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How Can You Make Planes Easier To Find In The Ocean?

March 12, 2014 9:57 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

For nearly five years, government and industry officials have been exploring ways to make it easier to find airliners and their critical "black boxes" that end up in the ocean.                     

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Ky. House Passes Bills Aimed At GE, AK Steel

March 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

House lawmakers agreed on Monday to extend state tax incentives aimed at spurring new expansion projects by General Electric Co. and AK Steel, two key employers in the state.                     

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Obama Expected To Increase Overtime Pay For Millions Of Workers

March 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent

A White House official says President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers.                              

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New Product Launches Hurt Volvo Earnings

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

Describing profitability in the period as "unsatisfactory," the company said Wednesday it would continue cost-cutting measures during 2014, including 4,400 layoffs.                         

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Europe Wants Its Parmesan Back

March 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.                                         

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Steel Plant Could Be Allowed To Release More Toxins

March 11, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher amounts of toxins under a revised permit proposed by the state Department of Environmental Quality.                          

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National Safety Council Names Deborah Hersman New President

March 11, 2014 1:38 pm | by The National Safety Council

Ms. Hersman is acknowledged as a visionary and passionate safety leader who advocates for safety across all modes of transportation.                                  

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Global Growth Likely To Remain Sluggish

March 11, 2014 1:18 pm | by Greg Keller, Associated Press

Global growth is likely to remain sluggish as a slowdown in the developing world undercuts gains in Europe and the United States, a leading international economic body warned Tuesday.                    

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Jeep Plant To Hire 1,000 Part-Time Workers To Meet Demand

March 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler plans to hire up to 1,000 part-time employees to give exhausted full-time workers a break at its Toledo Jeep assembly plant.                                  

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California Mulls Driverless Car Regulations

March 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Once the stuff of science fiction, "Driverless cars" could be commercially available by decade's end. On Tuesday, the DMV is hearing ideas on how to integrate the cars onto public roads.                   

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Japanese Bitcoin Exchange Files U.S. Bankruptcy Case

March 11, 2014 10:06 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

The collapse of Japan's Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange is spilling into U.S. bankruptcy court as the company scrambles for legal cover after losing digital currency valued at $473 million.                    

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How Can A Jet Disappear?

March 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Kristen Gelineau and Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press

In an age when people assume that any bit of information is just a click away, the thought that a jetliner could simply disappear over the ocean for days is staggering.                         

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Investigation Into 10 Year Delay Of GM Recall

March 11, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received a large number of complaints about the problem during the past decade. But GM didn't recall the 1.6 million cars worldwide until last month.               

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Natural Gas Industry Struggling To Keep Up With Demand

March 11, 2014 9:37 am | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press

There is concern about whether the natural gas industry can produce all of the gas their old and new customers need, and deliver it to them through a pipeline system that hasn't been able to keep up with the new demand.         

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Flaws Found In Bangladesh Garment Factories

March 11, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, substandard building materials, and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats.                    

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Nuclear Test Experts Checking To See If Plane Exploded

March 10, 2014 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press

The head of the organization that monitors the nuclear test ban treaty says he has asked its experts to see if they detected an explosion at high altitude of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.                

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Top Banana: Chiquita And Fyffes To Merge

March 10, 2014 2:44 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press

Fruit supply companies Chiquita of the United States and Fyffes of Ireland said Monday they had agreed to merge to create the world's biggest banana supplier.                           

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McDonald's Game Plan To Win Back Customers

March 10, 2014 2:13 pm | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

At a time when chains like Chipotle and smaller players like Five Guys Burgers and Fries are growing, here are a few strategies McDonald's Corp. is focusing on.                          

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Germany Says It Didn't Bow To NSA

March 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press

Germany has dismissed a claim by NSA leaker Edward Snowden that it bowed to U.S. demands to water down legal protection for German citizens.                               

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Arkansas Gets $165M Poultry Plant

March 10, 2014 1:49 pm | by Christina Huynh, Associated Press

Alabama-based Peco Foods announced plans Monday for a new poultry plant, hatchery, and feed mill in northeast Arkansas, a $165 million operation expected to create 1,000 jobs in two rural counties.               

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