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Honda Recalling Almost 900,000 Minivans

March 17, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. because a fuel pump cover can deteriorate and cause a fuel leak.                                   

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Wind Power Proposal Irks Midwest Farmers

March 17, 2014 9:26 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press

Clean Line Energy Partners wants to spend $2.2 billion to build a 750-mile-long high-voltage overhead transmission line, but farmers don't want the lines on their land.                        

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Toyota Shuts Down 2 Plants In Lockout Over Wages

March 17, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota said Monday it has shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India, locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and allegations of threats against management.                 

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Obama Overtime Plan Stirs Controversy

March 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules "to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day's work."                      

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Report: New Mexico Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 14, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

Federal investigators have uncovered a series of shortcomings in safety training, emergency response, and oversight at the troubled southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump where a truck caught fire and 17 workers were recently contaminated by a radiation leak. 

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Textron Closes $1.4 Billion Purchase Of Beechcraft

March 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Textron completed its purchase of Beechcraft and will combine the airplane maker with its Cessna unit to form an aviation business that generates about $4.6 billion in annual revenue.                   

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Whirlpool To Invest $40M, Add 400 Jobs In Ohio

March 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The plant currently makes KitchenAid mixers and other small kitchen appliances, and Whirlpool said the investment is in response to more demand for those types of high-end cooking gadgets.                   

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BP Can Perform Government Work, Again

March 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

The oil company behind the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history can once again perform work for the federal government.                                    

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Fitch: Impacts Of GM Recall Will Be 'Quite Manageable'

March 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Fitch Group

Find out how the GM recall will impact the company's ratings and financial outlook. This review looks at legal fees, direct recall costs, brand impact, and the use of senior management's time.                  

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Dems Grapple With Dilemma On Keystone XL Pipeline

March 14, 2014 9:55 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The dilemma was highlighted Thursday as President Barack Obama's former national security adviser said Obama should approve the pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message.                 

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Defense Contractor Pleads To Selling Secrets To Chinese Girlfriend

March 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Audrey Mcavoy, Associated Press

Benjamin Bishop, 60, admitted to keeping classified documents at his home, including ones outlining the U.S. Pentagon's China strategy and the U.S. military's force posture in Asia and the Pacific.                

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Amsterdam House Built With 3D Printer

March 14, 2014 9:34 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press

At the core of the project is a 6-meter (20-foot) -tall printer dubbed the Kamermaker, or "room-builder."                                         

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Plant In Listeria Outbreak Had Previous Violations

March 14, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press

State and federal inspectors have found several problems over the years at a Delaware dairy facility whose operations were recently halted after a deadly outbreak of a food-borne bacteria.                  

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VW Cautiously Optimistic

March 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

The company warned of a "difficult market environment" with tough competition and sharp changes in exchange rates and prices for raw materials.                              

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McDonald's Hit By Lawsuits Over Worker Pay

March 13, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

Several lawsuits being filed against McDonald's this week say the fast-food chain engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying workers what they're owed.                           

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IMF: Income Disparities Can Hurt Economies

March 13, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press

The International Monetary Fund is warning that wide income inequality can slow economic growth and is proposing ways to reduce it.                                  

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Gov't. Closes Jeep Liberty Probe

March 13, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into driver's side door fires in Jeep Liberty SUVs without seeking a recall.                                   

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GM Excluded Deaths From Ignition Inquiry

March 13, 2014 1:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

According to the chronology, GM employees were told about most of the Ion crash deaths within two weeks of when they occurred. So GM knew about the deaths but still failed to consider them until this year.             

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Chrysler Recalls 49,000 Dodge Chargers

March 13, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling more than 49,000 Dodge Charger muscle cars because a connector can overheat and knock out low-beam headlights.                                 

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Graco Adds More Than 400,000 Child Seats To Recall

March 13, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

Graco has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles. But the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog.               

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