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HP To Pay $100M to Settle Case Tied to Autonomy Deal

June 9, 2015 4:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard's ill-fated acquisition of software maker Autonomy will cost another $100 million, as the personal computer and printer maker prepares to settle class-action litigation tied to the 2011 deal.

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Campbell Soup Buying Garden Fresh Salsa Maker for $231M

June 9, 2015 4:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Campbell Soup is buying refrigerated salsa maker Garden Fresh Gourmet for $231 million as it continues to make a push into hot categories such as refrigerated fresh and organic foods.

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Milwaukee Company's $4M Expansion Nearly Doubles Production Space

June 9, 2015 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press

General Plastics, Inc. is expanding its Milwaukee production facility, adding manufacturing equipment and hiring new employees as part of a two-year $4 million expansion project launched to keep up with growing demand.

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Appeals Court Tosses Suits Challenging Climate Change Regulations

June 9, 2015 3:04 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press

A coalition of 15 states and the nation's largest privately-held coal mining company claim the EPA exceeded its authority last year when it proposed the far-reaching plan to curb pollution from the nation's existing coal-fired power plants.But, a federal appeals court on threw out the lawsuits.

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Judge Rejects Pepsi's Efforts to Dismiss Class Action Lawsuit

June 9, 2015 2:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A class action lawsuit alleging that PepsiCo violated California chemical disclosure standards will be allowed to proceed after a federal judge tossed out the soft drink company's effort to dismiss the case.

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Tesla's Musk Pitches Battery System to Utilities

June 9, 2015 2:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday asked utility executives to partner with his company to deliver more reliable power to homes and businesses.

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GM CEO Says She's Been Interviewed in Air Bag Probe

June 9, 2015 2:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

General Motors CEO Mary Barra confirmed Tuesday that she has been interviewed by the Justice Department in its criminal probe of how the company handled a deadly ignition switch problem in older small cars.

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Google Releases More Details on Self-Driving Car Accidents

June 9, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press

Google is disclosing more details about the 12 accidents involving its self-driving cars so far as part of a commitment to provide monthly updates about the safety and performance of the vehicles.

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Report: Import Levels Return to Normal After West Coast Port Dispute

June 9, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report says import volume at some of the nation's largest seaports returned to normal levels following a protracted labor dispute along the West Coast.

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GM CEO Rejects Fiat Chrysler Merger Talks

June 9, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the company doesn't need to merge with Fiat Chrysler to take advantage of economies of scale in building cars.

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Ford Agrees to Invest $3.1B to get Max Michigan Tax Credits

June 9, 2015 9:43 am | by David Eggert, The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. would have to invest $3.1 billion in Michigan over the next 10 years to qualify for the state's maximum possible tax credits to keep auto jobs in the state.

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Report: Manufacturing Tech Orders Down in April

June 9, 2015 9:38 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Orders for manufacturing technology equipment fell in April, according to the latest monthly report from the Association for Manufacturing Technology.

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Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises to 111

June 8, 2015 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in small cars made by General Motors has risen by 2 to 111.

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Firefighters Battle Blaze at Chemical Plant in Pennsylvania

June 8, 2015 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials are working to determine the cause of a fire that raged for hours at a south-central Pennsylvania chemical plant.

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Newly Developed Material Could Reduce Dependence on Chinese Metals

June 8, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University recently announced the successful synthesis of materials that could alleviate the need for rare earth metals from China.

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Airbus Developing System to Reuse Spacecraft Rockets

June 8, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

French aerospace company Airbus is working on a method to return spacecraft rockets safely to Earth, according to reports.

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Private Lab Says Listeria Found in Alabama-Made Blue Bell

June 8, 2015 1:54 pm | by Kim Chandler, The Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries is reviewing a report from a private laboratory that found evidence of listeria in a carton of ice cream manufactured at its Alabama plant.

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NASA To Test New Technology for Mars Landing

June 8, 2015 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press

NASA is using the skies around the Hawaiian island of Kauai to test new technology that it wants to use for landing larger spacecraft — and eventually astronauts —on Mars.

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Do More Jobs Mean More Economic Security? Not for Some in U.S.

June 8, 2015 12:11 pm | by Josh Boak, Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The U.S. economy is churning out a lot of jobs these days but not a lot of financial security for many of the people who hold them.

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Pipeline Firm Told California Oil Spill 'Extremely Unlikely'

June 8, 2015 10:53 am | by Michael Blood, Brian Melley, The Associated Press

A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was "extremely unlikely" and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show.

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