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Alcoa Keeping 750 Jobs At N.Y. Plant

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

Alcoa Inc. will keep hundreds of jobs at one of its two plants in northern New York in a deal with the state announced two days after the company shut down the other facility.                     

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Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration.            

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Senator: CAT Avoided Billions In Taxes

April 1, 2014 9:39 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press

Executives from manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. are heading to Capitol Hill to explain what one senator calls an aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.                 

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Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.                 

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Rat Poison Maker Challenges California Rule

April 1, 2014 9:33 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.              

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GM Recall Total Continues To Rise

April 1, 2014 9:30 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The new recall brings the number of vehicles GM has recalled since February to 6.3 million.                                             

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Black Hawk Copter Maker Pays $3.5M For Inflating Parts Prices

March 31, 2014 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Federal prosecutors say helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it inflated the cost of spare parts.                            

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Airline Says Plane Systems Partly To Blame For Crash

March 31, 2014 2:28 pm | by Justin Pritchard and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press

Asiana Airlines says a Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport had inadequate warning systems to alert the crew to problems with air speed.                              

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4 Hurt, 200 Evacuated After Washington Plant Fire

March 31, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Authorities say four workers were injured and about 200 residents were evacuated after a large explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing plant in Washington.                      

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Mulally's Pay Up 11 Percent In 2013

March 31, 2014 2:05 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Ford CEO Mulally's compensation rose 11 percent to $23.2 million in 2013, as the company reported record profits in North America and Asia.                                

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Marchionne: Fiat Chrysler Can Boost Output To 6M Cars

March 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Marchionne said that the merged company will be able to increase production to more than 6 million cars a year, a level he says is the minimum for an automaker to compete globally.               

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Beer Brewers In Uproar Over Proposed FDA Rule

March 31, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press

A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.                                  

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Rolls-Royce Plant Explosion Injures 9

March 31, 2014 9:52 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press

Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded.                          

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UAW Membership Grows For Fourth Straight Year

March 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Ken Sweet, Associated Press

In a filing with the Department of Labor, the United Auto Workers said its membership grew by nearly 9,000 people last year.                                     

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More Recalls Push GM Total To 4.8M In 1 Month

March 31, 2014 9:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

General Motors announced two more recalls, bringing the recall total to 4.8 million cars, trucks, and SUVs in the past month.                                      

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Groups Want More Humane Chicken Slaughter

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press

Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.                    

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Another Apple-Samsung Battle Heads To Court

March 31, 2014 9:11 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a much larger concern about what is allowed to be patented.                     

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BMW Plans $1B Expansion In S.C.

March 28, 2014 2:16 pm | by Jeffery Collins, Associated Press

BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles.                       

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GM Tells Dealers To Halt Sales Of Some Chevy Cruzes

March 28, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors has told dealers to stop selling some 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars. But the company won't say why.                                   

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Head Of VW's Lone U.S. Plant Going Back To Germany

March 28, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Frank Fischer, who has headed Volkswagen's only U.S. plant in Chattanooga since its construction, is leaving to manage the automaker's factory in Emden, Germany.                         

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