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GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 7:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.           

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Ford Will Offer 50th Anniversary Mustang

April 16, 2014 7:47 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year the Mustang first went on sale.                          

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3D Printing As A Service Has Big Potential For Manufacturing

April 15, 2014 3:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

What’s great about this partnership is that it allows small manufacturers the ability to learn more about 3D printing through demonstration areas.                    

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Prescription Drug Spending Climbs In 2013

April 15, 2014 3:04 pm | News | Comments

Total U.S. prescription drug spending climbed more than 3 percent last year, propelled in part by fewer patent expirations that would have allowed for cheaper generic alternatives, according to the data firm IMS Health.       

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Coke Sells More Drinks, But Soda Falters

April 15, 2014 2:48 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The world's biggest beverage maker said Tuesday that its global sales volume for soda fell for first time in at least a decade. The drop was offset by stronger sales of noncarbonated drinks such as juice, and overall volume rose 2 percent.   

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Manchin Wants Mines To Tout Coal

April 15, 2014 2:01 pm | News | Comments

The Democratic senator leading the fight against the White House's strategy to fight climate change is urging the mining industry to speak out about coal's role in providing affordable, reliable power to the country.             

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Sharp Completes Refrigerator Manufacturing Plant In Egypt

April 15, 2014 1:57 pm | News | Comments

Sharp, which was exporting refrigerators to the Middle East and Africa from a plant in Thailand, has built the Egyptian plant to be close to those markets and increase its share.              

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Industrial Positioning for Workforce Change, Growth

April 15, 2014 1:13 pm | by CiNet-RedVector | White Papers | Comments

Leaders must consider how the knowledge of their retiring staff members will transfer down before they leave, a new study finds. A system which encourages the sharing of information between retirees and a new generation of Millennials may prove pivotal. In this whitepaper, learn why universal, consistent training will be critical to the growth and success of industrial business and how you can start preparing today.

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New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts To Pittsburgh Staff

April 15, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn't signal a plan to move the company's headquarters.      

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N.Y. Updating Oil Spill Preparedness Plans

April 15, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it's working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to revise and update its plans for preventing and responding to spills.    

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Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 11:59 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                

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Are Smartphones The Future Of Thermal Imaging?

April 15, 2014 11:33 am | by Rachel Hemsley | Blogs | Comments

Thermal imaging has been found to have numerous applications within various industries — within the manufacturing world, it has been widely utilised for predictive maintenance. But is it about to get cheaper and more accessible than ever before?

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Consumer Prices Up Slightly In March

April 15, 2014 11:21 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in March, after scant 0.1 percent increases in the previous two months.                 

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Police: Drone Hindered Medical Chopper

April 15, 2014 10:50 am | News | Comments

A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident scene.                     

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FAA Says Hawaiian Didn't Inspect Plane Properly

April 15, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights.                

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Zebra Buying Motorola Business For $3.45B

April 15, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical.                

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Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of West Anniversary

April 15, 2014 9:22 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.        

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Big Boy Steam Locomotive Coming Back To Life

April 15, 2014 8:38 am | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press | News | Comments

In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.            

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NSA Coverage Gets Pulitzer Prize

April 15, 2014 8:27 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coverage of the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on matters of secret intelligence.          

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Altria Sells N.C. Cigarette Plant For $68.5M

April 15, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

In 2009, Altria closed the factory that employed 2,500 and moved all of its cigarette manufacturing to its Richmond plant to bring its capacity in line with falling demand for cigarettes industrywide.          

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