CBRE in Talks to Buy Johnson Controls Unit

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CBRE Group., the world’s largest commercial real-estate services company, is negotiating to buy the division of Johnson Controls Inc. that manages 1.8 billion square feet of corporate real estate globally.

Google Snubs Robotics Rivals

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Google is the hottest company in the robotics business, but it wants no part of a Pentagon-backed robot-building contest. Its decision to drop out of the competition has irked some robotics experts.

Canadian Crude Exports by Rail Drop in Latest Quarter

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Canada’s national energy regulator said Thursday exports of crude oil by rail dropped in the latest quarter, a sign that lower oil prices have made shipments by rail less attractive to some Canadian crude producers.

Study Touts Self-Driving Cars

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Self-driving vehicles could reduce accidents in the U.S. by 90%, says consulting firm McKinsey & Co., saving lives and eliminating $190 billion in damages and health-care costs a year.

Limits Sought on GMO Corn as Pest Evolves

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U.S. regulators are proposing limits on the planting of some genetically engineered corn to combat a voracious pest that has evolved to resist the bug-killing crops, a potential blow to makers of biotech seed.

New Jersey's Exxon Settlement Questioned

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New Jersey’s proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon for years of environmental damage—after state officials previously argued for $8.9 billion—came under scrutiny as legislators and environmentalists called for separate probes and rejection of the deal.

The Fed's Aim Needs Work

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Ahead of the Tape: The time for target practice would seem to be running short at the Federal Reserve if Friday’s jobs report comes in anywhere near expectations.

U.S. Airlines Detail Claims of Subsidies to Persian Gulf Rivals

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The three largest U.S. airlines released details of a report they say demonstrate $40 billion in government subsidies and unfair advantages their three state-owned Persian Gulf rivals have allegedly received since 2004.

Energy Companies Seek Conversations With Banks on Evaluating Collateral

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Energy producers are facing a test through the spring as they enter a period where banks re-evaluate the assets against which they can borrow.

Harris Originally Proposed $22 a Share All-Cash Offer for Exelis

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Harris Corp. first proposed offering $22 a share in cash for Exelis Inc. before twice raising its proposal to the $23.75 accepted last month by its smaller defense-industry rival, according to a regulatory filing.

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