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The Impossible to Describe Chevrolet-FNR Concept Car

April 21, 2015 1:56 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

General Motor’s unveiled its Chevrolet-FNR concept car at their Shanghai GM Gala Night. Designed by GM’s Shanghai-based Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture, the Chevrolet-FNR is an autonomous electric concept vehicle that offers a glimpse at future mobility.

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Low Wages, Trade Deals Luring Auto Plants and Jobs to Mexico

April 21, 2015 1:52 pm | by Tom Krisher, Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press

Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the U.S. and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers.

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Unemployment Falls in Just 23 U.S. States as Hiring Slows

April 21, 2015 10:42 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in 23 U.S. states last month and rose in 12 as employers pulled back on hiring and a slowdown in oil and gas drilling caused big job losses in some states.

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Blue Bell Creameries Issues Recall of all Products

April 21, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

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U.S. Business Group in China Urges More Transparency

April 21, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.

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Some Farmers Look to Capitalize on Non-GMO Market

April 21, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Amid record harvests of corn and soybeans last year, some farmers are turning to an unlikely source to increase their bottom lines: non-GMO seeds. 

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Top U.S. Exports Still Generate $67B Trade Deficit

April 21, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released report found the U.S. possessed a trade deficit even among its top export categories — in stark contrast to several top global competitors. 

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BMW Recalling 91.8K Mini Coopers to Fix Air Bag Problem

April 20, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash.

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Heinz, French’s Each Target the Other's Condiment Dominance

April 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Although ketchup and mustard often accompany one another on hot dogs and hamburgers, Americans for decades have largely bought different brands of each condiment. 

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 2:04 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 87

April 20, 2015 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press

Families of at least 87 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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Obama Defends Pursuit Of Sweeping Trade Pact

April 20, 2015 10:34 am | by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press

President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."

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Hyundai Supplier Disputes Safety Allegations, Blames Union

April 20, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press

A Selma-based Hyundai supplier is disputing allegations that it fired a whistleblower in a federal safety investigation.

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5 Years After BP Spill: What's Changed in Offshore Drilling

April 20, 2015 10:21 am | by Cain Burdeau, The Associated Press

Here's a look at what else has changed and what hasn't in the world of offshore drilling in the five years since BP's April 20, 2010, Macondo catastrophe. 

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OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 20, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators cited a New York plastics company for dozens of alleged safety violations.

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Judge Tosses Lumber Liquidators Lawsuit

April 20, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Environmental group Global Community Monitor announced that a defamation lawsuit brought by Lumber Liquidators had been dismissed.

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Proposed Volvo Manufacturing Plant 'Tremendous Opportunity'

April 17, 2015 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

State and local officials are calling a proposed manufacturing plant that could employ 4,000 workers a tremendous opportunity to bring jobs to Berkeley County. 

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GE Posts $13.6 Billion Loss On Finance Unit Sale

April 17, 2015 2:08 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

The industrial heart of General Electric, the company's new focus, posted lower revenue and earnings in the first quarter amid an enormous overall loss resulting from its recently-announced sale of most of the assets in its finance subsidiary.

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Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 17, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Recent reports suggest that the unions that helped bankroll the ongoing wage campaign may be turning away from efforts to organize union elections for low-wage workers.

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Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 17, 2015 1:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal officials bestowed the nation's top safety rating on Ford's F-150 pickup truck, which the company said validated its decision to switch from steel to aluminum in model year 2015. 

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