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NASA's Moon-Orbiting Robot Crashes

April 18, 2014 | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

Researchers believe the robotic explorer vaporized upon contact because of its high orbiting speed of 3,600 mph, possibly smacking into a mountain or side of a crater.                  

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Advice To Democrats: Don't Say 'Recovery'

April 18, 2014 3:20 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | Comments

Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.                           

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Largest U.S. Solar Farm On Superfund Site Is Online

April 18, 2014 2:19 pm | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | Comments

The nation's largest solar farm built atop a federal Superfund site is now generating power on a tract of land in Indianapolis tainted by a long-shuttered plant's wood-treating operations.                 

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: More Trouble For GM; GE's First Micro-Factory

April 18, 2014 2:15 pm | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from a lawsuit against GE picking Louisville for its micro-factory to an explosion and fire at a Tennessee ammunition plant.        

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Appeals Court Rejects Challenge To Cement Plant Pollution Standard

April 18, 2014 12:35 pm | Comments

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups had argued that the standard weakened an earlier EPA rule for cement plants that the industry had successfully challenged.            

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Chobani To Expand Offerings

April 18, 2014 11:57 am | Comments

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category.                      

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Stratocaster Still A Favorite At 60

April 18, 2014 11:25 am | Comments

Some of the most legendary guitarists in music history have elicited unforgettable sounds from the Fender Stratocaster, the distinctive double-cutaway guitar born in a small Fullerton, Calif., workshop 60 years ago this month.     

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Ludlow Massacre Spurred Labor Reforms

April 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Colleen Slevin, Associated Press | Comments

What became known as the Ludlow Massacre quickly evolved into a national rallying cry for labor unions and eventually helped lead to New Deal labor reforms. But over the years, the tragedy has been largely forgotten, even among many in Colorado.  

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Unemployment Rates Fall In 21 States

April 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring improves for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.                        

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Brewers Aim To Rekindle Belgium's Love Of Beer

April 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | Comments

The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.      

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Optimism On U.S. Economy Highest Among Manufacturers In Eight Years

April 18, 2014 10:01 am | by PwC US | Comments

Optimism around the prospects of the U.S. economy during the next 12 months rose among U.S. industrial manufacturers to 71 percent in the first quarter of 2014, from 68 percent in the previous quarter and 55 percent in the first quarter of 2013.

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Apartheid Abuse Cases Against Ford, IBM Go Forward

April 18, 2014 9:07 am | Comments

A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.           

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Mazda Recalling 109K SUVs

April 18, 2014 8:53 am | Comments

The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Mazda says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that the frame can rust and a wheel control arm can separate from it.             

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Texas Town May Rebuild Plant After Fatal Blast

April 18, 2014 8:24 am | Comments

The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people says local officials are considering building a new one.                      

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Former BP Employee Settles Insider-Trading Charges

April 18, 2014 8:07 am | Comments

The U.S. government says a former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has settled federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. 

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GM 1Q Global Sales Up 2 Pct

April 18, 2014 7:56 am | Comments

General Motors says it sold 2.42 million cars and trucks in the first three months of the year, keeping it slightly ahead of Volkswagen in the global sales race.                

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La-Z-Boy Cutting 100 Jobs In N.C.

April 17, 2014 3:11 pm | Comments

La-Z-Boy Inc. is closing two facilities and eliminating 100 jobs in North Carolina as part of a larger restructuring of its business.                     

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Judge Denies Motion To Park GM Cars

April 17, 2014 2:36 pm | Comments

A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.         

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Miss. Gov. Signs Bills Limiting Union Activities

April 17, 2014 2:34 pm | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press | Comments

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed three bills to limit union activities in Mississippi, saying he hopes they strengthen the state's reputation as a place where organized labor has little influence.        

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Food Poisoning Report Shows Decline In Salmonella

April 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Last year, salmonella cases fell 9 percent, compared to the previous three years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that's the largest drop in a decade.              

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CBO: Boosting Minimum Wage Would Cost Firms $15B

April 17, 2014 2:08 pm | Comments

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.             

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