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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Company Will Adapt To Strict Safety Rules

May 20, 2015 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency has become more aggressive in enforcing auto safety rules and Fiat Chrysler and the industry will have to adjust, the company's CEO said Tuesday.

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Report Tabs Utah As Leading Candy Consumer

May 20, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Data compiled by the Hershey Company suggests Utah residents indulge in candy at a rate nearly twice the national average.

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Takata Airbag Recall Doubles To Nearly 34M

May 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Marcy Gordon & Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

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Coke Continues Bottling Overhaul

May 20, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Coca-Cola Company recently announced plans to sell territories to two U.S. bottlers, the latest step in an overhaul of its bottling operations.

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Johnson & Johnson Expects Lucrative Return On Drug Pipeline

May 20, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson says its pharmaceutical business expects to seek regulatory approval by 2019 for more than 10 new products, each with the potential to top $1 billion in annual sales.

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ConAgra To Close WI Cookie Plant, Lay Off Hundreds

May 20, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods plans to close one of its two cookie plants in the eastern Wisconsin city of Ripon, a move that would eliminate about 300 jobs later this year.

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Tesla Door Handles Shutting Out Buyers

May 19, 2015 12:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Consumer Reports says Tesla’s new $127,000 Model S is undriveable, mainly because they can’t get behind the wheel to drive it due to malfunctioning door handles.

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Bill Nye Raising Cash For A Space Sail

May 19, 2015 12:41 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye is taking to Kickstarter in order to crowdfund for his latest space venture.

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Recalls Involved In U.S. Government Hearing

May 19, 2015 12:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The NHTSA will hold a hearing July 2 to determine if Fiat Chrysler met requirements to notify customers and fix safety problems.Here are the 20 recalls in question, the date of each recall, the defect involved and the number of vehicles recalled.

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U.S. Greenback's Gain Complicates Global Business

May 19, 2015 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

The U.S. dollar's gain, for some, is causing pain. Its strength is adding problems for U.S. exporters and is giving a lift to importers. The wild currency fluctuations seen recently around the globe are leaving many wary of what might come next.

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Battle Of The Flying Cars

May 19, 2015 12:18 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Small companies from around the world are racing to commercialize their flying cars in the next few years, convinced their vehicles will transform the transportation sector. Alanna Petroff reviews the roadblocks to getting flying cars to the mass market.

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How Cloud Apps Are Driving Manufacturing Innovation

May 19, 2015 12:14 pm | by Francis Li | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are becoming pioneers in the cloud space — despite their previously low-tech reputation — and exemplifying how cloud technology can fuel operational success.

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Appeals Court Curbs Award In Apple-Samsung Fight

May 19, 2015 9:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Samsung could pay substantially less to Apple as part of a patent infringement lawsuit after a federal appeals court determined iPhone's overall appearance was not protected.

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Alibaba's Ma Expresses 'Regret' Over Counterfeits Lawsuit

May 19, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of Alibaba Group defended its stance against counterfeit goods and expressed regret Tuesday that the owner of luxury brands Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent has sued the e-commerce giant.

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Hundreds Of Chicago Jobs In Balance As Mondelez Weighs Mexico Upgrades

May 19, 2015 9:38 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Employees at Mondelez's Chicago bakery are girding for hundreds of job losses as the food and beverage multinational consolidates its operations and upgrades its production lines.

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U.S. Agency To Hold Hearing On Fiat Chrysler Recall Compliance

May 19, 2015 9:33 am | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The U.S. government's highway safety agency says it will hold a rare public hearing in July to determine if Fiat Chrysler failed to notify customers and fix safety problems in 20 recalls covering more than 10 million vehicles.

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Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises To 104

May 19, 2015 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 104.

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From German Wineries To Chinese Factories, U.S. Dollar Echoing

May 19, 2015 9:20 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

For Americans, there are cheaper vacations in Europe and lower-priced imports. A Chinese factory is selling fewer goods in Europe. A U.S. toymaker's exports are being squeezed. A German winery says overseas demand is up.

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By The Numbers: GM's Faulty Ignition Switches

May 18, 2015 12:04 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Last week, the death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has reached 100. Here’s a look at all the numbers behind the ignition switch recall.  

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Solar Windows May Soon Charge Your Phone In Flight

May 18, 2015 11:55 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

We’ve all been there before, our electronic device is about to die just as we board a plane. Now engineers at B/E Aerospace think they have found a new source that will recharge the phone: the sun. 

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