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European Car Sales Continue To Grow

March 18, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

European car sales grew for a sixth consecutive month in February but remained at a low level as the market recovered slowly from the financial crisis.                 

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Baucus Wants 'Level Playing Field' For U.S. Businesses In China

March 18, 2014 9:12 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

New U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus embraced the increasingly intertwined relationship between the two countries, saying he would push for fair trade while urging Beijing to respect human rights.         

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Unemployment Rates Drop In 43 States In January

March 17, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose in just one state — Iowa — where the rate increased to 4.3 percent from 4.2 percent.                                 

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President Of W.Va. Spill Company Wants To Get Paid

March 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press

The president of the company that spilled chemicals into 300,000 West Virginians' water supply wants to get paid for work during bankruptcy proceedings.                             

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Another GM Recall: 1.18M SUVs For Air Bag Issues

March 17, 2014 1:41 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

General Motors is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles, including SUVs, vans, and Cadillacs, for defective air bags and other problems.                                

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U.S. Factory Output Rises In Februrary

March 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The Federal Reserve says factory production surged 0.8 percent, nearly reversing a 0.9 percent plunge in January that was due mainly to weather. February's gain was the largest in six months.                  

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Ohio Auto Dealers Join Fight Over Telsa Sales Model

March 17, 2014 12:05 pm | by Julie Carr Smyth, AP Statehouse Correspondent

Ohio is among states proposing to block future Tesla direct-sales stores on grounds they undercut traditional auto dealerships.                                   

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Jack Daniel's Opposes Change To 'Tennessee Whiskey'

March 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Bruce Schreiner and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

State lawmakers are considering dialing back requirements that they say make it too difficult for craft distilleries to market their spirits as Tennessee whiskey, a distinctive and popular draw in the booming American liquor business.     

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Fiat Recalling More Than 18,000 500Ls

March 17, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working.                                    

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Honda Recalling Almost 900,000 Minivans

March 17, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

Honda Motor Co. is recalling 886,815 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. because a fuel pump cover can deteriorate and cause a fuel leak.                                   

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Wind Power Proposal Irks Midwest Farmers

March 17, 2014 9:26 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press

Clean Line Energy Partners wants to spend $2.2 billion to build a 750-mile-long high-voltage overhead transmission line, but farmers don't want the lines on their land.                        

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Toyota Shuts Down 2 Plants In Lockout Over Wages

March 17, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota said Monday it has shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India, locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and allegations of threats against management.                 

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Obama Overtime Plan Stirs Controversy

March 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules "to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day's work."                      

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Report: New Mexico Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 14, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

Federal investigators have uncovered a series of shortcomings in safety training, emergency response, and oversight at the troubled southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump where a truck caught fire and 17 workers were recently contaminated by a radiation leak. 

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Textron Closes $1.4 Billion Purchase Of Beechcraft

March 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Textron completed its purchase of Beechcraft and will combine the airplane maker with its Cessna unit to form an aviation business that generates about $4.6 billion in annual revenue.                   

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Whirlpool To Invest $40M, Add 400 Jobs In Ohio

March 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The plant currently makes KitchenAid mixers and other small kitchen appliances, and Whirlpool said the investment is in response to more demand for those types of high-end cooking gadgets.                   

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BP Can Perform Government Work, Again

March 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

The oil company behind the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history can once again perform work for the federal government.                                    

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Fitch: Impacts Of GM Recall Will Be 'Quite Manageable'

March 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Fitch Group

Find out how the GM recall will impact the company's ratings and financial outlook. This review looks at legal fees, direct recall costs, brand impact, and the use of senior management's time.                  

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Dems Grapple With Dilemma On Keystone XL Pipeline

March 14, 2014 9:55 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The dilemma was highlighted Thursday as President Barack Obama's former national security adviser said Obama should approve the pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message.                 

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Defense Contractor Pleads To Selling Secrets To Chinese Girlfriend

March 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Audrey Mcavoy, Associated Press

Benjamin Bishop, 60, admitted to keeping classified documents at his home, including ones outlining the U.S. Pentagon's China strategy and the U.S. military's force posture in Asia and the Pacific.                

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