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Apple, Samsung Fail To Settle Before March Trial

February 24, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have failed to settle their latest patent dispute despite a daylong meeting between top Samsung executives and Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted by a mediator earlier this month.            

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UAW Appeals Volkswagen Workers' Rejection

February 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Raum, Associated Press

In an appeal filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the union asserted that "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" had swayed the election.                      

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Black Hawk Helicopter Maker To Eliminate 600 Jobs

February 24, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

The company that manufactures Black Hawk helicopters said Friday it is eliminating 600 jobs, most of them in Connecticut, as it struggles with cuts to U.S. defense spending and a reduction in the demand for the workhorse aircraft used by the military to strike targets and ferry troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Pa. Firms Expect Gas Boom To Help Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 9:53 am | by Timothy Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Drillers, business leaders, and politicians are hoping the natural gas boom is so big that it brings life to Pittsburgh's stagnant manufacturing sector. The rush of gas from the Marcellus shale and other formations can provide cheap fuel for a renaissance in domestic plastic- and steelmaking. And the ramp-up in drilling has drillers buying more pipes and parts for their work.

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Detroit Automakers Worry About UAW Money Struggles

February 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

They worry that the 382,000-member UAW could be absorbed by a more hostile union. Such a merger could disrupt a decade of labor-management peace that has helped America's auto industry survive the financial crisis and emerge much stronger, according to a person with knowledge of executive discussions.

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Colorado, Utah Move To Hike Smoking Age To 21

February 21, 2014 2:33 pm | by Kristen Wyatt and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press

Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favorably on proposals Thursday to treat tobacco like alcohol and take it away from 18- to 20-year-olds, a move inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers.        

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USDA: Plant Circumvented Inspection Rules

February 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is alleging that a California slaughterhouse engaged in "circumvention" of federal inspection rules — a charge strongly denied by one of the facility's owners.                

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Bhutan, Nissan Partner On Electric Cars

February 21, 2014 2:22 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has tapped Nissan Motor Co. to supply electric cars for its taxis and government fleet, hoping to reduce reliance on imported oil. Under the agreement announced Friday, Nissan will supply its Leaf electric car and set up charging stations in Bhutan.

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Alcoa Cultivates Manufacturing Education In Southern Calif.

February 21, 2014 2:17 pm | by SME Education Foundation

Nurturing students’ innate creative abilities and setting them on a pathway to prosperity with upgraded skills and a broader range of knowledge, doesn’t just “happen.” Alcoa Foundation, New York has pledged $220,000 to support PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education), a community-based approach to manufacturing education.

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Turkey Receives First Of 4 Surveillance Planes

February 21, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Turkey's military has taken delivery of its first Boeing-made surveillance aircraft, part of a $1.5 billion project to modernize its air force.                                

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Detroit Files Plan To Fix Debt, Leave Bankruptcy

February 21, 2014 1:49 pm | by Corey Williams, Associated Press

Detroit's emergency manager filed a plan Friday to restructure the city's $18 billion debt by making cuts to pensions and creditors while offering a blueprint for emerging from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.        

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Transcripts Show Fed Grappling With 2008 Crisis

February 21, 2014 1:43 pm | by Martin Crutsinger and Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writers

Federal Reserve officials agonized throughout 2008 over how far they could go to stop a financial catastrophe that threatened to pull the economy into a deep recession, transcripts of the Fed's policy meetings that year show.        

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Beijing Issues Rare Air Pollution Alert

February 21, 2014 1:34 pm | by Didi Tang, Associated Press

A rare alert issued Friday was an "orange" one — the second-highest in the four levels of urgency — prompting health advisories and bans on barbeques, fireworks, and demolition work, but no order to pull cars from the streets.        

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Japan Trade Deficit Hits Record $27.4B In January

February 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

Japan's trade deficit surged to a monthly record of 2.8 trillion yen ($27.4 billion) in January as imports jumped 25 percent, underscoring the challenge the country faces in restoring export-driven growth.              

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Coca-Cola CFO To Retire As Cost-Cutting Ramps Up

February 21, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Longtime Coca-Cola Chief Financial Officer Gary Fayard will retire in May as the company ramps up its cost-cutting efforts. The world's largest drink maker is trying to keep up with shifting consumer tastes as volume declines in North America reached 1 percent in the most recent quarter.

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Chevy Believes Pinched Wire Caused Pace Car Fire

February 21, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Chevy unveiled its latest pace car lineup Thursday, the same day it said a pinched wire likely caused a trunk fire in the Chevrolet SS pace car during the Sprint Unlimited exhibition race at Daytona on Saturday.            

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EPA Seeks Tougher Safety Standards For Farmworkers

February 21, 2014 10:00 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

The changes would bar almost anyone 16 and younger from handling the most toxic pesticides and require no-entry zones around fields to protect workers from drift and fumes. Farms would also have to post no-entry signs to prohibit workers from entering fields until pesticide residues declined to safe levels.

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Mexico To Trump Japan As No. 2 Car Exporter To U.S.

February 21, 2014 9:57 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press

An $800 million Honda plant opening Friday in the central state of Guanajuato will produce about 200,000 Fit hatchbacks a year, helping push total Mexican car exports to the U.S. to 1.7 million in 2014, roughly 200,000 more than Japan, consulting firm IHS Automotive says.

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Porsche Tells 911 GT3 Owners To Stop Driving Them

February 20, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

Porsche is asking owners of its 911 GT3 models to stop driving them because they can develop engine problems and catch fire. The German sports car maker says it will pick up the cars and take them to a dealership for inspection.       

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Penn. May Uncork Distillery Delivery Rules

February 20, 2014 2:16 pm | by Bill Toland, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania's small distilleries, four of which operate in the Pittsburgh area, could soon be shipping directly to at-home customers thanks to a rule change being considered by the state.                 

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