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Toyota Facing One Of The Largest Automaker Fines Ever

March 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

With a growing investigation into GM for a decade-long delay in recalling 1.6 million small cars, this verdict is highly anticipated.                                 

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Bombardier: Unrest In Ukraine Could Delay Russian Deal

March 21, 2014 9:50 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

The international crises over events in Crimea could affect Bombardier's efforts to finalize negotiations for a joint venture to build Q-400 turboprops in Russia, the manufacturer said Thursday.                

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GM's Barra To Testify At House Hearing

March 21, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will testify next month at a hearing by a House panel investigating the delayed recall of 1.6 million small GM cars.                             

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Jury: Helmet Maker Not Liable For Player Injury

March 21, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

A Los Angeles jury has decided helmet maker Riddell Inc. isn't liable for the severe brain injury of a high school football player who suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit during a game.                     

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Ex-Microsoft Worker Accused Of Leaking Trade Secrets

March 20, 2014 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press

FBI agents arrested a former Microsoft employee Wednesday on charges that he stole trade secrets from the company and leaked them to a blogger.                                

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Jet Mystery Unfolds Amid Asian Air Travel Boom

March 20, 2014 2:20 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

The transfixing mystery of the Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing with 239 people on board has unfolded in a region where air travel is undergoing supercharged growth after decades of being beyond the reach of most people.       

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Posts Solid Gain

March 20, 2014 2:14 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in February by the largest amount in three months, suggesting growth should rebound following a severe winter.                           

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Airbus Boss Wants Improved Aircraft Tracking

March 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Fabrice Bregier says Airbus is working to develop deployable black boxes or other systems that could help investigators find the recorders following an accident or disappearance.                      

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Court Tosses $1.2B Judgment Against J&J

March 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit challenging the drugmaker's marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.                 

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Toyota To End Lockout At Indian Car Plants

March 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motors says it will end a lockout of workers at both of its auto assembly plants in India. The company employs 6,400 people at its two plants outside Bangalore.                       

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Toyota Settlement Could Be Glimpse Into GM's Future

March 20, 2014 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors, beware. Wednesday's announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future.                  

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Arizona Bill Would Let Tesla Skip Dealers

March 20, 2014 10:11 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press

House Bill 2123 is strongly opposed by traditional auto manufacturers and dealers, who argue that Tesla wants to operate outside the normal rules that require manufacturers to sell cars through dealers.                 

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Timeline: What Went Wrong At GM

March 20, 2014 10:04 am | by CNN Money

Here's a look back at the timeline of engineering problems and accidents surrounding GM's ignition switch. Why didn't the company or NHTSA recall the cars sooner?                          

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Volkswagen Recalls 150K Passats

March 20, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen is recalling about 150,000 Passat midsize cars because the headlights can be damaged if the hoods are closed roughly.                                   

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Honda Celebrates 10 Millionth American-Made Accord

March 20, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

Honda says it reached that mark with a vehicle that came off the assembly line Thursday at Marysville, which was Honda's first auto plant in the U.S.                              

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Acid Manufacturer To Cut Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions

March 19, 2014 2:36 pm

A large manufacturer of nitrogen-based fertilizers has reached a deal with federal regulators to reduce ozone-causing emissions from plants in four states.                           

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FAA: Boeing's 787 Safe Despite Problems

March 19, 2014 2:35 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Boeing's design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the plane's many problems since its rollout, including a fire that forced a redesign of the plane's batteries, according to a report issued jointly by the Federal Aviation Administration and the aircraft maker.

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1st Production Model Stratocaster For Sale For $250K

March 19, 2014 2:32 pm | by Johnny Clark and Kristin Hall, Associated Press

George Gruhn's guitar shop in Nashville is a kind of mecca for fine, vintage musical instruments, but even Gruhn is blown away by the latest addition to his inventory. He says it's the very first production model Fender Stratocaster ever made.         

Union: ConAgra Closing 2 N.Y. Plants

March 19, 2014 2:30 pm

The union representing workers at two ConAgra Foods plants in western New York say the company plans to close the plants, a move that would put more than 400 people out of work.                                 

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Horizon Pharma Buying Vidara For About $660M

March 19, 2014 2:28 pm

Horizon Pharma Inc. plans to buy the privately held Vidara Therapeutics International Ltd. in a cash-and-stock deal that will add the immune system disorder drug Actimmune to the specialty drugmaker's product portfolio.                           

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