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Gov: Bridgestone Agrees To Plead Guilty

February 13, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press

Bridgestone Corp. has agreed to plead guilty in a price-fixing conspiracy and pay a $425 million criminal fine in a Justice Department investigation that has swept the automotive parts industry.                 

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Industrial Manufacturing Deal Activity Picks Up In Second Half Of 2013

February 13, 2014 11:30 am | by PwC US

Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the industrial manufacturing sector increased in the second half of 2013, with a 20 percent uptick in activity in the final six months of the year compared to the first half, according to Assembling Value, an annual analysis of global deal activity in the industrial manufacturing industry by PwCUS.

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China's Auto Sales Growth Tumbles In January

February 13, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

Chinese leaders see auto manufacturing as a driver of economic development. But rapid growth has left Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities choking on smog. Some cities have responded by limiting the number of new vehicle registrations.    

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Applications For Jobless Benefits Rise To 339K

February 13, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 8,000 last week to 339,000, evidence that layoffs ticked up. Still, the increase wasn't enough to suggest the job market is worsening.                

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China Announces $1.6B Air Pollution Fund

February 13, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

The fund will be set up to reward rather than offer subsidies for the prevention and control of air pollution in the key areas, according to a statement released after a Wednesday meeting of the State Council led by Premier Li Keqiang.     

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Toyota Recalls 294,000 Vehicles

February 13, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday the recall affects the RAV4 sport utility, Tacoma pickup, and Lexus RX 350 luxury model, manufactured from March 2012 through December 2012. Some 260,000 of the vehicles were sold in the U.S.        

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GM Recalling Nearly 780,000 Compact Cars

February 13, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 compact cars in North America because the engines can shut down unexpectedly and cause crashes. The company says six people have been killed in crashes related to the problem.          

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Huge Thermal Plant Opens As Solar Industry Grows

February 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Brian Skoloff and Michael R. Blood, Associated Press

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles (13 sq. kilometers) of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opens Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants.

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Humanoid Robots Could Soon Replace Store Employees

February 13, 2014 9:06 am | by CBS News

Inventors say robots could soon replace people at grocery stores, airports, and sports stadiums. Lucy McDonald came face to face with one in Southwest England.                            

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Report: Majority Of Americans Want More Food Safety Oversight

February 12, 2014 2:26 pm

Food recall announcements have become something of a news cycle staple in the past few years. From spinach and peanut butter to chicken and pet foods, there seems to be little left in the U.S. food supply that should not be viewed with at least a modicum of suspicion.

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Lexus Tops 2014 Vehicle Dependability List

February 12, 2014 2:16 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Owners of three-year-old vehicles are reporting more problems than they did a year ago, according to J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey of vehicle dependability. It's the first time since 1998 that the average number of problems per vehicle has increased.

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down 11.7 Pct. In December

February 12, 2014 2:12 pm | by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology

December U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $138 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total was down 11.7 percent from November’s total and down 3.9 percent from December 2012.

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Ford China Strong Out Of Gate, Sales Up 53 Pct.

February 12, 2014 2:05 pm | by Ford Motor Company

Ford China gallops into the Year of the Horse with record January sales, posting 53 percent growth and sales of 94,466 wholesale vehicles, compared to 61,567 in January 2013.                      

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Airbus Gets Order For 20 Superjumbo A380s

February 12, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Airbus announced its second major aircraft order of the Singapore Airshow with a deal Wednesday to deliver 20 of its superjumbo A380s to leasing company Amedeo. The 20 planes are worth about $8.3 billion but list prices are often discounted for big buyers.

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Sinkhole Collapses Part Of Corvette Museum In Ky.

February 12, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging eight cars but not shutting down the building. Six of the cars were owned by the museum and two — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — were on loan from General Motors.

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Industry Group Says Indiana Added 960 Solar Jobs

February 12, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Indiana's solar power industry added nearly 1,000 jobs last year, an employment surge that boosted the industry's Hoosier job force by 178 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by a solar advocacy group.            

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Deere Sees Farm Slowdown, Projects Sales Decline

February 12, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

High crop prices have put money into farmers' pockets and driven a boom in demand for Deere's tractors and other motorized farm gear. But Deere says demand for farm equipment is "moderating."                  

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W.Va. Coal Prep Plant Spills Slurry Into Creek

February 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press

A pipeline ruptured at a coal-processing plant Tuesday, sending 108,000 gallons of coal slurry into a Kanawha River tributary, about 18 miles upstream from where a large chemical spill at a different plant tainted drinking water for 300,000 people a month ago.

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GOP's Corker Urges Rejection Of UAW At Volkswagen

February 12, 2014 9:53 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

About 1,500 Volkswagen workers are eligible to cast ballots in a three-day election beginning Wednesday. They'll decide whether the plant becomes the South's first foreign automaker to unionize. But it wouldn't be the UAW's first foray into the state.

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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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