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UN Weighs Laws For 'Killer Robots'

May 13, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

Diplomats urged the adoption of new international laws Tuesday that could govern the use of "killer robots" if the technology becomes reality someday.                              

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Volkswagen to Complete Scania Purchase

May 13, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

German automaker Volkswagen AG has enough shares to take complete ownership of Swedish truck-maker Scania and move ahead with integrating its commercial vehicle business.                       

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Qualcomm Managers Charged with Insider Trading

May 13, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

Two former Qualcomm Inc. managers were criminally charged with insider trading for allegedly buying shares of a semiconductor maker before Qualcomm announced an agreement to buy the company.                   

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Ex-Nissan Worker Accused of Illegally Accessing Company Data

May 13, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press

A former employee of Nissan Motor Co. was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of illegally acquiring company trade secrets, police said.                                   

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Porsche Sued Over Crash That Killed Paul Walker

May 13, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press

The widow of the man who was driving a Porsche sports car that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued the automaker on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in a fiery crash in November.             

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13 Arrests After Italian Factory Makes Bad Mozzarella

May 13, 2014 9:07 am | by The Associated Press

Police in Italy have shut down a mozzarella factory and arrested 13 people after finding that prized local buffalo milk was being cut with cheaper imported cow milk.                          

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Frozen Food Group Fights Lagging Sales

May 12, 2014 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press

Frozen food makers plan to launch their first national TV ad in defense of their products on Tuesday as the category fights to boost slipping sales.                              

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Gov't Failed to Inspect Higher Risk Oil Wells

May 12, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.                 

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Hillshire Brands Buys Pinnacle Foods for $4.23B

May 12, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

Hillshire Brands is buying Pinnacle Foods, whose brands include Duncan Hines and Aunt Jemima, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $4.23 billion.                           

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Survey Investigates Manufacturing Firms Use of Mobile Apps

May 12, 2014 1:43 pm | by Canvas

Among manufacturing firms that have deployed mobile apps to their workforces, 48 percent are using mobile apps for inspections, followed by 36 percent for work orders and 23 percent for surveys.                  

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Chrysler Reports $690M 1Q Loss

May 12, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler Group lost $690 million in the first quarter due to charges related to its merger with Italian automaker Fiat SpA.                                      

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Wall Collapses at China Plant, Kills 18

May 12, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press

Heavy rain caused a retaining wall to collapse at a recycling plant in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao on Sunday, killing 18 people.                                 

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Mine Workers' Union Backs Coal Dust Rule

May 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press

The United Mine Workers of America is giving "qualified support" to the Obama administration's new rule aimed at cutting the amount of coal dust in coal mines.                           

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Nissan Profit Up as Sales Outpace Industry

May 12, 2014 9:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Nissan's quarterly profit edged up nearly 5 percent as sales grew around the world and a favorable exchange rate helped earnings.                                    

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Missouri Mulls Tesla Sales Ban

May 12, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

Tesla Motors is decrying a last-minute legislative move to prohibit direct car sales to Missouri consumers in a battle playing out in several states between the California company and traditional car dealers.            

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At Walmart, Obama Touts Steps to Deploy Solar Technology

May 12, 2014 9:42 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

Calling it the right thing to do for America's bottom line, Obama announced new steps to deploy solar technology, showcasing steps to combat climate change that don't require consent from a disinclined Congress.            

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Chrysler Recalls 780K Minivans

May 12, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is recalling 780,000 minivans to replace window switches that can short-circuit and overheat if exposed to moisture.                                    

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China's President: Get Used to Slower Growth

May 12, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press

China's president has told the country to get used to slower growth, damping expectations of a new stimulus.                                          

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Wholesale Stockpiles Rise in March

May 9, 2014 2:01 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles in March by the largest amount in five months while sales increased at the fastest clip in 10 months.                            

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P&G Pulls Detergent Over Neo-Nazi Code

May 9, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press

Detergent manufacturer Procter & Gamble has prompted anger in Germany after unintentionally placing a neo-Nazi code on promotional packages for Ariel washing powder.                        

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