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Wholesale Inventories Rise In June

August 8, 2014 11:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they may anticipate slower growth ahead.                   

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The IoT Uplink

August 8, 2014 10:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The IoT Uplink is a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing, and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, and the advantages and challenges that this technology brings to the manufacturing space ...

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W.Va. Wants $1.8M From Bankrupt Spill Co.

August 8, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                             

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Safety Agency Probes Can-Am Motorcycle Fires

August 8, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.                           

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Productivity Recovers After Steep 1Q Fall

August 8, 2014 8:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                    

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Factory Worker Sentenced For Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 8:18 am | News | Comments

A former contract worker at a subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. was sentenced Friday to three and a half years in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide last fall.                 

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FDA Lifts Hold On Experimental Ebola Drug

August 8, 2014 8:15 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

U.S. health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients infected with the deadly virus.                     

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British-U.S. Investigative Couple On Trial In China

August 8, 2014 8:12 am | News | Comments

A Briton and an American charged with illegally trading in the personal details of Chinese nationals testified Friday that they bought such information to help companies combat fraud.               

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GM Issues Third Recall For SUVs That Can Catch Fire

August 8, 2014 8:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.            

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FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited To Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 8:06 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified.          

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Smartphones Must Include 'Kill Switch' Under Bill

August 8, 2014 8:03 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is on the verge of becoming the latest state to require technology that can disable smartphones when they're stolen.                           

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Toyota: Chinese Regulators Looking At Lexus

August 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Joe McDonald and Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that Chinese anti-monopoly regulators are looking at its Lexus luxury unit in a spreading investigation of foreign automakers.                        

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FDA: Tattoo Inks Can Cause Infections

August 8, 2014 7:57 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe.                     

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Scientists Make Cheap, Fast Self-Assembling Robots

August 8, 2014 7:55 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In what may be the birth of cheap, easy-to-make robots, researchers have created complex machines that transform themselves from little more than a sheet of paper and plastic into walking automatons.             

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Phillips Lighting Expanding In MS

August 8, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

A unit of Dutch-based Philips NV, the company announced Thursday that it will invest $2 million to expand its production of LED light fixtures in Tupelo, using LED technology made at Philips' plant in San Jose, California.             

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Hyundai Fined $17.35M For Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 7:50 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.              

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Poultry Firms: Russia Ban Has Little Impact On U.S.

August 8, 2014 7:45 am | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.                    

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Lululemon Founder Selling Half His Stake For $845M

August 8, 2014 7:42 am | News | Comments

Lululemon Athletica founder Dennis "Chip" Wilson will sell half his stake in the company as part of a truce that averts a potentially messy battle at the maker of yoga apparel and other exercise gear.           

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How To Increase Manufacturing Output

August 7, 2014 3:58 pm | by Philip Odette, CEO, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are always looking to push themselves and their machines harder to boost output and improve productivity. Every dollar earned pushes us higher toward meeting new profitability heights, and ...        

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WTO Upholds 'Rare Earth' Ruling Against China

August 7, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated international trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products. In March ...

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