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Mentors Help Minority Companies Accelerate Growth

April 16, 2014 2:10 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | Comments

Minority business accelerators have launched in a handful of metropolitan areas in recent years as local businesses, chambers of commerce and economic development groups work to create more jobs and improve the quality of life in their regions.   

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Texas Blast Victims Pick Closure Over Answers

April 16, 2014 12:46 pm | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | Comments

Key questions remain unanswered, including what sparked the fire and what firefighters knew about the chemicals inside the plant.                       

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Johnson Controls Buys Air Distribution Business

April 16, 2014 12:29 pm | Comments

Johnson Controls, which makes both automotive and building systems, said Wednesday that it's buying Air Distribution Technologies from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for about $1.6 billion.              

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What Impact Will The Recall Have On GM's Sales?

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a mishandled recall of small cars, though it's unclear when and how severe. Any decline would hurt the automaker's market share and potentially its credit rating.        

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High Oil Prices Are Actually Good For Airlines

April 16, 2014 11:30 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | Comments

High oil prices forced the major airlines to do business differently. They grounded older, gas-guzzling jets. Then they charged extra for checking baggage and raised other fees. More passengers were packed into planes and mergers helped push airfares higher.

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GE Selects Louisville For First ‘Micro-Factory’

April 16, 2014 11:22 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The micro-factory philosophy aims to bring an open platform and co-creation to the appliances market so that the company can create the products that consumers want at an accelerated pace. FirstBuild will utilize the local talent in engineering and advanced manufacturing to build a network of on-site community members.

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Toyota Camry Gets A Makeover

April 16, 2014 11:00 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

The redesigned 2015 Camry is longer and wider, with a more aggressive design. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.                    

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MAPI: Output Shows 'Moderate Growth' Future For Manufacturing

April 16, 2014 10:59 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | Comments

The Federal Reserve reported that total industrial production (consisting of manufacturing, mining, and utilities) grew 0.7 percent during March. Manufacturing, which accounts for the lion’s share of total industrial production, grew a healthy 0.5 percent.

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Chrysler To Mark Indiana Factory's Opening

April 16, 2014 10:33 am | Comments

Chrysler is set to mark the opening of a new transmission plant in central Indiana with a ceremony next month including the company's top executive.                    

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U.S. Factory Output Extends Solid Gains

April 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. factory output rose further last month, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather had caused production to tumble in January. Manufacturers produced more furniture, clothing, chemicals and aerospace products.       

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Chevy Bringing Tiny Trax To U.S., China

April 16, 2014 8:38 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

GM thinks young buyers and downsizing Baby Boomers who like the Chevy Equinox and the Honda CR-V will go even smaller, as long as they can still sit up high.                

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Atari Getting Into Real-Money Gambling

April 16, 2014 8:28 am | Comments

Atari, the maker of classic video games like "Pong" and "Centipede," is about to make things a bit more interesting for players.                        

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Wireless Industry To Add Anti-Theft Tools

April 16, 2014 8:24 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that the biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.          

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If Filed, Plane Lawsuits May Not Get Heard In U.S.

April 16, 2014 8:20 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | Comments

Some lawyers have argued that the families could still sue in America if they alleged the plane's U.S. manufacturer, the Boeing Co., was somehow responsible for the disaster.              

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U.S. Indicts 3 Bridgestone Execs For Price-Fixing

April 16, 2014 8:12 am | Comments

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted one current and two former Japanese executives of Bridgestone Corp. for their involvement in automobile parts price-fixing in the United States, the Department of Justice announced.       

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U.S. Won't Name China A Currency Manipulator

April 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | Comments

The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it.                  

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Obama, Biden Announcing $600M For Job Grants

April 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | Comments

President Obama and Vice President Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.      

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Judge Blocks Mass. Ban On Zohydro

April 16, 2014 7:56 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | Comments

The judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday after pharmaceutical company, Zogenix, argued in a lawsuit that the ban issued by Gov. Deval Patrick in March is unconstitutional.                

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GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 7:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.           

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Ford Will Offer 50th Anniversary Mustang

April 16, 2014 7:47 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year the Mustang first went on sale.                          

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