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U.S. Worker Productivity Up In Q2

September 4, 2014 9:50 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. workers' productivity increased in the April-June quarter after a big decline in the first quarter while their labor costs edged down slightly.                             

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Fiat-Chrysler Merger Moves Forward, Insufficient Opposition

September 4, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat SpA says its merger with Chrsyler is going ahead since there isn't enough opposition to derail it.                                          

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Tesla Selects Nevada For Battery Plant

September 4, 2014 9:41 am | by Justin Pritchard and Scott Sonner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the site for a massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out batteries for a new generation of electric cars, a person familiar with the company's plans said Wednesday.             

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Netherland King To Attend Iowa Ethanol Plant Opening

September 4, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 The opening of one of the nation's first commercial size cellulosic ethanol plants is drawing royalty along with top federal and state officials to Emmetsburg.                     

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Audi Achieves Record Sales

September 4, 2014 9:26 am | by Audi of America News Channel | News | Comments

Audi achieved the best month ever in Audi sales history in August 2014. The month’s record sales increased to 22.1 percent to 17,101 vehicles, a total that stands as the 44th consecutive month of record monthly U.S. sales for the brand.    

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General Dynamics Secures $5.8B Contract

September 4, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Dynamics has landed a $5.76 billion contract to make armored vehicles for Britain.                                             

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GM Reports August Sales Decline

September 3, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says its U.S. sales fell 1.2 percent last month as rising truck and SUV sales couldn't offset falling car sales.                                   

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In Quake, Wine Barrels Became Quarter-Ton Projectiles

September 3, 2014 1:17 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing worries about a lightly regulated threat to safety in fault-riddled wine country.             

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New Samsung Phone Will Include Side Display

September 3, 2014 1:08 pm | by Frank Jordans & Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung's new smartphones aren't getting bigger, but one will have a side display for quick access to the flashlight, Twitter, news and frequently used apps.                           

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Ford's U.S. Sales Flat In August

September 3, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford's U.S. sales were flat in August as slowing pickup truck sales masked gains elsewhere.                                             

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U.S. Factory Orders Up Record Percent In July

September 3, 2014 12:57 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Business orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.                            

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Jaguar Heritage Lives On With The F-Type Release

September 3, 2014 12:49 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The English automaker Jaguar has always had a long association with motor sports. But while some feel it has lost its mojo, it appears to be on the reinvention fast track.                       

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Sapphire: The Smartphone Screen Everyone's Talking About

September 3, 2014 12:36 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The latest iPhone 6 rumors suggest that Apple's new iPhone will come with a tough sapphire screen.                                           

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Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips For Manufacturers

September 3, 2014 12:16 pm | by David Schnitt | Articles | Comments

From managing complex supply chains to executing cost savings improvements, the manufacturing industry needs to keep a keen eye on the efficiency of their processes in order to be successful. But there is a worrisome trend in the industry: manufacturers’ over-reliance on purchase orders.

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Chrysler, Nissan Report Big August Sales Jumps

September 3, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler and Nissan both posted double-digit U.S. sales gains last month, signs of a strong August for the industry.                                       

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Photo Hacking Rekindles Digital Privacy Fears

September 3, 2014 9:30 am | by David Crary, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Whether famous or seemingly anonymous, people from all walks of life put all sorts of things online or into cloud-based storage systems, from vital financial information to the occasional nude photo. Periodic cases of hacking fuel outrage, but there's no retreat from digital engagement or any imminent promise of guaranteed privacy.

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Switzerland, Singapore, U.S. Top Economic Rankings

September 3, 2014 9:23 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States' competitiveness among global economies has risen to the No. 3 spot behind Switzerland and Singapore in rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum.                     

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Home Depot Probes Credit Card Data Breach

September 3, 2014 9:21 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach.                                                 

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Halliburton Reaches $1.1B Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton was BP PLC's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.           

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Detroit Kicks Off Bankruptcy Trial

September 2, 2014 12:14 pm | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion. The city's creditors include, among others, 30,000-plus retirees and city employees.               

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