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HP Paying $108M To End Inquiry

April 10, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland.                   

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Sriracha Maker Declared A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.              

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Bi-Partisan Manufacturing Jobs Bill Passes Through Committee

April 9, 2014 4:43 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The bill, co-written by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), aims to establish a Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMI) with the goal of creating thousands of high-paying and high-tech advanced manufacturing jobs.      

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Auto Parts Maker Adding 200+ Jobs At N.C. Factory

April 9, 2014 3:36 pm | News | Comments

A British-based company that manufactures parts for automakers plans to expand a North Carolina factory by nearly 230 jobs over five years.                       

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Head Of German NSA Inquiry Quits Over Snowden Row

April 9, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

The head of a German parliamentary inquiry into surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency has resigned, citing tensions over whether to seek testimony from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.               

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Wholesale Stockpiles Up 0.5 Percent In February

April 9, 2014 2:27 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles for an eighth consecutive month in February as their sales rose at the fastest clip since November, good signs for future economic growth.           

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Great Wall SUVs To Be Made In Malaysia

April 9, 2014 2:15 pm | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia on Wednesday awarded a manufacturing license to a $618 million venture that will assemble fuel-efficient SUVs for China's Great Wall Motor Co.                 

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Work Underway To Recover Final Corvette From Sinkhole

April 9, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

Workers are digging away to retrieve the last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole beneath a museum in Kentucky.                    

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Rupture Caused Washington Natural Gas Explosion

April 9, 2014 1:05 pm | News | Comments

A Northwest Pipeline official says a pressure vessel rupture caused the March 31 natural gas explosion that injured five people and forced an evacuation at Plymouth in Eastern Washington.             

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Physicist Wins $1.3M Prize For Data Storage

April 9, 2014 12:30 pm | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

British-American physicist Stuart Parkin won the $1.3 million Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks.            

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Volkswagen Orders Dealers To Stop Selling 4 Models

April 9, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

An "O-ring" that links a transmission fluid line to a cooler can fail and cause leaks, potentially causing a fire. Vazin says no fires or crashes have been reported. VW plans to replace the defective parts.          

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Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                

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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

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Gov't Hits GM With $7,000-A-Day Fine

April 9, 2014 10:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A government safety agency is fining General Motors $7,000 a day, saying the company failed to fully respond to its requests for information about a faulty ignition switch by an April 3 deadline.             

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Mars Buys Some P&G Pet Food Brands For $2.9B

April 9, 2014 10:51 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mars is buying some of Procter & Gamble's pet food brands for $2.9 billion to help strengthen its pet care business.                           

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New Technology Unwraps Mummies' Mysteries

April 9, 2014 10:23 am | by Jill Lawless, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers.           

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How To Lower Your Integration Time And Costs

April 9, 2014 10:22 am | by Greg Hood, Product Manager, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Improving responsiveness to line stoppages can result in significant increases in machinery uptime. If, for instance, your customer is running 1,200 SKUs per month, and you help improve their cycle time by an average of two minutes per SKU, they’re now gaining 2,400 minutes — or 40 hours — of recovered downtime per month.

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Swiss Unveil New Solar Plane

April 9, 2014 10:00 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss team planning to complete the first round-the-world solar flight next year has unveiled a new version of the plane they say can remain in the air indefinitely.               

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Officials Sentenced For Tomato Price-Fixing Scam

April 9, 2014 8:43 am | News | Comments

Randall Rahal of Nantucket, Mass., was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison. Prosecutors say the former SK Foods broker bribed buyers at food giants such as Kraft Foods, Safeway Inc. and Frito-Lay.          

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Bacon Prices Rise After Virus Kills Baby Pigs

April 9, 2014 8:38 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices.       

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