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Old Habits Embarrass Samsung, LG Abroad

April 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and promotions so badly misjudge its audience?                       

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U.S. Trade Deficit Hits $42.3B

April 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.                             

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BMW Recalls Over 230K Cars

April 3, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

BMW says it is recalling 232,000 vehicles in China after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine, and says it is now checking whether the same defect can also be found in other countries.               

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Boeing Delivers 161 Aircraft In 1Q

April 3, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing delivered 161 commercial airplanes in the first quarter, nearly an 18 percent increase from last year, as it ramps up production to meet demand.                             

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Washington Gas Blast Threw Steel Pieces 300 Yards

April 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Benton County sheriff's Deputy Joe Lusignan said Wednesday that it was "a little bit of a miracle" that no one was killed.                                     

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Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 10:07 am | by David Porter, Associated Press

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.                   

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Haslam Says No Threat Implied In VW Incentive Offer

April 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said that tying a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen to labor talks that met the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a statement of reality.                         

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Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defect

April 2, 2014 2:24 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers

Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths, and pressed CEO Mary Barra to commit to punishing anyone involved.              

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Ford's Russian Venture Is Struggling

April 2, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. says its Russian joint venture is cutting 950 jobs due to falling sales and the declining value of the ruble.                                     

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Survey Shows Companies Added 191K Jobs In March

April 2, 2014 2:09 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

A private survey shows that U.S. companies increased hiring at a healthy pace last month, suggesting that the jobs market is recovering from a brutal winter.                           

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Senate Jobless Bill Advances

April 2, 2014 2:00 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent

Legislation to resurrect benefits for the long-term unemployed took an essential step Wednesday toward likely Senate approval, despite complaints from Republicans that Democrats refuse to allow changes designed to stimulate job creation.    

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German Brewers Fined $319M For Cartel

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

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case.                 

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W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                   

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Gov't: New Regulations To Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year.                           

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EU Imposes $416M Fine On Power Cable Cartel

April 2, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press

The European Union's antitrust authority is imposing a 302 million-euro ($416 million) fine against 11 producers of high voltage power cables for operating a cartel.                         

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Chrysler Recalling 870,000 SUVs

April 2, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles' brakes harder to use.                                            

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Ohio Senate Passes Bill For Tesla Dealership

April 2, 2014 9:10 am | by The Associated Press

Electric car maker Tesla Motors could operate three dealerships in Ohio under an amended bill unanimously passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.                               

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GM's Barra Deflects Tough Questions

April 2, 2014 9:07 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers

New CEO Mary Barra is trying to distance the General Motors she now leads from the overly bureaucratic company whose inattention to its customers helped land it in bankruptcy in 2009.                      

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Motor Diagnostics And Predictive Maintenance Training Courses

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by ALL-TEST Pro, LLC

ALL-TEST Pro, LLC announces their accredited 2-part Electrical Machinery Diagnostics Workshop (EMDW) to be held May 5-9th in Indianapolis, IN.                                

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U.S. Auto Sales Go Out Like A Lion

April 1, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through March, culminating in a strong final weekend.                                   

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