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Ford to Lower Fuel Economy on 6 Vehicles

June 13, 2014 9:53 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Ford is lowering the fuel economy estimates for six models, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Fusion sedan, after internal tests found errors in the way they were calculated.                 

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Tesla Hands Over the Keys to Its Technology

June 13, 2014 9:46 am | by Michael Liedtke and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.                        

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Drilling States Explore Man-Made Earthquakes

June 12, 2014 1:43 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press

The initiative follows Ohio's discovery in April of a probable link between the drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing and five small tremors in eastern Ohio, a first in the Northeast.                 

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Court Rules for Pom Wonderful in Coke Dispute

June 12, 2014 1:38 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with juice maker Pom Wonderful in its long-running false advertising dispute with Coca Cola, a decision that could open the door to more litigation against food makers for deceptive labeling.       

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U.S. Businesses Boost Stockpiles in April

June 12, 2014 1:36 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. businesses increased their stockpiles in April by the largest amount in six months, signaling business optimism that future demand will keep rising.                            

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Company Recalls 4K Pounds of Beef Over Mad Cow Fear

June 12, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

A Missouri company has recalled possibly tainted beef products distributed to two restaurants and a grocery chain, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.                           

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EU Court Upholds $1.4B Intel Fine

June 12, 2014 11:28 am | by The Associated Press

A European Union court on Thursday upheld a 1.06 billion-euro ($1.4 billion) fine against Intel, the American microchip manufacturer, for abusing its dominant position in the market for computer central processing units.          

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ConAgra Expanding Popcorn Facility in Indiana

June 12, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

ConAgra Foods says it will spend nearly $9 million to expand its popcorn production operations in northwestern Indiana, where it expects to add up to 80 workers in the coming year.                    

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Nebraska Manufacturer Cited For 'Willful' Safety Violations

June 12, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

OSHA says an investigation found workers were exposed to serious amputation risks and the threat of electrocution, burns, crushing, lacerations or fractured body parts.                        

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Mitsubishi Motors To Recall 700K Cars

June 12, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Thursday it is recalling a total of 703,888 cars for free repairs to fix a problem related to light switches.                                

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Chrysler Plant Operating Again After Accident

June 12, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

The assembly line at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere is up and running again after being shut down when an industrial accident at an area parts supplier halted deliveries.                       

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Lawyers: GM Wants Bankruptcy Shield From Lawsuit

June 12, 2014 9:36 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Lawyers for a Georgia family that is trying to reopen a wrongful death lawsuit against General Motors say the company is trying to move the case to federal court so it can use bankruptcy as a shield from the claim.           

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Boeing Inks 777X Deal With Japanese Suppliers

June 12, 2014 9:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

The Japanese manufacturers will make about 21 percent of the new plane's structural components, including fuselage sections and landing gear wells.                              

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U.S. Records $130B Budget Deficit

June 12, 2014 9:21 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The overall imbalance so far is far smaller than it was the same period last year, putting the country on track for the lowest annual deficit in six years.                            

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Senators: FDA Cheese Rule Hurts New York

June 12, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

New York's U.S. senators are urging the Food and Drug Administration to issue better guidance for cheese aging, arguing that New York cheese makers will be hurt if they can't use wooden boards to age their cheese.           

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GM CEO and Chief Investigator To Testify

June 11, 2014 2:11 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be back in front of Congress next week to be questioned further about how GM allowed a deadly defect in an ignition switch to go undisclosed for more than a decade.                

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AMA Policy Backs Strict E-Cigarette Restrictions

June 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer

The American Medical Association is pledging to use its lobbying power to seek strict limits on electronic cigarettes.                                      

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Franchises File Lawsuit Against Seattle for Equal Treatment

June 11, 2014 1:56 pm | by International Franchise Association (IFA)

The complaint alleges the new law illegally discriminates against franchisees and improperly treats them not as the small, locally-owned businesses they are, but as large, national companies.                  

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Africa's Female Entrepreneurs Take the Lead

June 11, 2014 1:47 pm | by Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press

About 63 percent of women in the non-agricultural labor force are self-employed in the informal sector in Africa, more than twice the worldwide rate, according to World Bank data.                     

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Court Backs NYC's 'Taxi of Tomorrow' Plan

June 11, 2014 1:37 pm | by Karen Matthews, Associated Press

A plan to remake the New York's yellow cab fleet by requiring owners to purchase Nissan minivans is legal, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.                                

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