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Tesla Announcement Sparks Speculation

October 9, 2014 4:26 pm | News | Comments

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors was expected to unveil an all-wheel-drive system — and perhaps more — at a much-hyped mystery event Thursday night near Los Angeles.Tesla didn't confirm what it would show ahead of the event. The only hint came...

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Oshkosh To Cut About 370 Jobs

October 9, 2014 3:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday that it plans to lay off about 370 workers from its unit that makes military vehicles. The company said it is cutting the jobs because it is making less military vehicles due to a drop in defense spending by the U.S. government. Oshkosh said...

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Stone Brewing To Build Virginia Facility

October 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Stone Brewing Co., one of the nation's top 10 craft breweries, is tapping Virginia for its East Coast operations, according to an official briefed on the deal. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to announce on Thursday afternoon that the Escondido, California-based brewery...

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Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 9, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

According to author Mike Collins, America’s trade deficit is the single biggest obstacle to creating manufacturing jobs, and to keeping manufacturing jobs in this country. He also agrees with Warren Buffett who says, “The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic...

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Toledo Nervously Awaits Fate Of Jeep

October 9, 2014 2:01 pm | by John Seewer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The thought of losing the Jeep Wrangler — a direct descendant of the original olive-drab vehicle that rolled off the assembly line in Toledo on its way to the battlefields of World War II — feels a little bit like losing a family member to those who have spent generations on...

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Toyota Unveils Its Hybrid Crossover C-HR Concept Vehicle

October 9, 2014 1:52 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Karl Schlicht, executive president at Toyota, discusses the automaker’s new hybrid concept vehicle, production on their first fuel-cell vehicle and a joint venture with BMW on a dual sports car project. He speaks with Hans Nichols at the Paris Motor Show on...

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PC Market Still Ailing Despite Gains

October 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The personal computer market is still ailing, despite showing some signs of recovery in several key markets. PC sales in the third quarter rebounded in the U.S. and western Europe. But shipments continued to fall in China, Japan, and other Asian countries, where...

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Alcoa Boosted By Higher Aluminum Prices

October 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. said Wednesday that third-quarter income soared as higher aluminum prices and lower costs for raw materials boosted its core primary-metals business. The results beat Wall Street expectations, and the company's stock rose 2 percent in after-hours...

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300 On Strike At Schneider Electric

October 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 300 workers have been on strike at a northern Indiana factory after rejecting a proposed contract. The strike at the Schneider Electric plant in Peru began early Monday, with members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace...

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U.S. The Only Major Economy Showing Growth

October 9, 2014 1:21 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Though braced by a resurgent United States, the global economy is under threat from other regions — from Europe and Latin America to China and Japan — where growth is stalling and prospects remain dim.That's the bleak picture facing global finance officials who...

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Georgia Lawmakers Consider New Carbon Emission Rules

October 9, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia lawmakers are considering how the state could meet new rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants. Under a federal plan, Georgia would ultimately have to trim its carbon emissions more than 40 percent from 2012 levels. Georgia's Environmental...

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Wholesale Company Stockpiles Rise At Fastest Pace In Months

October 9, 2014 10:45 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber - AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale companies restocked their warehouses in August at the fastest pace since April, led by big increases in computers, lumber and furniture. But wholesale sales fell by the most since January. The Commerce Department said Thursday that...

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Solar Technology That Ignites Birds Rejected

October 9, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair.The California Energy Commission was slated...

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Ford Awards $50K To American Indian College Fund

October 9, 2014 10:13 am | by U.S. Newswire | News | Comments

The Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund for Native student scholarships through the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program. Ten Tribal College and University (TCU) Scholarships of $3,000 per academic...

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GE To Open Industrial Internet Platform To All Users

October 9, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE today announced it is on track to deliver over $1 billion in incremental revenue this year from more than 40 Industrial Internet offerings, with $1.3 billion in orders, helping customers improve asset performance management (APM) and business operations across...

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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. The Mnet comments section was split pretty evenly. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in ...

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Fall To 8 Year Low

October 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Slightly fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average number of applications in the past month to an eight-year low. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 in the...

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Perry Seeks Unlimited Natural Gas, Oil Exports

October 8, 2014 5:43 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for unlimited natural gas and oil exports, saying it would help the American economy and aid American allies threatened by Russia's control of European natural gas supplies. "The first order of business to...

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EPA Says New Vehicle Mileage Hits Record 24.1 MPG

October 8, 2014 4:50 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but the rate of improvement is slowing. The Environmental Protection Agency says fuel economy last year rose one-half mile per gallon over the 2012 model year, mainly...

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Judge Rules For Boeing In Whistleblower Lawsuit

October 8, 2014 4:44 pm | by Roxana Hegeman - Associated Press | News | Comments

Three former workers at the Boeing plant in Wichita who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the aircraft maker and one of its suppliers failed to show Boeing defrauded the U.S. government in a $1.6 billion contract, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge...

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