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PC Market Still Ailing Despite Gains

October 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The personal computer market is still ailing, despite showing some signs of recovery in several key markets. PC sales in the third quarter rebounded in the U.S. and western Europe. But shipments continued to fall in China, Japan, and other Asian countries, where...

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Alcoa Boosted By Higher Aluminum Prices

October 9, 2014 1:39 pm | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | Comments

Alcoa Inc. said Wednesday that third-quarter income soared as higher aluminum prices and lower costs for raw materials boosted its core primary-metals business. The results beat Wall Street expectations, and the company's stock rose 2 percent in after-hours...

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300 On Strike At Schneider Electric

October 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

About 300 workers have been on strike at a northern Indiana factory after rejecting a proposed contract. The strike at the Schneider Electric plant in Peru began early Monday, with members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace...

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U.S. The Only Major Economy Showing Growth

October 9, 2014 1:21 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Though braced by a resurgent United States, the global economy is under threat from other regions — from Europe and Latin America to China and Japan — where growth is stalling and prospects remain dim.That's the bleak picture facing global finance officials who...

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Georgia Lawmakers Consider New Carbon Emission Rules

October 9, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Georgia lawmakers are considering how the state could meet new rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants. Under a federal plan, Georgia would ultimately have to trim its carbon emissions more than 40 percent from 2012 levels. Georgia's Environmental...

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Wholesale Company Stockpiles Rise At Fastest Pace In Months

October 9, 2014 10:45 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber - AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. wholesale companies restocked their warehouses in August at the fastest pace since April, led by big increases in computers, lumber and furniture. But wholesale sales fell by the most since January. The Commerce Department said Thursday that...

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Solar Technology That Ignites Birds Rejected

October 9, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair.The California Energy Commission was slated...

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Ford Awards $50K To American Indian College Fund

October 9, 2014 10:13 am | by U.S. Newswire | Comments

The Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund for Native student scholarships through the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program. Ten Tribal College and University (TCU) Scholarships of $3,000 per academic...

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GE To Open Industrial Internet Platform To All Users

October 9, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

GE today announced it is on track to deliver over $1 billion in incremental revenue this year from more than 40 Industrial Internet offerings, with $1.3 billion in orders, helping customers improve asset performance management (APM) and business operations across...

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Fall To 8 Year Low

October 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | Comments

Slightly fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average number of applications in the past month to an eight-year low. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications fell 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 287,000 in the...

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Perry Seeks Unlimited Natural Gas, Oil Exports

October 8, 2014 5:43 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press | Comments

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for unlimited natural gas and oil exports, saying it would help the American economy and aid American allies threatened by Russia's control of European natural gas supplies. "The first order of business to...

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EPA Says New Vehicle Mileage Hits Record 24.1 MPG

October 8, 2014 4:50 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but the rate of improvement is slowing. The Environmental Protection Agency says fuel economy last year rose one-half mile per gallon over the 2012 model year, mainly...

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Judge Rules For Boeing In Whistleblower Lawsuit

October 8, 2014 4:44 pm | by Roxana Hegeman - Associated Press | Comments

Three former workers at the Boeing plant in Wichita who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the aircraft maker and one of its suppliers failed to show Boeing defrauded the U.S. government in a $1.6 billion contract, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge...

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Senate Critic Claims Surveillance Hurts U.S. Economy

October 8, 2014 4:42 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A leading Senate critic of online surveillance wants the government to stop widespread spying on phone calls, texts, and emails, saying the "digital dragnet" doesn't make the country safer, and only hurts the U.S. economy. "When the actions...

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Study Reveals Importance Of IT In Manufacturing

October 8, 2014 4:34 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

New research from Ipanema Technologies and Loudhouse reveals that manufacturers are struggling to deal with increasingly complex IT estates, as 83 percent of firms report a rise in IT complexity driven by more users, increased locations, new applications, and...

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Urgency Grows To Embrace Big Data, Advance Industrial Internet

October 8, 2014 4:26 pm | by GE & Accenture | Comments

A new global study, “Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,” from GE and Accenture reveals there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy. However, less than...   

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Chrysler Group Announces Manufacturing Appointment

October 8, 2014 4:12 pm | by PR Newswire | Comments

Chrysler Group LLC has appointed Brian Harlow Vice President - Head of NAFTA Manufacturing.  In this position, Harlow is responsible for all assembly, stamping, and powertrain manufacturing operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, as well...

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EU Approves UK Bid To Subsidize $39B Nuclear Power Plant

October 8, 2014 1:32 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | Comments

The European Union has approved Britain's bid to heavily subsidize a new nuclear power plant, overriding opposition from environmentalists and questions over the project's 24.5 billion pound ($39 billion) price tag. The EU's executive... 

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Pepsi Tries New Strategy With 'Craft' Soda

October 8, 2014 1:28 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that comes in glass bottles reminiscent of a bygone era. The name is a nod to the pharmacist from North Carolina credited with creating with Pepsi's formula in the 1890s...

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Metal Made Like Plastic May Have Big Impact

October 8, 2014 10:54 am | by NASA News Release | Comments

Open a door and watch what happens - the hinge allows it to open and close, but doesn't permanently bend. This simple concept of mechanical motion is vital for making all kinds of movable structures, including mirrors and antennas on spacecraft. Material...

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