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Lexus Tops Auto Dependability Survey

February 25, 2015 10:45 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Lexus rates as the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in J.D. Power's annual survey.

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Survey: China Factory Activity Up, But Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 10:19 am | by Kevin Chan, The Associated Press

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey.

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Volvo to Test Self-Driving Cars on Swedish Roads in 2017

February 25, 2015 9:54 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system. 

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Industry Group Warns of Vapors at Fracking Sites

February 25, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns.

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Goodyear Paying $16M to Settle Bribery-Related Charges

February 24, 2015 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Goodyear will pay about $16 million to settle federal regulators' charges that it failed to prevent persistent bribery in Kenya and Angola aimed at winning tire sales.

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California Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

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MS Auto Parts Workers in Union Drive Plant Protest

February 24, 2015 2:28 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press

Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state.

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Report: 19 Oil and Gas Stocks in 'Extreme Danger'

February 24, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

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Worker Killed at Tennessee Alcoa Plant

February 24, 2015 11:20 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

An Alcoa employee was killed Monday evening at a plant in eastern Tennessee, according to media reports.

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Yellen Says Fed Still 'Patient' on Rising Rates

February 24, 2015 11:16 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but the Fed remains patient in raising interest rates because too many Americans are still unemployed, wage growth remains sluggish and inflation is too low.

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Manufacturer Joins Firearm Industry's Largest Trade Show

February 24, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

The owners of a Mitchell, South Dakota business specializing in wood and metal manufacturing said it was an honor to be involved in the firearm industry's largest trade show.

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Cadillac Recalls ATS Cars to Fix Hair-Trigger Sunroof Switch

February 24, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is recalling about 67,000 Cadillac ATS compact sports sedans to fix a problem with the power sunroof controls.

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Siemens to Supply Turbines for Fuel Efficient Plant in Michigan

February 24, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

Siemens is supplying two gas turbines and one steam turbine for the new Holland Energy Park combined cycle power plant in Holland, Michigan. 

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Photo of the Day: Siemens Receives a Distinguished Guest

February 23, 2015 3:12 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

In today's photo of the day, see who visited the Siemens electronics manufacturing plant in Amberg, Germany.

Daicel To Build Replacement Parts Amid Takata Recalls

February 23, 2015 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

Daicel Corp. saidl it will build a second U.S. factory next year, as the Japanese chemical manufacturer expands operations to supply replacement parts for vehicles recalled globally for potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp. 

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Honda To Replace President Following Air Bag Fiasco

February 23, 2015 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press

Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, said its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive.

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Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO

A strike by union members at oil refineries continues to expand with some 6,550 workers now off the job at 15 plants or refineries across the country. 

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 57

February 23, 2015 10:55 am | by The Associated Press

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 57.

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Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers.

5 Things to Know About the Takata Air Bag Recall Investigation

February 23, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press

Here are five things you absolutely need to know about the Takata air bag recalls. 

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