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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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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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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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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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Chevy Bringing Tiny Trax To U.S., China

April 16, 2014 9:29 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The Chevrolet Trax will go on sale in the U.S. and China early next year. General Motors Co. unveiled the 2015 model Tuesday evening ahead of the New York International Auto Show.                     

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Obama, Biden Announcing $600M For Job Grants

April 16, 2014 9:26 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press

Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

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U.S. Indicts 3 Bridgestone Execs For Price-Fixing

April 16, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted one current and two former Japanese executives of Bridgestone Corp. for their involvement in automobile parts price-fixing in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.       

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Judge Blocks Mass. Ban On Zohydro

April 16, 2014 9:22 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press

A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro.                                             

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If Filed, Plane Lawsuits May Not Get Heard In U.S.

April 16, 2014 9:15 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.

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U.S. Won't Name China A Currency Manipulator

April 16, 2014 9:13 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer

The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it.                           

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Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 12:54 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                        

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Zebra Buying Motorola Business For $3.45B

April 15, 2014 12:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical.                     

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USMTO: Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In February

April 15, 2014 9:47 am | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.40 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 9:43 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.                       

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