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Illegal Drones A Growing Issue At Sporting Events

October 20, 2014 3:45 pm | by Rob Harris, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Long after drones became a key tool for military and spy agencies, authorities now realize the threat they can pose to sports events. It's not multimillion-dollar military-grade drones prompting concerns, but remote controlled contraptions costing just a few hundred dollars that can be sent...

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WTO Rejects U.S. Meat Label Requirements

October 20, 2014 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Learning where the meat in your grocery store came from might get harder.In a ruling Monday, the World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised, and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements...

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American, U.S. Airways Complete Cargo Combination

October 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Airlines and US Airways say they have finishes combining their cargo operations. American Airlines Group Inc. said Monday that it was the first time that operating divisions at the two carriers have become fully combined. The combined cargo unit will have annual revenue of more than...

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Explosion Rocks Rubber Processing Plant

October 20, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region despite a nominal cease-fire being in place. Shockwaves from the explosion Monday damaged buildings and were felt over a radius of several...

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Huron Capital's Bloomer Plastics Acquires Blown Film Manufacturer

October 20, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Huron Capital Partners announced today that its portfolio company, Wisconsin-based Bloomer Plastics, Inc., has acquired Delaware, Ohio-based Optimum Plastics. Bloomer Plastics is a leading producer of custom engineered cast embossed films for the industrial, medical and packaging...

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Can Paid Internships Help To Bridge The Gap In Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 1:58 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant, IIE | News | Comments

Trevor Fischer, a 23 year old enrolled at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, Washington, admits he never held much interest in pursuing a career in manufacturing. He believes young people don't consider a career in manufacturing because the idea of working at a big industrial plant can be...

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Google Executive Chairman Gives Artificial Intelligence Prediction

October 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says Google can be the perfect personal assistant that makes you smarter. The cost? Just a little bit of privacy. He sat down with CNN Money to discuss his predictions for the future of artificial intelligence...

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Power Plants Lead In Greenhouse Gas Pollution

October 20, 2014 1:43 pm | by Phuong Le, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state's major industrial sources released about 6 million more metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2013, a 30 percent jump from the previous year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The state's only...

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U.S. Safety Regulators Warn Car Owners To Heed Recalls

October 20, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately. The warning issued Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers vehicles from multiple manufacturers that date to 2002....

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New Environmental Rules May Raise Electricity Costs

October 20, 2014 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of electricity would increase substantially and service reliability could be significantly affected under proposed federal environmental rules, the staff of the Virginia State Corporation Commission said in comments filed this week with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this...

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Hackers And Deathmobiles In The Age Of IoT

October 20, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

In some circles discussions on the future of the industrial IoT (internet of things) reminds me of a clip from Animal House. I’m thinking of the scene where Kevin Bacon is trying to tell everyone to remain calm, but is literally flattened by the masses of Faber College’s homecoming parade...

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Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles To Air Bag Recall Tally

October 20, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall posed Monday by U.S. safety regulators covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla and Matrix, the 2002 to...

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General Motors' Legal Chief Stepping Down

October 20, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year. GM says in a statement that the 66-year-old Millikin will stay on until a replacement is on the...

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HP Delivers Security To Academic Institutions

October 20, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HP today announced that academic institutions including Loyola University Chicago, California's Irvine Unified School District, and Illinois' Collinsville Community Unit School District 10 are leveraging HP TippingPoint network security solutions to help prevent...

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Federal Reserve Chair Greatly Concerned By Widening Inequality

October 20, 2014 10:05 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.The growing gap between the rich and everyone else narrowed slightly during...

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Survey: Pay Remains Stagnant Despite Strong U.S. Hiring

October 20, 2014 9:57 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months. A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found...

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iRobot Receives $7.6M Order From U.S. Navy

October 20, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

iRobot Corp., the leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, has received a $7.6 million order from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. The order calls for upgrades and spares for 46 Man Transportable...

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GE Capital Provides $30M To Venture Technologies

October 20, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business has provided Venture Technologies, a newly formed combination of three value-added IT resellers (VARs), with a $30 million senior secured working capital loan in order to support the company’s...

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Will Apple Pay Be The Next iRevolution?

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet. The service, which goes...

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State May Ban Tesla Selling Practices

October 20, 2014 9:11 am | by USA Today | News | Comments

Tesla is facing a ban that would prevent the electric car maker from directly selling its vehicles in the state of Michigan. A bill was introduced in May that sought to prevent franchised dealers from imposing random fees on customers...

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