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Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles To Air Bag Recall Tally

October 20, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall posed Monday by U.S. safety regulators covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla and Matrix, the 2002 to...

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General Motors' Legal Chief Stepping Down

October 20, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year. GM says in a statement that the 66-year-old Millikin will stay on until a replacement is on the...

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HP Delivers Security To Academic Institutions

October 20, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

HP today announced that academic institutions including Loyola University Chicago, California's Irvine Unified School District, and Illinois' Collinsville Community Unit School District 10 are leveraging HP TippingPoint network security solutions to help prevent...

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Federal Reserve Chair Greatly Concerned By Widening Inequality

October 20, 2014 10:05 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.The growing gap between the rich and everyone else narrowed slightly during...

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Survey: Pay Remains Stagnant Despite Strong U.S. Hiring

October 20, 2014 9:57 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months. A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found...

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iRobot Receives $7.6M Order From U.S. Navy

October 20, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

iRobot Corp., the leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, has received a $7.6 million order from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. The order calls for upgrades and spares for 46 Man Transportable...

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GE Capital Provides $30M To Venture Technologies

October 20, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business has provided Venture Technologies, a newly formed combination of three value-added IT resellers (VARs), with a $30 million senior secured working capital loan in order to support the company’s...

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Will Apple Pay Be The Next iRevolution?

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet. The service, which goes...

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State May Ban Tesla Selling Practices

October 20, 2014 9:11 am | by USA Today | Comments

Tesla is facing a ban that would prevent the electric car maker from directly selling its vehicles in the state of Michigan. A bill was introduced in May that sought to prevent franchised dealers from imposing random fees on customers...

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IBM To Pay $1.5B to Shed its Costly Chip Division

October 20, 2014 8:35 am | by Michelle Chapman - AP Business Writer | Comments

IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. IBM Director of Research John E. Kelly III said in an interview Monday that handing over control of the semiconductor operations will allow it to grow faster, while IBM continues to invest in and expand its...

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Crews Begin Demolition of Packard Plant in Detroit

October 17, 2014 5:35 pm | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | Comments

Demolition started Friday on a section of the massive and crumbling Detroit Packard auto factory complex — a symbol of the city's blight and past manufacturing glory. A high reach demolition excavator was used to rip out reinforced concrete exterior wall and floor supports. Resembling a large...

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Alibaba's Alipay Offers Mobile Wallet For U.S. Sites

October 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press | Comments

China's half billion online shoppers will soon have an easier way to shop in the U.S. Alipay, the payments unit recently spun off from Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba, is launching a service for U.S. retailers called ePass. Alipay has already been working in beta...

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Morito Acquires Scovill Fasteners, Expands U.S. Operations

October 17, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Morito Co., Ltd., a leading global supplier of apparel fasteners, components for automobiles and cameras, and other niche manufactured products, today announced the acquisition of Scovill Fasteners. Morito’s President, Takaki Ichitsubo, said, “Scovill Fasteners is an important part our...

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Gas Natural Sells Its Wyoming Energy West Assets

October 17, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Energy West Inc. is selling its subsidiary, Energy West Wyoming Inc. to Black Hills Corp. for $17 million. Energy West parent company Gas Natural Inc. announced the sale of the natural gas pipelines, real estate, equipment, and contracts on Tuesday. The transaction...

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NY Yogurt Plant Laying Off 32

October 17, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

An upstate New York yogurt company says it's laying off more than 30 workers, an announcement made just as yogurt became the state's official snack. Local media report that Bogota, Colombia-based Alpina Foods said Wednesday it will lay off 32 employees at its plant in the town of...

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GE 3Q Profit Rises On Oil, Aviation Strength

October 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | Comments

General Electric's third quarter profit rose 11 percent on strong performance from its aviation and oil and gas divisions. GE reported Friday net income of $3.54 billion for the quarter on sales of $36.17 billion. Last year during the same period the company earned $3.19 billion...

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Biofuels Plant Harbinger Of Renewable Fuel Future

October 17, 2014 12:06 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | Comments

A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. The $500 million biorefinery in Hugoton is one of only three commercially sized plants in the country that use only plant waste, such as...

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Hershey Wins Lawsuit Against Colorado Pot Company

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Colorado marijuana company must recall or destroy its pot-infused edibles that resemble iconic Hershey treats as part of a settlement agreement with the chocolate company. The Hershey Co. filed a federal trademark lawsuit in June against...

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Chevron Adds New Drillship To Deepwater Operations

October 17, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chevron Corporation today announced that the Pacific Sharav, a deepwater drillship built to Chevron's specifications, has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico to work under a five-year contract with Pacific Drilling. The Pacific Sharav is an upgraded Dual-Load-Path...

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LEAP Jet Engine Fuels Strong Orders For GE

October 17, 2014 9:29 am | by GE Reports | Comments

GE Aviation has been flight testing jet engines in Victorville in the Mojave Desert for more than a decade. But never one like the LEAP, the world’s first jet engine with 3D-printed fuel nozzles and parts from advanced ceramic materials. The engine, which was developed by...

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