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Altria Sells N.C. Cigarette Plant For $68.5M

April 15, 2014 8:19 am | Comments

In 2009, Altria closed the factory that employed 2,500 and moved all of its cigarette manufacturing to its Richmond plant to bring its capacity in line with falling demand for cigarettes industrywide.          

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Fuji Heavy Considering New Plant To Make Parts For Boeing 777X

April 15, 2014 8:15 am | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets, company officials said Tuesday.              

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Robotic Sub Aborts First Mission

April 15, 2014 7:58 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | Comments

A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean.        

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Google Buys Drone Maker

April 15, 2014 7:49 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.               

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Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 7:44 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.               

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USMTO: Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In February

April 14, 2014 5:07 pm | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology | Comments

 This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 6.6% from January and down 6.2% when compared with the total of $377.82 million reported for February 2013. With a year-to-date total of $733.82 million, 2014 is down 0.6% compared with 2013.

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Japan Mulls Reducing Corporate R&D Tax Breaks

April 14, 2014 3:21 pm | Comments

The government is considering reducing tax breaks for corporate research and development if the corporate income tax rate is cut as sought by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.               

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Lawsuit: Georgia Factory Is Polluting Altamaha River

April 14, 2014 2:50 pm | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | Comments

An environmental group is suing a factory in southeast Georgia, accusing the company of discharging colored waste and odors in the Altamaha River.                   

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Couple Gets $1.3M Wind Turbine Settlement

April 14, 2014 2:10 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | Comments

The construction and operation of what has become the Kingdom Community Wind project generated fierce opposition from a number of people who claimed the project marred the pristine ridgeline for no environmental benefit.         

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Herbalife Denies Criminal Probe Report

April 14, 2014 1:00 pm | Comments

The company said in a statement that it has no knowledge of any ongoing investigation by the DOJ or the FBI. It also said that it has not received any request for information from either agency.           

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Vacuum Designer Dyson To Take On Dirty Rivers

April 14, 2014 12:50 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The M.V. Recyclone barge, which is still in the concept phase, would use large nets to trap plastic and other garbage floating on a river’s surface. A suction system, borrowing that tech from the household vacuum, would then pull in the waste and shred it.

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Space Station Launch Set For Monday Despite Computer Problems

April 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA spent much of the weekend debating whether to proceed with the launch of the Dragon cargo ship, already a month late. A critical backup computer failed outside the space station Friday.            

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GM Loses Communications, Human Resources Heads

April 14, 2014 11:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations.        

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Business Increased Stockpiles 0.4 Percent In February

April 14, 2014 11:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The Commerce Department says stockpiles increased 0.4 percent in February following a similar 0.4 percent increase in January. Sales rose 0.8 percent in February, bouncing back after a 1.1 percent sales decline in January.          

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Report Says Glaxo Bribed Doctors In Poland

April 14, 2014 11:01 am | Comments

The British drug company faces corruption probes in China and Iraq. It said in a statement it is cooperating with investigators and that one employee had been disciplined in 2011 for inappropriate actions.              

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World Trade Expected To Improve Next Year

April 14, 2014 10:32 am | Comments

The World Trade Organization predicts global commerce will grow 5.3 percent next year, an improvement that would bring it back in line with its 1993-2013 historic average.               

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Milan Furniture Show: Invention Loves Collaboration

April 14, 2014 10:06 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | Comments

Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events yield the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy's most demanding chefs and sculptures that double as furniture.

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No Radiation Found In Water Near Nuke Dump

April 14, 2014 9:39 am | Comments

Water samples from three reservoirs near the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico show no signs of contamination after a radiation leak at the plant.           

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Feds Revisit Safety Rules After Fiery Bus Crash

April 14, 2014 8:47 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | Comments

Authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.             

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Retail Sales Strong In March

April 14, 2014 8:39 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.                  

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