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New Samsung Smartwatch Won't Need Companion Phone

August 28, 2014 | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled small improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers.                               

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Halliburton Reaches $1.1B Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press

Halliburton was BP PLC's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.           

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Detroit Kicks Off Bankruptcy Trial

September 2, 2014 12:14 pm | by Corey Williams, Associated Press

Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion. The city's creditors include, among others, 30,000-plus retirees and city employees.               

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Some Fear Auto Industry Returning To Bad Habits

September 2, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas says an auto industry offering deep discounts and catering to subprime buyers is simply "robbing Peter to pay Paul."                 

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Tesla Motors Dealing As States Play Factory Poker

September 2, 2014 11:43 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land its coveted battery plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.        

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Apple Loses Bid To Block Sales Of 9 Samsung Phones

August 28, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.                                 

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Bad Catch: FDA Investigating Large Maine Processor

August 28, 2014 9:38 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press

One of Maine's major lobster processors says it has addressed a battery of violations brought forth by the Food and Drug Administration, but the federal agency says it has not yet cleared the firm of violations.         

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U.S. Economy Grew At Brisk Rate In Q2

August 28, 2014 9:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated.                

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FBI Investigating Reports Of Cyber Attacks

August 28, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press

The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several U.S. financial institutions.                         

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GE Opens Fuel Cell Facility

August 27, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press

General Electric Co. is opening a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells.                                         

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GM To Move Cadillac SRX Production To Tenn.

August 27, 2014 2:23 pm | by Erik Schelzig & Tom Krisher, Associated Press

General Motors is moving production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee.                                

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MAPI: Industrial Sector To Be Fully Recovered By End Of 2014

August 27, 2014 10:02 am | by MAPI Foundation

The outlook for the U.S. economy is for steady growth, but there is little expectation for a significant upward trajectory, according to a new report.                             

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Spiders Force Suzuki Recall

August 27, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

The automaker says spider webs can clog a fuel vapor vent hose in some 2010 to 2013 Kizashi cars, cutting off air flow. If that happens, it can cause the gas tank to deform, causing cracks, fuel leaks and possible fires.         

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Hackerspaces Help Turn Ideas Into Reality

August 27, 2014 9:51 am | by Emaun Kashfi, Associated Press

While many projects in hackerspaces are done as hobbies or just for the challenge, some have been turned into multimillion-dollar products. The MakerBot, for example, was created by a tinkerer at NYC Resistor and is now one of the most well-known 3D printers on the market.

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Medtronic Spends $350M On Another Deal

August 27, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer

U.S. medical device maker Medtronic is building stronger ties to Europe, a couple months after announcing a $42.9 billion acquisition that involves moving its main executive offices across the Atlantic, where it can get a better tax deal.   

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Hewlett-Packard Recalls 5M AC Power Cords

August 27, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.             

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Auto Supply Firm To Expand Manufacturing Plant

August 27, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

International automotive supplier Continental is planning to invest about $150 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Newport News, creating 500 jobs.                         

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Ford Begins Plant Revamp For Aluminum F-150 Pickups

August 26, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Toronto Star

Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the U.S.                   

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Manufacturer Brings 1,200 Jobs To Charlotte

August 26, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press

The Charlotte City Council has approved an incentive package for Sealed Air Corp., which announced last month it's moving its headquarters from New Jersey to North Carolina.                      

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U.S. Closes Probe Into Camry Hybrid Brake Problems

August 26, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press

An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.                                 

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Feds Seek Comments On 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

August 26, 2014 9:58 am | by Michael Felbercaum, AP Tobacco Writer

Federal regulators are seeking public comment on smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.                     

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