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Government Ups Air Bag Warning To 7.8M Vehicles

October 22, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash.                     

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U.S. Consumer Prices Rose In September

October 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices edged up slightly in September, with the overall increase held back by a third straight monthly decline in gasoline prices. The tiny gain was the latest evidence that inflation remains benign.           

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Jury Rules Against Texas Guardrail Company

October 22, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has decided that a Texas company should pay $175 million in a case involving the safety of thousands of guardrails on highways around the country.                           

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Passenger Jets Push Boeing's Profit Up

October 22, 2014 9:45 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Robust demand for commercial jets and an increased pace of production helped Boeing earn $1.36 billion in the third quarter, up 18 percent from the same period last year.                       

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Daimler Sells Stake In Tesla

October 22, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daimler AG says it has sold its 4 percent stake in electric car maker Tesla for $780 million.                                             

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FTC Names Privacy Expert As Chief Technologist

October 22, 2014 9:37 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday named an outspoken Internet privacy expert, Ashkan Soltani, as its chief technologist in a move that signals the agency's focus on protecting consumers' online privacy.            

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Kimberly-Clark To Cut Up To 1,300 Jobs

October 21, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient.                             

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Staples Investigating Possible Data Breach

October 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue.                                   

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Coke Slashing Costs As Soda Sales Remain Flat

October 21, 2014 1:30 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage maker reported disappointing sales on flat soda volume.                             

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AbbVie To Pay Shire Fee Over Nixed Merger

October 21, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The two companies said Monday that the deal was off following the decision last week by AbbVie's board to withdraw support from the proposed acquisition.                           

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Can Paid Internships Help Bridge The Gap In Manufacturing?

October 21, 2014 1:20 pm | by Megy Karydes | Articles | Comments

For small to medium-sized manufacturers willing to open their shop doors and let the youth from their community in, it’s an opportunity to teach them skills they can use both within their manufacturing firm and beyond while also helping to reduce the unemployment rate locally.

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Meat Labeling Gets Push Back From WTO

October 21, 2014 1:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced on Monday that it has rejected U.S. rules that would require country-of-origin labeling on packaged beef and pork products. While the labeling would have helped U.S. ranchers, the WTO said the requirements would put Canadian and Mexican meats at an unfair disadvantage.

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Verdict: Guardrail Company Defrauded Government

October 21, 2014 12:52 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Last week Trinity Industries Inc., a manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails, went to court over allegations that it changed its design to save on manufacturing costs and never informed authorities of the change — raising safety concerns. The jury determined the company should have told the government about the design change.

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3 PGA Pros Start GolfBeer Brewing

October 21, 2014 12:33 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Three of the top names in professional golf are now in the beer business. Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell will launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers through their new company, GolfBeer Brewing Co.       

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WTO Rejects U.S. Country-Of-Origin Meat Labels

October 21, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.                                             

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Frito-Lay Announces Do Us A Flavor Winner

October 21, 2014 9:34 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

In the U.S., bags of the four finalist flavors hit shelves in late July and people were able to vote on Facebook and Twitter for their favorites through this past weekend. It was the second year for the U.S. contest, which is designed to send customers to stores in search of the flavors.

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

October 21, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | 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.            

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Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles to Air Bag Recall Tally

October 21, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | 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.                               

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GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises

October 20, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday.                                            

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Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories Problem In Italy

October 20, 2014 1:09 pm | by Erika Kinetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for safety and labor violations. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name.         

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