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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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GM Proposes $27M Investment for Indiana Plant

July 16, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors has proposed investing $27 million at a southern Indiana casting plant for machinery, equipment and tooling needed to produce aluminum engine blocks.                          

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3M To Buy Subsidiary Stake for About $885M

July 16, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press

3M will take full control of its Sumitomo subsidiary by acquiring the 25 percent of the company that it doesn't already own for $885 million.                                

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Factory Output Rises for 5th Straight Month

July 16, 2014 1:24 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. factory output increased for the fifth straight month in June as manufacturers cranked out more aircraft, chemicals and furniture.                                  

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Airbus A380s Tested for Air Leak Problems

July 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Airbus has advised airliners to test noisy doors on the world's largest passenger airliner, the A380, after identifying a problem with the door seal that could lead to a fall in the cabin pressure.                

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The Next Big Thing in Aviation Is Small

July 16, 2014 1:17 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press

With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner.              

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Toyota Delays Deliveries After 23,000 Vehicles Are Covered With Soot

July 16, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it expects to delay the delivery of about 23,000 vehicles by up to a month while it cleans up soot spewed from a Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. plant in central Japan.               

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BMW Recalls 1.6M Cars

July 16, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

BMW is expanding a recall of its most popular models to fix a growing air bag problem that is hitting much of the auto industry.                                    

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Tenn. Officials Downplay Union Debate at Volkswagen

July 16, 2014 9:38 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press

Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory on Tuesday, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.

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Google Adds Former Ford CEO Mulally to Board

July 16, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

Mulally, 68, retired from Ford at the end of June. Over the winter, he was rumored to be in the running for the top job at Microsoft Corp., but it went to an internal candidate.                     

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Apple, IBM To Team Up on Mobile Devices

July 16, 2014 9:29 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies.                                 

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Cappuccino Is Finalist for Lay's Newest Chip Flavor

July 16, 2014 9:27 am | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press

American palates have changed considerably over the years, but is the country ready for cappuccino-flavored Lay's?                                        

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Bombardier Union Goes On Strike in Ontario

July 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

About 900 unionized employees at Bombardier's light rail plant in Thunder Bay, Ontario are on strike after failing to reach an agreement with management about pension changes and benefit reductions.               

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F-35 Jet Gets Limited OK After Fire

July 15, 2014 2:07 pm | by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer

The U.S. Navy and Air Force have approved a limited return to flight for their new-generation F-35 fighter jet, keeping alive the possibility that it could make an appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week.    

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GE Aviation To Upgrade Auburn Plant

July 15, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement Tuesday GE will make the Auburn plant the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry.                      

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HP Loses Interim Chairman Whitworth

July 15, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard's interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, has resigned from the company's board to concentrate on personal health issues.                                  

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Brewery Boom Is a Bright Spot for New Mexico Economy

July 15, 2014 1:58 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

That frosty tide of smooth, golden brown craft beer has finally come in, and it's helping to quench this drought-stricken state's thirst for jobs and economic development.                       

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