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GM Investing $449M In Detroit-Area Factories

April 8, 2014 2:05 pm | News | Comments

General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car.                      

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Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

The Center for Worker Freedom said in a release that it would be a "betrayal" of the workers at the Chattanooga plant to recognize the UAW even though they voted 712-626 against the union in February.             

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Biden Swears In Head Of Small Business Agency

April 8, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Contreras-Sweet says entrepreneurs are the difference-makers in the U.S. economy and that SBA plays a pivotal role in helping them overcome hurdles.                   

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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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