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Tesla Questions Motives Of Lemon Law King

April 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors officials questioned Wisconsin's self-proclaimed lemon law king's motivations in suing over a Milwaukee-area doctor's electric car, saying the company did all it could to fix the car and suggesting someone may have tampered with it.

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Applications For Jobless Aid Dip To 300K

April 10, 2014 8:43 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in almost seven years, falling 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000.               

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GM Puts 2 Engineers On Leave In Recall Case

April 10, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.           

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Jar Of French Mountain Air Goes For $860 In China

April 10, 2014 8:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liang's work is part of a gust of recent artistic protest reflecting widespread dissatisfaction over air quality in China, where cities often are immersed days on end in harmful pollutants at levels many times what is considered safe by the World Health Organization.

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Big Auto Recalls Push U.S. To Near-Record Pace

April 10, 2014 8:12 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.            

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Toyota's Gas Cars Get Efficient Engine From Hybrids

April 10, 2014 8:06 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.                

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Scientists Try To Build Heart With 3-D Printer

April 10, 2014 8:01 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | News | Comments

It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3-D printed heart would ever be put in a person.                

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HP Paying $108M To End Inquiry

April 10, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland.                   

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Sriracha Maker Declared A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.              

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Bi-Partisan Manufacturing Jobs Bill Passes Through Committee

April 9, 2014 4:43 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The bill, co-written by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), aims to establish a Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NMI) with the goal of creating thousands of high-paying and high-tech advanced manufacturing jobs.      

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Auto Parts Maker Adding 200+ Jobs At N.C. Factory

April 9, 2014 3:36 pm | News | Comments

A British-based company that manufactures parts for automakers plans to expand a North Carolina factory by nearly 230 jobs over five years.                       

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Head Of German NSA Inquiry Quits Over Snowden Row

April 9, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

The head of a German parliamentary inquiry into surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency has resigned, citing tensions over whether to seek testimony from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.               

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Wholesale Stockpiles Up 0.5 Percent In February

April 9, 2014 2:27 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles for an eighth consecutive month in February as their sales rose at the fastest clip since November, good signs for future economic growth.           

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Great Wall SUVs To Be Made In Malaysia

April 9, 2014 2:15 pm | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia on Wednesday awarded a manufacturing license to a $618 million venture that will assemble fuel-efficient SUVs for China's Great Wall Motor Co.                 

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Work Underway To Recover Final Corvette From Sinkhole

April 9, 2014 1:09 pm | News | Comments

Workers are digging away to retrieve the last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole beneath a museum in Kentucky.                    

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Rupture Caused Washington Natural Gas Explosion

April 9, 2014 1:05 pm | News | Comments

A Northwest Pipeline official says a pressure vessel rupture caused the March 31 natural gas explosion that injured five people and forced an evacuation at Plymouth in Eastern Washington.             

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Physicist Wins $1.3M Prize For Data Storage

April 9, 2014 12:30 pm | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

British-American physicist Stuart Parkin won the $1.3 million Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks.            

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Volkswagen Orders Dealers To Stop Selling 4 Models

April 9, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

An "O-ring" that links a transmission fluid line to a cooler can fail and cause leaks, potentially causing a fire. Vazin says no fires or crashes have been reported. VW plans to replace the defective parts.          

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Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                

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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

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