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Oreo Maker Mondelez Sees Cookie Troubles In China

February 14, 2014 10:43 am | by The Associated Press

The company, which also makes Cadbury, Chips Ahoy, Ritz, and Trident gum, said its core revenue for the final three months of the year rose 2.5 percent, primarily as a result of higher volume.                  

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Renault Earnings Slashed By Over Half In 2013

February 14, 2014 10:41 am | by The Associated Press

Renault says its earnings were more than halved last year even as car sales began to rebound, as heavy restructuring costs ate into the French car maker's profits.                          

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U.S. Probes Mazda CX-9 For Brake Problem

February 14, 2014 10:30 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the power brakes in the Mazda CX-9 crossover SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has seven complaints of unexpected loss of power-assisted brakes. No crashes have been reported.

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Cold Weather Causes Factory Output To Drop

February 14, 2014 10:27 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

Harsh winter weather led to a steep drop in U.S. factory output in January. Manufacturers made fewer cars and trucks, appliances, furniture, and carpeting, as the recent cold spell ended five straight months of increased production.      

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U.S. Ends Probe Of Chrysler Engine Stalling

February 14, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed an investigation into engine stalling in some Chrysler cars after the company extended the fuel tank warranty. The probe covered nearly 154,000 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum cars from 2006.

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California Bill Seeks Warnings On Sugary Drinks

February 14, 2014 9:52 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press

SB1000 would require the warning on the front of all beverage containers with added sweeteners that have 75 or more calories in every 12 ounces. The label would read: "STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay."

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Chevrolet To Oversee Restoring Sinkhole Corvettes

February 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

General Motors Design in Warren, Mich., will manage the painstaking work to repair the eight prize vehicles, the automaker said Thursday. The cars were consumed when the earth opened up early Wednesday beneath a display area when the museum in Bowling Green, Ky., was closed.

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Way Cleared For Medical Claims In 2010 BP Spill

February 14, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for thousands of workers to be compensated for medical treatment for exposure to crude oil or chemical dispersants during the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.            

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Suit Over Missouri Execution Drug Draws Scrutiny

February 14, 2014 9:29 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press

U.S. District Judge Terence Kern in Tulsa, Okla., issued a temporary restraining order Wednesday in a suit filed on behalf of condemned Missouri inmate Michael Taylor. The ruling prohibits Tulsa-based Apothecary Shoppe from selling pentobarbital to the Missouri Department of Corrections. A hearing on the case is next week.

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Google Gets More Guarded About Acquisition Numbers

February 14, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press

The subtle change surfaced this week in Google's 2013 annual report. Google Inc. didn't quantify the total number of deals that it closed last year in the regulatory filing, marking the first time that the U.S. company has withheld that detail since going public in 2004.

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5 Things To Know About The UAW Vote At Volkswagen

February 14, 2014 9:14 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., are voting on whether they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. With a three-day election wrapping up Friday, here's a look at what's at stake.         

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Avon Sets Aside More Money For Bribery Settlement

February 13, 2014 4:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Avon said Thursday that it could pay up to $132 million to settle a long-running bribery investigation and posted another loss, its fourth over the past five quarters. The beauty products direct seller has been cutting costs, eliminating jobs, and leaving markets as its sales decline.

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Nestle: Consumer Demand To Remain Weak In 2014

February 13, 2014 4:31 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press

Nestle, the world's biggest food and drinks maker, said Thursday it expects 2014 to be just as challenging as last year amid falling growth in emerging markets and weaker prices in Europe.                   

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U.S. Businesses Boost Inventories As Sales Slow

February 13, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. businesses restocked their shelves and warehouses at a faster pace in December, but sales slowed, a cautionary sign for the economy. The Commerce Department says inventories rose 0.5 percent after a 0.4 percent increase in November. Sales growth fell to just 0.1 percent, from 0.7 percent in November.

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Debt Limit Saves GOP From Political Showdown

February 13, 2014 4:27 pm | by Donna Cassata, Associated Press

Republicans' new acquiescence to letting the government increase debt paid double political dividends: It spared the GOP another politically debilitating showdown with President Barack Obama and also forced Democrats to cast votes that rivals immediately used against them in this year's midterm elections.

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Court: Ind. Owes IBM Nearly $50M In Welfare Fight

February 13, 2014 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press

IBM Corp. failed to deliver its part of a deal to privatize Indiana's welfare system, but the company is still entitled to nearly $50 million in fees that the state agreed to pay, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday.        

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Nissan Recalling Over 18,000 Vehicles In Japan

February 13, 2014 4:22 pm | by The Associated Press

In a report filed with Japan's transport ministry, the automaker said compressed air induction pipes in the vehicles may detach due to vibration from diesel turbo engines, potentially making it impossible for the vehicles to accelerate or causing engines to stall.

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Nuclear Fusion Project Takes Key Step In Lab Test

February 13, 2014 2:02 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer

Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades. They are still a long way from that goal. The amount of energy they got out of their experimental apparatus was minuscule compared to what they put into it.            

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Marchionne Optimistic He'll Get Canadian Aid

February 13, 2014 1:53 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne said Thursday he's more than halfway to getting what he's seeking from the Canadian and Ontario governments for a proposed multibillion upgrade to its Canadian plants.        

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Pilots' Union Rejects Contract At American Eagle

February 13, 2014 1:43 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer

Eagle wanted the pilots to make labor-cost concessions in exchange for getting new, larger planes. Leaders of the local Air Line Pilots Association chapter rejected the offer Wednesday without sending it to members for a vote.        

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