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UAW Says 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen

July 11, 2014 | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | Comments

United Auto Workers leaders said Thursday they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.    

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Reynolds, Lorillard in Merger Talks

July 11, 2014 2:56 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer

Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation's biggest tobacco companies.                      

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NHTSA To Probe 500K Ford Cars

July 11, 2014 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.                                      

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CDC Safety Lapses Shut 2 Labs

July 11, 2014 2:52 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer

Citing an anthrax scare and a recurring problem with safety, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs.              

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Infiniti Exec To Head GM's Cadillac

July 11, 2014 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. has named an Infiniti executive to head its Cadillac division, which has struggled with sagging U.S. sales this year while competing luxury brands have advanced.                    

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China Accused of 'Gluttonous, Naked Aggression'

July 11, 2014 2:48 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday accused China of "gluttonous, naked aggression" in its drive to control territory and resources in the South China Sea.                    

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Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake in Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                                     

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Obama Wants Companies To Pay Suppliers Faster

July 11, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday.                      

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Ford Planning $1M Alan Mulally Scholarship

July 11, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

The Alan Mulally Leadership in Engineering Scholarship, announced Thursday, provides financial assistance to students pursuing degrees in automotive engineering.                           

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Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla

July 11, 2014 9:29 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin in a bill that also includes other tax incentives apparently designed to benefit California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. 

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Alcoa Reports 2Q Profit of $138M

July 10, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Alcoa Inc. on Tuesday reported a second-quarter profit of $138 million, reversing a year-ago loss, and the results beat analysts' expectations.                                

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Ford Expects Return to Profit in Europe in 2015

July 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Ford hasn't earned a pretax profit in Europe since 2010, and it lost $1.6 billion in the region last year.                                           

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Is Washington Broken?

July 10, 2014 2:05 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press

To hear President Barack Obama describe it, there's a creeping case of cynicism setting in across the country, leading Americans to suspect that not only is Washington broken, it's beyond fixing.                

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GE Engineering Challenge Offers $1M in Seed Money to Inventors

July 10, 2014 2:03 pm | by GE Reports

The challenge targets two goals: reducing greenhouse emissions from generators producing steam used for extracting oil from the sands, and finding new ways to capture waste heat at the other end of the process.            

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John Wayne Heirs Sue Over 'Duke' Bourbon

July 10, 2014 2:00 pm | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

John Wayne's heirs are taking Duke University to court over the family's right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke.                           

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Apple Wins Court Case on Store Design Trademark

July 10, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press

The European Union's highest court says Apple's characteristic retail store layout may be registered as a trademark.                                       

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Boeing Raises Forecast for Airplane Demand

July 10, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

Boeing raised its long-term forecast for new airplane demand by more than 4 percent, and it's smaller aircraft and orders from the Asia-Pacific region that are driving growth.                      

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Samsung Faces New Child Labor Claim in China

July 10, 2014 9:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant.                    

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House Approves 5 'Manufacturing Jobs for America' Provisions

July 10, 2014 9:35 am

The House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday that includes five innovative skills-training provisions from the Senate’s Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign.                      

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Bay Area Governments Buy 90 Electric Vehicles

July 10, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.               

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Harley-Davidson Recalls Over 66K Motorcycles

July 10, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press

Harley-Davidson is recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year because their front wheels can lock up without warning.                             

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