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Falling Crane Kills 1 At Michigan Steel Facility

April 4, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Police say a worker has died after a crane fell at a U.S. Steel facility in suburban Detroit.                              

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Mazda Recalls Cars Because Of Spider Damage

April 4, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack.                         

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: CAT Avoids Taxes; CBS Adds Sound To Tesla

April 4, 2014 2:23 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a senator's accusations that CAT has avoided billions in taxes to CBS' "audio error."                

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Desperate Hunt For Flight 370 'Black Boxes'

April 4, 2014 12:50 pm | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two ships with sophisticated equipment for searching underwater zeroed in Friday on a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean in a desperate hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet's black boxes, whose batteries will soon run out.    

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Philip Morris Ending Cigarette Production In Netherlands

April 4, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.                    

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Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of that proud history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand to its birthplace, possibly as a city-owned brewery.        

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Suspected N. Korean Drones Reflect New Threat

April 4, 2014 11:02 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korean experts say two small drones believed to have been flown across the border by the North were crude and decidedly low-tech but underscore a potential new threat that must be taken seriously.          

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States Revolt Against New Painkiller

April 4, 2014 10:38 am | by Beth Garbitelli, Associated Press | News | Comments

The backlash against Zohydro has been growing since last year, when the FDA approved the drug against the recommendation of an internal advisory committee.                  

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Nest Labs Disables Smoke Alarm Feature

April 4, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand.           

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In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 4, 2014 10:17 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO — @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                                       

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NASA Program Offers Consultation On R&D

April 4, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

A federal program is giving companies from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan a chance to get free, confidential research and development insight directly from NASA experts.              

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A Tiny Power Generator That Runs On Spit

April 4, 2014 9:27 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | News | Comments

Saliva-powered micro-sized microbial fuel cells can produce minute amounts of energy sufficient to run on-chip applications, according to an international team of engineers.                        

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Employers Add 192K Jobs In March

April 4, 2014 8:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.                    

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Gov. Walker Signs Aviation Tax Break Bill

April 4, 2014 8:27 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The bill Walker signed Thursday will exempt aviation companies like Gulfstream and Cessna in Milwaukee from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor.              

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Ethanol Producers Unhappy With Rail Service

April 4, 2014 8:22 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol producers say clogged rail lines and other shipping problems have forced them to reduce production of the fuel and contributed to higher prices.                  

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GM Taking $400M Charge For Venezuelan Currency

April 4, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says it will take a charge of $400 million pretax in the first quarter because of a change in the way it values Venezuela's currency.                    

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Hasbro Picks 5 'House Rules' For New Monopoly Game

April 4, 2014 8:16 am | by Leanne Italie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people weighed in on "house rules" over 10 days of recent debate and a year after Hasbro Inc. added a cat token and retired the iron in a similar online stunt aimed at keeping the 79-year-old game fresh.       

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Little Evidence Of Threats To Execution Drug Makers

April 4, 2014 8:05 am | by Bailey Elise McBride and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas prison officials have offered scant evidence to support their claim that pharmacies that supply the state with execution drugs would be in danger of violence if their identities were made public.          

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CAT To Hire More Workers For Georgia Plant

April 4, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The Caterpillar company is planning to hire 100 more workers for its new manufacturing plant in northeast Georgia.                         

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Lawmakers Push EPA To Ax Stove Rules

April 4, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Wood-burning stoves have ignited a debate between the Obama administration and South Dakota lawmakers who oppose new regulations that would require more efficiency from an iconic feature of many rural homes.         

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