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U.S. Manufacturing Slows As Output, Hiring Weaken

March 2, 2015 | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. factories expanded last month at their weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index slipped...

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NASA Spacecraft Making First Visit To Dwarf Planet Ceres

March 2, 2015 2:27 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | Comments

A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet. The Dawn craft will slip into orbit Friday around Ceres, a dwarf planet the size of Texas. Unlike robotic landings or other orbit...

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Two Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail In New Orleans

March 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The New Orleans Fire Department says two train cars carrying crude oil have derailed in the city but no oil has spilled. The department said in a statement Sunday night that it received a report of the derailment around 6:15 p.m. The statement says...

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need a Degree'

March 2, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don’t Need a Degree." The agency expects those jobs to grow by 17 percent through 2022 and that prospects for qualified...

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Next Google Maps Adventure: Soaring Through Amazon Jungle

March 2, 2015 12:43 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' "Street View" option mostly provides panoramic...

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Gas Prices Soar In CA As Supply Shrinks

March 2, 2015 10:20 am | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | Comments

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon...

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Industrial IoT Insight: Q&A With Aidan Quilligan

March 2, 2015 9:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Many manufacturers reap the rewards of the Industrial IoT, but some have yet to join the movement. Aidan Quilligan, head of Accenture’s Industrial Software Solutions Practice, gave us insight into obstacles and benefits, data security, trends and predictions...

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Dearth Of Jobs A Barrier To Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 3:13 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | Comments

When Alison Norris couldn't find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that's 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems. For many city residents...

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Survey Shows China Manufacturing Improving

March 1, 2015 11:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A new survey shows China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in several months. HSBC Corp. said Monday its purchasing managers' index rose to 50.7 from January's 49.7 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing. It was the...

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Samsung Ditches Plastic Design, Adds Mobile Pay In New Phone

March 1, 2015 1:13 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung is departing from its signature plastic design and producing its next flagship phone with a metal frame and a glass back. The new Galaxy S6 phone looks stylish, not cheap. Samsung also unveiled a premium model, the S6 Edge, with side displays. Both models will have...

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Proposed Ethanol Plant In SD Would Push Production Westward

March 1, 2015 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Plans for South Dakota's westernmost ethanol plant are moving forward following the rezoning of land in Onida despite complaints from residents. The Tri-State Neighbor reports Onida residents don't want the proposed Ring-Neck Energy and Feed plant...

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NY Farmers Lobby Congress For Immigration Reform, Food Rules

February 28, 2015 7:16 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Farmers in New York state are asking Congress to push for immigration reform and changes to new federal food safety rules. The New York Farm Bureau released its 2015 priorities during a recent trip to Washington to meet with the state's congressional...

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Recalls Of The Week: Rethinking Used-Car Safety

February 27, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The AP reported Wednesday on a recent Carfax study that investigated why the flawed recall system is dangerous to used-car buyers. In this report, Auto Writers Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin write, “More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road...

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Metalworkers Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

February 27, 2015 2:55 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Japan is as technology rich as it is hydrocarbon poor. The country’s proven oil reserves stand at a measly 44 million barrels. (The U.S. holds nearly a thousand times more, or 36 billion.) The Niigata Prefecture, located some 200 miles northwest of Tokyo, is one of the few places in the...

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NASA Approves Sunday Spacewalk Despite Water Leak In Helmet

February 27, 2015 11:16 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

Space station astronauts will venture back out for a spacewalk this weekend, despite a helmet water leak. On Friday, NASA cleared astronaut Terry Virts' spacesuit for the last of three spacewalks, set for Sunday. Mission managers believe they understand the quirks with...

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Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect To Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A survey by the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance finds most of the Baton Rouge area's major industrial employers expect spending and employment at the plants to remain the same or expand during the next six months...  

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Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety In OR Television Interview

February 27, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety. Obama made the remarks during a brief interview with KGW-TV's Laural Porter, who was invited to Washington, D.C., as part of a round of local television interviews...

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IoT Consortiums Announce Collaborative Agreement

February 27, 2015 10:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Two nonprofits backing development of the Industrial Internet of Things on Thursday announced a collaboration they say will accelerate standards for connected devices. Under the strategic liaison agreement between the...    

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Apple Reportedly Poaching Talent For Electric Car Project

February 27, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Reports in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere that Apple is working on a secret electric car project initially prompted skepticism from the auto industry. Now, it's also triggered allegations of talent-poaching by rival tech companies...

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February’s News Roundup

February 27, 2015 9:56 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

A countdown of this month’s must-know manufacturing stories.                                 

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Obama Steps Up Pitch For Trade, Exports

February 26, 2015 7:14 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | Comments

Relying on Republicans and going against the grain of his own party for his legislative successes has not been much of a go-to play in President Barack Obama's game plan. Then there's international trade. On Thursday, Obama stepped up his campaign for expanding exports and...

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