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Only 2 Midsize SUVs Get Top Crash Test Rating

April 8, 2014 7:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.                   

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'Lemon Law King' Sues Tesla

April 8, 2014 7:48 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | Comments

Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit against Tesla, accusing the company of refusing to give a Franklin doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000.         

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Takeda, Eli Lilly Hit With $9B Penalty

April 8, 2014 7:43 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

A U.S. jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer.                   

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Blackstone Buying Gates For $5.4B

April 7, 2014 3:49 pm | Comments

Private equity firm The Blackstone Group will buy industrial products maker Gates Corp. for $5.4 billion, according to Gates' owners.                      

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Sherwin-Williams Ends Deal For Comex's Mexican Unit

April 7, 2014 3:28 pm | Comments

The Cleveland-based paint company had agreed in 2012 to buy Consorcio Comex in a deal valued at $2.34 billion, including debt, to increase its presence in certain markets.              

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U.S. Consumer Borrowing Up In February

April 7, 2014 3:08 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Consumers increased their borrowing in February on autos and student loans by the largest amount in a year. But for a second straight month, they cut back on their credit card use.              

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Ford Recalling Nearly 435K Vehicles

April 7, 2014 2:08 pm | Comments

Ford says the subframes can rust, allowing a control arm to separate and hamper steering control. Ford is aware of one crash but no injuries linked to the problem.                  

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Obama Says Students Need Help Getting 'In-Demand Jobs'

April 7, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | Comments

President Obama announced more than $100 million in grants for two dozen schools across the country that are helping students gain work experience for what he called the "in-demand jobs of the future."         

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GSK Probes Iraq Bribery Claims

April 7, 2014 12:57 pm | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline said Monday it has launched an investigation into allegations it bribed doctors in Iraq, as the pharmaceuticals giant remains embroiled in a major corruption scandal in China.            

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Southeast Manufacturing Reaches Highest Point Since 2012

April 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by Kennesaw State University | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast increased for March, registering its highest reading since 2012, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. The Southeast PMI increased 5.5 points to 61.5, while the National PMI increased 0.5 points to 53.7. 

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Michigan Boosting Efforts For Auto Industry Jobs

April 7, 2014 12:13 pm | Comments

Michigan plans to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration and skilled trades, officials said.            

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Airlines: Cost To Factor In Tracking Standards

April 7, 2014 11:44 am | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | Comments

The director of the International Air Transport Association said Monday he wants to see a globally agreed upon tracking standard in place by the end of this year, which also takes into consideration the cost on airlines.      

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Boeing: U.S. OKs Sale Of Plane Parts To Iran

April 7, 2014 11:11 am | Comments

A Boeing spokesman said that the parts were needed to ensure safe flight, but he declined to describe them further or put a dollar amount on them.                   

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Supreme Court Rejects Early Appeal Of Surveillance Ruling

April 7, 2014 10:23 am | Comments

The Supreme Court has declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records.              

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Holcim, Lafarge Create Swiss Merger

April 7, 2014 9:50 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | Comments

Two of the world's largest suppliers of building materials announced plans for a "merger of equals" Monday that would create an industry giant with a combined 32 billion euros ($44 billion) in annual revenues.         

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How Much Has The Flight 370 Search Cost?

April 7, 2014 8:45 am | by Leon Drouin-Keith, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. bill alone has run into the millions of dollars, and some countries such as China have devoted more ships and planes to the effort than the Americans have.                 

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Decoding Germs' DNA To Fight Food Poisoning

April 7, 2014 8:37 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses.                

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Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 8:15 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | Comments

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption and a flimsy infrastructure.    

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Evenflo Recalling 1.3M Child Seat Buckles

April 7, 2014 8:11 am | Comments

The buckle may become stuck in a latched position, making it difficult to remove a child from the seat. This could prove critical to a child's safety in the case of an emergency.              

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Samsung Adds Anti-Theft Safeguards To Smartphones

April 7, 2014 8:00 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

The world's largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy 5 S.           

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