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Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 8:15 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | Comments

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption and a flimsy infrastructure.    

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Evenflo Recalling 1.3M Child Seat Buckles

April 7, 2014 8:11 am | Comments

The buckle may become stuck in a latched position, making it difficult to remove a child from the seat. This could prove critical to a child's safety in the case of an emergency.              

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Samsung Adds Anti-Theft Safeguards To Smartphones

April 7, 2014 8:00 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

The world's largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy 5 S.           

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U.S. Steel Idles Indiana Mill

April 7, 2014 7:57 am | Comments

U.S. Steel has temporarily halted steelmaking at its massive northwestern Indiana mill because the ice-covered Great Lakes have cut off the mill's access to vital iron ore.               

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Sun Pharma Buys Ranbaxy In $4B Deal

April 7, 2014 7:50 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | Comments

India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is buying troubled generic drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories in a $4 billion deal, the companies said Monday.                   

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Families Want GM Prosecuted For Defects

April 7, 2014 7:42 am | by Paul Wiseman and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | Comments

The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade.           

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Suminoe Textile To Expand S.C. Facility, Hire 100

April 4, 2014 3:48 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | Comments

Suminoe Textile of America Corporation, a supplier of textile products for the North American automotive market, is expanding its needle punch carpet facility in Cherokee County that makes automotive carpeting. The $5 million investment is expected to create 100 new jobs.

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Fruit Of The Loom Moving Some Operations From Ky. To Honduras

April 4, 2014 3:42 pm | by Adam Beam, Associated Press | Comments

More than 600 workers will lose their jobs under Fruit of the Loom's plans to close its plant in Jamestown, Ky. The company said it was moving the plant's textile operations to Honduras to save money.          

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Falling Crane Kills 1 At Michigan Steel Facility

April 4, 2014 3:12 pm | Comments

Police say a worker has died after a crane fell at a U.S. Steel facility in suburban Detroit.                              

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Mazda Recalls Cars Because Of Spider Damage

April 4, 2014 2:25 pm | Comments

Mazda is recalling 42,000 Mazda6 cars in the U.S. because spiders can weave a web in a vent hose and cause the fuel tank to crack.                         

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: CAT Avoids Taxes; CBS Adds Sound To Tesla

April 4, 2014 2:23 pm | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a senator's accusations that CAT has avoided billions in taxes to CBS' "audio error."                

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Desperate Hunt For Flight 370 'Black Boxes'

April 4, 2014 12:50 pm | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | Comments

Two ships with sophisticated equipment for searching underwater zeroed in Friday on a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean in a desperate hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet's black boxes, whose batteries will soon run out.    

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Philip Morris Ending Cigarette Production In Netherlands

April 4, 2014 12:27 pm | Comments

Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.                    

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Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | Comments

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of that proud history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand to its birthplace, possibly as a city-owned brewery.        

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Suspected N. Korean Drones Reflect New Threat

April 4, 2014 11:02 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | Comments

South Korean experts say two small drones believed to have been flown across the border by the North were crude and decidedly low-tech but underscore a potential new threat that must be taken seriously.          

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States Revolt Against New Painkiller

April 4, 2014 10:38 am | by Beth Garbitelli, Associated Press | Comments

The backlash against Zohydro has been growing since last year, when the FDA approved the drug against the recommendation of an internal advisory committee.                  

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Nest Labs Disables Smoke Alarm Feature

April 4, 2014 10:17 am | Comments

The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand.           

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NASA Program Offers Consultation On R&D

April 4, 2014 9:43 am | Comments

A federal program is giving companies from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan a chance to get free, confidential research and development insight directly from NASA experts.              

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A Tiny Power Generator That Runs On Spit

April 4, 2014 9:27 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | Comments

Saliva-powered micro-sized microbial fuel cells can produce minute amounts of energy sufficient to run on-chip applications, according to an international team of engineers.                        

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Employers Add 192K Jobs In March

April 4, 2014 8:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.                    

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