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House Dems Pressing Inquiry Into Tenn. VW Vote

April 17, 2014 | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | Comments

Two House Democrats are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Consumer Groups Win 'Company Doe' Appeal

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | Comments

We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.                  

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Tobacco Companies Make Payments Under Settlement

April 17, 2014 11:27 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | Comments

The nation's top cigarette makers say they've made annual payments as part of a settlement in which some companies are paying states billions for smoking-related health care costs.              

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Chinese Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 10:56 am | Comments

Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing, electronics and toys for export now face changing government priorities as a growth engine based on investment and trade loses its momentum after more than a decade of double-digit expansion.

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MAPI Business Outlook: Manufacturing Finds Its Footing

April 17, 2014 10:44 am | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | Comments

The survey’s composite index is a leading indicator for the manufacturing sector. The March 2014 composite index improved to 69 from 67 in the December 2013 survey — the fifth straight quarterly advance and the highest level since the March 2011 reading of 72.

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Applications For Jobless Aid Edge Up

April 17, 2014 10:32 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits last week rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000. Jobless claims continue to be near pre-recession levels despite the slight increase.           

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Researcher Fools Samsung's Fingerprint Check

April 17, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.                

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Fed: Growth Picks Up Across Most Of U.S.

April 17, 2014 8:28 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | Comments

A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.                   

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Tiny Nuclear Power Plants Hold Promise

April 17, 2014 8:22 am | Comments

Tiny nuclear power plants that could be far cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts could herald the future for an energy industry that has come under scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster.          

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Alfa Romeo Returning To U.S. Market In June

April 17, 2014 8:12 am | Comments

After a nearly 20-year absence, Italian car maker Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S. market. Alfa CEO Harald Wester says the company plans to ship around 100 4C sports cars to the U.S. this June.              

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1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 7:59 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.                       

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Ford Selling Lincoln Cars In China For First Time

April 17, 2014 7:54 am | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.                    

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Strike At Chinese Sneaker Factory Snowballs

April 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | Comments

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.      

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Toxic Water Overflows Waste Container At Fukushima Plant

April 16, 2014 3:52 pm | Comments

Around 1.1 tons of radioactive water overflowed Wednesday from a container during cleansing of a water treatment system at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.      

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ASML Sees Lull In Orders From Chip Makers

April 16, 2014 3:28 pm | Comments

ASML Holding NV, the largest supplier of equipment to computer chip makers such as Intel and Samsung, says it sees only incremental sales gains in the coming two quarters.              

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SpaceX Will Try To Launch Station Cargo Friday

April 16, 2014 3:02 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast for Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date.            

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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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