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Textron Cutting 750 Cessna, Beechcraft Jobs

April 23, 2014 12:15 pm | Comments

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.                      

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Labor Department Cuts Coal Dust Levels

April 23, 2014 12:05 pm | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.                  

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Skechers Sprints To Multi-Year Highs After Boston Marathon

April 23, 2014 11:43 am | Comments

Skechers is trading near four-year highs during a banner week in which the winner of the Boston Marathon crossed the finish line wearing its shoes and a day later, it blew away Wall Street's expectations for the first quarter.     

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Canada To Phase Out Old Rail Tank Cars

April 23, 2014 11:14 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | Comments

Canada says it will require a three-year phase out of the type of tank cars involved in the Quebec train derailment last summer that killed 47.                  

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Tech Boom Creates New Wrinkles For Wrigley Field

April 23, 2014 10:36 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press | Comments

The plan has stirred plenty of opposition, with many wondering if modern electronics will rob some of the mystique that surrounds the venerable ballpark, which hosted its first game on April 23, 1914 — 100 years ago.                 

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Google, SunPower Team Up For Solar Energy Program

April 23, 2014 10:09 am | Comments

Google Inc. and SunPower Corp. are planning to invest up to $250 million to lease solar panels to homeowners, the companies said on Wednesday.                   

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Survey: China Manufacturing Continues To Shrink

April 23, 2014 9:34 am | Comments

Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, though the decline was slightly slower, a survey said, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing.           

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Motorola Mobility Opens Chicago Headquarters

April 23, 2014 8:47 am | Comments

Smartphone maker Motorola Mobility has moved its headquarters and 2,000 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                        

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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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Faster Production Brings Boeing $965M Profit

April 23, 2014 8:19 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | Comments

In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes rolled off the company's assembly lines. That increased rate — in part — helped Boeing post a $965 million profit in the first quarter.           

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Michigan Man Among 1st To Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 8:08 am | 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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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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GM, Lawyers Fighting Over Bankruptcy Protections

April 23, 2014 7:52 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | Comments

Lawyers who are suing GM say it shouldn't get the usual benefits of bankruptcy protection because it concealed a deadly ignition switch problem when the court was making bankruptcy decisions.              

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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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