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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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Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 8:37 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | Comments

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.           

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Peugeot Boss Targets Return To Profit By 2018

April 14, 2014 8:31 am | Comments

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it aims to return to profitability by 2018 by reducing the number of models and relying on its recent rescue by Chinese investors and the French state.           

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Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 8:27 am | Comments

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                        

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Oil Pipe Leak Taints Water In China

April 14, 2014 8:09 am | Comments

An oil pipe leak caused excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene in a major Chinese city's water supply, prompting warnings against drinking from the tap and sending residents to queue up to buy bottled water.           

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Robotic Submarine Deployed In Search For Missing Plane

April 14, 2014 8:02 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | Comments

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday after failing to pick up any signals from the missing Malaysian airliner's black boxes for six days, the leader of the search effort said.     

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Congressional Report Pushes For E-Cigarette Rules

April 14, 2014 7:56 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | Comments

Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report.                 

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Panel: Cost Of Fighting Global Warming 'Modest'

April 14, 2014 7:52 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | Comments

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said.             

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Gov. Brewer Signs Arizona Manufacturer Tax Cut Law

April 11, 2014 4:02 pm | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters.                

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Feds Say Pipe Tear Caused 2009 Oil Refinery Blast

April 11, 2014 3:29 pm | by Annie Knox, Associated Press | Comments

A 2009 explosion at a northern Utah oil refinery that knocked a neighboring home off its foundation and singed dozens of others began with a corroded pipe that went years without proper inspection, federal investigators say.     

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Mining Deaths Up In 2013

April 11, 2014 3:12 pm | Comments

Federal mine safety officials say the number of mining deaths in the nation totaled 42 in 2013, up six from the previous year.                      

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Toyota Replaces Robots With Humans; GM Puts Engineers On Leave

April 11, 2014 2:30 pm | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from GM's massive recall to Toyotas' latest innovative move.                   

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