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Deflation Looms Over Europe

December 2, 2014 3:03 pm | by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press

But it's not debt — Europe's main economic problem in recent years — that is driving speculation the ECB will switch on the printing press to help the economy; it's deflation.                     

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ISM: Manufacturing Slows Slightly, Remains Strong

December 2, 2014 2:41 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Takata Panel To Audit Air Bag Inflator Production

December 2, 2014 2:25 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is forming a panel to audit its manufacturing and come up with ways to make safe air bag inflators, but the company's response to a U.S. demand for a national inflator recall remains unclear.     

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More U.S. CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

December 2, 2014 2:17 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.                                  

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Rolling Along: RV Industry Maintains Momentum

December 2, 2014 2:12 pm | by Bruce Shreiner, The Associated Press

RV manufacturers have made up more ground since being sideswiped by the Great Recession, and production of the rolling homes is expected to return next year to levels seen before the economic downturn hit.             

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Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, two automakers are expanding recalls or adding them to fix potentially faulty passenger air bags in high-humidity states.                         

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Chicago City Council To Vote on $13 Minimum Wage

December 2, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press

The Chicago City Council is expected to give final approval to increasing the city's minimum wage to $13 by 2019.                                       

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GM Recalling Vehicles to Fix Headlights

December 2, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is recalling 316,357 vehicles in North America because their headlights can stop working.                                         

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Regulators Investigating Child Car Seat Recall

December 2, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it is investigating whether Graco took too long to report a safety defect in its child car seats.                         

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Blackstone Selling Industrial Property for $8.1B

December 2, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

The Blackstone Group has cancelled an initial public offering for IndCor Properties and will instead sell the industrial real estate company to Singapore's sovereign wealth fund for $8.1 billion.               

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Chrysler U.S. Sales Up 20 Percent in November

December 2, 2014 9:46 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Chrysler's U.S. sales rose 20 percent last month, a sign that Black Friday promotions and falling gas prices drove U.S. auto sales higher in November.                             

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NTSB Points to Battery Defect in Boeing 787 Fire

December 1, 2014 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press

A report by federal accident investigators points to a manufacturing defect as the likely cause of an internal short circuit that led to a battery fire in a Boeing 787 airliner parked at Boston's airport last year.           

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 36

December 1, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press

At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                

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NASA's 3D Printer Churns Out First Part in Space

December 1, 2014 2:36 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

The 3D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. It churned out a new faceplate for the print head casing.                   

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U.S. Factory Growth Slips in November

December 1, 2014 2:30 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. factories were slightly less busy in November, as production and hiring slowed, though the level of activity remained strong.                                   

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NLRB Rules Mercedes Violated Labor Laws at AL Plant

December 1, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant.               

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U.S. Tightens Smog Limits in Bid to Protect Health

December 1, 2014 9:54 am | by Josh Lederman, Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press

In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.

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Amazon's New Robot Army is Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 9:42 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

Amazon.com Inc., which faces its single biggest day of online shopping on Monday, has invested heavily this year in upgrading and expanding its distribution network, adding new technology, opening more shipping centers and hiring 80,000 seasonal workers to meet the coming onslaught of holiday orders.

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Toyota Recalls 30K Minivans Worldwide

December 1, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota is recalling about 30,000 Sienna Minivans worldwide, saying the 2015 models' overhead assist grips can detach when an air bag deploys.                               

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U.S. Appeals WTO Ruling Against National Meat Labels

December 1, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from.                         

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