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Obama: Immigration, Minimum Wage Top Agenda

February 14, 2014 2:31 pm | by Charles Babington, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said Friday that top priorities for Congress should be increasing the minimum wage and overhauling the immigration system, while acknowledging that election year politics could complicate the effort.         

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Hearing On Fisker Asset Sale Postponed

February 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The hearing on whether to confirm the results of an auction of Fisker's assets originally scheduled for Friday in Wilmington is now set for Tuesday. The auction, which began Wednesday, was still going on Thursday night.          

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Military Nears Holy Grail: Pizza That Lasts Years

February 14, 2014 12:58 pm | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Soldiers have been asking for pizza since lightweight individual field rations — known as meals ready to eat, or MREs — replaced canned food in 1981 for soldiers in combat zones or areas where field kitchens cannot be set up.        

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VW's Passat, Made In Tennessee

February 14, 2014 10:53 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant has been getting a lot of attention the past couple of weeks, as workers and VW team up on a vote to unionize the facility. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the plant that's the talk of the nation.    

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Oreo Maker Mondelez Sees Cookie Troubles In China

February 14, 2014 10:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, which also makes Cadbury, Chips Ahoy, Ritz, and Trident gum, said its core revenue for the final three months of the year rose 2.5 percent, primarily as a result of higher volume.                  

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Renault Earnings Slashed By Over Half In 2013

February 14, 2014 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Renault says its earnings were more than halved last year even as car sales began to rebound, as heavy restructuring costs ate into the French car maker's profits.                          

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U.S. Probes Mazda CX-9 For Brake Problem

February 14, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the power brakes in the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has seven complaints of unexpected loss of power-assisted brakes. No crashes have been reported.

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Cold Weather Causes Factory Output To Drop

February 14, 2014 10:27 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Harsh winter weather led to a steep drop in U.S. factory output in January. Manufacturers made fewer cars and trucks, appliances, furniture, and carpeting, as the recent cold spell ended five straight months of increased production.      

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U.S. Ends Probe Of Chrysler Engine Stalling

February 14, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into engine stalling in some Chrysler cars after the company extended the fuel tank warranty. The probe covered nearly 154,000 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum cars from 2006.

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California Bill Seeks Warnings On Sugary Drinks

February 14, 2014 9:52 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

SB1000 would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. The label would read: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay."

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Cadillac ELR: Plug-In Luxury, Hefty Cost

February 14, 2014 9:48 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Cadillac ELR is a plug-in that also has a gasoline engine to extend its distance. The car has excellent suspension, decent acceleration, but the $76,000 price tag is a lot for a two-door Cadillac.                

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Chevrolet To Oversee Restoring Sinkhole Corvettes

February 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Design in Warren, Mich., will manage the painstaking work to repair the eight prize vehicles, the automaker said Thursday. The cars were consumed when the earth opened up early Wednesday beneath a display area when the museum in Bowling Green, Ky., was closed.

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Way Cleared For Medical Claims In 2010 BP Spill

February 14, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for thousands of workers to be compensated for medical treatment for exposure to crude oil or chemical dispersants during the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.            

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Suit Over Missouri Execution Drug Draws Scrutiny

February 14, 2014 9:29 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. District Judge Terence Kern in Tulsa, Okla., issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday in a suit filed on behalf of condemned Missouri inmate Michael Taylor. The ruling prohibits Tulsa-based Apothecary Shoppe from selling pentobarbital to the Missouri Department of Corrections. A hearing on the case is next week.

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Google Gets More Guarded About Acquisition Numbers

February 14, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The subtle change surfaced this week in Google's 2013 annual report. Google Inc. didn't quantify the total number of deals that it closed last year in the regulatory filing, marking the first time that the U.S. company has withheld that detail since going public in 2004.

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5 Things To Know About The UAW Vote At Volkswagen

February 14, 2014 9:14 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., are voting on whether they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. With a three-day election wrapping up Friday, here's a look at what's at stake.         

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Avon Sets Aside More Money For Bribery Settlement

February 13, 2014 4:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Avon said Thursday that it could pay up to $132 million to settle a long-running bribery investigation and posted another loss, its fourth over the past five quarters. The beauty products direct seller has been cutting costs, eliminating jobs, and leaving markets as its sales decline.

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Nestle: Consumer Demand To Remain Weak In 2014

February 13, 2014 4:31 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle, the world's biggest food and drinks maker, said Thursday it expects 2014 to be just as challenging as last year amid falling growth in emerging markets and weaker prices in Europe.                   

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U.S. Businesses Boost Inventories As Sales Slow

February 13, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses restocked their shelves and warehouses at a faster pace in December, but sales slowed, a cautionary sign for the economy. The Commerce Department says inventories rose 0.5 percent after a 0.4 percent increase in November. Sales growth fell to just 0.1 percent, from 0.7 percent in November.

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Debt Limit Saves GOP From Political Showdown

February 13, 2014 4:27 pm | by Donna Cassata, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans' new acquiescence to letting the government increase debt paid double political dividends: It spared the GOP another politically debilitating showdown with President Barack Obama and also forced Democrats to cast votes that rivals immediately used against them in this year's midterm elections.

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