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Chinese Villagers Attack Polluting Factory, Police

February 12, 2014 9:49 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press

Villagers in southwestern China infuriated by a factory that was polluting the environment smashed its offices and equipment, and later clashed with police, underscoring the potential for such concerns to trigger violent unrest.       

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Toyota Recalls 1.9M Prius Cars For Software Glitch

February 12, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. said that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system.        

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Graco Recalling Nearly 3.8M Child Car Seats

February 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. The recall covers 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013.                      

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Auto Parts Maker Shiloh Adding 145 Indiana Jobs

February 11, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says auto parts supplier Shiloh Die Cast Midwest will expand two of its northern Indiana plants, creating about 145 new jobs by 2018.                       

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Nestlé Exchanges Stake In L'Oreal For Galderma

February 11, 2014 2:14 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press

Nestle said Tuesday it would take full ownership of Swiss dermatology pharmaceuticals company Galderma, which had been a 50/50 joint venture with L'Oreal. It will use Galderma's management to form a new unit called Nestle Skin Health SA.   

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Plan Aims To Elevate Michigan As Logistics Hub

February 11, 2014 2:02 pm | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The newly established Commission for Logistics and Supply Chain Collaboration, which holds its first meeting Feb. 11, aims to develop a statewide strategy featuring a partnership between government and industry in the pursuit of raising the international profile of Michigan’s logistics capabilities.

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Calif. Plant Halts Operations Following Beef Recall

February 11, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

A Northern California slaughterhouse has voluntary halted operations after recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products. The recall, which began Jan. 13, was expanded on Saturday to include just over a year's worth of meat products.  

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U.S. Trade Protest Over India Solar Energy Program

February 11, 2014 1:45 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press

The U.S. brought a trade complaint against India over a solar energy program it says discriminates against American manufacturers, adding another wrinkle to a bilateral relationship strained by the recent arrest and strip-search of an Indian diplomat.

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U.S. Will Still Withhold Bangladesh Trade Benefits

February 11, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government says Bangladesh has not made sufficient progress on improving labor standards to justify reinstatement of duty-free trade benefits suspended after the global textile industry's worst disaster.            

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Technology Firms Urge Changes To U.S. Spying

February 11, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press

Top executives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, AOL, LinkedIn, and Twitter published a joint statement and sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama and members of Congress. The coalition urges changes that would include a government agreement not to collect bulk data from Internet communications.

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Tenn. Lawmakers: VW Incentives Threatened By UAW

February 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee threatened that the state could turn off the spigot of incentives for Volkswagen if workers at the automaker's plant decide this week to approve union representation.               

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Explosion At N.H. Ball Bearings Plant Injures 15

February 11, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

Monday afternoon's blast at the New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc. plant in Peterborough is being investigated but all indications were that it was an industrial-related incident, said Peterborough Fire Department spokesman Eric Bowman.     

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Airbus Seals Big A320 Order From VietJetAir

February 11, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

VietJetAir says it signed a deal to buy more than 90 A320 jets from Airbus that is worth about $9.1 billion at sticker prices. The discount airline and Airbus announced the deal Tuesday at the Singapore Airshow.            

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GM CEO Barra's Pay Package Worth $14.4M This Year

February 11, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

New General Motors CEO Mary Barra will get a pay package worth $14.4 million this year, 58 percent more than her male predecessor, the company said Monday. GM released the figure to counter reports that said Barra, the first woman to lead a major automaker, would be paid less than former Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson.

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5 Ways China's Slowdown Will Ripple Across Globe

February 11, 2014 9:32 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Growth has marched steadily downward over the past two years as Beijing clamped down on a spending boom that analysts worry has pushed debt to dangerous levels. That has meant less Chinese demand for imported goods from copper and cement to factory machinery and earth movers.

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Detroit: Bankruptcy Plan Will Be Filed Next Week

February 10, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press

The city of Detroit says it will file a plan to emerge from bankruptcy next week, just days before a March 1 deadline. The disclosure was made Monday by attorney Bruce Bennett during a hearing in the case.             

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U.S. Business Group Wants China To Expedite Reforms

February 10, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

A U.S. business group is urging China to expedite recently announced economic reforms, saying it will smooth the way for an investment treaty being negotiated between the world's two largest economies.              

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New Microsoft CEO's Collegial Style Sparks Hope

February 10, 2014 2:23 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer

Experts on leadership say the change in tone is a necessary cultural shift for a mature company transitioning into new businesses while letting go of past successes and missed opportunities.                  

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Cargill To Expand Seed And Oil Research

February 10, 2014 2:05 pm | by Pat Ferrier, The Coloradoan

With an eight-year turnaround from research to yield, Cargill's expansion in Fort Collins will reach into the next generation of oils to meet consumer needs including Omega 3 for brain and eye development, said Lorin DeBonte of Cargill Specialty Seeds & Oils.

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Google Passes Exxon To Be No. 2 U.S. Company

February 10, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

According to FactSet data, the Internet company's market capitalization surpassed that of oil company Exxon Mobil Corp. last week. As of Friday's market close, it sat at $395.42 billion compared with the oil company's $392.66 billion.     

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