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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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Silicon Valley Interns Enjoy Perk-Filled Summer

June 10, 2014 9:35 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

Benefits differ from company to company, but they include free meals, bikes to borrow, commuter buses, massages, swimming pools, dance and language classes, nap pods, parties and paid flights and hotels.              

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B/E Aerospace To Separate Into 2 Businesses

June 10, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press

B/E Aerospace, which makes products for commercial aircraft and business jets, is planning to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies.                             

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GE Breaks Ground on Advanced Manufacturing Facility

June 10, 2014 9:27 am | by General Electric

GE plans to invest $400 million over the next ten years in Greenville, SC to expand the company's advanced manufacturing capabilities.                                  

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Judge To Hear Suits Alleging GM Cars Lost Value

June 10, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press

Lawsuits alleging that General Motors cars lost value because of ignition switch recalls will be heard in a New York City federal court.                                 

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Auto Industry Tries to Lighten Up

June 9, 2014 2:31 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

To meet the U.S. government's goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg (19 kpl) by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.                                 

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MAPI Economic Forecast: Investment Spending Will Drive Growth

June 9, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)Manufacturing production continues to outpace overall economic growth and will be led more by investment than by consumer-driven advances over the next 18 months, according to a new report.

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts that inflation-adjusted gross domestic product will expand 2.5 percent in 2014 and 3.2 percent in 2015. The former is a decrease from 2.8 percent and the latter equal to the 3.2 percent from MAPI’s March 2014 report.

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Report Calls for More Protection for Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

The U.S. government on Friday vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.       

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

June 9, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology

April U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $391.53 million according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT).                                   

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Chinese Exports Rise, Imports Slip

June 9, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press

China says its export growth accelerated in May but imports dipped in a mixed sign for the world's second-biggest economy.                                      

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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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