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Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, two automakers are expanding recalls or adding them to fix potentially faulty passenger air bags in high-humidity states.                         

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Chicago City Council To Vote on $13 Minimum Wage

December 2, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press

The Chicago City Council is expected to give final approval to increasing the city's minimum wage to $13 by 2019.                                       

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GM Recalling Vehicles to Fix Headlights

December 2, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is recalling 316,357 vehicles in North America because their headlights can stop working.                                         

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Regulators Investigating Child Car Seat Recall

December 2, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it is investigating whether Graco took too long to report a safety defect in its child car seats.                         

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Blackstone Selling Industrial Property for $8.1B

December 2, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

The Blackstone Group has cancelled an initial public offering for IndCor Properties and will instead sell the industrial real estate company to Singapore's sovereign wealth fund for $8.1 billion.               

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Chrysler U.S. Sales Up 20 Percent in November

December 2, 2014 9:46 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Chrysler's U.S. sales rose 20 percent last month, a sign that Black Friday promotions and falling gas prices drove U.S. auto sales higher in November.                             

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NTSB Points to Battery Defect in Boeing 787 Fire

December 1, 2014 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press

A report by federal accident investigators points to a manufacturing defect as the likely cause of an internal short circuit that led to a battery fire in a Boeing 787 airliner parked at Boston's airport last year.           

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 36

December 1, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press

At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                

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NASA's 3D Printer Churns Out First Part in Space

December 1, 2014 2:36 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

The 3D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. It churned out a new faceplate for the print head casing.                   

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U.S. Factory Growth Slips in November

December 1, 2014 2:30 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. factories were slightly less busy in November, as production and hiring slowed, though the level of activity remained strong.                                   

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NLRB Rules Mercedes Violated Labor Laws at AL Plant

December 1, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant.               

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U.S. Tightens Smog Limits in Bid to Protect Health

December 1, 2014 9:54 am | by Josh Lederman, Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press

In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.

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Amazon's New Robot Army is Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 9:42 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

Amazon.com Inc., which faces its single biggest day of online shopping on Monday, has invested heavily this year in upgrading and expanding its distribution network, adding new technology, opening more shipping centers and hiring 80,000 seasonal workers to meet the coming onslaught of holiday orders.

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Toyota Recalls 30K Minivans Worldwide

December 1, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota is recalling about 30,000 Sienna Minivans worldwide, saying the 2015 models' overhead assist grips can detach when an air bag deploys.                               

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U.S. Appeals WTO Ruling Against National Meat Labels

December 1, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from.                         

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Oil Plunge Creates Mixed Feelings in Global Economies

December 1, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses.

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Obama's Immigration Move Disappoints Some Business Leaders

November 26, 2014 12:35 pm

President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.     

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3 Reasons Shoppers Will Spend Cautiously This Season

November 26, 2014 12:22 pm | by Anne D'innocenzio, Christopher Rugaber, AP Business Writers

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion - the highest increase since 2011. But retailers already have had to resort to discounting to get shoppers into stores.           

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Germany To Require 30 Percent Women on Company Boards

November 26, 2014 11:49 am | by The Associated Press

Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.           

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White House Veto Threat Puts Business Tax Credits on Ice

November 26, 2014 11:43 am | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press

The White House is working feverishly to quickly scuttle a congressional effort to permanently renew generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals, saying a plan brewing on Capitol Hill favored corporations over the working class.     

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