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Employers Advertise More Jobs In February

April 8, 2014 11:35 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead.                         

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FDA Defines Honey

April 8, 2014 11:01 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."                      

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Q&A: How To Leverage The Web And Grow Your Business

April 8, 2014 10:31 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

Improving the profitability of your digital presence is a hot topic with distributors. Today we’re asking Curtis Alexander — a digital marketing consultant and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding online growth.

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Electrical Device Helps Paralyzed Men Move Their Legs

April 8, 2014 10:27 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

When the implanted device is activated, the men can wiggle their toes, lift their legs and stand briefly. But they aren't able to walk and still use wheelchairs to get around.              

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IMF Says World Economy Is Stronger But Faces Threats

April 8, 2014 9:59 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The global economy is strengthening but faces threats from super-low inflation and outflows of capital from emerging economies, the International Monetary Fund warns.                

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Mallinckrodt To Buy Questcor For About $5.6B

April 8, 2014 9:01 am | News | Comments

Mallinckrodt is buying California-based Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. for a combination of stock and cash valued at about $5.6 billion that will help to further diversify the Irish company's business.          

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EU Opens Case Over Russia's Pork Import Ban

April 8, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

The European Union is opening a case against Russia before the World Trade Organization to protest a pork import ban which it calls disproportionate and illegal.                 

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UN Climate Panel Chair Asking For 'Enlightenment'

April 8, 2014 8:36 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pachauri urged diplomats and scientists to show "enlightenment" as they began a weeklong meeting aimed at spelling out in plain terms what options the world has if it wants to prevent catastrophic global warming.        

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China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the $7.3 billion deal.              

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Zohydro Maker Sues To Block Ban

April 8, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

The maker of Zohydro, a controversial new prescription painkiller, has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block Massachusetts' ban on local doctors prescribing and dispensing the drug.           

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Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 8:12 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                    

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Scientists In UK Make Body Parts In Lab

April 8, 2014 8:03 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

While only a handful of patients have received the British lab-made organs so far, researchers hope they will soon be able to transplant more types of body parts into patients, including what would be the world's first nose made partly from stem cells.

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Only 2 Midsize SUVs Get Top Crash Test Rating

April 8, 2014 7:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, both made by General Motors, received the highest "good" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.                   

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'Lemon Law King' Sues Tesla

April 8, 2014 7:48 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin's self-proclaimed "lemon law king" filed a lawsuit against Tesla, accusing the company of refusing to give a Franklin doctor a refund on a defective electric sedan that cost nearly $100,000.         

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Takeda, Eli Lilly Hit With $9B Penalty

April 8, 2014 7:43 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. jury ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer.                   

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Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

No one should expect that their next Corolla will be handmade — not by any means — because the company is using human labor as a means to figure out ways to improve automated production lines.                  

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Blackstone Buying Gates For $5.4B

April 7, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

Private equity firm The Blackstone Group will buy industrial products maker Gates Corp. for $5.4 billion, according to Gates' owners.                      

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Sherwin-Williams Ends Deal For Comex's Mexican Unit

April 7, 2014 3:28 pm | News | Comments

The Cleveland-based paint company had agreed in 2012 to buy Consorcio Comex in a deal valued at $2.34 billion, including debt, to increase its presence in certain markets.              

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U.S. Consumer Borrowing Up In February

April 7, 2014 3:08 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Consumers increased their borrowing in February on autos and student loans by the largest amount in a year. But for a second straight month, they cut back on their credit card use.              

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Ford Recalling Nearly 435K Vehicles

April 7, 2014 2:08 pm | News | Comments

Ford says the subframes can rust, allowing a control arm to separate and hamper steering control. Ford is aware of one crash but no injuries linked to the problem.                  

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