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Apple CEO Challenges Home State On LGBT Rights

October 28, 2014 1:35 pm | by Jay Reeves, The Associated Press | Comments

Alabama was too slow to guarantee the rights of minorities during the civil rights era, and now it's too slow to ensure the rights of people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday in challenging his home state to do better. Cook's comments came as he,...

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Softbank Ready To Splash $10B On India Investments

October 28, 2014 1:35 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Japanese telecommunications company Softbank Corp. said Tuesday it bought stakes in two Indian technology companies and could splash $10 billion on investments in the country over the next decade. Softbank, which sells the iPhone in Japan, is investing $627 million and becoming the biggest...

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Electric Car Drivers Trading Gas For Solar Power

October 28, 2014 1:35 pm | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The panels aren't cheap,...

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VA Stops Use Of Guardrail Maker's Products

October 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Virginia transportation officials plan to remove installations of a common highway-guardrail system amid safety concerns. The Virginia Department of Transportation also plans to seek reimbursement for the removal cost from the system's manufacturer, Dallas-based Trinity Industry, VDOT spokeswoman...

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GM To Move Volt Part Production To U.S.

October 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors is moving production of a critical component in the Chevrolet Volt from Mexico to Michigan. GM CEO Mary Barra is expected to announce the plan later Tuesday in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. The automaker will build the electric drive unit for the...

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Fiat Chrysler Replaces Quality Chief

October 28, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Fiat Chrysler's longtime quality chief is leaving the company a day after its brands performed poorly in the annual Consumer Reports reliability rankings. Fiat Chrysler says Senior Vice President of Quality Doug Betts will pursue other interests. He will be replaced by Mark Chernoby, who will head quality for the global...

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U.S. Stocks Rising As Investors Await Fed Meeting

October 28, 2014 10:37 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | Comments

U.S. stocks rose early Tuesday as investors weighed earnings reports from several companies and awaited news from a two-day U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that ends tomorrow. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 66 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,884 as of 9:55 a.m. The Standard &...

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North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 9:58 am | by Robotic Industries Association | Comments

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group. A total of 21,235 robots valued at $1.2 billion were ordered from North American companies in the first nine months of...

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Energy Stocks Fall As Oil Slips Below $80 A Barrel

October 28, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The price of oil dipped below $80 a barrel Monday, after a major investment bank lowered its forecast for crude prices this year and next. Goldman Sachs analysts now expect U.S. oil prices to be roughly $75 a barrel in 2015, down from their previous forecast of $90 a barrel. Goldman also sees Brent...

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3D Scanning Technology Used For Historical Artifacts

October 28, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Artec Group, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional 3D scanners, and Threeding.com, a fast-growing 3D printing marketplace and file-sharing website, have announced a cooperation agreement for the 3D scanning of historical artifacts. Under the agreement, Threeding will use...

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SpaceX Capsule Splashes Down In Pacific Ocean

October 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A SpaceX capsule loaded with space station experiments is back on Earth. The unmanned Dragon capsule parachuted into the Pacific, west of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, on Saturday. It departed the International Space Station earlier in the day with 3,300 pounds of gear...

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Now In Aisle 3 At Lowe's: Robots

October 28, 2014 9:31 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail. Four robots are being tested an Orchard Supply Hardware store owned by Lowe's Companies Inc. in San...

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell 1.3% In September

October 28, 2014 9:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months. The declines, however, were likely a temporary soft patch that will likely be followed by a resumption of stronger...

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Fertilizer Maker Files Bankruptcy

October 27, 2014 6:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Fertilizer manufacturer Mississippi Phosphates Corp. is seeking protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code. The Mississippi Press reported the 200-employee company makes diammonium phosphate fertilizer at a plant in east Jackson County. The company says it...

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Battery Maker Touts Big Prospect For NC Jobs

October 27, 2014 6:35 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press | Comments

A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently. North Carolina officials on Tuesday are expected to hear...

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S&P 500 Ends With Slight Loss On Oil, Bad News From Europe

October 27, 2014 5:02 pm | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | Comments

Lower oil prices and more gloomy economic news from Europe tugged the U.S. stock market to a slight loss on Monday. Companies whose fortunes tend to follow global economic growth fared the worst, as shares of oil companies and material producers dropped 2 percent. Those industries that depend on the...

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Buffett's Adviser Picked To Lead Pampered Chef

October 27, 2014 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

One of Warren Buffett's key assistants is taking on a new role at Berkshire Hathaway as CEO of the conglomerate's Pampered Chef subsidiary. Berkshire said Monday 30-year-old Tracy Britt Cool will become Pampered Chef's chief executive next month and work with Doris Christopher, who founded the...

Floating Gas Terminal Anchors In Lithuania

October 27, 2014 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A giant floating natural gas terminal arrived Monday in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda as the Baltic country tries to further reduce its reliance on energy supplies from Russia. The South Korean-built 300-meter (984-foot) vessel — the size of an aircraft carrier — will be able to provide 4...

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Ford Motor Company Fund Sends WWII Veterans To D.C.

October 27, 2014 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

In advance of Veteran’s Day, Ford Motor Company Fund will sponsor Honor Flight Chicago to transport nearly 100 Chicago area veterans to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Ninety-one World War II veterans will travel to the nation’s capital to experience the national war memorials dedicated in their...

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Voters Weigh Expansion Of Bottle Deposit Law

October 27, 2014 2:30 pm | by Bob Salsberg, The Associated Press | Comments

Both sides in the debate over Question 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot say much has changed in the more than three decades since Massachusetts first passed a bottled deposit law. Proponents of the measure that would expand the scope of the law say a variety of beverages that were largely unheard-of on store...

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