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Del Monte Processing Plant Evacuated

May 27, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Tim Williams of the Fresno County Emergency Medical Services says 14 employees were sent to four different area hospitals Friday.                                    

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Move Over Tesla, the Elio Is Here

May 27, 2014 2:01 pm | by USA TODAY

The success of Tesla has inspired other independent American car makers. Paul Elio, founder of Elio Motors has designed an efficient sporty car that gets 84 miles per gallon.                      

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Hyundai-Kia Unseats Honda as Greenest Automaker

May 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press

A scientists' group says Hyundai-Kia has unseated Honda as the greenest automaker in the U.S.                                             

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Median CEO Pay for Large Companies Crosses $10M in 2013

May 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by Ken Sweet, AP Business Writer

The median pay package for a CEO rose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from 2012.                

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Boeing Buys AerData

May 27, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing said Tuesday that it bought airplane software company AerData Group to offer its customers a way to manage maintenance records.                                   

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GE-Hitachi Closing Pa. Plant

May 27, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

GE-Hitachi is closing a western Pennsylvania plant that makes storage containers for spent nuclear fuel rods, idling 134 employees who still work there.                                

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Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 27, 2014 10:02 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

The ambitious project implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard.            

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WSU, Beechcraft Team Up to 'Insource' Manufacturing Jobs

May 27, 2014 9:47 am | by Roy Wenzl, The Wichita Eagle

The idea they devised was unusual: Take a bunch of WSU engineering undergraduates. Train them intensely. Then integrate them as full team members on real projects at Beechcraft.                      

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China to Take 6M Vehicles off Roads

May 27, 2014 9:44 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's government plans to take 6 million older, polluting vehicles off the road this year in an effort to revive stalled progress toward cleaning up smog-choked cities.                        

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New Safety Requirements for Keystone Pipeline

May 27, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.   

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Price-Fixing Probe Rattles Auto Industry

May 27, 2014 9:40 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press

An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department's largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it's not over yet.                   

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Durable Goods Orders up in April

May 27, 2014 9:33 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods advanced for a third month in April, but much of the strength came from a big surge in demand for military aircraft.                       

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Pilgrim's Pride Makes $5.58B Bid for Hillshire

May 27, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

The poultry producer is offering $45 per share for Hillshire, which makes Hillshire Farm lunch meats and Jimmy Dean sausages.                                     

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Plastic Omnium Building Facility Next to VW Plant

May 23, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors is constructing a new facility to supply the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, creating 300 jobs over the next three years.                             

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U.S. Accuses Japanese Exec of Price Fixing

May 23, 2014 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

A federal grand jury has charged a Japanese executive with conspiring to fix prices on auto parts.                                              

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Salmonella Victim Praises Charges

May 23, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

A woman severely sickened after eating tainted eggs in 2010 says she welcomes criminal charges against the corporate executives blamed for a salmonella outbreak.                          

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Boeing Buys Fuel-Saving Software Maker

May 23, 2014 9:55 am

The Boeing Co. said Friday that it has agreed to buy British aviation software maker ETS Aviation to offer its customers a way to manage how much fuel it uses.                           

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Safety Agency Probes Ram Pickups

May 23, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating older-model Ram pickup trucks with manual transmissions because the engines can be started without the clutch being depressed.                        

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HP to Cut up to 16,000 More Jobs

May 23, 2014 9:02 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer

Hewlett-Packard Co. said Thursday that it aims to cut another 11,000 to 16,000 jobs by October, bringing the total number of planned layoffs to a maximum of 50,000 and nearly doubling the largest payroll reduction ever for the 75-year-old technology giant.

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Harman Acquiring AMX for $365M

May 22, 2014 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Harman International Industries Inc. said Wednesday that it is buying audio and visual equipment maker AMX LLC for $365 million.                                    

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