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Judge Orders Mediation In Guardrail Lawsuit

October 29, 2014 | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has ordered mediation between a Texas company and a whistleblower who won a $175 million verdict over a design change in the company's highway guardrails.                       

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Fiat Chrysler To Spin Off Ferrari

October 29, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Wednesday it will spin off sports car maker Ferrari into a separate company.                                         

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FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers Over Unlimited Data Plans

October 29, 2014 9:45 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press

AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers who were promised unlimited data but had their Internet speeds cut by the company — slowing their ability to open web pages or watch streaming video.

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AutoNation Halts Sales Of Cars In Air Bag Recalls

October 29, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

The head of the nation's biggest car dealership chain says it won't sell used cars being recalled for exploding air bags due to conflicting advice from automakers and lack of direction from the government.             

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LG Electronics Profit Surges On Smartphone Sales

October 29, 2014 9:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter profit jumped 87 percent over a year earlier as smartphone sales set a record high.                             

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Chrysler Recalls Over 566,000 Vehicles

October 29, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 566,000 trucks and SUVs in two recalls for malfunctioning fuel heaters that can cause fires and a software glitch can disable the electronic stability control.               

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NIMS Launches New Website For Employers

October 29, 2014 9:26 am | by The National Institute for Metalworking Skills

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the global authority on education and training for precision manufacturing jobs, launched a new website catered to employers seeking to fill open jobs and build a pipeline of globally competitive talent. 

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A Brief Look At The U.S. Durable Goods Numbers

October 28, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The U.S. durable goods numbers fell in August and September, a likely temporary dip in the market.                                           

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Lowe's Using Robots To Improve Customer Service

October 28, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mae Anderson, Associated Press

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail.                       

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Fiat Chrysler Replaces Quality Chief

October 28, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler's longtime quality chief is leaving the company a day after its brands performed poorly in the annual Consumer Reports reliability rankings.                           

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Battery Maker Touts Big Prospect For Jobs In NC

October 28, 2014 10:04 am | by Emery P. Dalesio & Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press

A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant to build batteries that it says will help power companies save energy and work more efficiently.   

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U.S. Durable Goods Fell In September

October 28, 2014 9:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Orders to U.S. companies for long-lasting manufactured goods fell for a second month in September, while a key category that signals business investment plans dropped by the biggest amount in eight months.             

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Toyota Tops Consumer Reports Reliability Rankings

October 28, 2014 9:50 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The company's Toyota and Lexus brands top the survey, while its Scion brand is in the top ten. It's the eighth year in a row that a Toyota brand has led the rankings.                        

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Apple CEO Says Apple Pay A Success

October 28, 2014 9:47 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system.             

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Food Giants Spend Big Money To Defeat GMO Labeling

October 27, 2014 1:19 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses.             

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Chiquita OKs Deal With 2 Brazilian Bidders

October 27, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has agreed to sell itself to two Brazilian companies for approximately $681 million, just days after the fresh produce company's shareholders rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.     

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Toyota At Top In Global Vehicle Sales

October 27, 2014 1:11 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world's top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year.                                 

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North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 27, 2014 1:06 pm | by Robotic Industries Association

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.                       

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Obama Taking More Action To Push Manufacturing

October 27, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers.       

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The All-American SUV Becomes A Global Star

October 27, 2014 9:33 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Once a hulking symbol of American excess, sport utility vehicles are quickly becoming the world's favorite way to get around.                                   

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German Confidence Drops For Sixth Month

October 27, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

Business confidence in Germany, Europe's largest economy, has dropped for a sixth consecutive month as concerns over the turmoil in Ukraine and elsewhere continue to take their toll.                   

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