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Toyota Recalling 6.4M Vehicles

April 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and other places.                          

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Employers Advertise More Jobs In February

April 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 percent from January.                                        

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GM Investing $449M In Detroit-Area Factories

April 8, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car.                               

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Biden Swears In Head Of Small Business Agency

April 8, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Contreras-Sweet says entrepreneurs are the difference-makers in the U.S. economy and that SBA plays a pivotal role in helping them overcome hurdles.                              

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Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

An anti-union group on Monday raised concerns that Volkswagen could move to recognize the United Auto Workers at its Tennessee plant without a vote.                             

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China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the $7.3 billion deal.                     

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Only 2 Midsize SUVs Get Top Crash Test Rating

April 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.                             

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Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                             

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'Lemon Law King' Sues Tesla

April 8, 2014 9:45 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press

Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit Monday against direct-order car maker Tesla Motors, accusing the company of refusing to give a doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000.       

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Church Calls For Wal-Mart Investor Vote On Guns

April 7, 2014 1:59 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

Attorneys for a church in Manhattan are asking a federal judge in Delaware to prohibit Wal-Mart from sending its annual proxy statement to shareholders because it doesn't include its proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.     

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Ford's 435,000 Vehicle Recall

April 7, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling nearly 435,000 cars to fix rusting frame parts or faulty seats. The biggest of the two recalls covers nearly 386,000 Ford Escapes from the 2001 through 2004 model years.                  

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Michigan's Auto Industry Revival Plan

April 7, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Michigan plans to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration, and skilled trades, officials said.                    

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Southeast Manufacturing Reaches Highest Point Since 2012

April 7, 2014 1:33 pm | by Kennesaw State University

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast increased for March, registering its highest reading since 2012, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report.                      

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Boeing: U.S. OKs Sale Of Plane Parts To Iran

April 7, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing Co. said Friday that it received U.S. government approval to export certain spare parts for commercial airplanes to Iran.                                    

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How Much Has The Flight 370 Search Cost?

April 7, 2014 9:41 am | by Leon Drouin-Keith, Associated Press

It's not a question most governments involved in the hunt for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 care to answer: How much has the far-flung, month-long search cost?                          

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Families Want GM Prosecuted For Defects

April 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Paul Wiseman and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers

The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up.       

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U.S. Steel Idles Indiana Mill

April 7, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.                       

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Evenflo Recalling 1.3M Child Seat Buckles

April 7, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press

Evenflo Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 1.3 million child safety seat buckles due to the risk children could not be removed quickly in an emergency.                         

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Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption, and a flimsy infrastructure.       

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Mazda Recall Caused By Spiders

April 4, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack.                                   

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