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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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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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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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GM To Move Volt Part Production To U.S.

October 28, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is moving production of a critical component in the Chevrolet Volt from Mexico to Michigan.                                         

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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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