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UAW Membership Grows For Fourth Straight Year

March 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Ken Sweet, Associated Press

In a filing with the Department of Labor, the United Auto Workers said its membership grew by nearly 9,000 people last year.                                     

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More Recalls Push GM Total To 4.8M In 1 Month

March 31, 2014 9:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

General Motors announced two more recalls, bringing the recall total to 4.8 million cars, trucks, and SUVs in the past month.                                      

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Groups Want More Humane Chicken Slaughter

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press

Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.                    

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Another Apple-Samsung Battle Heads To Court

March 31, 2014 9:11 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a much larger concern about what is allowed to be patented.                     

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BMW Plans $1B Expansion In S.C.

March 28, 2014 2:16 pm | by Jeffery Collins, Associated Press

BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles.                       

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GM Tells Dealers To Halt Sales Of Some Chevy Cruzes

March 28, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors has told dealers to stop selling some 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars. But the company won't say why.                                   

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Head Of VW's Lone U.S. Plant Going Back To Germany

March 28, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Frank Fischer, who has headed Volkswagen's only U.S. plant in Chattanooga since its construction, is leaving to manage the automaker's factory in Emden, Germany.                         

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$1.5M Needed To Save Rosie's Plant

March 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press

A group trying to save the Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter became an icon of American female empowerment during World War II said Friday that it must raise $1.5 million in the next few weeks to save the site from being demolished.  

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Unemployment Rates Fall In 29 U.S. States

March 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in most states in February and two-thirds of the states reported job gains, evidence that most of the country is benefiting from slow but steady improvement in the job market.               

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Spin-off Of iBL From Allied Reliability Group To Eruditio

March 28, 2014 11:04 am | by Allied Reliability Group (ARG)

ARG’s iBL offering has redefined active learning in the maintenance and reliability space and proven that project-based experiences can have greater than a 10:1 return on investment.                     

Toyota Recalling Over 100K Avalons

March 28, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota is recalling 119,000 Avalon sedans from the 2003 and 2004 model years because their air bags could deploy inadvertently.                                   

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Ford Adding Jobs In Ohio

March 28, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

Ford says it will invest $500 million and add 300 jobs at its engine plant in northwestern Ohio so that it can begin making a new V-6 engine.                               

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Nearly 1M Jars Of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico

March 28, 2014 9:39 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.            

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GM's Opel To Pull Out Of China

March 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue.                               

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Why 2014 Could Prove Breakout Year For Economy

March 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The combination of an improving job market, pent-up consumer demand, less drag from U.S. government policies, and a brighter global outlook is boosting optimism for the rest of 2014.                    

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Demand For Greater Efficiency Boosts Belt And Chain Drives Market

March 27, 2014 2:32 pm | by Frost & Sullivan

New analysis finds that the market earned revenues of $8.80 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $10.57 billion in 2018.                                    

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U.S. Q4 Growth Revised Slightly Up

March 27, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.                   

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Unions In Missouri Rally Against Right-To-Work Bill

March 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jordan Shapiro, Associated Press

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's condemnation of so-called right-to-work legislation as unnecessary and misguided drew applause from about a thousand Missouri union members who gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol.           

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GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Drug After Foreign Pills Found In Bottles

March 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the weight loss drug Alli after receiving reports of unknown pills and tablets in the bottles.                                     

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Applications For Jobless Aid Dip To 4-Month Low

March 27, 2014 1:44 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up.                   

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