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Michigan Man Among 1st To Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | Comments

The artificial implant in Pontz's left eye is part of a system developed by Second Sight that includes a small video camera and transmitter housed in a pair of glasses.                

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Feds Investigating Chevy Impala Brakes

April 23, 2014 8:38 am | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning.                     

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Climate Change Could Make Everest Even Riskier

April 23, 2014 8:28 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | Comments

What makes the situation so risky, scientists say, is the uncertainty itself. While scientists are sure things are changing, they're not entirely sure how.                  

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EPA Scales Back Biofuel Mandate

April 23, 2014 7:56 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.     

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Toyota Sells 2.58M Vehicles, Keeps Top Spot

April 23, 2014 7:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Toyota said it sold a record 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, putting the Japanese automaker ahead of GM at 2.42 million and Volkswagen at 2.4 million.                 

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E-Z-GO Recalling 30K Vehicles

April 22, 2014 3:13 pm | Comments

Small vehicle maker E-Z-GO is recalling about 30,000 golf cars, shuttles and off-road utility vehicles due to the potential risk for a crash.                     

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Job Market For College Grads Improves

April 22, 2014 2:23 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | Comments

But finding work — especially a dream job — remains tough for those just graduating. Many are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they'd expected or hoped for.           

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GM Restructuring Engineering After Recall

April 22, 2014 12:52 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.                     

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Novartis, Glaxo, Lilly In Multibillion-Dollar Deals

April 22, 2014 12:22 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | Comments

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally.       

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Frank Lloyd Wright Tower Opens To The Public

April 22, 2014 11:54 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | Comments

Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring.   

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U.S. Investigating Mexican Sugar Exports, Price

April 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than it has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.              

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FDA Plan Would Speed Medical Device Approvals

April 22, 2014 11:06 am | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled a proposal Tuesday designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions.            

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Unilever To Use Less Plastic Per Bottle

April 22, 2014 10:40 am | Comments

Unilever PLC, the producer of countless disposable containers that clutter the landfills of the world, says it is adopting technology that will cut the amount of plastic it needs to use in each bottle by 15 percent.      

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E-Cig Industry Waiting For Federal Regulation

April 22, 2014 10:14 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing, largely unregulated industry and its legions of customers.        

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Google Asks Nonprofits For Ideas To Use Glass

April 22, 2014 9:44 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | Comments

Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get a free pair of the glasses, a trip to Google for training and a $25,000 grant to help make their project a reality.              

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Tesla Plans Expansion In China

April 22, 2014 8:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Tesla delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.         

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CAT CEO's Compensation Cut To $12M

April 22, 2014 8:50 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | Comments

Caterpillar cut the value of its CEO's pay package by 32 percent to $12 million in 2013, a year when the heavy machinery maker saw its profits fall by a third, according to an Associated Press analysis.         

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Valeant, Ackman Make $45B Bid For Allergan

April 22, 2014 8:47 am | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45 billion.           

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Texas Search Group Sues FAA Over Drones

April 22, 2014 8:41 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | Comments

A group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work.           

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Why Are There Brand Names In N.Y. Standardized Tests?

April 22, 2014 8:26 am | by Karen Matthews, Associated Press | Comments

Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the tests more than a million students in grades 3 through 8 took this month, leading to speculation it was some form of product placement advertising.    

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No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | Comments

Despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change.

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