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igus Offers Chainflex Guarantee Program

July 17, 2014 10:28 am | by igus | Comments

When it comes to cables, energy supply system specialist igus provides a guarantee program for continuous-flexing cables. In the newly dubbed “Chainflex Guarantee Program,” machine designers and manufacturers can ...       

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Multi-Passage Soft-Seal Rotating Unions

July 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Deublin | Comments

A new product line of multi-passage soft-seal rotating unions is now available from Deublin Company. Rotating unions are components in a broad range of equipment applications that require connection between stationary supply lines, and ...

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Fiat Denies VW Merger Talks

July 17, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

The report, which did not cite sources, said VW was interested in acquiring Chrysler to help it improve its struggling footing in the United States. Volkswagen has often expressed interest in Fiat's sporty brand Alfa Romeo.             

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Airbus Beats Boeing In Farnborough Orders Race

July 17, 2014 9:49 am | Comments

Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year's Farnborough Airshow, garnering nearly twice as many orders and commitments.                    

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Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 8:35 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.                      

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Ghosn: Japan's Goal For Female Bosses Goal Too Ambitious

July 17, 2014 8:23 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Nissan's chief executive, who has long made a point of promoting women to management positions, said the Japanese prime minister's plan to boost female bosses to 30 percent by 2020 is too ambitious.                

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Health Officials Say Food Label Changes Aren't Enough

July 17, 2014 8:15 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick and Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press | Comments

Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them.                  

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Former Prosecutor Wants Pardon For Fatal GM Crash

July 17, 2014 8:10 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | Comments

A former Texas prosecutor has asked the state to pardon a woman who pleaded guilty in a 2004 car crash that killed her fiance, saying she now believes the accident was caused by a faulty General Motors ignition switch.                  

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Obama Aims To Stop Corporate Overseas Tax Moves

July 17, 2014 8:06 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | Comments

The Obama administration is urging Congress to act swiftly to curtail a growing trend in which U.S. corporations reorganize overseas with foreign entities in part to trim their tax bills back home.            

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Pickup In China's Growth Reassuring But No Game Changer

July 17, 2014 8:03 am | Comments

A pickup in China's growth has fortified confidence the world's second-biggest economy is stabilizing as the past decade's explosive growth decelerates to the 7 percent range.                  

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Toyota Gambles On Fuel Cells

July 17, 2014 7:59 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Buoyed by its success with electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, an even cleaner technology that runs on the energy created by an electrochemical reaction when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen stored as fuel.

Scientists Try To Create Biological Pacemaker

July 17, 2014 7:54 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat.        

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Volkswagen Surpasses GM In Global Auto Sales Race

July 17, 2014 7:51 am | Comments

Volkswagen bumped General Motors out of second place in the global auto sales race during the first half of the year, but Toyota is expected to stay in first place.                     

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Obama Says Climate Change A Direct Threat To Cities

July 17, 2014 7:48 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | Comments

Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate change.         

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Fed Survey Sees Improved Economy

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

A Federal Reserve survey indicates the economy kept expanding in all regions of the country in June and early July, helped by strength in consumer spending.                    

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Daimler Launches New Version Of Smart Car

July 17, 2014 7:41 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | Comments

Germany's Daimler unveiled a new version of its tiny, two-seat Smart model in hopes the car won't just get admiring glances with its unusual design — but make a bigger contribution to profits as well.         

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Apple-IBM Deal Weighs On BlackBerry Shares

July 16, 2014 3:41 pm | Comments

BlackBerry shares dropped Wednesday after details emerged of a partnership between two of the world's biggest technology companies — Apple and IBM — aimed at business customers.                

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Footwear Factory Closing In Tennessee

July 16, 2014 2:45 pm | Comments

A footwear factory in eastern Tennessee has begun shut down operations in a closure that will put 53 workers out of jobs.                       

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Fight Continues Over Obama Lawsuit

July 16, 2014 2:04 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | Comments

Democrats mocked the legal action as a purely political exercise that is doomed to failure but aimed at appeasing conservatives who want to see Obama impeached.                     

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Higher Gas Costs Push Up Producer Prices

July 16, 2014 1:23 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the producer price index, which measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer, rose 0.4 percent last month. The increase follows a 0.2 percent decrease in May.          

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