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GM, Ford, Toyota Feb. Sales Fall

March 3, 2014 1:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

America's top three automakers said the month started slowly but sales began to recover in the second half, a sign that fears of a broader auto sales slowdown may be unfounded.                      

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Pipeline Protesters Arrested In Washington

March 3, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press

The protesters were mostly college students who participated in a peaceful march that began at Georgetown University and ended outside the White House.                             

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Surgeon: 'Bone Putty' Could Accelerate Healing For Soldiers

March 3, 2014 1:42 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products

A Kansas surgeon is working on a $1.6 million research product that seeks to address combat-related trauma issues for soldiers. The product could potentially help heal weight-bearing bone in a fraction of the time it normally takes.   

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Peugeot 308 Voted Car Of The Year

March 3, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press

French automaker Peugeot's compact beat six other finalists — including a pair of electric sports cars, the Tesla S and BMW i3 — and a premium Mercedes S class for the award announced Monday, the eve of the Geneva Auto Show.         

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Manufacturers Optimistic Overall, But Energy Costs Are Big Concern

March 3, 2014 12:27 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Like their peers in other sectors, industrial manufacturing CEOs are much less worried about the global economy than last year, although exchange rate volatility and energy costs are still big concerns.             

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Obama Challenges Congress To Help Create Manufacturing Jobs

March 3, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama points to the launch of two new high-tech manufacturing hubs and a competition to rebuild the nation's roads, bridges, mass transit, ports, and railroads. He says Congress can help in both areas.  

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Cummins Recalls 25K Engines

March 3, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

Engine maker Cummins Inc. and its joint venture Cummins Westport Inc. are recalling 25,013 engines because cold weather could cause a sensor to fail, resulting in an exhaust fire.                      

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Automakers Pack Small Models With Premium Features

March 3, 2014 9:55 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press

One Geneva Auto Show buzzword is small. Mass carmakers are adding premium design features to their city cars as they fight back against premium carmakers' moving in on their small car territory.                

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China Manufacturing Weakens, Economy Cools

March 3, 2014 9:52 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's manufacturing weakened in February and employers cut staff at the fastest rate in nearly five years, a survey showed Monday, adding to signs growth in the world's second-largest economy is cooling.             

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Chrysler, Nissan Post Big Sales Gains

March 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Nissan says its sales were up almost 16 percent to just over 115,000 despite repeated winter storms that struck much of the country. Chrysler sales rose 11 percent to nearly 155,000.                    

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Deere CEO Optimistic In 2014

March 3, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

The CEO of Deere & Co. says this year will be pivotal for the company as lower demand for farm equipment cuts sales but he is optimistic demand for construction equipment and other advanced machinery will strengthen.         

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Germany: No Spy Deal With U.S.

February 28, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press

The German government is conceding that it doesn't expect to reach agreement with Washington in the foreseeable future on a hoped-for "no-spy" deal.                              

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Hospitals Coping With Persistent Drug Shortages

February 28, 2014 2:36 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer

U.S. hospitals are coping better with ongoing shortages of hundreds of medications, but a new survey indicates that obtaining drugs from alternate sources is costing them a lot of money they can't spare.              

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Ex-Construction Lobby Chief Sentenced For Fraud

February 28, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press

A highway construction company owner who once led one of Idaho's most-powerful building groups has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay $3.1 million in restitution.                   

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Sharp May Sell Plant In Jakarta To Cut Costs

February 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Sharp Corp. is considering selling its Pulogadung plant in Jakarta after terminating the production of liquid crystal display televisions and other home appliances to slash costs, sources close to the matter said Friday.         

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Economy Expands At 2.4 Pct. Rate In 4Q

February 28, 2014 12:54 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.4 percent annual rate last quarter, sharply less than first thought, in part because consumers didn't spend as much as initially estimated. Severe winter weather is expected to further slow the economy in the current quarter.

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Google Donates Nearly $7M For San Francisco Program

February 28, 2014 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Google is donating nearly $7 million to allow San Francisco to continue providing free bus and other transportation services to low-income city kids. City officials announced the donation on Thursday and said it will cover an additional two years of the free transit program.

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Mazda Opens Mexican Plant

February 28, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press

"This will be the most important production base under the ongoing structural reform in which the fate of the company is at stake," Mazda Chairman Takashi Yamanouchi said Thursday.                  

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Louisiana, Texas Worst For Industrial Carbon Emissions

February 28, 2014 12:35 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

This week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data ranking each state by annual carbon emissions. The rankings are broken down by sector, including commercial, electric power, residential, industrial, and transportation.  

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PepsiCo Won't Split Snacks, Drinks Units

February 28, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

PepsiCo has rejected a call from activist investor Nelson Peltz to separate its global drinks division from its snack unit, which includes the Fritos, Lay's, and Tostito's brands.                     

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