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Gov't Pushes Air Bag Maker On Replacement Parts

October 30, 2014 | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency, responding to criticism of its slow response to safety issues, told the manufacturer of millions of potentially faulty air bags to make replacement parts faster and do more testing to find the cause of the problem.

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Distillers Gear Up For Next Round Of Tenn. Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 9:52 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

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U.S. Consumer Spending Down In September

October 31, 2014 9:46 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumer spending fell in September, the first decline in eight months, as shoppers took a breather after a big spending spree in August. Income growth posted the slowest gain this year.                 

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Chocolate Prices Set To Rise

October 31, 2014 9:42 am | by Steve Rothwell, AP Business Writer

The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is rising, and the nation's biggest candy makers have already warned of price hikes next year.                                 

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Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs To Fix Air Bags

October 31, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

Nissan says it's recalling more than 1,800 Infiniti SUVs in the U.S. for an air bag problem that could send shrapnel into the passenger compartment.                             

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Ford Recalls SUVs For Fuel Tank Leaks

October 30, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak and cause a fire.                                 

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Tick Up To 287K

October 30, 2014 10:02 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.                           

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U.S. Economy Grew At 3.5 Percent Rate In Third Quarter

October 30, 2014 9:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.           

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JA Worldwide And Alcoa Foundation Implement Global STEM Education Initiative

October 30, 2014 9:44 am | by JA Worldwide & Alcoa Foundation

JA Worldwide has announced a new partnership with Alcoa Foundation to launch a global curriculum that will bring enhanced STEM education to middle and high school students.                       

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Nigeria Sues Coca-Cola For Half-Filled Cans

October 29, 2014 12:42 pm | by Michelle Faul, Associated Press

Nigeria filed a suit Monday against Coca-Cola for allegedly refusing to comply with orders from the Consumer Protection Council over two half-empty cans of evaporating Sprite.                     

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Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 29, 2014 12:39 pm | by Joyce Rosenberg, Associated Press

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.               

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Judge Orders Mediation In Guardrail Lawsuit

October 29, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

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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