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Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 20, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Federal officials bestowed the nation's top safety rating on Ford's F-150 pickup truck, which the company said validated its decision to switch from steel to aluminum in model year 2015.

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OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 20, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators this week cited a New York plastics company for dozens of alleged safety violations.

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Lawmakers Announce Trade Authority Deal

April 20, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced a long-awaited bill that would grant the White House power to negotiate trade agreements.

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Heinz, French’s Each Target The Other's Condiment Dominance

April 20, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

H. J. Heinz and French’s Food have set their sights on each other's markets. Heinz is rolling out its yellow mustard, French's its ketchup.

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Volkswagen Board Leaders Back CEO Winterkorn After Struggle

April 17, 2015 9:57 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will remain in his job and can look forward to having his contract extended, the leadership of the board said Friday.

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Google Embraces 'Mobile-Friendly' Sites In Search Shake-Up

April 17, 2015 9:50 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

To stay in Google's good graces, websites must be designed so they load quickly on mobile devices.

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GE Posts $13.6 Billion Loss On Finance Unit Sale

April 17, 2015 9:47 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer

The industrial heart of GE posted lower revenue and earnings in the first quarter amid an enormous overall loss resulting from its recently-announced sale of most of the assets in its finance subsidiary.

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Nissan Expands Airbag Recall After Louisiana Injury

April 17, 2015 9:39 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding airbag.

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Arizona Restricts Local Plastic Bag Bans

April 17, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Arizona no longer allows its local governments to enact taxes or bans on plastic bags after Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on legislation this week.

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Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials.

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Court Rules GM Is Shielded From Death Claims By Bankruptcy

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars.

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Apple Watch’s Debut Shows Growing Importance Of China

April 16, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The simultaneous debut of the Apple Watch in the U.S. and China exemplifies the increasing importance of the world's most populous country to top American retailers.

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Manufacturing Groups Call For Corporate Tax Overhaul

April 16, 2015 10:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Ahead of this week’s income tax filing deadline, NAM and MAPI said the U.S. should exempt its companies’ foreign earnings from corporate taxes.

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Forest Service Examines Long-Expired Nestlé Water Permit

April 16, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating Nestlé over a report that the company drew water from drought-ravaged California using a long-expired permit.

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Verizon Report Shows 'Sizable Gaps' In Cybersecurity Measures

April 16, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Organizations continue to exhibit "sizable gaps" in their cybersecurity protocol, according to the latest annual data breach report from Verizon.

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Researchers Testing Air Pollution Over Fracking Sites

April 16, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking.

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Toyota To Build $1B Corolla Plant In Mexico

April 16, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Toyota announced plans Wednesday to construct a new billion-dollar manufacturing plant in Mexico and alter production at its facilities in Canada.

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Apple Invests In China Solar Project, U.S. Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 9:24 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina.

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GM Drops Price Of The Electric Chevrolet Spark

April 15, 2015 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is the latest automaker to drop the price of an electric car in the face of slow sales.

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EU Raises Stakes In Google Battle With Antitrust Charges

April 15, 2015 10:08 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press

The European Union charged Google on Wednesday with abusing its overwhelming dominance in Internet searches and opened a probe into its Android mobile system.

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Tobacco Companies Sue FDA To Block Guidelines

April 15, 2015 10:04 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

The nation's largest tobacco companies are suing the FDA over recent guidelines that they claim overstep the agency's authority over packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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