Motorola bias protest upheld; FBI urged to redo bid solicitation again

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WASHINGTON -- Responding to a vendor protest, the Government Accountability Office has concluded the FBI should for a second time scrap its planned acquisition of a new nationwide two-way radio system because its proposal amounts to a single-source award to industry giant Motorola Solutions Inc.

Lawyers for the GAO, which serves as the referee ...Read more

UnitedHealth plans to hire 1,700 in Twin Cities

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MINNEAPOLIS -- UnitedHealth Group plans to hire 1,700 employees in the Twin Cities over the next six months, the health insurer announced Monday.

UnitedHealth, based in suburban Minneapolis, also announced openings for 140 customer service representatives in Duluth and for more than 1,000 jobs that could be filled by people working from home ...Read more

Polaris recalls 53,000 2015 ATV models due to fire risk

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Polaris Industries is recalling several 2015 all terrain vehicles due to a possible fire hazard caused by an installation error that may prompt the fuel tank vent line to pinch and catch fire, company officials announced Monday.

The voluntary recall, which affects 53,000 Polaris's 2015 RZR 900 and 1000 ATV models, was reported to...Read more

Tribune Publishing offers employee buyouts to cut costs

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CHICAGO -- In yet another sign of the continuing downward pressure on newspaper industry revenues, Tribune Publishing offered buyouts to non-union employees across the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and its other media holdings on Monday in a bid to cut costs.

The buyouts would give employees one week of base pay for every year of ...Read more

General Mills recalls gluten-free Cheerios

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MINNEAPOLIS -- General Mills is recalling about 1.8 million boxes of gluten-free Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios because the cereal was accidentally made with some wheat flour, which by nature has gluten.

The recall announced Monday comes at a time when General Mills, based in suburban Minneapolis, is trying to bolster its sagging cereal ...Read more

Hartford HealthCare suspends merger talks with Day Kimball Hospital, citing state Medicaid cuts

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hartford HealthCare said Monday that because of the pending state cuts in Medicaid in Connecticut, its effort to absorb Day Kimball Healthcare has been suspended.

The parent of Hartford Hospital, in a written release, said it might eventually pursue the affiliation with Day Kimball, which is located in Putnam and has several ...Read more

Former UBS employee wins court ruling that bolsters whistleblower protections

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Richard Trusz, a former UBS employee in Hartford who sued after he was fired in 2008, won a victory at the State Supreme Court Monday.

The court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that employees who make arguments at work about matters of public concern are protected by state law against retaliation -- with stronger protections ...Read more

Race is on to file suits against VW

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LOS ANGELES -- Volkswagen's stunning admission that it rigged its diesel cars to pass emissions tests is setting up one of the largest, costliest legal cases in U.S. history.

And it could all be played out in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles.

More than 230 federal class-action lawsuits have been filed against the German automaker in courts ...Read more

UAW trying to set record straight on deal

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DETROIT -- UAW union leadership is taking active steps to better inform members of the tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that they rejected but which could still provide a starting point for a modified agreement if the two sides return to the table.

UAW President Dennis Williams, in a letter to the membership posted on Facebook...Read more

Look West for winners in Trans-Pacific Partnership deal

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WASHINGTON -- The successful conclusion of a 12-nation agreement to free up trade across the Pacific region will significantly boost trade and transportation along the U.S. West Coast and also could spread other benefits across the country.

The immediate trade benefits are likely to fall largely on the West Coast because of geography and ...Read more

China left out of landmark trade deal, but door is left open for the future

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BEIJING -- The hard-won Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is a boon for U.S. efforts to exert influence in Asia amid increasing competition with China, which has been flexing its growing economic and military might in the region.

China, the world's second-biggest economy, is noticeably absent from the 12-nation pact.

Japanese Prime Minister ...Read more

American Apparel files for bankruptcy; manufacturing to remain in US

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LOS ANGELES -- American Apparel, the trendy but troubled Los Angeles clothier, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday -- yet another blow to a company that has been struggling since ousting its chief executive last year.

The firm said it had reached an agreement with 95 percent of its secured lenders to implement a financial ...Read more

McDonald's begins all-day breakfast Tuesday

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CHICAGO -- Come Tuesday, red-blooded Americans will be able to buy McDonald's breakfast throughout the day and night.

You want pancakes for dinner? Done. Afternoon Egg McMuffin? Nothing can stop you now.

While all-day breakfast was available early in some locations, its long-awaited official rollout nationwide is intended to help boost sales ...Read more

As cash goes out of fashion, ATM fees soar

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If you have an unquenchable thirst for beer but your billfold is empty, think twice before using that ATM in the corner of the bar -- it might end up costing you more than your drink.

Getting your hands on your cash has never been so expensive, according to a survey that found the national average out-of-network ATM fee has risen ...Read more

Twitter interim CEO Jack Dorsey gets permanent job

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Jack Dorsey, Twitter's co-founder and interim CEO, became the social media company's permanent leader Monday, ending a tumultuous three-month search.

The promotion gives Dorsey, ousted from the same job in 2008, a second chance to turn around a tech firm that has struggled to attract more users and impress Wall Street.

He also...Read more

Drugmakers say Pacific trade pact to stifle investment in cures

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WASHINGTON -- The biotechnology industry, whose ranks include Gilead Sciences Inc. and Amgen Inc., criticized the deal struck by negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement to let drugmakers keep data secret for at least five years, saying negotiators should have extended protection for 12 years.

"BIO strongly believes that 12 years...Read more

In regaining CEO job, Twitter's Jack Dorsey follows in Steve Jobs' footsteps

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It's a storyline that the tech world has seen before.

A company co-founder -- visionary but immature -- gets booted as chief executive, then goes on to create and lead a new company only to return years later to his original startup to take the reins once again.

With the announcement Monday that Jack Dorsey is back as permanent CEO of Twitter,...Read more

Carly Fiorina again tackles her legacy at Hewlett-Packard

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When Carly Fiorina ran for U.S. Senate, opponents depicted the former corporate executive as a cold-hearted job killer, using her past statements like a noose around her neck.

Americans have no God-given right to a job, said the former Hewlett-Packard chief. When you're talking about massive layoffs, sometimes they're warranted...Read more

Baltimore hybrid engine inventor wins $29 million in verdict against Hyundai and Kia

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BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore-based inventor of hybrid engine technology and the Abell Foundation, which invested in the company, have won a $28.9 million jury award in a patent infringement case against Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp.

The automakers knowingly used technology developed by Paice, a firm that designed a way to improve...Read more

Pacific trade deal strengthens Obama's hand in Asia strategy

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WASHINGTON -- The 12-nation Pacific trade deal cements President Barack Obama's strategic pivot toward Asia and challenges China to accept U.S.-backed rules for doing business.

A trading bloc stretching from Chile to Japan, with the U.S. at the economic center, bolsters Obama's effort to counter growing Chinese military and economic influence ...Read more