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China Auto Sales Rise But Local Brands Struggle

March 10, 2014 1:43 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Global automakers are spending heavily to develop models for Chinese tastes. This is squeezing fledgling domestic brands that lag in technology, as buyers who used to see them as entry-level purchases demand better quality.         

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Group: 1,500 Factories To Be Inspected In Bangladesh

March 10, 2014 1:40 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

About 1,500 factories in Bangladesh are on track to be inspected by the end of August as part of a safety pact signed by more than 150 clothing brands and 20 countries, according to organizers of the pact.              

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Officials Having Trouble Collecting Disabled Workers' Judgment

March 10, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state officials are having trouble collecting the multimillion-dollar judgment a Texas company was ordered to pay for mistreating 32 mentally disabled workers at an Iowa labor camp.                 

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Duke: All Customers Pay For Coal Ash Cleanup

March 10, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO says while the company and its shareholders will pay to clean up a coal ash spill in the Dan River, its customers will shoulder the costs of closing the rest of the utility's coal ash ponds across North Carolina.      

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Boeing 787 Production Delayed Again

March 10, 2014 9:47 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Boeing's much-delayed 787 Dreamliner has hit another production snafu. Hairline cracks have been discovered in the wings of some 787s that are being built.                           

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China's February Exports Plunge

March 10, 2014 9:42 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's exports plunged by an unexpectedly large 18 percent in February, possibly denting hopes trade will help drive the slowing economy while communist leaders push ambitious promised reforms.                

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Texas Tech Firm Had 20 Employees On Missing Plane

March 10, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty employees of an Austin-based technology company on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were en route to a business meeting in China, a spokeswoman for the tech firm said.                   

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Tucson Courting Tesla For 6,500 Jobs

March 10, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

City officials confirmed Sunday that they have made a bid for electric-car maker Tesla Motors to consider Tucson for the site of a massive battery factory that would employ 6,500 people.                   

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Grainger CEO: 'The Battle For Great People Is Just Getting Started'

March 10, 2014 9:29 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Grainger CEO Jim Ryan stressed that the Grainger business model is strong, yet the company still contends with the same widespread issue many distributors do — ensuring recruiting and retention methods keep staff strong.         

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Eight Myths That Keep Manufacturers From Claiming The R&D Tax Credit

March 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Rizwan Virani, Managing Director, alliantgroup | Articles | Comments

The research and development (R&D) tax credit has never been more available to manufacturers. It’s a shame the majority of them don’t realize it yet.                           

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Pfizer Pulls 3 Lots Of Antidepressant Off The Market

March 7, 2014 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer said Thursday it is recalling some lots of its antidepressant Effexor XR because a single capsule of a different medication was found in one bottle of the drug.                         

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Man Said To Have Created Bitcoin Denies Involvement

March 7, 2014 2:36 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto said Thursday that he is not the creator of bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world's most popular digital currency came to be.                    

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Vehicle Design Flair In Vogue At Geneva Auto Show

March 7, 2014 2:27 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Car makers are increasingly trying to rediscover their design flair in all shapes and sizes as seen at the Geneva International Motor Show.                

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Government Orders Graco To Explain Recall

March 7, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government's road safety watchdog is ordering child seat maker Graco to explain why it didn't include 1.8 million infant seats in a recent recall for faulty buckles.                      

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Trade Deficit Widened To $39.1B In January

March 7, 2014 2:14 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in January as a rise in imports of oil and other foreign goods offset a solid increase in exports.                                

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Perry: Red States Leading U.S. Recovery

March 7, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas leader says governors of Democratic-led states are promoting policies that produce higher taxes, out-of-control pensions, and fewer jobs.                              

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Nissan: Thai Political Turmoil Temporary

March 7, 2014 2:02 pm | by Oliver Teves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's second largest automaker said Friday it remains optimistic about Southeast Asia's auto market despite political turmoil in Thailand, one of the region's key car manufacturers.                    

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AAM Blames More Than Weather For Poor Manufacturing Numbers

March 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Stalled hiring in the manufacturing sector, coupled with a substantial rise in America’s trade deficit with China, has the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul blaming more than just weather.        

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Nearly 150 Illegal Oil Waste Dumps

March 7, 2014 9:53 am | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

People have been caught nearly 150 times in the past year attempting to illegally dump loads of oil field waste — much of it radioactive — at two of the biggest landfills in western North Dakota.                

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Residents Frustrated By Lack Of Details On Nuke Dump

March 7, 2014 9:46 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Questions about what caused the leak, the extent of the contamination, and the future of the federal government's national nuclear cleanup efforts have been swirling for weeks now.                     

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