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Astronauts Tackle Urgent Repair Job

April 23, 2014 12:55 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength.               

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PHD, Inc. To Expand Ind. Operations With $4M Investment

April 23, 2014 12:25 pm | by PHD, Inc. | News | Comments

Headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind., PHD is investing $4.18 million to equip its 76,000 square-foot production facility in Huntington. Multi-axis CNC equipment will be installed in the coming weeks with plans to begin insourcing production of CNC-machined parts.

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Textron Cutting 750 Cessna, Beechcraft Jobs

April 23, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.                      

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Labor Department Cuts Coal Dust Levels

April 23, 2014 12:05 pm | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.                  

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Skechers Sprints To Multi-Year Highs After Boston Marathon

April 23, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Skechers is trading near four-year highs during a banner week in which the winner of the Boston Marathon crossed the finish line wearing its shoes and a day later, it blew away Wall Street's expectations for the first quarter.     

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Canada To Phase Out Old Rail Tank Cars

April 23, 2014 11:14 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada says it will require a three-year phase out of the type of tank cars involved in the Quebec train derailment last summer that killed 47.                  

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Tech Boom Creates New Wrinkles For Wrigley Field

April 23, 2014 10:36 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plan has stirred plenty of opposition, with many wondering if modern electronics will rob some of the mystique that surrounds the venerable ballpark, which hosted its first game on April 23, 1914 — 100 years ago.                 

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Google, SunPower Team Up For Solar Energy Program

April 23, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Google Inc. and SunPower Corp. are planning to invest up to $250 million to lease solar panels to homeowners, the companies said on Wednesday.                   

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Survey: China Manufacturing Continues To Shrink

April 23, 2014 9:34 am | News | Comments

Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, though the decline was slightly slower, a survey said, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing.           

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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 9:12 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group titled “Where in the World?” posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China — once the mecca of cheaply-produced goods — falling far behind. It’s a far cry from the trends over the last few decades.

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Motorola Mobility Opens Chicago Headquarters

April 23, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Smartphone maker Motorola Mobility has moved its headquarters and 2,000 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                        

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Feds Investigating Chevy Impala Brakes

April 23, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning.                     

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Climate Change Could Make Everest Even Riskier

April 23, 2014 8:28 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

What makes the situation so risky, scientists say, is the uncertainty itself. While scientists are sure things are changing, they're not entirely sure how.                  

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Faster Production Brings Boeing $965M Profit

April 23, 2014 8:19 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

In the first three months of this year, 161 new airplanes rolled off the company's assembly lines. That increased rate — in part — helped Boeing post a $965 million profit in the first quarter.           

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Michigan Man Among 1st To Get 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 8:08 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The artificial implant in Pontz's left eye is part of a system developed by Second Sight that includes a small video camera and transmitter housed in a pair of glasses.                

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EPA Scales Back Biofuel Mandate

April 23, 2014 7:56 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.     

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GM, Lawyers Fighting Over Bankruptcy Protections

April 23, 2014 7:52 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Lawyers who are suing GM say it shouldn't get the usual benefits of bankruptcy protection because it concealed a deadly ignition switch problem when the court was making bankruptcy decisions.              

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Toyota Sells 2.58M Vehicles, Keeps Top Spot

April 23, 2014 7:49 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota said it sold a record 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, putting the Japanese automaker ahead of GM at 2.42 million and Volkswagen at 2.4 million.                 

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What To Look For When Considering Mexico

April 22, 2014 3:37 pm | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group | Articles | Comments

For companies whose processes are labor-intensive, cost reduction is often paramount, and the Bajio delivers.                               

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E-Z-GO Recalling 30K Vehicles

April 22, 2014 3:13 pm | News | Comments

Small vehicle maker E-Z-GO is recalling about 30,000 golf cars, shuttles and off-road utility vehicles due to the potential risk for a crash.                     

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