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Top News Links: Wednesday, March 1

Spain-based auto supplier bringing 150 jobs to Jeff County

Global auto supplier Grupo Antolin plans to invest nearly $10.4 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Jefferson County that will employ 150 people by 2020. The Birmingham area location will add to Spain-based Grupo Antonlin’s extensive worldwide operating footprint, which includes 161 production plants and 25 technical and commercial offices in 26 countries. – Made In Alabama

Birmingham approves short-term business licenses

The Birmingham City Council on Tuesday approved a change to the city code to allow for short-term business licenses. The move was sparked by REV Birmingham's new Reveal Kitchen at the Pizitz Food Hall. The incubator program, located in one of the hall's food stalls, is designed to help aspiring chefs learn the ins and outs of the restaurant business, according to REV. – AL.com

HCA Holdings, AirMed International to partner

HCA Holdings Inc., one of the nation's leading health care services companies, has selected Birmingham-based AirMed International to provide global air medical transport services for the healthcare system's more than 300,000 employees and dependents covered by HCA health insurance. – Aviation Pros

Caddell Construction wins $165M contract in Paraguay

The Montgomery-based Caddell Construction Co. has been awarded a $165 million contract for the construction of the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay. The multi-building complex will be situated on a 14-acre site at the same location as the existing embassy. – BizJournals.com

Company recalling 12K pounds of chicken bites

An Alabama company is recalling more than 12,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products, according to the USDA. Wayne Farms LLC of Decatur said it is issuing the recall after a "possible processing defect" that could have allowed "bacterial pathogens" to be present. – Journal-News.com

Amazon outage ties up internet operations

It didn't quite break the Internet, but a 4-hour outage at Amazon's AWS cloud computing division caused headaches for hundreds of thousands of websites across the United States. Little known to consumers familiar with Amazon's online shopping site, Amazon Web Services is a giant provider of the back-end of the Internet. – USA Today

Honda doubling down on tech inspiration

In the new era of artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles, Honda Motor Co. is planning its own transition from metal-bender to software-coder from this airy loft high above Tokyo with a lounge-like atmosphere and panoramic views of the capital to inspire its workers. The goal: Rekindle the innovative spirit that drove the Japanese automaker to push the envelope with new products such as the omnidirectional motorized Uni-Cub, a unicycle-cum-office stool that riders control by leaning their bodies. – Automotive News

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