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8 States Sign Plan To Promote Clean Cars

May 30, 2014 9:17 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press

Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.                          

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Ford Recalls 1.4M Vehicles

May 30, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling 1.4 million SUVs and cars in North America to fix steering, rust and floor mat problems.                                          

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Documents Show GM Delayed Another Recall

May 30, 2014 9:07 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors recalled a small number of Pontiac G6 midsize cars to fix a faulty brake light system in 2009, yet waited more than five years to call back over 2 million other cars with the same system.              

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Boehringer Ingelheim Reaches $650M Settlement Over Blood Thinner

May 29, 2014 2:14 pm | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer

German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim said Wednesday it has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of U.S. claims questioning the marketing and safety of its popular blood thinner Pradaxa.                

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Michigan a Leader in 'Blue Economy' Jobs

May 29, 2014 1:57 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press

From wastewater treatment to farming and advanced manufacturing, a wide swath of the state's economy is particularly sensitive to any changes in water quality or abundance.                       

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Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Kentucky-Made Vehicle

May 29, 2014 1:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

While today's event is meant to celebrate the plant's successes, it will also be bittersweet for some employees. In late April, the company announced that it would close its manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky.       

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Italy Wants $1.6B in Damages From Novartis and Roche

May 29, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Italy's health ministry is seeking $1.63 billion in damages from Swiss pharmaceutical giants Novartis and Roche after an anti-trust court ruled the two companies colluded to prevent the distribution of an eye medication.          

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U.S. Economy Shrinks at 1 Percent Rate in 1Q

May 29, 2014 1:31 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy was battered even more than first suspected by the harsh winter, actually shrinking from January through March.                                    

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NHTSA: Car, Truck Crashes Cost Whopping $871B

May 29, 2014 1:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

The study examined the economic toll of car and truck crashes in 2010, when 32,999 people were killed, 3.9 million injured and 24 million vehicles damaged.                            

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Applications for Jobless Aid Near 7-Year Low

May 29, 2014 9:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly the lowest level in seven years, a sign hiring may be picking up.                               

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Apple Acquires Beats for $3B

May 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers

It's by far the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history, a price that the company is paying to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.                            

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Hiring To Bring Nissan Employment Over 6,000 In Miss.

May 29, 2014 9:37 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.                            

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Samsung Envisions Wearables With Common System

May 29, 2014 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer

The South Korean company pushed for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies — can interchange key components such as the wristband.                    

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American Airlines To Get First Boeing 787 in November

May 29, 2014 9:32 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer

The 787 could be American's most important new plane since the Boeing 777 in 1999.                                                   

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Obama Administration Names U.S. Manufacturing Regions

May 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press

The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies.              

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8 Vehicles Get Top Rating for Collision Warning

May 29, 2014 9:23 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the only non-luxury car to earn the highest safety rating in new tests of high-tech crash prevention systems.                                 

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Consumer Confidence Moves Up in May

May 28, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. consumers were slightly more confident in the economy in May than in April, partly because of strengthening optimism about future hiring and income gains.                          

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Nestle Paying $1.4B for Skin Treatments

May 28, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Nestle says it is paying $1.4 billion in cash for the rights to sell lip and wrinkle treatment Restylane and other skin products in the U.S. and Canada.                              

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Dirtiest Power Plant Cleaning Up Its Act

May 28, 2014 1:43 pm | by Dina Cappiello and Kevin Begos, Associated Press

A massive coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania is turning from one of the worst polluters in the country to a model for how such a facility can clean up its act.                         

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Why Small Businesses Won't Hire

May 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer

Many small business owners have no plans to add to their payrolls, according to recent surveys.                                             

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