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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 77

March 31, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The fund received a total of 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 deadline. Of those, 1,263 are still under review. Feinberg says more than half are ineligible or lack documentation.

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U.S. To Pledge Up To 28 Percent Emission Cut In Global Treaty

March 31, 2015 2:21 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | Comments

By announcing its commitment early, the U.S. hopes to dial up the political pressure on other countries to take equally ambitious steps to cut emissions.

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Congress Urged to Tread Cautiously On IoT Regulations

March 31, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

An estimated 5 billion devices will connect to the Internet this year, but GE anticipates that number will grow to 50 billion within five years.  

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U.S. Steel To Idle Part Of Minnesota Plant, Lay Off 680

March 31, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

It's the latest symptom of the downturn in the American steel and iron mining industry. U.S. Steel cites high steel imports, dumping and low steel prices.

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IBM To Invest $3 Billion In 'Internet Of Things' Unit

March 31, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

IBM is training more than 2,000 consultants, researchers and developers to help businesses come up with new ways to use the vast amounts of data that are now available.

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Solar-Powered Plane Lands In China On Round-The-World Flight

March 31, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

It flies next to the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing before heading to Hawaii on its five-month trip.

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Dig This: The Panama Canal Is About To Get Busy

March 31, 2015 10:04 am | by GE Reports | Comments

The 48-mile-long waterway that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.

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Dow Chemical And Olin Corp. Announce Mega Merger

March 31, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Dow and Olin said the new transaction would double Olin's scale and create "an industry leader with revenues approaching $7 billion."

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Amazon Bypasses U.S. Drone Regulations For Now By Testing In Canada

March 31, 2015 9:28 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

During and after testifying before a Senate Subcommittee last week, Amazon said it wouldn't delay its drone testing just for the FAA and said it would go abroad if need be.

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Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The report argued companies should improve their use of technology in risk management, consider increasing the frequency of assessments and embed those practices within all levels of company operations.

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Tesla To Unveil New Product Next Month

March 30, 2015 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday that "a major new Tesla product line" will be revealed April 30. Tesla shares rose 3 percent to $190.60 after the tweet.

Volvo Announces Plans To Construct U.S. Plant

March 30, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Volvo on Monday confirmed it will open a new manufacturing plant in the U.S., a move the Swedish automaker said makes it a “global car manufacturer.”

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Google, Johnson & Johnson Team Up To Build Robot Surgeons

March 30, 2015 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The companies will try to engineer robotic technology that will reduce patient trauma and accelerate post-surgery healing.

Business Forecasters Boost 2-year Outlook For U.S. Economy

March 30, 2015 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The March report from the National Association for Business Economics forecasts more hiring, a lower unemployment rate, a lower inflation rate and more growth in consumer spending in 2015.

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Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth For Oil-Producing States

March 30, 2015 11:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

 Newly released estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the global drop in oil prices hindered growth in many of the country's top oil producing states.

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Toyota Cuts Price Of Automatic Braking Safety Devices

March 30, 2015 10:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Toyota says it can sell the systems cheaper because it's mass-producing them, plus the cost of cameras and other sensors continues to fall.

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Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces A High-Tech Future

March 30, 2015 10:30 am | by Verenda Dobink, The Associated Press | Comments

These are not great-grandmother's matzos, kneaded and shaped by hand. Mass-produced and machine-packaged, they're a modern effort to preserve tradition.

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Creative Revamp, ERP Style: Q&A With Charlie Merrow

March 30, 2015 10:15 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The CEO of Merrow Sewing Machine Company gives advice on taking risks and getting creative to boost your business.

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Does Your Current ERP System Cost More Than it Delivers?

March 30, 2015 10:10 am | by Bob McKee | Comments

Experts suggest that the time to make a change is when you need more than your system can offer. You shouldn’t wait until the system fails you to replace it.

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Senate Approves Long-Delayed Bill To Boost Energy Efficiency

March 30, 2015 10:02 am | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | Comments

The measure exempts some energy-efficient water heaters from pending Energy Department rules and requires federal agencies to develop best practices to increase energy efficiency in federal buildings.

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