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    DETROIT (AP) — Scientists hired by the auto industry have determined the circumstances that cause Takata air bags to explode violently and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers, a person briefed on the matter said.

    HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration has approved the first U.S. factory in Cuba in more than half a century, allowing a two-man company from Alabama to build a plant assembling as many as 1,000 small tractors a year for sale to private farmers in Cuba.

    DARIEN, N.Y. — At the wise age of 79, Dolores Westfall knows food shopping on an empty stomach is a fool’s errand. On her way to the grocery store last May, she pulled into the Town & Country Family Restaurant to take the edge off her appetite.


    BASEL, Switzerland — China National Chemical agreed to buy Swiss pesticide and seeds maker Syngenta for more than $43 billion in cash as the state-backed company extends its shopping spree with what would be the biggest acquisition by a Chinese firm.

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors earned $6.3 billion in the fourth-quarter, helped by a large tax benefit tied to revalued assets in certain European countries.

    SEATTLE — Microsoft is recalling about 2.44 million of its Surface tablet power cords because of the risk of fire or electrical shocks, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Soon, losing your ATM card won’t be the financial life-stopping event it used to be. Just don’t also lose your phone.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates from record lows last month, the global picture has darkened. Stock markets have plunged. Oil prices have skidded. China's leaders have struggled to steer the world's second-biggest economy.

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