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By The Associated Press
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Boeing revealed its fix for the troublesome 787 battery on Friday and is aiming to wrap up testing within two weeks. The company hopes to get quick approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and bring an end to the grounding of the plane that began on Jan. 16.

Company executives said the plane could be flying again within weeks, although aviation authorities in the United States, Japan, and elsewhere will ultimately decide the timing. Boeing still doesn't know the root cause of the fire on a parked 787 in Boston on Jan. 7, or of the smoldering battery that forced an emergency landing on another 787 nine days later.

Boeing executives said they may never know. Instead, they're building a battery they hope cannot burn.

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