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EU Investigates Apple, Starbucks, Fiat Tax Deals

June 11, 2014 1:35 pm | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press

The European Union's antitrust regulator has launched an investigation into tax deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with some European countries, the start of a wider push to keep multinationals from taking advantage of loopholes.   

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Mitsubishi, Siemens Mull Joint Alstom Bid

June 11, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and German rival Siemens AG say they are considering making a joint bid for parts of French engineering firm Alstom.                            

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Lew: Economy Still Facing Major Challenges

June 11, 2014 1:31 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the economy should grow at much stronger rates the rest of this year as the country overcomes the impact of a harsh winter.                           

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Fight Continues Over Definition of Tennessee Whiskey

June 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

A battle between two worldwide liquor companies is being waged over who has the right to label their drink as following authentic Tennessee style.                              

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Workers Safe After Blasts at Montana Plant

June 11, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

Explosions and a fire rocked a fiberboard plant Tuesday in northwest Montana, but all of the workers inside were safely led from the building, and no major injuries were reported, authorities said.               

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Are Flying to the Farm

June 11, 2014 9:44 am | by Johnny Clark, Associated Press

Aerial drones, a technology perhaps best known for helping hunt terrorists, may soon begin helping U.S. farmers monitor what's happening in their fields.                            

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Toyota Expands Recall for Air Bag Problem

June 11, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 650,000 vehicles in Japan and repeating a recall for problems with front passenger air bag inflators announced last year, seeking to fix some 2.27 million vehicles.             

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Airbus Loses Order for 70 Planes

June 11, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Emirates Airlines has cancelled its order for 70 Airbus A350 aircraft, a blow to the manufacturer that has seen its share price sink 4 percent in morning trading.                          

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Perry Brings Fight for Tesla to California

June 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press

California and Texas are among a handful of states fighting for the planned battery plant, which will represent a $5 billion investment from the California-based car company and its partners.                 

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Businesses Ramp Up Job Searches in April

June 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. companies advertised more jobs in April than in any month in six and a half years, a possible harbinger of strong hiring in the months ahead.                              

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Cargill To Change Hog Production Facilities

June 10, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press

Spurred by pressure from animal-rights groups, Cargill Pork has announced plans to change how it houses sows.                                         

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Kohler Brings Artists to Factory To Inspire

June 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press

The company known for kitchen and bathroom fixtures has opened its factory floor to artists for the past 40 years, allowing them to share ideas and techniques with factory workers so that both can be inspired.            

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GM: No More Serious Safety Issues Lurking

June 10, 2014 1:27 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.                            

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Top Manufacturers Urge Action on Immigration

June 10, 2014 1:24 pm | by Erica Werner, Associated Press

Some of the nation's leading businesses are prodding lawmakers to act on immigration legislation as the issue enters a critical phase on Capitol Hill.                              

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Heinz, Ford Team Up To Turn Tomato Skins Into Auto Parts

June 10, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press

According to a joint news release, scientists at both companies believe they can use tomato fibers to manufacture composite materials used for wiring brackets, or storage bins in cars instead of petroleum-based plastics.         

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Crown Equipment Promotes National Forklift Safety Day

June 10, 2014 11:23 am | by Crown Equipment Corporation

According to the ITA, National Forklift Safety Day serves “as a focal point for manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts and importance of operator training. This day provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, policymakers and the administration on forklift operating safety practices.”

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Sued Over Fatal Crash

June 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press

An engine manufacturer in Canada is to blame for a small plane's ocean landing and the death of Hawaii's former health director, her brother said in a lawsuit filed Monday.                       

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Walmart: Truck in Morgan Crash Had Crash Prevention System

June 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The Walmart truck involved in the accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another passenger in his limo bus had a system designed to slow the truck's speed and notify the driver of stopped traffic ahead.          

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Auto Parts Maker Expanding Ohio Headquarters

June 10, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

Dana Corp. says the project is estimated to cost $7 to $10 million and will allow the company to move about 200 employees into its main office.                               

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Nissan Launching Datsun-Brand Hatchback in South Africa

June 10, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday it will launch a Datsun-brand hatchback in South Africa later this year.                                           

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