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Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

March 31, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Workers deserve a level playing field that lets them freely choose to make their voices heard, and this requires fair and streamlined procedures for determining whether to have unions as their bargaining representative," Obama said in a statement.

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Google, Microsoft Battle Drives Down Prices For PCs, Tablets

March 31, 2015 3:30 pm | by Michael Liedtke, Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As the prices for tablets and smartphones have been declining, it has forced on PC makers to lower their prices.

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A Firm Grasp On Its Craft

March 31, 2015 3:08 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor | News | Comments

Griffin Claw produces half-barrels, quarter-barrels, bottles and cans, and its beers are available at approximately 1,200 retailers, bars and restaurants throughout Michigan.

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Today In Engineering History: Eiffel Tower Opens In Paris

March 31, 2015 3:03 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

The 984 feet tall tower would become the world’s tallest man-made structure. Although Eiffel received much criticism that his tower would be structurally unsound, he managed to finish construction under budget in two years.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 77

March 31, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fund received a total of 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 deadline. Of those, 1,263 are still under review. Feinberg says more than half are ineligible or lack documentation.

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U.S. To Pledge Up To 28 Percent Emission Cut In Global Treaty

March 31, 2015 2:21 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

By announcing its commitment early, the U.S. hopes to dial up the political pressure on other countries to take equally ambitious steps to cut emissions.

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Congress Urged to Tread Cautiously On IoT Regulations

March 31, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An estimated 5 billion devices will connect to the Internet this year, but GE anticipates that number will grow to 50 billion within five years.  

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U.S. Steel To Idle Part Of Minnesota Plant, Lay Off 680

March 31, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's the latest symptom of the downturn in the American steel and iron mining industry. U.S. Steel cites high steel imports, dumping and low steel prices.

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Solar-Powered Plane Lands In China On Round-The-World Flight

March 31, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It flies next to the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing before heading to Hawaii on its five-month trip.

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Dig This: The Panama Canal Is About To Get Busy

March 31, 2015 10:04 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The 48-mile-long waterway that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.

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Dow Chemical And Olin Corp. Announce Mega Merger

March 31, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dow and Olin said the new transaction would double Olin's scale and create "an industry leader with revenues approaching $7 billion."

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Tesla To Unveil New Product Next Month

March 30, 2015 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday that "a major new Tesla product line" will be revealed April 30. Tesla shares rose 3 percent to $190.60 after the tweet.

Volvo Announces Plans To Construct U.S. Plant

March 30, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Volvo on Monday confirmed it will open a new manufacturing plant in the U.S., a move the Swedish automaker said makes it a “global car manufacturer.”

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Google, Johnson & Johnson Team Up To Build Robot Surgeons

March 30, 2015 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies will try to engineer robotic technology that will reduce patient trauma and accelerate post-surgery healing.

Lincoln Returns To Its Roots With New Continental

March 30, 2015 1:36 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

After more than a decade of toying with alphabetical names such as LS and MKS to be more like foreign automakers, the company is embracing its heritage.

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Business Forecasters Boost 2-year Outlook For U.S. Economy

March 30, 2015 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015.

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Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth For Oil-Producing States

March 30, 2015 11:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

 Newly released estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the global drop in oil prices hindered growth in many of the country's top oil producing states.

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Toyota Cuts Price Of Automatic Braking Safety Devices

March 30, 2015 10:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota says it can sell the systems cheaper because it's mass-producing them, plus the cost of cameras and other sensors continues to fall.

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Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces A High-Tech Future

March 30, 2015 10:30 am | by Verenda Dobink, The Associated Press | News | Comments

These are not great-grandmother's matzos, kneaded and shaped by hand. Mass-produced and machine-packaged, they're a modern effort to preserve tradition.

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Creative Revamp, ERP Style: Q&A With Charlie Merrow

March 30, 2015 10:15 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The CEO of Merrow Sewing Machine Company gives advice on taking risks and getting creative to boost your business.

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Does Your Current ERP System Cost More Than it Delivers?

March 30, 2015 10:10 am | by Bob McKee | News | Comments

Experts suggest that the time to make a change is when you need more than your system can offer. You shouldn’t wait until the system fails you to replace it.

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