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    NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Friday, November 22.

    Ikea employing 75 at former Bosch plant in Morrilton
    Vinh Long, a manufacturer of a variety of home furnishing products made from natural fiber mixed with industrial materials, today announced plans to locate a new manufacturing facility in the former Bosch building in Morrilton. The new facility, to be known as Vinh Long - Arkansas Ltd., will employ 75 people in Morrilton, where storage furniture and kitchen cabinets will be manufactured for potential retailers in North America such as IKEA. Vinh Long, headquartered in Vietnam, will invest $5 million in the Morrilton facility.

    Honda Accord wins Green Car of the Year
    The Honda Accord was named Green Car of the Year in an award ceremony Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Accord is a mid-sized family sedan that is available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions as well as fully gasoline-powered versions with four- and six-cylinder engines. "Mainstream buyers have long found the Accord a popular choice because of its efficiency, functionality safety and value," Green Car Journal editor Ron Cogan said in a statement. "With the addition of exceptional hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions to the already fuel-efficient Accord line, Honda (HMC)'s Accord becomes an even more compelling choice."

    The latest chapter in the patent wars
    When Apple was awarded over $1 billion in damages at the conclusion of the tech trial of the century (until the next one, at least), we knew that the ultimate price paid by Samsung would be different. Why? A few months after the jury announced its calculations, presiding judge Lucy Koh ordered a retrial regarding $450 million of the original award because the jury based that number on some faulty legal logic. In this second damages calculation proceeding, Apple has asked that the jury adjust the award to $380 million, while Samsung argued it only owes $52 million. Today, the jury has settled between those two numbers, and Samsung's revised legal tab is $290 million. That number, when combined with the $598 million not at issue in the retrial brings the total Samsung owes to $888 million.

    The 25 most powerful female TV characters
    Possessing both intellectual and supernatural faculties, television's leading ladies and their complex personalities are slowly but surely dominating their individual universes. Loosely (note: very loosely) using Fortune's Most Powerful Women metrics -- the size and importance of the woman's business, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman's career, and her social and cultural influence -- we've ranked the most prominent women currently gracing the small screen.

     

     

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