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Big Auto Recalls Push U.S. To Near-Record Pace

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.                  

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Sriracha Maker Loses Nuisance Battle

April 10, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.                                  

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Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                 

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Volkswagen Orders Dealers To Stop Selling 4 Models

April 9, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen is telling U.S. dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed.                                      

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Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 1:58 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.                

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Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane

April 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press

A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year unveiled a new version of their unique aircraft Wednesday, which they say could remain in the air indefinitely.                 

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Gender Pay Gap Bill Has Little Chance In Senate

April 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press

Democrats are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill, partly designed to energize the party's core voters, stands little chance of surviving in the Senate.            

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NLRB Hears Union Complaints About Mercedes

April 9, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board is considering a complaint filed by union supporters at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, where labor has failed to gain a foothold despite past organizing attempts.           

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GM Auto Workers In Kentucky Vote To Allow Strike

April 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns.                                 

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Ban On Painkiller Raises Constitutional Questions

April 9, 2014 9:24 am | by Philip Marcelo, Associated Press

Gov. Deval Patrick defended the state's first-in-the-nation ban of the powerful new painkiller Zohydro after a federal judge suggested in court that his administration may have overreached.                  

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Toyota Recalling 6.4M Vehicles

April 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and other places.                          

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Employers Advertise More Jobs In February

April 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press

The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 percent from January.                                        

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GM Investing $449M In Detroit-Area Factories

April 8, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car.                               

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Biden Swears In Head Of Small Business Agency

April 8, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Contreras-Sweet says entrepreneurs are the difference-makers in the U.S. economy and that SBA plays a pivotal role in helping them overcome hurdles.                              

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Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

An anti-union group on Monday raised concerns that Volkswagen could move to recognize the United Auto Workers at its Tennessee plant without a vote.                             

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China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the $7.3 billion deal.                     

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Only 2 Midsize SUVs Get Top Crash Test Rating

April 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.                             

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Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                             

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'Lemon Law King' Sues Tesla

April 8, 2014 9:45 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press

Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit Monday against direct-order car maker Tesla Motors, accusing the company of refusing to give a doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000.       

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Church Calls For Wal-Mart Investor Vote On Guns

April 7, 2014 1:59 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

Attorneys for a church in Manhattan are asking a federal judge in Delaware to prohibit Wal-Mart from sending its annual proxy statement to shareholders because it doesn't include its proposal for a shareholder vote involving gun sales.     

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