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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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NLRB Hears Union Complaints About Mercedes

April 9, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board is considering a complaint filed by union supporters at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, where labor has failed to gain a foothold despite past organizing attempts.           

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GM Auto Workers In Kentucky Vote To Allow Strike

April 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns.                                 

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Ban On Painkiller Raises Constitutional Questions

April 9, 2014 9:24 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press

Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state's first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached.                  

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Toyota Recalling 6.4M Vehicles

April 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and other places.                          

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Employers Advertise More Jobs In February

April 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 percent from January.                                        

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GM Investing $449M In Detroit-Area Factories

April 8, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car.                               

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Biden Swears In Head Of Small Business Agency

April 8, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Contreras-Sweet says entrepreneurs are the difference-makers in the U.S. economy and that SBA plays a pivotal role in helping them overcome hurdles.                              

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Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

An anti-union group on Monday raised concerns that Volkswagen could move to recognize the United Auto Workers at its Tennessee plant without a vote.                             

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China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the $7.3 billion deal.                     

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Only 2 Midsize SUVs Get Top Crash Test Rating

April 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.                             

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Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                             

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'Lemon Law King' Sues Tesla

April 8, 2014 9:45 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press

Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit Monday against direct-order car maker Tesla Motors, accusing the company of refusing to give a doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000.       

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Church Calls For Wal-Mart Investor Vote On Guns

April 7, 2014 1:59 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

Attorneys for a church in Manhattan are asking a federal judge in Delaware to prohibit Wal-Mart from sending its annual proxy statement to shareholders because it doesn't include its proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.     

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Ford's 435,000 Vehicle Recall

April 7, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling nearly 435,000 cars to fix rusting frame parts or faulty seats. The biggest of the two recalls covers nearly 386,000 Ford Escapes from the 2001 through 2004 model years.                  

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Michigan's Auto Industry Revival Plan

April 7, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Michigan plans to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration, and skilled trades, officials said.                    

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