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Robotic Sub Aborts First Mission

April 15, 2014 7:58 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean.        

Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 7:44 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.               

Japan Mulls Reducing Corporate R&D Tax Breaks

April 14, 2014 3:21 pm | News | Comments

The government is considering reducing tax breaks for corporate research and development if the corporate income tax rate is cut as sought by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.               

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Report Says Glaxo Bribed Doctors In Poland

April 14, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

The British drug company faces corruption probes in China and Iraq. It said in a statement it is cooperating with investigators and that one employee had been disciplined in 2011 for inappropriate actions.              

World Trade Expected To Improve Next Year

April 14, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization predicts global commerce will grow 5.3 percent next year, an improvement that would bring it back in line with its 1993-2013 historic average.               

Milan Furniture Show: Invention Loves Collaboration

April 14, 2014 10:06 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events yield the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy's most demanding chefs and sculptures that double as furniture.

Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 8:37 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.           

Peugeot Boss Targets Return To Profit By 2018

April 14, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it aims to return to profitability by 2018 by reducing the number of models and relying on its recent rescue by Chinese investors and the French state.           

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Oil Pipe Leak Taints Water In China

April 14, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

An oil pipe leak caused excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene in a major Chinese city's water supply, prompting warnings against drinking from the tap and sending residents to queue up to buy bottled water.           

Robotic Submarine Deployed In Search For Missing Plane

April 14, 2014 8:02 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday after failing to pick up any signals from the missing Malaysian airliner's black boxes for six days, the leader of the search effort said.     

Panel: Cost Of Fighting Global Warming 'Modest'

April 14, 2014 7:52 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said.             

Lindt Wins Latest Round In Gummy Bear Battle

April 11, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

A Cologne appeals court ruled Friday that the Swiss company's gold-foil wrapped chocolate teddy doesn't violate Haribo's copyrighted "Gold Bear" name for its gummy bears.                

Panel Shows Who's Responsible For CO2 Emissions

April 11, 2014 11:16 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this weekend outlining the cuts in greenhouse gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, required in coming decades to keep global warming in check.     

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BMW Extends Recall To Half-Million Cars

April 11, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

German automaker BMW is issuing a worldwide recall of many models of cars with certain six-cylinder gas motors after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine.               

French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

A new agreement with employers gives more than 300,000 tech-sector workers added guarantees that the "always connected" lifestyle enabled by smartphones won't infringe on their rights under France's famous 35-hour workweek.      

Black Box Data Lost For 2012 Malaysia Airlines Flight

April 10, 2014 2:06 pm | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia Airlines failed to properly preserve flight recordings during an incident at London's Heathrow Airport in 2012 when a plane had to turn back because of technical problems, a report by Britain's air accidents investigator found.     

Artificial Cooling A Tricky Topic For Climate Panel

April 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving so slowly.           

Jar Of French Mountain Air Goes For $860 In China

April 10, 2014 8:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liang's work is part of a gust of recent artistic protest reflecting widespread dissatisfaction over air quality in China, where cities often are immersed days on end in harmful pollutants at levels many times what is considered safe by the World Health Organization.

Toyota's Gas Cars Get Efficient Engine From Hybrids

April 10, 2014 8:06 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.                

HP Paying $108M To End Inquiry

April 10, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland.                   

Head Of German NSA Inquiry Quits Over Snowden Row

April 9, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

The head of a German parliamentary inquiry into surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency has resigned, citing tensions over whether to seek testimony from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.               

Great Wall SUVs To Be Made In Malaysia

April 9, 2014 2:15 pm | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia on Wednesday awarded a manufacturing license to a $618 million venture that will assemble fuel-efficient SUVs for China's Great Wall Motor Co.                 

Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                

New Technology Unwraps Mummies' Mysteries

April 9, 2014 10:23 am | by Jill Lawless, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers.           

Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane

April 9, 2014 10:00 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year has unveiled a new version of the plane they say can remain in the air indefinitely.               

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