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Land Rover's LR4 Updated for Fuel Efficiency

July 18, 2014 9:52 am

Land Rover's capable and rugged LR4 mid-size sport utility vehicle is more fuel efficient for 2014 and has refreshed exterior front styling and new standard features such as rearview camera.                  

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Disaster Strikes Twice for Malaysia Airlines

July 18, 2014 9:49 am | by Stephen Wright and Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writers

Hit by two astonishing tragedies in quick succession, the Malaysia Airlines brand may become the airline industry's equivalent of asbestos or News of the World: toxic to the public and, experts say, impossible to redeem.          

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Second-In-Command at EPA Resigns

July 18, 2014 9:45 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

The No. 2 environmental official under President Barack Obama is resigning to head a nonprofit group dedicated to energy and climate change.                                

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Edible Marijuana Products Recalled in Colorado

July 18, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

A popular Colorado brand of marijuana-infused brownies and other sweets was recalled Thursday amid concerns of contamination from unsanitary equipment.                             

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Bolivia Legalizes Child Labor From Age 10

July 18, 2014 9:40 am | by Paola Flores, Associated Press

While most of the world is trying to diminish child labor, Bolivia has become the first nation to legalize it from age 10.                                     

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Factory Worker Makes Most of British Open Opportunity

July 18, 2014 9:37 am | by Steve Douglas, AP Sports Writer

On a typical Thursday at 10:30 a.m., John Singleton would be making paints and varnishes in a resin factory. Maybe driving around in a forklift truck. Not this Thursday morning.                      

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Airbus Beats Boeing in Farnborough Orders Race

July 17, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press

Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year's Farnborough International Airshow, garnering nearly twice as many orders and commitments.                           

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Fiat Denies VW Merger Talks

July 17, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Italian automaker Fiat has denied a German media report that it is in merger talks with Volkswagen.                                            

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American Crane Completes the First Lift for Orion

July 17, 2014 1:50 pm | by American Crane & Equipment Corporation

Early last month, American Crane’s 25 ton double girder clean room crane (with single failure-proof hoist) strategically lifted and placed Lockheed Martin’s Orion crew module atop their service module.              

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Chrysler Can Fix Recalled Jeeps Faster Than Expected

July 17, 2014 1:42 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The development could end a spat between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has accused Chrysler of moving too slowly to repair about 2.7 million SUVs.                  

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Recall Hearing Targets GM Legal Staff

July 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer

Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.                   

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AirAsia X To Buy 50 Airbus Planes

July 17, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press

Long-haul budget airline AirAsia X has inked a deal to buy 50 Airbus A330neo planes as part of its regional expansion.                                      

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Daimler Launches New Version of Smart Car

July 17, 2014 9:56 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

Germany's Daimler AG unveiled a new version of its tiny, two-seat Smart model Wednesday in hopes the car won't just get admiring glances with its unusual design — but make a bigger contribution to profits as well.           

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Toyota Gambles on Fuel Cells

July 17, 2014 9:52 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Despite advantages that are seemingly compelling, the technology has struggled to move beyond its prototypes after several decades of research and development by industry and backing from governments.               

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Volkswagen Surpasses GM in Global Auto Sales Race

July 17, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen bumped General Motors out of second place in the global auto sales race during the first half of the year, but Toyota is expected to stay in first place.                         

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Obama Aims To Stop Corporate Overseas Tax Moves

July 17, 2014 9:42 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer

The Obama administration is urging Congress to act swiftly to curtail a growing trend in which U.S. corporations reorganize overseas with foreign entities in part to trim their tax bills back home.                

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Apple-IBM Deal Weighs on BlackBerry Shares

July 17, 2014 9:39 am

BlackBerry shares dropped Wednesday after details emerged of a partnership between two of the world's biggest technology companies — Apple and IBM — aimed at business customers.                     

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Fight Continues Over Obama Lawsuit

July 17, 2014 9:36 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press

House Speaker Boehner has said he wants to take legal action because Obama has abused his authority to carry out laws Congress approves, specifically by delaying a health care law requirement that many employers provide medical coverage for their workers. 

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Microsoft To Cut up to 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.                               

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UAE Plans First Arab Spaceship to Mars

July 16, 2014 1:39 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press

The United Arab Emirates, already home to the world's tallest tower, is now reaching for the stars.                                           

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