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New Corvette Feature Keeps an Eye on Valets

August 19, 2014 9:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."               

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Agency Opens Probe Into Fire Truck Recall

August 19, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall of 156 fire trucks last year was enough to fix a problem with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall.                          

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Recaro Recalls Child Safety Seats

August 19, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recaro is recalling more than 39,000 child safety seats because they can let a child's head move too far in a crash.                                       

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Senator Calls for Surveillance Policy Shift

August 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press | News | Comments

The senator is challenging the so-called Third Party Doctrine. It holds that citizens' information in the hands of third parties, like phone companies, becomes business records and is not subject to the same rigorous search-warrant process as other personal effects.

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U.S. Wants To Make Cars Talk To Each Other

August 18, 2014 2:23 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.          

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Crews Discover Massive Beehive at Former Tire Plant

August 18, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Demolition crews discovered a stinging surprise while working to tear down an Ottawa County plant formerly owned by a tire manufacturing company.                              

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Governor Extends Tax Credit to Lockheed Competitor

August 18, 2014 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that extends a $420 million state tax credit to aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp. after approving a similar deal for its competitor, Lockheed Martin Corp.            

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Survey: One in Five Manufacturers Have Lost IP to Security Breaches

August 18, 2014 11:58 am | by Kaspersky Lab | News | Comments

According to a survey of businesses IT managers worldwide, 21 percent of manufacturers suffered a loss of intellectual property (IP) within the past year.                           

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Bourbon Production Reaches Highest Point Since 1970s

August 18, 2014 11:55 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.                        

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Lockheed Celebrates 50 Years in Colorado Springs

August 18, 2014 11:52 am | by Wayne Heilman, The Gazette | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin Corp. came to Colorado Springs in 1965 to help get the North American Aerospace Defense Command up and running, and almost five decades later, the defense giant still holds a contract that includes work at the Cheyenne Mountain facility as the foundation of its local operation. 

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Drive-unit Warranty on Tesla Model S Now 8 Years

August 18, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it has extended the drive-unit warranty for its Model S sedan to make it good for eight years and unlimited miles.                             

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China: Mercedes Guilty of Price Abuses

August 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government said Monday it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.               

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Land Owners Join Child Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool Corp.

August 18, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of polluted land in northern Ohio are joining a civil lawsuit filed by families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a cancer cluster.                           

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Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds in Mid-air

August 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.          

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Ingersoll-Rand To Buy Cameron Unit for $850M

August 18, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ingersoll-Rand PLC said Monday that it has agreed to buy the centrifugal compression business from Cameron International Corp. for $850 million, as it looks to grow its compression business.                  

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'62 Ferrari Sold at Auction for $34M

August 18, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thursday's sale at an auction in California during Monterey Car Week is believed to be a record public auction price for a classic car, topping the nearly $30 million paid for a Mercedes W196 last year in England.           

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Michigan Recovery Among Top in Nation

August 18, 2014 9:29 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

An expansive survey of economic activity across the U.S. offers an endorsement of the strength of the Michigan recovery and a boost for the promising prospects for the state’s continual business growth.                

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Mattress Maker Bringing 300 Jobs to Indiana

August 15, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials say mattress maker Tempur Sealy International Inc. will locate a new manufacturing plant and distribution facility near Plainfield, creating up to 300 new jobs by 2015.                    

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Atlas Copco Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Atlascopcosaurus

August 15, 2014 1:33 pm | News | Comments

It’s not clear how the unnamed dinosaur died 100-120 million years ago, but it’s been only 30 since he finally encountered a predator he couldn’t outrun: Atlas Copco equipment.                     

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Why Global Turmoil Hasn't Sunk U.S. Markets. Yet.

August 15, 2014 1:26 pm | by Josh Boak and Bernard Condon, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Here's a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S economy and others, and why the calm in markets may or may not last.                                       

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