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Faster Production Brings Boeing $965M Profit

April 23, 2014 | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes rolled off the company's assembly lines. That increased rate — in part — helped Boeing post a $965 million profit in the first quarter.           

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Canada To Phase Out Old Rail Tank Cars

April 23, 2014 11:14 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada says it will require a three-year phase out of the type of tank cars involved in the Quebec train derailment last summer that killed 47.                  

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Tech Boom Creates New Wrinkles For Wrigley Field

April 23, 2014 10:36 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plan has stirred plenty of opposition, with many wondering if modern electronics will rob some of the mystique that surrounds the venerable ballpark, which hosted its first game on April 23, 1914 — 100 years ago.                 

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Google, SunPower Team Up For Solar Energy Program

April 23, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Google Inc. and SunPower Corp. are planning to invest up to $250 million to lease solar panels to homeowners, the companies said on Wednesday.                   

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Survey: China Manufacturing Continues To Shrink

April 23, 2014 9:34 am | News | Comments

Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, though the decline was slightly slower, a survey said, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing.           

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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 9:12 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group titled “Where in the World?” posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China — once the mecca of cheaply-produced goods — falling far behind. It’s a far cry from the trends over the last few decades.

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Motorola Mobility Opens Chicago Headquarters

April 23, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Smartphone maker Motorola Mobility has moved its headquarters and 2,000 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                        

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Climate Change Could Make Everest Even Riskier

April 23, 2014 8:28 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

What makes the situation so risky, scientists say, is the uncertainty itself. While scientists are sure things are changing, they're not entirely sure how.                  

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Michigan Man Among 1st To Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 8:08 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The artificial implant in Pontz's left eye is part of a system developed by Second Sight that includes a small video camera and transmitter housed in a pair of glasses.                

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GM, Lawyers Fighting Over Bankruptcy Protections

April 23, 2014 7:52 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Lawyers who are suing GM say it shouldn't get the usual benefits of bankruptcy protection because it concealed a deadly ignition switch problem when the court was making bankruptcy decisions.              

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What To Look For When Considering Mexico

April 22, 2014 3:37 pm | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group | Articles | Comments

For companies whose processes are labor-intensive, cost reduction is often paramount, and the Bajio delivers.                               

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E-Z-GO Recalling 30K Vehicles

April 22, 2014 3:13 pm | News | Comments

Small vehicle maker E-Z-GO is recalling about 30,000 golf cars, shuttles and off-road utility vehicles due to the potential risk for a crash.                     

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Job Market For College Grads Improves

April 22, 2014 2:23 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

But finding work — especially a dream job — remains tough for those just graduating. Many are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they'd expected or hoped for.           

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GM Restructuring Engineering After Recall

April 22, 2014 12:52 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.                     

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Novartis, Glaxo, Lilly In Multibillion-Dollar Deals

April 22, 2014 12:22 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally.       

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Frank Lloyd Wright Tower Opens To The Public

April 22, 2014 11:54 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring.   

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U.S. Investigating Mexican Sugar Exports, Price

April 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than it has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.              

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FDA Plan Would Speed Medical Device Approvals

April 22, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled a proposal Tuesday designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions.            

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Unilever To Use Less Plastic Per Bottle

April 22, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

Unilever PLC, the producer of countless disposable containers that clutter the landfills of the world, says it is adopting technology that will cut the amount of plastic it needs to use in each bottle by 15 percent.      

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E-Cig Industry Waiting For Federal Regulation

April 22, 2014 10:14 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing, largely unregulated industry and its legions of customers.        

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Google Asks Nonprofits For Ideas To Use Glass

April 22, 2014 9:44 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get a free pair of the glasses, a trip to Google for training and a $25,000 grant to help make their project a reality.              

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