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Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | Comments

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.                 

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Trade Group To Mediate Shoe Factory Strike

April 18, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press

More than 40,000 workers went on strike this week against Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd., bringing production to a halt at the manufacturer, which makes shoes for companies including Nike and Adidas.             

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Fuji Heavy Increasing Production At Indiana Plant

April 18, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru-brand cars, will boost production capacity at its plant in Fayetteville, Indiana by 30,000 units by the summer to address strong demand in the U.S.                

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Mazda Recalling 109K SUVs

April 18, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press

Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts.                                              

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U.S. Manufacturing Optimism Rises To Highest Level In 8 Years

April 17, 2014 5:02 pm | by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

The positive sentiment about the prospects of U.S. commerce in the next 12 months reached the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2005.                                

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Fed: Growth Picks Up Across Most Of U.S.

April 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

Ten of the Fed's 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday.                                   

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CBO: Boosting Minimum Wage Would Cost Firms $15B

April 17, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.                 

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Google's Project Ara Wants To Change Smartphones

April 17, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Verge

Project Ara, a smartphone you can customize, may seem like a crazy idea, but it's not half as crazy as what it takes to build it.                                    

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Ford Selling Lincoln Cars In China For First Time

April 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.                           

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Chinese Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low cost producer is no longer enough to prosper.                         

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Alfa Romeo Returning To U.S. Market In June

April 17, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press

After a nearly 20-year absence, Italian car maker Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S. market.                                              

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House Dems Pressing Inquiry Into Tenn. VW Vote

April 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

Two House Democrats are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a unionization vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory.    

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1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.                                      

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Strike At Sneaker Factory Snowballs To 30,000

April 17, 2014 9:45 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.              

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The Corvette Z06 Convertible Unveiled

April 16, 2014 4:15 pm | by CNNMoney

The Corvette Z06 Convertible was unveiled at the New York Auto show and boasts as much power as its hard-top sibling.                                      

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Chrysler To Mark Indiana Factory's Opening

April 16, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler is set to mark the opening of a new transmission plant in central Indiana with a ceremony next month including the company's top executive.                              

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Toyota Camry Gets A Makeover

April 16, 2014 1:56 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled at the New York Auto Show, is longer and wider, with a more aggressive design. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.                       

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High Oil Prices Are Actually Good For Airlines

April 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer

Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.                                    

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What Impact Will The Recall Have On GM's Sales?

April 16, 2014 1:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a mishandled recall of small cars, though it's unclear when and how severe.                                       

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AME Leading Efforts To Attract Workers To Manufacturing

April 16, 2014 11:40 am | by Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)

With continued demand for more workers in manufacturing industries, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is leading the charge to reinvigorate the national workforce and attract new personnel.             

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GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 10:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.                

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