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Lawmakers Face Long To-Do List

July 22, 2014 | News | Comments

With just two weeks before lawmakers' sacrosanct August break, progress is decidedly mixed on several must-pass items due to Capitol Hill partisanship, heightened by midterm elections and the Obama administration's conflicting signals to Congress.  

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Chinese Woman In Trade Secrets Case Released On Bond

July 22, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

A Chinese woman charged as part of what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is free on bond after a judge said she is a flight risk but can be closely monitored until trial.    

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British Experts To Analyze Black Boxes From MH17

July 22, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Britain's prime minister says black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines plane downed in eastern Ukraine will be examined by U.K. air accident investigators.                        

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Obama Commemorates 45th Anniversary Of Moon Landing

July 22, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.                         

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Manufacturing Calculator To Show Immediate Value In Reducing Costs, Improving Efficiencies

July 22, 2014 12:33 pm | by Aptean | News | Comments

Aptean has launched a free online cost savings calculator to help manufacturers visualize the potential impact of eliminating paper-based, performance measurement on the shop floor.                   

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California Firm Recalls Fruit

July 22, 2014 12:09 pm | News | Comments

A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.              

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Job Training Review Emphasizes Data, Employers

July 22, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

A six-month review of federal job-training programs concludes that the government needs to better engage U.S. employers, improve the use of data, and boost apprenticeship programs so workers can earn while they train.         

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Museum Honors Wright Brothers' Mechanic

July 22, 2014 11:19 am | News | Comments

The self-taught mechanic hand-built the first airplane engine after a slew of automakers rejected the brothers' request to build one.                     

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Large Scale Graphene Production

July 22, 2014 10:54 am | by University of Pennsylvania | Videos | Comments

Draw a line with a pencil and it's likely that somewhere along that black smudge is a material that earned two scientists the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. The graphite of that pencil tip is simply multiple layers of carbon atoms; where those ...

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F-35's No-Show At Farnborough Disappoints

July 22, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The failure of the Joint Strike Fighter to travel to England this week for a premier air show heaped further embarrassment on its developers as they try to convince skeptics that the $400 billion program was a price worth paying ...    

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The New Power Generation: This Fuel Cell System Could Spark A Revolution

July 22, 2014 10:44 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Scientists in GE labs recently cracked an important conundrum involving one iteration of the technology called solid oxide fuel cell, or SOFC. The breakthrough allowed the company to start building a new pilot fuel cell manufacturing and development facility in upstate New York.

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Mazda Settles Employment Suit With Ex-Temp Workers

July 22, 2014 10:35 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Mazda Motor Corp. and 15 former temporary employees reached a settlement on Tuesday in a lawsuit over the car manufacturer's practice of denying workers regular employee status after long services as temp staff.       

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Lumber Company Announces Philadelphia Expansion

July 22, 2014 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Weyerhaeuser Co. is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia. Weyerhaeuser said in Monday's announcement the work will be done in phases. Plans are to install two continuous direct fired kilns and a new planer mill. In the last year...

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Why American Manufacturing Is Vital To Future Prosperity

July 22, 2014 10:16 am | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing supports the economies of local communities in ways that do not show up in national reports. It also accounts for a large percentage of R&D spending and American patents.                  

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China's Suspect Meat Scandal Spreads

July 22, 2014 9:24 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scandal surrounding Husi Food, which is owned by OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois, has added to a string of safety scares in China over milk, medicines and other goods that have left the public wary of dairies, restaurants and other suppliers.                 

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Unilever Closing Ice Cream Factory In Florida

July 22, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

Consumer-goods giant Unilever is closing an ice cream factory in the Tampa Bay area and laying off roughly 210 people.                       

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Judge Says FDA Can't Use Tobacco Panel Menthol Report

July 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

While the agency has since conducted an independent review on the public health impact of menthol cigarettes, the ruling could hinder the FDA's ability to defend any future regulation of the minty smokes.             

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China, Venezuela Deepen Economic Ties

July 22, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

Venezuela's socialist government has received roughly $50 billion from China in recent years, paying for the loans with petroleum exports.                   

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BlackBerry Appoints New COO

July 22, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Beard starts immediately and will be responsible for such things as marketing, BlackBerry 10 app development and customer care and quality.                   

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U.S. Craft Breweries See Growth Overseas

July 22, 2014 7:45 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in Europe, challenging the very beers that inspired them on their home turfs.                

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Environmental Groups Sue Over Steel Plant's Air Emissions Permit

July 22, 2014 7:41 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A state agency's decision to revise a Detroit-area steel plant's air quality permit will allow the facility to continue emitting too much pollution, environmental organizations said Monday in a lawsuit.               

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