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Ikea Buys Ill. Wind-Energy Project

April 11, 2014 1:55 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press

IKEA announced that it is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its energy use with renewable energy generation.                   

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BMW Extends Recall To Half-Million Cars

April 11, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

The company said Friday that a recall started in China last week has now been extended worldwide, affecting 489,000 vehicles, including 156,000 in the U.S.                            

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Amazon CEO Offers Update On Drones

April 11, 2014 1:47 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer

CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including more grocery services and the much-discussed drone delivery.             

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GM Stock Drops To 10-Month Low

April 11, 2014 1:42 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Shares of General Motors Co. fell to a 10-month low Friday as the company's widening recall crisis put a coveted upgrade of its credit rating in doubt.                             

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Real Time Visibility Translates Into Real Life Savings

April 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna

It’s important to consider what software can do to improve your ability to react when faced with an unforeseen production snafu.                                   

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French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

French IT staff at Google, Facebook, and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug.                                     

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NHTSA Closes Ford Pickup Truck Probe

April 11, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.                            

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Defense Company Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.                

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Tesla Questions Motives Of Lemon Law King

April 10, 2014 1:45 pm | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press

"We never want someone to be unhappy in their ownership of a Model S," Tesla's blog said. "In this case, however, there are good reasons to be skeptical of the lawyer's motivations."                    

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GE Plans To Add 1,400 Jobs In Cincinnati Area

April 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press

The General Electric Co. plans to build a new U.S. global operations center in the Cincinnati area, bringing an expected 1,400 jobs to southwest Ohio.                             

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GM Puts 2 Engineers On Leave In Recall Case

April 10, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.                 

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Toyota's Gas Cars Get Efficient Engine From Hybrids

April 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.                          

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HP Paying $108M To End Inquiry

April 10, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico, and Poland.                             

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Big Auto Recalls Push U.S. To Near-Record Pace

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.                  

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Sriracha Maker Loses Nuisance Battle

April 10, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.                                  

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Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                 

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Volkswagen Orders Dealers To Stop Selling 4 Models

April 9, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen is telling U.S. dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed.                                      

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Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.                

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Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane

April 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press

A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year unveiled a new version of their unique aircraft Wednesday, which they say could remain in the air indefinitely.                 

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Gender Pay Gap Bill Has Little Chance In Senate

April 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press

Democrats are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill, partly designed to energize the party's core voters, stands little chance of surviving in the Senate.            

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