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Less than a month ago, Hyundai announced it would be adding a third shift at its Alabama assembly plant, resulting in an additional 877 jobs. You'd imagine with Alabama running a 7.2-percent unemployment rate in April – ranking right in the middle of the 50 states – competition for those jobs would be pretty serious. But nobody, least of all Hyundai, expected this. As of May 22, the automaker had received some 18,500 applications, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

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Berlin is facing a rash of vehicle arson this year with more than 320 vehicles set ablaze in 2011 so far. Authorities claim that at least 140 of those incidents have been politically motivated, with the arsonists leaving notes at the scene. Those crimes have targeted luxury makes like BMW and Mercedes-Benz as part of growing unrest among Germany's lower classes. The notes typically contain some sort of anti-gentrification message. As for the rest of the torchings, law enforcement says those crim

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When President Obama tapped General Electric chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt to be his top outside economic adviser, my first reaction was: Really?

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If you need a new car but your job at the First National Bank of the City Federal isn't exactly guaranteed, Hyundai has an offer just for you.

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Yesterday, 1,000 Chrysler plant workers who had been idled showed up for shifts at the company’s Belvidere, IL plant where the new Dodge Caliber and upcoming Jeep Compass are made. About 360 workers were current Belvidere employees, while the rest came from Delaware, Alabama, Indiana and Ohio. The extra workers raise the plant’s payroll from 1,650 to 2,650 and double its capacity.

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In fact, the UAW's response came as swiftly as a scorned party's rebuttal after a presidential State of the Union address. Likewise, the response proved equally predictable: They're peeved, and they're not going to go quietly into the unemployment lines:

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