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Toyota To End Lockout At Indian Car Plants

March 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motors says it will end a lockout of workers at both of its auto assembly plants in India. The company employs 6,400 people at its two plants outside Bangalore.                       

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Toyota Settlement Could Be Glimpse Into GM's Future

March 20, 2014 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors, beware. Wednesday's announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future.                  

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Arizona Bill Would Let Tesla Skip Dealers

March 20, 2014 10:11 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press

House Bill 2123 is strongly opposed by traditional auto manufacturers and dealers, who argue that Tesla wants to operate outside the normal rules that require manufacturers to sell cars through dealers.                 

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Timeline: What Went Wrong At GM

March 20, 2014 10:04 am | by CNN Money

Here's a look back at the timeline of engineering problems and accidents surrounding GM's ignition switch. Why didn't the company or NHTSA recall the cars sooner?                          

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Volkswagen Recalls 150K Passats

March 20, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen is recalling about 150,000 Passat midsize cars because the headlights can be damaged if the hoods are closed roughly.                                   

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Honda Celebrates 10 Millionth American-Made Accord

March 20, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

Honda says it reached that mark with a vehicle that came off the assembly line Thursday at Marysville, which was Honda's first auto plant in the U.S.                              

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Acid Manufacturer To Cut Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions

March 19, 2014 2:36 pm

A large manufacturer of nitrogen-based fertilizers has reached a deal with federal regulators to reduce ozone-causing emissions from plants in four states.                           

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FAA: Boeing's 787 Safe Despite Problems

March 19, 2014 2:35 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Boeing's design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the plane's many problems since its rollout, including a fire that forced a redesign of the plane's batteries, according to a report issued jointly by the Federal Aviation Administration and the aircraft maker.

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1st Production Model Stratocaster For Sale For $250K

March 19, 2014 2:32 pm | by Johnny Clark and Kristin Hall, Associated Press

George Gruhn's guitar shop in Nashville is a kind of mecca for fine, vintage musical instruments, but even Gruhn is blown away by the latest addition to his inventory. He says it's the very first production model Fender Stratocaster ever made.         

Union: ConAgra Closing 2 N.Y. Plants

March 19, 2014 2:30 pm

The union representing workers at two ConAgra Foods plants in western New York say the company plans to close the plants, a move that would put more than 400 people out of work.                                 

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Horizon Pharma Buying Vidara For About $660M

March 19, 2014 2:28 pm

Horizon Pharma Inc. plans to buy the privately held Vidara Therapeutics International Ltd. in a cash-and-stock deal that will add the immune system disorder drug Actimmune to the specialty drugmaker's product portfolio.                           

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Calif. Slaughterhouse Recalls Another Product

March 19, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press

Health officials have issued another recall for a food product processed by a Northern California slaughterhouse.                       

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Lawsuit Says Coal Pollutes Mississippi River

March 19, 2014 9:21 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press

A coal terminal south of New Orleans has been polluting the Mississippi River for years and continues to do so daily, three environmental groups claim in a federal lawsuit.             

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Power Board Approves Ohio Wind Farm

March 19, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press

The state has approved a wind farm with 176 turbines and associated electric transmission facilities to be located in western Ohio.                    

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U.S., Toyota To Settle For $1B

March 19, 2014 9:17 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press

The U.S. has reached a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp., concluding a four-year criminal investigation into the Japanese automaker's disclosure of safety problems, according to a person close to the investigation.    

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EU Fines Auto Parts Producers Nearly $1.4B

March 19, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press

The European Union has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of nearly 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) for rigging the market of key components in the car and truck industry at the expense of consumers.       

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Data Shows 2nd Radiation Release At New Mexico Site

March 19, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.                   

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N.J. Mulls Ban On Fracking Waste

March 18, 2014 2:23 pm | by Wayne Parry, Associated Press

A state Senate committee advanced a bill on Monday that would prohibit the treatment, discharge, disposal or storage of any wastewater, solids, sludge or other byproducts resulting from hydraulic fracturing, a technique commonly known as fracking.

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GM Creates New Post For Safety Issues

March 18, 2014 2:20 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors has named a 40-year engineer as its new safety chief, placing a single person in charge of recalls and other safety issues as it deals with a huge compact car recall that has damaged the company's reputation.     

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Federal Grand Jury To Investigate Duke Energy Spill

March 18, 2014 2:19 pm | by Michael Biesecker and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press

A federal grand jury was set to convene Tuesday as part of a widening criminal investigation triggered by the massive Duke Energy coal ash spill that coated 70 miles of the Dan River with toxic sludge.        

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