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Alfa Romeo Returning To U.S. Market In June

April 17, 2014 | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alfa CEO Harald Wester says the company plans to ship around 100 4C sports cars to the U.S. this June.                                           

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Judge Denies Motion To Park GM Cars

April 18, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.           

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Trade Group To Mediate Shoe Factory Strike

April 18, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press

Chinese police hauled away dozens of workers Friday to break up a march on a factory complex targeted by tens of thousands of laborers striking against the world's largest maker of athletic shoes, while a government trade union said it would mediate the labor dispute.

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Fuji Heavy Increasing Production At Indiana Plant

April 18, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru-brand cars, will boost production capacity at its plant in Fayetteville, Indiana by 30,000 units by the summer to address strong demand in the U.S, company president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said.   

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GM 1Q Global Sales Up 2 Pct

April 18, 2014 9:06 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors says it sold 2.42 million cars and trucks in the first three months of the year, keeping it slightly ahead of Volkswagen in the global sales race.                         

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Texas Town May Rebuild Plant After Fatal Blast

April 18, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press

The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people says local officials are considering building a new one.                                 

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Researcher Fools Samsung's Fingerprint Check

April 17, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press

A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.                   

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Consumer Groups Win 'Company Doe' Appeal

April 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press

We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.                           

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U.S. Manufacturers' Optimism Rises To Highest Level In Eight Years

April 17, 2014 1:15 pm | by PwC US

Optimism regarding the direction of the domestic economy rose among U.S. industrial manufacturers during the first quarter of 2014, according to the Q1 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, released by PwC US.              

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Strike At Chinese Sneaker Factory Snowballs

April 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.        

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Ford Selling Lincoln Cars In China For First Time

April 17, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.                           

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1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 9:16 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.                                     

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House Dems Pressing Inquiry Into Tenn. VW Vote

April 17, 2014 9:14 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

Two House Democrats are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Post Buying Michael Foods For $2.45B

April 17, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products.                           

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Tiny Nuclear Power Plants Hold Promise

April 17, 2014 9:06 am | by The Associated Press

Tiny nuclear power plants that could be far cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts could herald the future for an energy industry that has come under scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster.               

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Fed: Growth Picks Up Across Most Of U.S.

April 17, 2014 9:04 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.                             

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Heinz Offer Buyouts To Pittsburgh Workers

April 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn't signal a plan to move the company's headquarters.     

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GE Selects Louisville For First ‘Micro-Factory’

April 16, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The micro-factory philosophy aims to bring an open platform and co-creation to the appliances market so that the company can create the products that consumers want at an accelerated pace.                 

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Toyota Camry Gets A Makeover

April 16, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation.                                         

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Wireless Industry To Add Anti-Theft Tools

April 16, 2014 9:36 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that the biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.               

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GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.               

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