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General Motors To Invest $174M In Kansas Plant

May 4, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors will invest $174 million in its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, to pay for new equipment and technology to produce the 2016 Malibu, company officials announced Monday.

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U.S. Factory Orders Rise In March

May 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Orders to U.S. factories rose in March for the first time since last July, breaking a long stretch of weakness in manufacturing.

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GM Cuts 2016 Volt Plug-In Hybrid Car Price

May 4, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is knocking nearly $1,200 off the price of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car.

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U.S. Decides Not To Investigate Toyota Unwanted Acceleration

May 4, 2015 10:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

U.S. safety regulators have rejected a Rhode Island man's request for an investigation into low-speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars.

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Dean Foods Combining Brands Under National Label

May 4, 2015 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Dean Foods will place all of its regional milk labels under one brand as part of a move to boost its business and tout the quality of its product.

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Democrats Call For $12 Minimum Wage

May 1, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Democratic lawmakers will again seek an increase in the nation's minimum wage for the first time since 2009.

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China Factory Activity Barely Growing

May 1, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

Manufacturing in China barely grew in April, continuing sluggish recent performance in the world's second biggest economy.

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Small, Midsize SUVs Drive April U.S. Auto Sales Gains

May 1, 2015 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains.

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Tesla Unveils Home, Business Battery Systems

May 1, 2015 1:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The company on the leading edge of electric car manufacturing this week officially entered the world of large-scale batteries for homes and businesses.

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South Korean Company Settles Kevlar Trade Secrets Lawsuit

May 1, 2015 10:50 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

A South Korean company accused of stealing trade secrets involving Kevlar technology has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges and settled separate civil litigation filed by the DuPont Co., officials said Thursday.

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Senators Introduce Patent Reform Legislation

May 1, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A bipartisan group of senators this week introduced legislation targeting so-called "patent trolls."

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Ford Expands Door Latch Recall To Cover Nearly 546K Cars

May 1, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is expanding a recall of small and midsize cars to fix door latches that may not stay closed.

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Technical Problem Could Curb Apple Watch Availability

May 1, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Problems with a component of the Apple Watch could exacerbate a shortage of the much-hyped wearable technology.

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GM Canada To Cut Assembly Workforce By 1K This Year

May 1, 2015 10:38 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Canada says it will cut about 1,000 positions from its Oshawa manufacturing operations this year.

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Report: North Dakota Again Leads Nation in Worker Fatality Rate

April 30, 2015 11:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A top labor union this week named North Dakota as the nation's most dangerous state for workers for the third consecutive year.

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GM To Spend $5.4B on U.S. Factories Over 3 Years, Add 650 Jobs

April 30, 2015 11:01 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

General Motors plans to spend $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories during the next three years, creating about 650 new jobs.

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Noting Slower Economy, Fed Appears No Closer to a Rate Hike

April 30, 2015 10:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly froze. The Fed offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon.

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New EPA Formula Finds Higher Pollution Emissions from Refinery Flares

April 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says flares at refineries and chemical plants emit far more pollution than regulators previously indicated. 

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BP to Sell Stake in North Sea Pipeline

April 30, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

BP recently announced plans to sell its stake in a large gas pipeline in the North Sea. 

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Record Pollution Fine for McDonald's Supplier in China

April 30, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press

A french fry supplier to the McDonald's restaurant chain in China has been issued Beijing's biggest-ever pollution fine for releasing dirty wastewater, state media reported.

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Applications for Unemployment Aid Plunge to 15-Year Low

April 30, 2015 9:10 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to the lowest level in 15 years last week, evidence that employers are laying off few workers despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

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