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State Grant Spurs Toyota Expansion In Michigan

August 26, 2014 3:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. says it's expanding its technical center in Michigan and moving 250 jobs from Kentucky. The automaker's expansion in Washtenaw County's York Township near Ann Arbor comes ...          

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Hewlett-Packard Recalls 5 Million AC Power Cords

August 26, 2014 12:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard. HP has received 29 reports of ...  

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Auto Supply Firm To Expand Manufacturing Plant

August 26, 2014 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

International automotive supplier Continental is planning to invest about $150 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Newport News, creating 500 jobs. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office said ...        

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U.S. Closes Probe Into Camry Hybrid Brake Problems

August 26, 2014 11:56 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began the probe in ...       

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Ford Begins Plant Revamp For Aluminum F-150s

August 26, 2014 11:42 am | by The Toronto Star | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the U.S. "This is historic for the industry, not just for Ford," Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, told ...

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Technical Metal Finishing Acquired By Nasmyth Group

August 26, 2014 11:37 am | by Nasmyth Group | Comments

A supplier of precision engineering products and services worldwide, Nasmyth Group is pleased to announce its acquisition of the business and assets of Technical Metal Finishing Inc (TMF) to create ...        

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Scientists Review New Ways To Analyze Big Data

August 26, 2014 11:33 am | by Jianqing Fan, Science China Press | Comments

Big Data presents scientists with unfolding opportunities, including, for instance, the possibility of discovering heterogeneous characteristics in the population leading to the development of personalized treatments and highly individualized services. But ever-expanding data sets ...

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U.S. Investigates Ford Explorer Police SUV Brake Hose Failures

August 26, 2014 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers ...       

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Semiconductor Company Cutting 1,350 Jobs

August 26, 2014 11:27 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia — about 15 percent of its total workforce — to reduce costs. The company said Monday that it will close facilities in ...       

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Amazon Acquires Twitch For $970M

August 26, 2014 11:24 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it ...                

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Blade From Power Saw Impales Worker

August 26, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Houston construction worker has been hospitalized after he was impaled in the chest by a circular blade that became detached from a power saw. Houston fire spokesman Kenyatta Parker says the man was ...        

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Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears In Scotland

August 26, 2014 9:49 am | by Martin Benedyk & Danica Kirka, Associated Press | Comments

Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly. It's said that Scotch tastes of the place where it is made, so Reavey's ...             

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Guilty Plea In California Meat-Recall Case

August 26, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge. Robert Singleton, who co-owns the Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered his plea ...

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China Deploys Armed Drone To Multinational Drills

August 26, 2014 5:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

China's air force says it deployed an armed drone to multinational anti-terrorism drills, underscoring its rapid progress in developing unmanned aerial vehicles. Air force spokesman Shen Jinke was quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency as saying ...

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Automotive Component Plant Begins Expansion

August 26, 2014 5:27 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A northeast Missouri manufacturing plant that makes components for motor vehicles has begun a $17 million expansion. The Mexico Ledger reports ( http://bit.ly/1BWgXyc ) the 68,000-square-foot addition at Spartan Light Metal Products will more than ...

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Ashley Furniture Official: No Plans For Layoffs

August 25, 2014 9:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ashley Furniture has no plans for any layoffs and instead plans to add jobs, an official of the Wisconsin-based company told the state's business lobby after a published report saying Ashley Furniture sought $6 million in state tax credits on condition the company ...

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Navy Awards $100M Contract To Maine Shipyard

August 25, 2014 8:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Maine's Bath Iron Works has ended a partnership in which it helped to produce the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship in 2010. But that doesn't mean it's out of the program altogether. The shipyard announced Monday that the Navy has awarded the shipbuilder ...

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Cabinet Manufacturer To Add 80 West Virginia Jobs

August 25, 2014 8:32 pm | by Jonathan Mattise - Associated Press | Comments

A prominent kitchen cabinet manufacturer plans to add 80 jobs and invest $30 million at its West Virginia facility. American Woodmark Corporation announced Monday it will expand its South Branch manufacturing center ...      

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Ford Adds Workers, Investment To Back MKC Output

August 25, 2014 8:32 pm | by Bruce Schreiner - Associated Press | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Monday it has beefed up its workforce and investment at a Kentucky plant to support production of its new Lincoln SUV as the automaker looks to reinvigorate its luxury brand. The company added 300 workers and invested another ...

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Expert Calls For Nuke Plant Closure

August 25, 2014 1:52 pm | by Michael Blood, Associated Press | Comments

A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from ...       

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