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Chinese Auto Brands Are Underdogs At Beijing Show

April 17, 2014 12:39 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Facing intense competition from General Motors, Volkswagen and other global rivals, local brands such as Chery, Geely and SUV maker Great Wall have suffered shrinking sales and market share this year while China's overall auto market has grown.  

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Consumer Groups Win 'Company Doe' Appeal

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.                  

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Tobacco Companies Make Payments Under Settlement

April 17, 2014 11:27 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The nation's top cigarette makers say they've made annual payments as part of a settlement in which some companies are paying states billions for smoking-related health care costs.              

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Chinese Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing, electronics and toys for export now face changing government priorities as a growth engine based on investment and trade loses its momentum after more than a decade of double-digit expansion.

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MAPI Business Outlook: Manufacturing Finds Its Footing

April 17, 2014 10:44 am | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The survey’s composite index is a leading indicator for the manufacturing sector. The March 2014 composite index improved to 69 from 67 in the December 2013 survey — the fifth straight quarterly advance and the highest level since the March 2011 reading of 72.

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Applications For Jobless Aid Edge Up

April 17, 2014 10:32 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.           

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Researcher Fools Samsung's Fingerprint Check

April 17, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.                

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VW Beetle Marks 65th Year Since Entry Into U.S.

April 17, 2014 8:43 am | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sixty-five years after the first Beetle arrived in the U.S. as a distinctively shaped, little car, the Beetle keeps attracting buyers with its more-spacious-than-ever, flexible interior, turbo engine power and modernized iconic look.       

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Fed: Growth Picks Up Across Most Of U.S.

April 17, 2014 8:28 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.                   

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Robot Sub Makes 1st Complete Search For Missing Plane

April 17, 2014 8:25 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water.      

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Tiny Nuclear Power Plants Hold Promise

April 17, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

Tiny nuclear power plants that could be far cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts could herald the future for an energy industry that has come under scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster.          

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Post Buying Michael Foods For $2.45B

April 17, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products.                  

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Alfa Romeo Returning To U.S. Market In June

April 17, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

After a nearly 20-year absence, Italian car maker Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S. market. Alfa CEO Harald Wester says the company plans to ship around 100 4C sports cars to the U.S. this June.              

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House Dems Pressing Inquiry Into Tenn. VW Vote

April 17, 2014 8:08 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two House Democrats are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 7:59 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.                       

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Ford Selling Lincoln Cars In China For First Time

April 17, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.                    

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Strike At Chinese Sneaker Factory Snowballs

April 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.      

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Toxic Water Overflows Waste Container At Fukushima Plant

April 16, 2014 3:52 pm | News | Comments

Around 1.1 tons of radioactive water overflowed Wednesday from a container during cleansing of a water treatment system at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.      

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ASML Sees Lull In Orders From Chip Makers

April 16, 2014 3:28 pm | News | Comments

ASML Holding NV, the largest supplier of equipment to computer chip makers such as Intel and Samsung, says it sees only incremental sales gains in the coming two quarters.              

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SpaceX Will Try To Launch Station Cargo Friday

April 16, 2014 3:02 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast for Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date.            

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