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Audi, GMC, Volvo Crack Reliability Survey Top 10

October 28, 2013 2:31 pm | by AP

Three Japanese brands — Lexus, Toyota and Acura — took the top spots in this year's survey, and seven of the top 10 brands are Japanese. But three non-Japanese brands — Audi, Volvo and GMC — cracked the top ten.         


Tenn. Officials Steer Clear Of Zero-Emissions Plan

October 28, 2013 2:29 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Governors from eight other states representing 23 percent of the U.S. auto market pledged Thursday to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on roadways by 2025.                 


DuPont Sued Over Cancer

October 28, 2013 2:26 pm | by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press

The recent litigation is the latest in a years-long battle between DuPont and residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley, in the heart of Appalachia along the Ohio River.               


Beechcraft Negotiating Over Some Assets

October 28, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Beechcraft Corp. CEO Bill Boisture says the company is "dangerously" close to reaching a deal with a potential buyer for its Hawker 4000 and Premier business jet assets.              


Officials Investigating Death At Wrigley Plant

October 28, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press

Occupational safety officials are investigating Chattanooga's Wrigley Manufacturing plant after a 34-year-old woman died there.                     


Philips Scraps Deal To Sell Audio Equipment Unit

October 28, 2013 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

Royal Philips NV said Friday it is terminating a deal to sell its home audio equipment unit to Japan's Funai Electric Co. due to what is said was Funai's breach of contract.             


Gov Criticized Over Layoffs At Ohio Aluminum Plant

October 28, 2013 9:22 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent

Republican Gov. John Kasich is facing criticism over the indefinite shuttering of Ormet Corp., an aluminum smelting giant along the Ohio River and the onetime largest customer of American Electric Power. About 1,000 workers — mostly unionized steelworkers — are out of work.


Survey Points To Pick-Up In Global M&A

October 28, 2013 9:13 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press

Growing optimism over the global economy is likely to lead to a marked pick-up in the number of mergers and acquisitions over the coming months, a survey of executives found Monday.            


Toyota Outsells GM In First 9 Months Of Year

October 28, 2013 9:12 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota's global sales for the first nine months of the year reached 7.41 million vehicles, little changed from the previous year but outpacing General Motors to keep its lead as the world's top-selling automaker.       


Government Investigating Jeep Liberty Fire Reports

October 25, 2013 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press

The federal government is investigating Jeep Liberty SUVs after two reports of fires in the driver's side doors.                       


DuPont Spinning Off Performance Chemicals Unit

October 25, 2013 12:14 pm | by Randall Chase, Associated Press

The DuPont Co. said Thursday that it is spinning off its struggling performance chemicals unit into a separate shareholder-owned public entity.                  


Jack Daniel's In Legal Fight With Small Distiller

October 25, 2013 12:12 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

A white whiskey named for an Appalachian moonshiner was first sold in Mason jars, but recently switched to square-shaped bottling.                    


Long-Lasting U.S. Factory Goods Orders Rise

October 25, 2013 12:08 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

A jump in demand for commercial airplanes boosted orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods last month. But orders for most other goods fell as businesses cut spending, a possible sign of concern about the partial government shutdown that began Oct. 1.


FDA Proposes Rules To Make Animal Food Safer

October 25, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer.                 


U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Rise By Most Since January

October 25, 2013 12:00 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. wholesalers boosted their stockpiles in August by the most in seven months, a positive sign that many companies expected demand to rise.                  


Michigan Battery Factory To Resume Production

October 25, 2013 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

A Michigan factory that makes lithium-ion batteries for General Motors Co. plans to resume commercial production on Monday after halting production because of a controversy over a chemical.          

1 Dead, 40 Hurt In Mexican Candy Factory Explosion

October 25, 2013 9:32 am | by Ricardo Chavez, Associated Press

An explosion inside a candy factory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities said.                


Feds Won't Investigate Tesla Electric Car Fire

October 25, 2013 9:30 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

U.S. auto safety regulators have decided not to open a formal investigation into the Oct. 2 fire that damaged a Tesla electric car near Seattle.                  


Peugeot Citroen Workers Protest Plant Closure

October 25, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

PSA Peugeot Citroen workers marched and waved banners to protest the closure of a historic Citroen plant as the factory's last car came off the assembly line Friday.               


Stryker To Pay $13.3M To Resolve SEC Inquiry

October 25, 2013 9:26 am

Medical device maker Stryker will pay the U.S. government $13.3 million to settle allegations it made illegal payments to government employees in five countries.               



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