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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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What Would The iCar Look Like? It's Fun To Dream

February 20, 2014 2:05 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer

Rumors have been swirling since news broke this week of a possible meeting between Apple's top executive for acquisitions and the CEO of electric car maker Tesla. With $158.8 billion in cash on its balance sheet, Apple certainly has the money to buy Tesla, which has a market cap of about $24 billion.

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N.Y. Settles Probe Of Generic Drug Manufacturers

February 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

New York's attorney general has announced a settlement with generic drug manufacturers Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA intended to ensure they don't collude to restrict competition.              

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IHS: 4Q Manufacturing Employment Surges To 4-Year High

February 20, 2014 1:52 pm | by Aparna Soni, Economist, IHS Global Insight

At over 12 million jobs nationwide, manufacturing employment is now the highest it has been since 2009. The sector recovered handsomely from the setbacks it had faced earlier in the second and third quarters and is poised to start the new year on a strong footing.

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BP America Prez: Getting Closer To EPA Agreement

February 20, 2014 1:47 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press

The Obama administration suspended BP's ability to get new federal contracts in late November 2012, after it pleaded guilty to criminal counts resulting from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 that killed 11 men and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the gulf.

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2 Solar Projects Approved In California, Nevada

February 20, 2014 1:42 pm | by Christopher Weber, Associated Press

The plants were expected to supply 550 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power about 170,000 homes, Secretary of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a release Wednesday. More than 700 jobs will be created through construction and operations, she said.

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Fertilizer Plant Fire Forces Iowa City Evacuation

February 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

Authorities ordered the evacuation of an entire northern Iowa city Thursday as firefighters battled a fire at a fertilizer plant. Officials said the fertilizer used for crop dusting contains sulfuric acid, and that the evacuation is necessary to prevent residents from breathing in that chemical.

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Mexico Feels Energy Buzz With N. America Summit

February 20, 2014 10:03 am | by Katherine Corcoran, Associated Press

The leaders of the three NAFTA nations met Wednesday in Mexico in part to highlight the economic cooperation that has grown since NAFTA joined the U.S., Canada, and Mexico 20 years ago. But all eyes were on one key area that NAFTA didn't touch: energy.

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China's Manufacturing Slows To 7-Month Low

February 20, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

China's economic activity has slowed steadily as the government tries to reduce reliance on investment in industry and infrastructure and encourage more sustainable growth based on domestic consumption.              

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Nebraska Law That Allowed Keystone XL Struck Down

February 20, 2014 9:54 am | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press

A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.      

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Sen. Markey Calls For Personalized Gun Law

February 20, 2014 9:52 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has unveiled a gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns to be personalized so they can be fired only by their owners or other authorized users.            

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Official: UAW No Deal Breaker For Memphis Site

February 20, 2014 9:50 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.             

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Dongfeng, French Gov't To Invest In Peugeot

February 19, 2014 2:47 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen is getting a 3 billion euro lifeline backed by Chinese investors and the French government in a deal that will see the company's founding family hand over control after more than two centuries at the helm.

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Downside Of Low Inflation: A Weaker Global Economy

February 19, 2014 2:37 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

It might be unfathomable to people who still bear scars from the double-digit inflation of the 1970s, but what the global economy could use right now is a dose of higher prices.                      

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Smiths Detection Receives $42M Order From Army

February 19, 2014 2:27 pm | by Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection has received a $42 million follow-on production order from the US Department of the Army for Chemical Biological Protective Shelters (CBPS) to equip the National Guard. CBPS systems are mobile medical shelters – designed to military specifications – highly resistant to chemical and biological threats. 

Harsh Winter Puts Small Businesses Out In The Cold

February 19, 2014 2:21 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer

This has been the snowiest winter nationally in four years and the coldest in three years, costing businesses of all sizes and their employees an estimated $15 billion that can't be made up, according to research from Planalytics, which analyzes the economic impact of weather.  

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