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Bay Area Thieves Target Prius Batteries

May 21, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Hybrid car batteries are becoming an increasingly popular target for thieves in the San Francisco area.

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Domestic Surveillance Fate Unclear After Lengthy Senate Talk

May 21, 2015 9:44 am | by Charles Babington, Associated Press

The fate of the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records is unclear following an FBI warning, House-Senate disagreements and more than 10 hours of criticisms by a GOP presidential candidate.

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Hewlett-Packard Sells Stake In Chinese Unit For $2.3B

May 21, 2015 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard is selling a 51 percent stake in its China sever, storage and technology storage unit for about $2.3 billion as it restructures its business in that country.

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Failed Launches Cast Shadow Over Russian Space Program

May 21, 2015 9:29 am | by Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press

Back-to-back rocket launch failures have dealt Russia one of the heaviest blows to its space industry since the Soviet collapse — with national pride and billions of dollars at stake.

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Hong Kong Manufacturers To Tour U.S. Next Month

May 21, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A coalition of manufacturing and tech companies from Hong Kong will travel from coast to coast next month as part of a 13-day economic mission.

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Thousands Of Gallons Of Crude Oil Spilled Along California Coast

May 21, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Authorities along California's central coast are dealing with one of the worst oil spills in years after a ruptured pipeline seeped crude into a storm drain for hours.

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Strike Continues At Texas Refinery Following Union Vote

May 21, 2015 9:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The months-long strike at a massive Texas oil refinery will continue after union workers this week rejected the latest contract proposal.

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Tech Companies Ask Obama To Protect Phone, Email Encryption

May 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Tech companies, watchdog groups and security experts on Tuesday urged the Obama administration to protect consumers' encrypted electronic data — even from law enforcement.

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U.S. Charges 6 Chinese Nationals With Stealing Trade Secrets

May 20, 2015 10:17 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press

Federal prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three who earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern California, with stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.

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Texas Ban On Local Fracking Restrictions Signed Into Law

May 20, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Local governments in Texas may no longer restrict fracking operations within their jurisdictions following Gov. Greg Abbott's signature of legislation Monday.  

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Recalls Involved In U.S. Government Hearing

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

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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Appeals Court Curbs Award In Apple-Samsung Fight

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

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

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

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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