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U.S. Durable Goods Orders Jumped in March

April 24, 2015 10:12 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods increased by the largest amount in eight months. 

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Ford to Lay Off 700 Workers Due to Slow Car Sales

April 24, 2015 9:58 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. said it's laying off 700 workers at a Michigan assembly plant because of slow sales of the small cars and hybrids it makes.

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Jeni's Ice Cream Recalled Over Possible Listeria

April 24, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Another ice cream company is pulling its products from store shelves due to concerns over foodborne illness. 

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Study: Soy Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills

April 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A common food additive may also provide emergency workers with another tool to combat oil spills. 

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The Real Cost of General Motors' Recalls

April 23, 2015 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press

Issues surrounding General Motors Co.'s recall of 36 million vehicles worldwide last year for safety issues continue to haunt the company. Here are by-the-numbers details of the recall problems. 

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Caterpillar Trumps 1Q Expectations, Raises Forecast

April 23, 2015 2:25 pm | by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press

Caterpillar's earnings soared more than 20 percent in the first quarter, even though revenue slipped, and the construction and mining equipment maker hiked its 2015 earnings forecast well above most expectations.

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Fiat Chrysler Recalling 58K Manual Jeeps and Dodge Vipers

April 23, 2015 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 58,833 older cars and SUVs with manual transmissions.

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USGS Investigates Link Between Fracking, Increased Earthquakes

April 23, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal officials on Thursday released the first comprehensive look at earthquakes by human activity, including fracking. 

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Photo of the Day: The Newest Car To Be Made in China

April 23, 2015 10:56 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

In today's "Photo of the Day," see what automotive company is preparing to export cars from China to the U.S. for the first time in the history of their company. 

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U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Stay Low, a Sign of Few Layoffs

April 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was little changed last week, evidence that employers are cutting few jobs.

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U.S. Postal Service Considering Drone Fleet

April 23, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Postal Service could be looking to add drones to its delivery fleet in coming years.

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VW Official: Automaker May Revive 'Bus'

April 23, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A member of Volkswagen's board recently disclosed that the German automaker is working on an electric version of its iconic "bus" that could revive the model for the first time since 2013.

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Belgian Brewery Turns Food Waste into Beer

April 23, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A Belgian microbrewery is selling beer that utilizes unsold bread from supermarkets.

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Drivers Want New Safety Technology, But it Will Cost Them

April 22, 2015 3:14 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Drivers want more collision-prevention technology in their cars, but there is a limit to how much they will pay.

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Obama Administration, Tech Companies Hope to Bring Environmental Data to the Cloud

April 22, 2015 3:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Obama administration is teaming up with a slew of tech giants in an effort to bring the government's vast collection of environmental information to the cloud. 

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Trek Issues Recall Over Wheel Issue

April 22, 2015 2:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Trek Bicycle is recalling nearly 1 million bikes due to a potential safety hazard involving their front wheels. 

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Senate Panel To Back Fast-Track Trade Bill

April 22, 2015 10:31 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press

A Senate panel is poised to advance one of President Barack Obama's top trade initiatives despite strong opposition from labor unions and other left-leaning groups. 

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Boeing Tops 1Q Profit Forecasts, Airplane Deliveries Rise

April 22, 2015 10:24 am | by David Koenig, The Associated Press

Boeing Co. delivered more airliners in the first quarter, offsetting sluggish results in the defense side of its business and pushing its first-quarter earnings up 38 percent. 

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Chrysler Uses 3D Printing to Improve Axles

April 22, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

3D printing is helping Chrysler engineers gain a better understanding of its vehicle component designs.   

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Report Details Potential Uses of Drones in Disaster Relief

April 22, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report commissioned by the American Red Cross detailed the many potential benefits of drones to first responders and emergency personnel. 

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