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Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | Comments

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.                 

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Chrysler To Mark Indiana Factory's Opening

April 16, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is set to mark the opening of a new transmission plant in central Indiana with a ceremony next month including the company's top executive.                              

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Toyota Camry Gets A Makeover

April 16, 2014 1:56 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled at the New York Auto Show, is longer and wider, with a more aggressive design. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.                       

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High Oil Prices Are Actually Good For Airlines

April 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer

Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.                                    

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What Impact Will The Recall Have On GM's Sales?

April 16, 2014 1:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a mishandled recall of small cars, though it's unclear when and how severe.                                       

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AME Leading Efforts To Attract Workers To Manufacturing

April 16, 2014 11:40 am | by Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)

With continued demand for more workers in manufacturing industries, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is leading the charge to reinvigorate the national workforce and attract new personnel.             

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GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 10:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.                

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Obama, Biden Announcing $600M For Job Grants

April 16, 2014 10:03 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press

Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

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U.S. Won't Name China A Currency Manipulator

April 16, 2014 9:57 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer

The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it.                            

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U.S. Indicts 3 Bridgestone Execs For Price-Fixing

April 16, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted one current and two former Japanese executives of Bridgestone Corp. for their involvement in automobile parts price-fixing in the United States.                    

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If Filed, Plane Lawsuits May Not Get Heard In U.S.

April 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States.                 

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Chevy Bringing Tiny Trax To U.S., China

April 16, 2014 9:29 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

GM thinks young buyers and downsizing Baby Boomers who like the Chevy Equinox and the Honda CR-V will go even smaller, as long as they can still sit up high.                           

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FAA Says Hawaiian Didn't Inspect Plane Properly

April 15, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights.                       

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New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts To Pittsburgh Staff

April 15, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades.                               

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Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                         

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Sharp Completes Refrigerator Manufacturing Plant In Egypt

April 15, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press

Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp. held an opening ceremony for its refrigerator manufacturing plant in Quesna near Cairo on Tuesday that will supply the Middle East and Africa.                    

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Couple Gets $1.3M Wind Turbine Settlement

April 15, 2014 10:31 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press

A Vermont couple whose Northeast Kingdom farm became a focal point in the fight against construction of a 21-turbine industrial wind project on Lowell Mountain said Monday that they were selling their 540-acre farm to Green Mountain Power for $1.3 million.  

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Japan Mulls Reducing Corporate R&D Tax Breaks

April 15, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

The government is considering reducing tax breaks for corporate research and development if the corporate income tax rate is cut as sought by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.                        

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Boeing Supplier Considering New Plant To Make Parts For 777X

April 15, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets.                               

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10,000 Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.                        

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Google Buys Drone Maker

April 15, 2014 9:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.                        

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