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China's Trade Shrinks in Sign of Economic Weakness

April 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

China's trade contracted in March by an unexpectedly wide margin, adding to expectations that Beijing will launch new stimulus to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy. 

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GM Says it Has Fixed 70 Percent of Faulty Ignition Switches

April 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Fourteen months after General Motors started recalling more than 2 million small cars with faulty ignition switches worldwide, the company says it has repaired about 70 percent of the vehicles that are still on the road.

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Reports Links Pennsylvania Fracking to Rising Radon Levels

April 13, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly published report suggests that fracking in Pennsylvania contributed to a rise in radon levels in nearby buildings over the past decade. 

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Feds OK Test Flights for Amazon Drones

April 13, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Amazon.com will be able to test its new drone delivery service in U.S. airspace after all. 

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Nissan, BMW Recall Vehicles to Fix Problems with Fuel Pumps

April 10, 2015 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Nissan and BMW are recalling more than 94,000 vehicles because the fuel pumps can fail and cause stalling.

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Treasury Report Knocks European, Asian Nations Over Currency

April 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A report from the U.S. Treasury Department took several other nations to task Thursday over their monetary policies. 

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Safety Chief Wants To Cap Big Rig Speeds to Fix Tire Problem

April 10, 2015 12:12 pm | by Meghan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The nation's highway safety chief says his agency will push for quick action on a regulation requiring electronic speed limiters on big rigs. It may also contact states about speed limits that are higher than commercial truck tires are designed to handle. 

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Mitsubishi Sets Sights on Niche in Aircraft Sector

April 10, 2015 12:04 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press

At a tightly guarded factory in central Japan, Mitsubishi, a maker of the Zero fighter planes of World War II, is launching its MRJ regoinal jet and aiming to fulfill Japan's long-cherished ambitions to regain status as a major aviation power. 

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Women in Manufacturing Files as Trade Association

April 10, 2015 10:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

National networking group Women in Manufacturing this week announced its reorganization as a trade association. 

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Photo of the Day: NC State Engineers Print a Titanium Football

April 10, 2015 10:27 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Engineers from Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) recently presented NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson with a very unique gift — a titanium football manufactured by advanced 3D printing technology.

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Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Activists in Oregon hope to organize a ballot initiative that would eliminate the state's ability to pre-empt local ordinances. 

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U.S. Safety Agency May Reopen Jeep Fire Investigation

April 10, 2015 9:50 am | by Megan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The U.S. government's highway safety agency may reopen an investigation into Jeep gas tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end crashes, the agency's top official said Thursday.

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GE Pares Off Financial Unit and Returns to Industrial Roots

April 10, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

General Electric is getting out of the lending business, a major profit generator, as it focuses more on its industrial business and sheds a massive financial unit that had its own set of risks.

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GM to Suspend Volt Production for 4 Weeks This Summer

April 9, 2015 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors will stop making the Chevrolet Volt for four weeks in June and July due to slow sales and to deal with the change to an all-new version of the gas-electric hybrid car.

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Number of People Sickened by Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press

An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities. 

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Critics Call for Halt to Currency Manipulation in Pacific Trade Pact

April 9, 2015 1:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Labor groups hope to turn up the pressure on Congress to address currency manipulation in a potential trade pact with Pacific Rim nations.

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Bacardi to Lay Off 10 Percent of North American Workforce

April 9, 2015 1:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Bermudan spirits giant Bacardi indicated it would lay off about 10 percent of its employees in North America this week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. 

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Analysts: Could Oil Industry Consolidation Mirror 1990s?

April 9, 2015 10:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Energy sector observers expect that the $70 billion proposed deal between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group should be just the first in a wave of oil industry consolidation.

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Study: Wild Lettuce Could Serve as Rubber Source

April 9, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Researchers from Washington State University believe a pesky weed could hold the key to developing a new source of rubber.

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rise but Still at Low Level

April 9, 2015 10:26 am | by Christopher Rubager, The Associated Press

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications for jobless aid overall remain low — a reassuring sign after hiring slowed last month.

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