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By The Numbers: Federal Report Says 'Extreme Long-Term Unemployment' Remained High In 2014

March 19, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from the federal Labor Department says the nation's level of "extreme long-term unemployment" remained high in 2014 despite a strong year for hiring.              

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Largest U.S. Cache Of Chemical Weapons About To Be Destroyed

March 18, 2015 2:50 pm | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. acquired 30,600 tons of mustard and nerve agents, but it never used them in war. Nearly 90 percent of its original stockpile has already been destroyed.             

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A Drone That Throws Flames, Sprays Graffiti

March 18, 2015 2:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Tyrone the Drone can spray graffiti and produce fire from the sky. Laurie Segall reports.                          

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General Mills Completes Plan To Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills said that the previously announced job cuts, which were mostly in the U.S., were part of a restructuring plan called Project Catalyst that was approved during its fiscal second quarter.       

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Intentional Fails At SXSW

March 18, 2015 2:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

“Failures are cheap if you do them first...Failures are expensive if you do them at the end.”                         

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Ford GT Supercar Will Be Company's Most Expensive Ever

March 18, 2015 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford revealed the 600-horsepower, carbon fiber GT in January at the Detroit auto show. The company plans to introduce 12 high-performance vehicles by 2020.               

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A Bright Idea

March 18, 2015 1:41 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

As LEDs have become more common, the way they are being implemented and used has evolved.                          

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Lawmakers Hope To Designate, Fund 'Manufacturing Universities'

March 18, 2015 1:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Qualifying campuses would receive $20 million over four years to meet goals related to engineering, job training, manufacturing entrepreneurship and partnering with manufacturing companies.                                                  

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Kraft Recalls 6.5 Million Boxes Of Mac And Cheese

March 18, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods Group Inc. said Tuesday it is aware of eight incidents of consumers finding metal in the boxes, but hasn't been informed of any injuries.                

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U.S. Sets New Record For Denying, Censoring Government Files

March 18, 2015 10:17 am | by Ted Bridis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In nearly 1 in 3 cases, when someone challenged under appeal the administration's initial decision to censor or withhold files, the government reconsidered and acknowledged it was at least partly wrong.       

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In Portuguese Factory, Echoes Of Europe's Fight For Jobs

March 18, 2015 10:10 am | by Barry Hatton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Valadares recovery project showcases two actions that European governments are betting on to help the recovery: simplifying business rules and increasing confidence to encourage private investment.       

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Eating Red, Processed Meats: A Dietitian's Thoughts On The U.S. Dietary Guidelines

March 18, 2015 10:01 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

"I think it is helpful to have these recommendations because it gives Americans a base to go on and guidance when they are making their food choices."                

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This Japanese Company Built A “Disaster-Proof” Factory

March 18, 2015 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

“Even when you factor in investment support from government entities, disaster preparedness is definitely not inexpensive. However, the prospect of enhancing both our readiness for disasters and our energy efficiency acted as an incentive.” 

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Ford, Microsoft Announce Cloud-Based System For New Vehicles

March 18, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Ford Service Delivery Network will run on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform in some 2015 vehicles and company-wide by the end of 2016.                 

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Italian Companies To Generate Bioplastic From Potatoes

March 18, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The bioplastics, called polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHAs, could replace traditional plastic in a number of processes.                      

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Flying Cars Will Be Available In 2017

March 17, 2015 3:07 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Slovakian company AeroMobil will begin selling a flying car in 2017.                              

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Attorney: GM To Face Further Legal Action Over Ignition Problem

March 17, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"It wasn’t incompetence, it was a cover-up."                                 

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Meat Industry Fires Back At Federal Dietary Recommendations

March 17, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Other countries have already started doing this—including sustainability in their recommendations...we should be doing it too."                    

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Tesla To ‘End Range Anxiety’

March 17, 2015 2:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Elon Musk, Tesla’s co-founder and CEO, announced this week on Twitter that the company will reveal a firmware update for its Model S sedan later this week.               

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Why The Gender Pay Gap Matters For Manufacturing

March 17, 2015 2:06 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Report finds three of top twenty positions with the highest wage gaps are manufacturing-related.                         

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