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GM CEO and Chief Investigator To Testify

June 11, 2014 2:11 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be back in front of Congress next week to be questioned further about how GM allowed a deadly defect in an ignition switch to go undisclosed for more than a decade.                

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AMA Policy Backs Strict E-Cigarette Restrictions

June 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer

The American Medical Association is pledging to use its lobbying power to seek strict limits on electronic cigarettes.                                      

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Franchises File Lawsuit Against Seattle for Equal Treatment

June 11, 2014 1:56 pm | by International Franchise Association (IFA)

The complaint alleges the new law illegally discriminates against franchisees and improperly treats them not as the small, locally-owned businesses they are, but as large, national companies.                  

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Africa's Female Entrepreneurs Take the Lead

June 11, 2014 1:47 pm | by Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press

About 63 percent of women in the non-agricultural labor force are self-employed in the informal sector in Africa, more than twice the worldwide rate, according to World Bank data.                     

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Court Backs NYC's 'Taxi of Tomorrow' Plan

June 11, 2014 1:37 pm | by Karen Matthews, Associated Press

A plan to remake the New York's yellow cab fleet by requiring owners to purchase Nissan minivans is legal, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.                                

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EU Investigates Apple, Starbucks, Fiat Tax Deals

June 11, 2014 1:35 pm | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press

The European Union's antitrust regulator has launched an investigation into tax deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with some European countries, the start of a wider push to keep multinationals from taking advantage of loopholes.   

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Mitsubishi, Siemens Mull Joint Alstom Bid

June 11, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and German rival Siemens AG say they are considering making a joint bid for parts of French engineering firm Alstom.                            

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Lew: Economy Still Facing Major Challenges

June 11, 2014 1:31 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the economy should grow at much stronger rates the rest of this year as the country overcomes the impact of a harsh winter.                           

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Fight Continues Over Definition of Tennessee Whiskey

June 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

A battle between two worldwide liquor companies is being waged over who has the right to label their drink as following authentic Tennessee style.                              

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Workers Safe After Blasts at Montana Plant

June 11, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant Tuesday in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building, and no major injuries were reported, authorities said.               

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Are Flying to the Farm

June 11, 2014 9:44 am | by Johnny Clark, Associated Press

Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what's happening in their fields.                            

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Toyota Expands Recall for Air Bag Problem

June 11, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 650,000 vehicles in Japan and repeating a recall for problems with front passenger air bag inflators announced last year, seeking to fix some 2.27 million vehicles.             

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Airbus Loses Order for 70 Planes

June 11, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Emirates Airlines has cancelled its order for 70 Airbus A350 aircraft, a blow to the manufacturer that has seen its share price sink 4 percent in morning trading.                          

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Perry Brings Fight for Tesla to California

June 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press

California and Texas are among a handful of states fighting for the planned battery plant, which will represent a $5 billion investment from the California-based car company and its partners.                 

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Businesses Ramp Up Job Searches in April

June 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. companies advertised more jobs in April than in any month in six and a half years, a possible harbinger of strong hiring in the months ahead.                              

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Cargill To Change Hog Production Facilities

June 10, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press

Spurred by pressure from animal-rights groups, Cargill Pork has announced plans to change how it houses sows.                                         

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Kohler Brings Artists to Factory To Inspire

June 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press

The company known for kitchen and bathroom fixtures has opened its factory floor to artists for the past 40 years, allowing them to share ideas and techniques with factory workers so that both can be inspired.            

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GM: No More Serious Safety Issues Lurking

June 10, 2014 1:27 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.                            

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Top Manufacturers Urge Action on Immigration

June 10, 2014 1:24 pm | by Erica Werner, Associated Press

Some of the nation's leading businesses are prodding lawmakers to act on immigration legislation as the issue enters a critical phase on Capitol Hill.                              

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Heinz, Ford Team Up To Turn Tomato Skins Into Auto Parts

June 10, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press

According to a joint news release, scientists at both companies believe they can use tomato fibers to manufacture composite materials used for wiring brackets, or storage bins in cars instead of petroleum-based plastics.         

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