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Trade Group To Mediate Shoe Factory Strike

April 18, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 40,000 workers went on strike this week against Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd., bringing production to a halt at the manufacturer, which makes shoes for companies including Nike and Adidas.             

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Brewers Campaign to Bring Belgians Back to Beer

April 18, 2014 2:20 pm | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Beer consumption in Belgium has dropped 27 percent drop since 1992, and brewers are trying to reverse this trend.                                         

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Unemployment Rates Fall In 21 States

April 18, 2014 2:08 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12.                                   

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Former BP Employee Settles Insider-Trading Charges

April 18, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock.

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Revolutions In Car Tech

April 18, 2014 1:59 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford, discusses the last 50 years of Mustang, global car markets, fuel economy, the GM recall and self-driving cars.                             

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3 Lessons Learned From The Trenches

April 18, 2014 1:54 pm | by Cindy Glass, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

True confessions: I started a business; mistakes were made. Lots of them. Now I’d like to share Part 2 of my story, which includes three more small-business owner tips/lessons learned from the trenches.               

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Chobani Is Moving Beyond Yogurt

April 18, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category.                                  

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Why BMW Is Making Cars In The USA

April 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

BMW's North American President Ludwig Willisch talks about why the company is manufacturing its X series cars in South Carolina.                                  

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Fuji Heavy Increasing Production At Indiana Plant

April 18, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru-brand cars, will boost production capacity at its plant in Fayetteville, Indiana by 30,000 units by the summer to address strong demand in the U.S.                

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Mazda Recalling 109K SUVs

April 18, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts.                                              

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U.S. Manufacturing Optimism Rises To Highest Level In 8 Years

April 17, 2014 5:02 pm | by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP | News | Comments

The positive sentiment about the prospects of U.S. commerce in the next 12 months reached the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2005.                                

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Fed: Growth Picks Up Across Most Of U.S.

April 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Ten of the Fed's 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday.                                   

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CBO: Boosting Minimum Wage Would Cost Firms $15B

April 17, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.                 

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Google's Project Ara Wants To Change Smartphones

April 17, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Verge | News | Comments

Project Ara, a smartphone you can customize, may seem like a crazy idea, but it's not half as crazy as what it takes to build it.                                    

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Ford Selling Lincoln Cars In China For First Time

April 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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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Chinese Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low cost producer is no longer enough to prosper.                         

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Alfa Romeo Returning To U.S. Market In June

April 17, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After a nearly 20-year absence, Italian car maker Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S. market.                                              

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House Dems Pressing Inquiry Into Tenn. VW Vote

April 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

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 unionization vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory.    

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1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

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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Strike At Sneaker Factory Snowballs To 30,000

April 17, 2014 9:45 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.              

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Former Taco Bell Interns: We Invented the Doritos Locos Taco

April 17, 2014 9:37 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

The Doritos Locos Taco has gained notoriety as one of Taco Bell's most popular items. Now former advertising interns for Taco Bell claim that they conjured the idea for a Doritos taco during an ad competition that took place in 1995.      

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