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Toyota Seeks Independent, Industry-Wide Joint Testing Initiative For Airbags

December 4, 2014 9:59 am | by Toyota Newsroom | Comments

Toyota today called for a coordinated industry-wide joint initiative to independently test Takata airbag inflators that have been the subject of recent recalls. The goal of this initiative is to address affected automakers’ issues related to the airbag inflator recalls and...

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The Challenges And Rewards Of Onshoring

December 4, 2014 9:52 am | by Noreen King | Comments

As a contract manufacturer, I have dedicated my career to building and sustaining a company in an industry that, until recently, had structured its business model around sending the majority of its contracting business overseas. I say until recently, because put a...

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What You Need To Know About Takata Air Bag Recall

December 3, 2014 5:20 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. and 10 automakers have recalled 14 million vehicles worldwide for a problem with both driver and passenger side air bags, including 8 million in the U.S. The air bags can inflate with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending...

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Google Buys 12 Acres In CA

December 3, 2014 5:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google is expanding its presence in Los Angeles with the $120 million purchase of a dozen acres of vacant land in the Playa Vista area on the city's west side. The parcel is zoned for nearly 900,000 square feet of commercial space that could house offices or...

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Obama Tells CEOs He Wants To Work On Wage Growth

December 3, 2014 5:05 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | Comments

Citing 60-year high corporate profits, President Barack Obama told CEOs Wednesday he wants to engage them on "some tricky questions" about how to overcome stagnant wages in the face of business successes and a rising stock market. In a question and answer session...

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U.S. Issues Anti-Discrimination Rule For Employers

December 3, 2014 4:56 pm | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | Comments

The Labor Department on Wednesday issued a rule to protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The rule would carry out terms of a workplace anti-discrimination law signed by President Barack Obama...

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MO Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

December 3, 2014 4:52 pm | by Jim Salter, The Associated Press | Comments

An Ameren Corp. nuclear plant in central Missouri shut down Wednesday due to an electrical equipment failure, but the company and federal regulators say there is no risk to the public. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said an "unexpected main turbine trip" caused the shutdown...

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Ex-BP Executive Fighting Gulf Oil Spill Charges

December 3, 2014 2:42 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | Comments

Attorneys for a former BP executive facing an obstruction charge in the 2010 Gulf oil spill asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the two criminal counts as his trial approaches in March. The defendant is David Rainey, who has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he...

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CA Nuke Plant Key In Quake Safety Review

December 3, 2014 2:31 pm | by Kevin Freking, Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press | Comments

Federal regulators need to reassess seismic standards at California's last operating nuclear power plant and determine if its operating rules are sufficient in light of earthquake risks, a former California state senator says. Sam Blakeslee argues in testimony to be submitted...

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2015 Design For Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition Seeks Submissions

December 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by SME | Comments

SME’s annual Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition is calling for high school and college student designers to submit custom designs featuring additive manufacturing. The competition is sponsored by the Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part...

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Fed Survey Finds Economy Expanding At End Of Year

December 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The Federal Reserve says the U.S. economy kept expanding in October and November, helped by solid gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and overall employment. The Fed's latest review of business conditions around the country found many areas of strength. The report for the first time this...

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Promotions, Gas Prices Boost U.S. Auto Sales

December 3, 2014 2:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | Comments

American shoppers passed on the malls and headed to the car dealerships over Thanksgiving weekend. Black Friday promotions — coupled with falling gas prices, low-interest loans and hot new vehicles — drove U.S. auto sales higher in November, kicking off what's expected to be...

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Microsoft Shareholders Approve $84M CEO Pay

December 3, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft shareholders have approved an $84 billion pay package for new CEO Satya Nadella, despite concerns raised by an investor advisory group. The tech giant has seen strong financial performance and its stock is up roughly 30 percent for the year. But the advisory...

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U.S. Services Firms Growing More Quickly

December 3, 2014 1:50 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. services firms expanded at a faster pace in November, a signal that overall economic growth should remain robust. The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index rose to 59.3 last month, up from 57.1 in October. The first gain in two months pulls the...

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Groups Seek To Ban Older Rail Cars Carrying Crude

December 3, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Environmental groups filed a court petition Tuesday to ban older railroad cars from transporting crude oil. Earthjustice and two other organizations are urging the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to ban so-called DOT-111 cars built before 2011. The U.S. Department of Transportation...

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Honda To Expand Air Bag Recall Nationwide

December 3, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Under pressure from federal regulators, Honda is expanding a recall of driver's side air bags to all 50 states. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp., can explode with too much force, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Takata insists that current recalls...

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Develop Design, Implementation Guide For Deploying Wireless Enterprise Equipment

December 3, 2014 10:18 am | by Rockwell Automation & Cisco | Comments

At the 2014 Automation Fair event, Rockwell Automation and Cisco announced the release of a white paper and design and implementation guide titled, “Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology within a Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture.” The detailed design guidance will...

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Cliffs Natural Resources Sells Coal In Shift Toward Iron Ore

December 3, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cliffs Natural Resources is selling off coal assets in West Virginia as the mining company continues to shift more toward a pure, iron ore supplier. Cliffs will take a pre-tax loss of $375 million to $425 million on the sale in the four quarter. It will use proceeds from...

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Inslee Backs EPA Plan To Cut Emissions

December 3, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Jay Inslee says he strongly backs an Obama administration proposal to reduce emissions from the nation's power plants. In comments to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Democratic governor says the plan is an important step in cutting carbon...

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U.S. Productivity Grew At 2.3% Rate In 3Q

December 3, 2014 10:03 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. workers' productivity increased in the July-September quarter at a slightly faster pace than previously estimated while labor costs declined for a second straight quarter. Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, increased at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the...

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