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BlackBerry Launches Classic In Last-Ditch Effort

December 17, 2014 | by Barbara Ortutay & Rob Gillies, Associated Press | Comments

BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens.               

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U.S. Consumer Prices Fell 0.3 Percent

December 17, 2014 10:41 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

Plunging gasoline costs pulled U.S. consumer prices lower in November, muting inflation across the entire economy.                                       

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American Apparel Fires Founder, Names New CEO

December 17, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press

American Apparel has fired founder Dov Charney and named longtime fashion executive Paula Schneider to be its next CEO.                                     

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Apple Stops Sales In Russia

December 17, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Apple has halted online sales of its iPhones, iPads and other products in Russia amid financial turmoil triggered by the steep decline in the country's currency.                         

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Apple Wins Class-Action Lawsuit Over iPod Prices

December 17, 2014 9:44 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.           

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Manufacturing Group Files Brief In Microsoft Email Warrant Case

December 16, 2014 1:25 pm | by Jamie Hennigan & Mallory Micetich, National Association of Manufacturers

The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action filed an amicus brief to overturn a U.S. district judge’s ruling that the government can use a search warrant issued under the Stored Communications Act to gain access to e-mail accounts controlled and maintained by Microsoft Corporation.

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Ford Hires Ex-GM Research Head To Analyze Big Data

December 16, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford has hired a former General Motors chief industry analyst to manage data collection and use it to help predict the future.                                   

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Fiat's Chrysler Group Changes Its Name

December 16, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

The automaker said Tuesday that the name change follows the naming convention of its parent company.                                           

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ADM To Sell Cocoa Business To Olam

December 16, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Archer Daniels Midland says it has agreed to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International for $1.3 billion.                                       

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Report: Cloud Driving Global Business Transformation, Improving Customer Alignment

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by KPMG LLP

New data from the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP, show the increased use of cloud technology by global business to better connect with their employees and customers.                     

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Alcoa Buying Tital To Help Expand Aerospace Unit

December 15, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press

Alcoa is buying a titanium and aluminum structural castings company, Tital, to help expand its global aerospace business.                                     

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Why Oil Is Down By Half, What It Means For The U.S.

December 15, 2014 12:51 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.         

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UAW Head: Companies Can Raise Pay, Be Competitive

December 15, 2014 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers.                             

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Families Of Shooting Victims Sue Gun Manufacturer, Seller

December 15, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press

The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.         

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.                                      

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Oil Plunges Again, Reaches Recession-Level Depths

December 15, 2014 9:54 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer

A 6-month rout in the price of oil accelerated this week, culminating in a 4 percent drop Friday — its third such drop in 5 days — to its lowest level since May of 2009, when the U.S. was still in recession.             

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Berkshire Hathaway Acquiring Charter Brokerage

December 15, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

Warren Buffett's firm Berkshire Hathaway says it is acquiring logistics company Charter Brokerage from private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners.                             

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Cheaper Food And Gas Lower U.S. Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation.                               

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Ford Revamps Sync Infotainment System

December 12, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

Seven years after its introduction, Ford is revamping its Sync touch screen system to be faster and easier to use.                                       

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Fiat Chrysler Denies Plans To Expatriate Ferrari

December 12, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

Carmaker Fiat Chrysler is denying rumors that Italian luxury sports carmaker Ferrari SpA is considering moving its tax home out of Italy as part of a spinoff.                           

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Chrysler Expands Air Bag Recall

December 12, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force.                           

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