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Google, Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons
Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.
US economic growth rate stays at 2.2% in Q4
U.S. economic growth slowed in the fourth quarter and economists are looking for an even weaker showing in the first quarter as severe winter weather takes a toll on the economy.
BMW recalls nearly 49K motorcycles; rear wheel can loosen
BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.
US probes 2 VW models for steering column control failure
U.S. safety regulators are investigating reports that a steering column control computer can fail on two Volkswagen models, knocking out the horn and air bags.
Detroit gets funding to buy homes near aging City Airport
Detroit has secured funding to buy homes in a desolate neighborhood near an aging airport, raising hopes of revitalization.
Jury deliberations to resume in Silicon Valley lawsuit
Jurors who will decide the outcome of a much-watched gender discrimination lawsuit against a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm are set to enter their third day of deliberations.
Lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules
Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
200 hens missing from California farm weeks before Easter
Less than two weeks before Easter, a farmer says more than 200 hens that lay eggs with shells in subtle shades of green, blue, rose and chocolate brown have been stolen.
Microsoft wants US suppliers to give employees paid time off
Microsoft says it will push its U.S. suppliers to give their employees doing work for the technology company paid time off.
Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.69 percent
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, edging closer to historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi paid $19.1 million in 2014
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was given a pay package worth $19.1 million in 2014 after the snack-and-beverage maker said it met or beat its own financial targets for the year.
Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week
Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that strong hiring should continue despite signs of slower economic growth at the start of 2015.
FDA to scrutinize unproven alternative remedies
Federal officials plan to scrutinize the safety and evidence behind alternative remedies like Zicam and Cold-Eeze, so-called homeopathic products that are protected by federal law, but not accepted by mainstream medicine.
New Samsung, HTC phones coming April 10 in US
New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10.
Bill would create organic-style labels for modified foods
Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.
FDA approves new drug for anthrax poisoning
Federal health officials say they have approved an infusible drug to treat patients who have been exposed to anthrax.
North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule
North Dakota is considering challenging a new federal fracking rule for U.S. government lands.
Buffett buying more of his favorite foods in Kraft deal
Warren Buffett's investments will soon include more foods that could be on a menu for his favorite cheeseburger meal once H.J. Heinz's acquisition of Kraft Foods is complete.
Feds to investigating safety of Lumber Liquidators flooring
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the safety Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring made in China.
Massachusetts gas prices drop 9 cents per gallon
The price of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts has plunged 9 cents in the past week and is now a full dime below the national average.
BMW: SC plant, workers have produced 3 million vehicles
BMW Manufacturing Co. and its workforce are celebrating the production of its 3 millionth vehicle in South Carolina.
FDA: Recall expanded for Blue Bell Ice Cream products
Federal authorities say Blue Bell is expanding the recall of some ice cream products because of possible exposure to the listeria bacteria.
Lockups in 5 states to lessen use of solitary confinement
A New York-based criminal justice nonprofit says it will work with jails and prisons in five states to reduce the use of solitary confinement.
House unveils cyber bill, signals bipartisan compromise
House intelligence committee leaders have unveiled a bipartisan cybersecurity bill amid signs of broad agreement on long-sought legislation that will allow private companies to share with the government details of how they are hacked, without fear of being sued.
Dad: Fugitive son afraid his Facebook trial wouldn't be fair
The father of a fugitive accused of falsely claiming he's owed a majority ownership in Facebook says his son doesn't trust the criminal justice system.
GM recalls Chevy Malibus to fix sunroof control issue
General Motors is recalling nearly 92,000 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedans to fix a problem with the power sunroof controls.
Mercedes recalls 30,000 cars to fix rear tail lamp problem
Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.
Russian police detain union members protesting VW layoffs
A Russian union official says 15 members have been briefly detained by police as tensions rise in disputes involving Volkswagen and Peugeot factories.
House Democrats unveil budget matching Obama's tax increases
House Democrats have unveiled a $3.7 trillion budget plan for next year.
Taylor Swift, Microsoft among those buying up .porn suffixes
The singer Taylor Swift, Microsoft Corp. Harvard University are among those buying up .porn and .adult Web suffixes as a pre-emptive move before those domain names become available this summer.
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