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Mary Barra, A Child Of GM, Prepares To Lead It

December 27, 2013 9:31 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Write | News | Comments

In 33 years at GM, Barra has worked in engineering, communications and human resources. She's gained in-depth knowledge of a company whose complexity contributed to its losing ground to rivals and, four years ago, a trip through bankruptcy court. In each stop, Barra analyzed the situation and simplified things. For instance, she streamlined designs by using the same parts in many different models.

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Eastern Ill. Employee Shoots Boss, Kills Self

December 27, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A longtime eastern Illinois chemical plant employee shot his company's CEO during a performance evaluation, before committing suicide when he turned a handgun on himself.                       

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Beechcraft To Be Bought By Cessna Parent Company

December 27, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cessna Aircraft parent company Textron Inc. said Thursday it will buy Beechcraft Corp. for approximately $1.4 billion, a deal that would combine two mainstays of Wichita's general aviation industry.               

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BlackBerry Co-founder Trims Stake After Huge Loss

December 26, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry co-founder Michael Lazaridis has trimmed his stake in the troubled smartphone pioneer to just below 5 percent after selling 3.5 million shares during the past two days.  The sales disclosed in a Tuesday regulatory filing came after BlackBerry Ltd. announced a third-quarter loss of $4.4 billion last week.

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Rifle Designer Mikhail Kalashnikov Dead At 94

December 26, 2013 9:39 am | by Jim Heintz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kalashnikov once aspired to design farm equipment. But even though his most famous invention — the AK-47 assault rifle — sowed havoc instead of crops, he often said he felt personally untroubled by his contribution to bloodshed. "I sleep well. It's the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence," he said in 2007.

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Hyundai, Kia To Pay Millions In Fuel Settlement

December 26, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai and its sister company Kia say they'll pay up to $395 million to consumers as part of a proposed settlement over overstated gas mileage.  The automakers faced lawsuits after they acknowledged in November that they had overstated the fuel economy of some of its vehicles. 

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U.S. Durable Goods Orders Jumped 3.5 Pct. In Nov.

December 26, 2013 9:31 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The surge in orders for durable goods, which are products expected to last at least three years, was the latest evidence of a rebound in manufacturing. The gains will likely provide support for the economy into 2014.          

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$40 Million Fund Created For Bangladesh Victims

December 26, 2013 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fund, estimated at $40 million, would compensate injured workers and dependents of those of who died, according to a statement by the organizers of the fund.                          

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Wash. Governor Met With Airbus Executive

December 26, 2013 9:18 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The private gathering occurred in October during an aerospace conference in Seattle, Inslee spokesman David Postman said on Monday after The Associated Press identified the meeting in records obtained under public records law. Postman said the governor talked with Barry Eccleston, the president and CEO of Airbus Americas, for about 20 minutes.

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Westmoreland To Buy Coal Operations For $435M

December 24, 2013 11:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Westmoreland Coal Co. said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy the coal mining operations of Sherritt International Corp. for about $435 million which will help it expand its operations in Western Canada. The Englewood, Colo., company said the deal will double its business and make it the sixth largest coal producer in North America.

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Owner Plans To Open Hopewell Bio-Fuel Plant

December 24, 2013 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a bio-fuel plant in Hopewell plans to open the facility instead of dismantling it. Vireol Bio-Industries had planned to ship the plant's equipment to its plant in England.                    

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Ally Paying $98M To Resolve U.S. AutoLoan Claims

December 24, 2013 11:46 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Ally is paying $80 million in damages to about 235,000 African-American, Hispanic and Asian and Pacific Islander borrowers, and $18 million in penalties. The higher rates were charged on auto loans between April 2011 and December 2013, according to the government.

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Optimism Over U.S. Economy Shores Up Markets

December 24, 2013 11:44 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

Growing optimism over the U.S. economy helped shore up global markets Monday despite tensions in China's credit markets. Germany's DAX and the main U.S. indexes all struck record highs, albeit on a day when trading was fairly muted as many traders were already off for the Christmas break.

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Steyr Arms Moving To HQ Near Birmingham, Ala.

December 23, 2013 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A leading firearms company is moving into new headquarters west of Birmingham.  Steyr Arms says it will be up and running in its 33,000-square-foot complex in Bessemer on Jan. 2.  The company has been operating in the Birmingham suburb of Trussville.

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To Clean Up Coal, Obama Pushes More Oil Production

December 23, 2013 11:22 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

To help the environment, the government allows power companies to sell the carbon dioxide to oil companies, which pump it into old oil fields to force more crude to the surface. A side benefit is that the carbon gets permanently stuck underground.

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Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 9 & 10

December 23, 2013 11:00 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO & Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights hosted a web conference “IDC Manufacturing Insights Predictions 2014: Worldwide Manufacturing” highlighting the Top 10 predictions for the year ahead.  Today's predictions focus on implications on factories of the future.  

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10 Years After Mad Cow, Little Change On Tracking

December 23, 2013 10:37 am | by Ross Courtney, Yakima Herald-Republic | News | Comments

But 10 years ago Monday, it took just one cow to send shock waves through the cattle industry of the United States, home to some 100 million cattle, slam the door on billions of dollars in exports and scare a lot of beef eaters.       

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Bangladesh Factory Owners Charged In Deadly Fire

December 23, 2013 10:34 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police charged the owners of a Bangladeshi garment factory and 11 employees with culpable homicide Sunday for alleged negligence leading to the death of 112 workers in a raging fire that engulfed the factory last year.          

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Electrolux To Expand At North American HQ In N.C.

December 23, 2013 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Appliance maker Electrolux announced plans Friday to create more than 800 additional jobs over the next four years in Charlotte as it expands next to its North American headquarters.                    

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Machinists Union Sets Boeing Vote For Jan. 3

December 23, 2013 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

National union leadership said Sunday that the vote will be Jan. 3. In a statement, IAM leaders said the latest proposal contains "significant improvements" over an offer rejected by Machinists in November.             

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