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GM Recalls 89K Vehicles

June 9, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors is recalling more than 89,000 autos because of air bag defects and other problems.                                            

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Automakers Help Save Detroit's Art Treasures

June 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Corey Williams, Associated Press

General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are stepping into Detroit's bankruptcy picture by pledging $26 million to help support retiree pensions while keeping the city's art treasures off the auction block.               

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Tyson Wins Bid War for Hillshire

June 9, 2014 9:58 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer

Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. has won a bidding war for Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, with a $63 per share offer.                          

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5 Trends Expected at E3

June 9, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press

From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of becoming The Next Big Thing.                              

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Where Have All the Missing Workers Gone?

June 9, 2014 9:52 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

While the overall jobless level has dropped to non-recession levels, the number of working-age people with jobs is barely over 6 in 10, hovering at a level reminiscent of the late 1970s.                   

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Chinese Group Uses App To Shame Polluters

June 9, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

A Chinese environmental group launched a smartphone app on Monday that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and is welcoming public monitoring of companies that pollute.

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Hershey Sues Edible Pot Company

June 9, 2014 9:32 am | by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press

The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado marijuana edibles maker, claiming it makes four pot-infused candies that too closely resemble iconic products of the chocolate maker.                       

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Roll-Royce Opening Luxury Car Showroom in Cambodia

June 9, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press

Fabled luxury car maker Rolls-Royce will soon be marketing its goods in one of the world's poorest countries: Cambodia.                                      

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Survey: Growth To Pick Up, Hiring To Remain Steady

June 9, 2014 9:18 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. economic growth should accelerate in the second quarter and remain healthy for the rest of this year, according to a forecast by a group of U.S. business economists.                       

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CAT Closing 3 Illinois Plants

June 9, 2014 9:07 am | by The Associated Press

Caterpillar Inc. has announced plans to close three production facilities in Illinois and move the work to a plant in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.                              

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Profits Are Up: And So Are Corporate Income Taxes

June 6, 2014 2:00 pm | by PwC US

Average effective tax rates (ETR) over the past three years have continued to edge upward for industrial products and automotive sectors, reflecting a modest rebound in the global business climate that is leading to increased profits at many companies. 

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AME Debuts Job Board, Connecting Workers With Manufacturing Jobs

June 6, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) announced the debut of the AME Manufacturing Job Board, a valuable resource for both job seekers and manufacturing companies across the country.               

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NASA Offering $1.5 Million Prize in New Centennial Challenge

June 6, 2014 1:50 pm | by MSFC-NASA Marshall News

Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA's capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation's robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.           

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German Spy Agency Comes Clean

June 6, 2014 1:39 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press

Germany's foreign intelligence agency officially lifted the lid on some of its worst-kept secrets Friday, acknowledging that half a dozen facilities around the country are in fact spy stations — as anyone with Internet access could already figure out.

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Walmart Under Scrutiny at Annual Meeting

June 6, 2014 1:31 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

The annual Walmart shareholder's meeting on Friday drew about 14,000 people. The company is under scrutiny on all fronts, as it faces stiff drops in revenue, a reduction in customers and ongoing labor disputes.             

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BMW Supplier Closing S.C. Plant

June 6, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press

A South Carolina plant that makes exhaust systems for BMW will close by the end of the year, leaving 150 workers without a job.                                     

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Teamsters Warn Against Sysco, US Foods Merger

June 6, 2014 10:59 am

The Teamsters Union cautioned that Sysco's proposed acquisition of US Foods could limit competition and negatively affect consumers, food suppliers, small business owners and government agencies.                

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Purdue University Planning Melon Safety Workshops

June 6, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

Purdue University experts are planning two workshops to help southwestern Indiana's melon growers follow the proper food safety practices as they prepare for the upcoming harvest.                       

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Former Japanese Exec Indicted for Price-Fixing

June 6, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted a former executive at a Japanese auto parts maker on accusations that he helped fix the prices of seatbelts sold to leading Japanese automakers.               

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What's Next For GM After The 'Switch From Hell'

June 6, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

GM on Thursday released the results of an internal investigation into the delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches. But the 315-page report doesn't bring the issue to a close.               

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