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U.S. First Lady Tells Students In China To Aim High

March 25, 2014 10:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelle Obama encouraged rural Chinese students to aim high and get a good education despite humble roots, in a speech that was delivered via satellite technology to remote communities in southwestern China.          

Chinese Relatives Of Missing Passengers Protest At Embassy

March 25, 2014 8:18 am | by Christopher Bodeen and Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many of the relatives maintain they are not being told the whole truth — a not-uncommon mindset among Chinese accustomed to dealing with authorities in their own opaque, single-party communist state.             

Toyota Case Highlights Difficulty In Prosecuting Execs

March 25, 2014 7:50 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say they had little choice, in part because of constraints with evidence and the challenge of gathering testimony and information from witnesses outside the United States.                


Obama Keeping BlackBerry For Now

March 24, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

The White House is shooting down the notion that Obama's device is caught up in a pilot program designed to transition away from BlackBerry smartphones.                  

N.C. Pulls Deal With Duke

March 24, 2014 2:11 pm | by Michael Biesecker and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators said they have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine.            

Malaysia Says Missing Flight Crashed In Indian Ocean

March 24, 2014 11:15 am | by Eileen Ng and Todd Pitman, Associated Press | News | Comments

But with the location of the plane itself still unknown — most likely somewhere at the bottom of the sea — profound questions remain about what brought down the aircraft and why.              

Washington's Exports Soar On Boeing

March 24, 2014 10:30 am | by Richard Read, The Oregonian | News | Comments

The focus on Boeing, the nation's biggest exporter, brings up a more fundamental difference between the Washington and Oregon that has national implications.                       

Moon Landing Camera Sold For $758,489

March 24, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The Hasselblad 500 sold over the weekend is described by Vienna auctioneers Galerie Westlicht as part of the equipment carried by the 1971 Apollo 15 mission — and the only camera ever brought back from the moon.         


Mystery Of Lost Jet Now 2 Weeks Old

March 24, 2014 8:23 am | by Kristen Gelineau and Rob Griffith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aircraft and ships from China headed to the desolate southern Indian Ocean to join the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, now lost for two full weeks.                 

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Want Compensation

March 24, 2014 8:19 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The collapse killed more than 1,100 people and highlighted the grim conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry, a major supplier to global fashion brands.                  

Report: NSA Targeted China's Huawei

March 24, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the company was a threat to U.S. national security, two newspapers reported.    

Nokia-Microsoft Delayed Until April

March 24, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. says the $7.3 billion deal will be delayed until next month because it is still waiting for approval from regulatory authorities in Asia.                Rewind: NASA Makes A Robot For Mars; Tesla Fights With Auto Dealers

March 21, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from a NASA robot that is six feet tall and has an 80 inch wing span, to Tesla's latest battle.               


Why Can’t Automakers Seem To Learn?

March 21, 2014 12:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the course of action.             

Nevada Signs First Contract With Drone Company

March 21, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

Gov. Brian Sandoval says Nevada has inked its first contract with a drone industry company, and is working with 15 to 20 more companies interested in setting up shop in the state.              

Wis. Assembly Passes Tax Break For Plane Parts

March 21, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

Aviation companies in Wisconsin would be exempt from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.               

Hawaii Revives And Kills GMO Label Bill

March 21, 2014 11:11 am | by Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

An effort to require labels on genetically modified foods in Hawaii was brought back to life in the state Legislature, but it died in committee on Thursday almost as quickly as it was revived.          

Toyota Facing One Of The Largest Automaker Fines Ever

March 21, 2014 10:47 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

With a growing investigation into GM for a decade-long delay in recalling 1.6 million small cars, this verdict is highly anticipated.                                  

Businesses Fight Over Indiana Energy Program

March 21, 2014 8:30 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Honeywell and Ingersoll Rand, which both have operations in Indiana, warned in a joint statement this week that it would "set the state back years," if Pence signs the legislation.            

GM's Barra To Testify At House Hearing

March 21, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will testify next month at a hearing by a House panel investigating the delayed recall of 1.6 million small GM cars.                  

California Regulators: Rat Poison Poses Danger To Pets, Wildlife

March 21, 2014 8:05 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

California consumers won't be able to purchase some types of rat poisons after July 1 because state regulators have determined that the chemicals in them pose a danger to pets and wildlife.             

Nearly All Major U.S. Banks Pass 'Stress Tests'

March 21, 2014 7:59 am | by Alex Veiga and Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Results of the Fed's annual "stress tests" showed Thursday that all but one of 30 top banks passed muster with sufficient capital buffers to keep them lending through an economic crisis.            

Bombardier: Unrest In Ukraine Could Delay Russian Deal

March 21, 2014 7:53 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The international crises over events in Crimea could affect Bombardier's efforts to finalize negotiations for a joint venture to build Q-400 turboprops in Russia, the manufacturer said Thursday.           

New Mexico Nuclear Waste May Go To Texas

March 21, 2014 7:48 am | by Betsy Blaney and Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the government's only permanent nuclear waste dump shuttered indefinitely by back-to-back accidents, officials are making plans to ship radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory to rural West Texas.       

Health Care Law Has Uneven Impact

March 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Its impact on companies varies greatly, depending on factors such as a firm's number of employees and whether it already provides health insurance.                  

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