings just when a diminished proportion of Americans are either working or looking for work.

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Friday 10/02/2015
An ailing global economy starts to weigh on US job market

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US regulator missed its best chance to catch VW cheating

CHICAGO (AP) — More than a decade ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency helped develop a technology that ultimately was used by an independent laboratory to catch Volkswagen's elaborate cheating on car emissions tests. But EPA used the technology primarily to test trucks rather than passenger cars because such heavy equipment was a much bigger polluter.

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Thursday 10/01/2015
Promise of 150 new jobs gets ConAgra Illinois tax breaks

CHICAGO (AP) — ConAgra Foods will receive an unspecified amount of Illinois tax credits in exchange for 150 new jobs in the state as it moves its headquarters from Omaha, Nebraska, to Chicago.

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Wednesday 09/30/2015
UAW workers reject Fiat Chrysler contract

DETROIT (AP) — United Auto Workers union members have rejected a proposed contract with Fiat Chrysler in a rebuke of union leaders who had praised the deal.

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Tuesday 09/29/2015
Ralph Lauren hands off CEO role to Old Navy executive

NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Lauren is handing off his title as CEO of the fashion and home decor empire that he founded nearly 50 years ago.

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Monday 09/28/2015
Alcoa splitting into 2 companies

NEW YORK — Alcoa will split into two independent companies, separating its bauxite, aluminum and casting operations from its engineering, transportation and global rolled products businesses.

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Sunday 09/27/2015
Brazil pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Brazil on Sunday became the first major developing country to pledge an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for an envisioned global pact against climate change.

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'Hotel Transylvania 2' bites off September record

LOS ANGELES (AP) — September has a new box office star in "Hotel Transylvania 2." The PG-rated animated pic earned a robust $47.5 million in its debut weekend, making it the top September opener of all time, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

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VW facing 'tsunami' of legal trouble in emissions scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who knew about the deception, when did they know it and who directed it?

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Saturday 09/26/2015
Analysis: US-China agreement on cybertheft a first step

WASHINGTON (AP) — China's pledge to help crack down on hackers who steal commercial secrets from the United States, even coming as it did amid a bit of arm-twisting by President Barack Obama, is a big breakthrough that could reduce U.S.-China tensions and end huge losses for American companies.

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'Modern-day pirate' Kim Dotcom's words now used against him

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Prosecutors say Kim Dotcom and his colleagues sometimes reveled in their role as "modern-day pirates," discussed how to thwart the justice system, and joked that a judge would one day realize how "evil" they were.

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Thursday 09/24/2015
Jobless rates fall in all Illinois metro areas in August; Q-C loses 4,200 jobs

CHICAGO (AP) — Unemployment rates in every Illinois' metropolitan areas declined in August for an 18th straight month but six metro areas lost jobs.

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Dealers, owners feel frustrated and betrayed by VW scandal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Rand bought his Volkswagen Passat last year for its clean emissions and high gas mileage. He liked the car so much he convinced his son and a friend to buy one, too.

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Wednesday 09/23/2015
Fury over drug price spikes rising, but increases aren't new

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hillary Clinton was among the patients and politicians who voiced outrage this week after it became public that the price of a 62-year-old drug used to treat a life-threatening infection had been raised by more than 5,000 percent.

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Tuesday 09/22/2015
VW CEO: 'I am endlessly sorry' brand is tarnished

DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen AG's smog-test scandal escalated Tuesday as the company acknowledged putting stealth software in millions of vehicles worldwide. The crisis has already cost VW more than 24 billion euros ($26 billion) in market value.

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Monday 09/21/2015
Women in Construction officers installed

Quad City Chapter 50 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) recently installed officers for the coming year.

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Saturday 09/19/2015
Packing for a Door County getaway? Don’t forget your appetite

Gotta hand it to the French explorers.  Not only did they map the inland waterways to reach today’s Door County peninsula in Wisconsin, they rhapsodized about the food they found.

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Friday 09/18/2015
Yuan devaluation could weigh on Chinese buyers of US homes

Shanshan Wu already owns three houses back home in China. But the 36-year-old has spent the last two months in Chicago shopping for a three-bedroom. She's got cash to spend - up to $400,000.

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Tuesday 09/15/2015
Hewlett-Packard plans to cut 30,000 jobs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. is preparing to shed up to another 30,000 jobs as the Silicon Valley pioneer launches into a new era in the same cost-cutting mode that has marred much of its recent history.

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HP to jettison up to 30,000 jobs as part of spinoff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard says its upcoming spinoff of its technology divisions focused on software, consulting and data analysis will eliminate up to 30,000 jobs.

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Subway: Co-founder of sandwich chain DeLuca dead at 67

NEW YORK (AP) — Subway co-founder Fred DeLuca, who turned a sandwich shop he started as a teenager into the world's largest fast-food chain, died Monday evening. He was 67.

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Friday 09/11/2015
UnityPoint at Home to host job fair

UnityPoint at Home, 106 19th Ave., Moline, will host an open house and job fair from 4 to 7 p.m., Sept. 24.

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Thursday 09/10/2015
Justice Dept. encourages prosecutions of corporate execs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the many challenges in bringing such cases, the Justice Department is renewing its commitment to prosecuting corporate executives for financial misdeeds, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates said Thursday.

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MRA to host safety training conference Oct. 2


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US stocks close higher as investors parse Fed's next move

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks in the U.S. bucked a global market slump Thursday as investors look ahead to a crucial Federal Reserve meeting next week on interest rates.

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Wednesday 09/09/2015
OSHA says Material Control Systems failed to follow machine safety procedures after man loses fingers

Material Control Systems Inc., doing business as MATCON, has been fined $63,000 after a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection found the company failed to follow safety practices that could have prevented a worker from losing fingers in a June 17 accident.

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Tuesday 09/08/2015
US investors return from Labor Day in a buying mood

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening solidly higher as traders come back from the Labor Day holiday.

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Tuesday 09/01/2015
CEOs' big news can cause ripple effects for company

NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is promising to be away from the job for just a "limited time" when she gives birth to twins later this year, but the development only adds to the uncertainty some investors have long had about Yahoo.

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