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Toyota Recalling Over 430K Vehicles

May 22, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota is recalling 430,500 vehicles for three separate safety problems.                                                    

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FAA Too Reliant on Boeing for Battery Test

May 22, 2014 1:33 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer

The government failed to properly test the Boeing 787's lithium-ion batteries and relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise, a new report says.                             

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Caster Connection Rolls Out New eCommerce Site

May 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Caster Connection, Inc.

Caster Connection rolled out a new, more client-friendly version of its website in order to better serve current and prospective clients.                                 

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Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial to Merge

May 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Steven Dubois, Associated Press

Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial said Wednesday they are forming a combined company that will employ about 2,300 workers in the Pacific Northwest.                             

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Gauge of U.S. Economy Rises in April

May 22, 2014 11:55 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted a solid gain in April, further evidence of stronger growth after a severe winter dampened activity.                          

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China to Tread Carefully as It Pursues Influence

May 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press

 China is carrying on a high-stakes balancing act aimed at building influence and access to resources abroad without damaging ties with its most important economic partner — the United States.               

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Vietnam Offers Help to Companies Hit by Riots

May 22, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

Vietnam on Thursday pledged to help companies whose factories were targeted during anti-Chinese riots last week, offering tax breaks and other incentives to try and undo some of the damage to its reputation as a low-risk country for foreign manufacturers.

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Aide: GM Probe Near End

May 22, 2014 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has told Washington lawmakers that GM could simultaneously release an internal investigation into a deadly ignition switch problem and its plan to compensate victims.                

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CEO: Sony Needed to Act Sooner

May 22, 2014 9:39 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said Thursday the company accumulated huge losses because it didn't respond quickly enough to changing market conditions, but promised a return to profit next year.             

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Unilever Selling Ragu Brand for $2.15B

May 22, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Unilever PLC says it has agreed to sell ownership of its Ragu and Bertolli brand sauces in North America to Japan's Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion.                             

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Chinese Manufacturing Rebounds to 5-Month High

May 22, 2014 9:23 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

China's manufacturing contraction eased in May, suggesting the slowdown in the world's second biggest economy is stabilizing.                                    

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German CEOs Avoid Russia Business Forum

May 21, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

Chief executives of major German companies have turned down invitations to this week's St. Petersburg International Economic Forum amid tension between Russia and the West over Ukraine.                   

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Train Engineering Flub Costs $68M to Fix

May 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press

They measured the new trains, they checked against the latest specs on the book. But engineers at the French railway network forgot to measure the actual distance between tracks and platforms.                 

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Heinz Says Ontario Plant Deal Complete

May 21, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Food giant Heinz says a deal to prevent closing a food processing plant that's a key part of the town's economy is now complete, saving at least 250 jobs.                            

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Plant Faces Fines in Slurry Spill

May 21, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

The fines are for three citations issued after 108,000 gallons of slurry spilled Feb. 11 from Patriot Coal's Kanawha Eagle preparation plant.                                

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Egg Company, 2 Execs Charged in Salmonella Outbreak

May 21, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Federal prosecutors have filed charges against an Iowa egg company and two executives blamed in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands of people.                            

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Probe: Scant Oversight of Chemical Plants

May 21, 2014 10:49 am

The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say.              

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Google Eyes up to $30B in Foreign Buyouts

May 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Google is amassing cash overseas to help finance a foreign shopping spree that could cost the Internet company up to $30 billion.                                   

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China Set to Deliver First Homegrown Jet

May 21, 2014 9:53 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press

China launched the ARJ21 project in 2002 in an attempt to break into the Western-dominated aircraft market. The plane was promised for 2007 but delivery was pushed back due to technical problems.               

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Alcoa Employee Arrested in $1M Fraud Case

May 21, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

An Alcoa machine shop worker in Texas has been arrested in what prosecutors call a $1 million scam to order, steal and then resell equipment.                                

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