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Ansys acquires San Diego firm

Southpointe-based engineering simulation software provider Ansys has completed acquisition of San Diego-based chemistry simulation software company Reaction Design. The terms will be disclosed as part of the company's 2013 year end earnings announcement.

New CEO at hospital

Marcie S. Caplan, senior vice president for physician strategy and program development at Jefferson Hospital, has been promoted to CEO of Canonsburg Hospital. Both hospitals are part of the Allegheny Health Network. Prior to joining Jefferson Hospital in 2009, Ms. Caplan served as COO for UPMC Passavant and, before that, CEO of South Side Hospital. In addition to her new role at Canonsburg, Ms. Caplan will continue to lead physician strategy and recruitment for Jefferson Hospital.

Ford, Chrysler sales

Ford and Chrysler said December U.S. sales rose less than analysts estimated as cold weather may have kept buyers off of dealer lots at the end of the best sales year since 2007. Ford light-vehicle sales rose 1.7 percent in December while Chrysler deliveries rose 5.7 percent, propelled by the new Jeep Cherokee. Ford car sales fell 9.3 percent, as only the Fusion, which set a December record, and Mustang increased deliveries. Ford led all major automakers in 2013 with an 11 percent gain to almost 2.5 million vehicles. Chrysler and Nissan posted 9 percent gains. GM, Toyota and Honda each posted 7 percent gains. Hyundai's sales rose 2.5 percent. GM sold 2.8 million cars and trucks in the U.S., compared to just over 2.2 million for Toyota. Among major automakers, only Volkswagen struggled, with sales falling 7 percent.

Child car seats recalled

Combi USA is recalling more than 33,000 child car seats made before January 2013 because the harnesses aren't strong enough to meet federal safety standards. The Charlotte, N.C., company is recalling the Coccoro, Zeus Turn and Zeus 360. Combi will notify registered owners and send out free harness replacement kits starting in February. Owners can contact Combi at 1-800-543-7734.

RBS bonus case settled

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc settled lawsuits with Gary Cottle, the former head of risk at its investment banking division, over a $1.2 million bonus. The terms of the settlement weren't disclosed. The lender, which has tried to shed its riskier operations since being bailed out by the U.K. in 2008, remains a target for lawsuits from employees who lost their jobs in the shake-up. RBS is the parent company of Citizens Financial Group.

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