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Head Of VW's Lone U.S. Plant Going Back To Germany

March 28, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Frank Fischer, who has headed Volkswagen's only U.S. plant in Chattanooga since its construction, is leaving to manage the automaker's factory in Emden, Germany.                         

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$1.5M Needed To Save Rosie's Plant

March 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press

A group trying to save the Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter became an icon of American female empowerment during World War II said Friday that it must raise $1.5 million in the next few weeks to save the site from being demolished.  

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Unemployment Rates Fall In 29 U.S. States

March 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in most states in February and two-thirds of the states reported job gains, evidence that most of the country is benefiting from slow but steady improvement in the job market.               

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Spin-off Of iBL From Allied Reliability Group To Eruditio

March 28, 2014 11:04 am | by Allied Reliability Group (ARG)

ARG’s iBL offering has redefined active learning in the maintenance and reliability space and proven that project-based experiences can have greater than a 10:1 return on investment.                     

Toyota Recalling Over 100K Avalons

March 28, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota is recalling 119,000 Avalon sedans from the 2003 and 2004 model years because their air bags could deploy inadvertently.                                   

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Ford Adding Jobs In Ohio

March 28, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

Ford says it will invest $500 million and add 300 jobs at its engine plant in northwestern Ohio so that it can begin making a new V-6 engine.                               

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Nearly 1M Jars Of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico

March 28, 2014 9:39 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.            

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GM's Opel To Pull Out Of China

March 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue.                               

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Why 2014 Could Prove Breakout Year For Economy

March 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The combination of an improving job market, pent-up consumer demand, less drag from U.S. government policies, and a brighter global outlook is boosting optimism for the rest of 2014.                    

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Demand For Greater Efficiency Boosts Belt And Chain Drives Market

March 27, 2014 2:32 pm | by Frost & Sullivan

New analysis finds that the market earned revenues of $8.80 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $10.57 billion in 2018.                                    

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U.S. Q4 Growth Revised Slightly Up

March 27, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.                   

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Unions In Missouri Rally Against Right-To-Work Bill

March 27, 2014 1:51 pm | by Jordan Shapiro, Associated Press

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's condemnation of so-called right-to-work legislation as unnecessary and misguided drew applause from about a thousand Missouri union members who gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol.           

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GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Drug After Foreign Pills Found In Bottles

March 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the weight loss drug Alli after receiving reports of unknown pills and tablets in the bottles.                                     

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Applications For Jobless Aid Dip To 4-Month Low

March 27, 2014 1:44 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the lowest since late November and a hopeful sign hiring could pick up.                   

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25 Companies To Phase Out Animal Antibiotics

March 27, 2014 10:17 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Citing a potential threat to public health, the FDA in December asked 26 companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for animal growth promotion.               

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ANA Orders $17B In Jets From Airbus, Boeing

March 27, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

ANA is ordering 70 aircraft with a list price of 1.7 trillion yen ($17 billion) from Boeing Co. and Airbus, in the largest order in the Japanese carrier's history.                         

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$270M Chocolate Plant Highlights America's Sweet Tooth

March 27, 2014 9:32 am | by John Hanna, Associated Press

In Kansas, candy giant Mars Inc. is opening its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of chocolate bars and other sweets every day.                               

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Women Say J&J Trashed Records In Product Injury Suits

March 27, 2014 9:26 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer

Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department to investigate their claims the health care giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits.     

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Study: Young Workers More Apt To Jump Jobs Quickly

March 26, 2014 2:55 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

Young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of just over six jobs each from ages 18 through 26, a Labor Department survey showed Wednesday.                

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Levis Strauss To Cut About 800 Jobs

March 26, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

The privately held company said Wednesday that the cuts will include some management positions and what it considers duplicate roles.                    

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