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More U.S. CEOs Plan To Increase Hiring In Next 6 Months

December 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.                                  

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Takata Panel To Audit Air Bag Inflator Production

December 2, 2014 1:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is forming a panel to audit its manufacturing and come up with ways to make safe air bag inflators, but the company's response to a U.S. demand for a national inflator recall remains unclear.     

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Flavor On Tap With Personalized Beer

December 2, 2014 12:57 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Beer-drinkers could have the opportunity to personalize the taste of their favorite brew if bars and taverns adopt new technology at the pump.                               

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The Supersonic Jets Of Tomorrow

December 2, 2014 12:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Companies are working on building supersonic jets that can fly twice as fast as today's commercial planes.                                         

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Cocoa Supply And Demand: Cheap Chocolate Is Over

December 2, 2014 12:49 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Todd Masonis, co-founder at Dandelion Chocolate, discusses the factors impacting chocolate supplies as prices climb to meet growing demand.                               

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ISM: Manufacturing Slows Slightly, Remains Strong

December 2, 2014 12:44 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Jurors To Hear Steve Jobs Testimony At Apple Trial

December 2, 2014 10:00 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After nearly a decade in legal wrangling, a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court. A key witness will be none other than the company's legendary late founder Steve Jobs, who will be heard in a videotaped deposition.

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Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 2, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, automakers are expanding recalls or adding them to fix potentially faulty passenger air bags in high-humidity states.                         

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Chrysler U.S. Sales Up In November

December 2, 2014 9:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin & Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Chrysler's U.S. sales rose 20 percent last month a sign that Black Friday promotions and falling gas prices drove U.S. auto sales higher in November.                             

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Otsuka To Buy U.S. Drugmaker Avanir

December 2, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Otsuka Pharmaceutical will spend $3.5 billion in cash to buy Avanir Pharmaceuticals in a deal that expands the Japanese drugmaker's portfolio of neurologic disease treatments.                     

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Regulators Investigating Child Car Seat Recall

December 2, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it is investigating whether Graco took too long to report a safety defect in its child car seats.                         

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GM Recalling Vehicles To Fix Headlights

December 2, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 316,357 vehicles in North America because their headlights can stop working.                                         

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FBI Looking Into Hack Of Sony Computers

December 2, 2014 9:43 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week.                      

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Pfizer Closes Vaccines Purchase Deal With Baxter

December 1, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer has completed its $635 million purchase from Baxter International Inc. of two vaccines and part of the factory in Orth, Austria, where they're made.                           

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 36

December 1, 2014 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                

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A Super Jumbo A380 Gutted In Two Minutes

December 1, 2014 1:02 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Emirates performs a heavy maintenance check on the world's largest passenger plane, the A380. The process took 55 days to complete. Here it is in under two minutes.                         

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Chicagoland's Three Floyds Brewery

December 1, 2014 12:56 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Nick Floyd is largely credited as being the man who ignited a Chicagoland area craft beer renaissance. His brewery, which he started in 1996, is growing 30 to 40 percent annually and output is expected to hit 40,000 barrels this year.     

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Revolutionary Gadgets Or Just Plain Weird?

December 1, 2014 12:49 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Tech contributor Jennifer Jolly shows off some quirky new tech gadgets. But are they revolutionary or just plain weird?                                     

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Now Is The Time For Manufacturers To Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

December 1, 2014 12:39 pm | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Whether a manufacturer’s objective is to optimize tax savings or enhance cash flow — or both — an in-depth analysis of equipment is necessary. Assessing current and future asset needs in the form of a lease vs. buy analysis will help determine whether a lease or loan is the best alternative.

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Feds: Mercedes Violated Labor Law At Alabama Plant

December 1, 2014 11:41 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant.               

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