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Cerner Buying Siemens Health Services For $1.3B

August 6, 2014 3:03 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Cerner Corp. is buying the health information technology business unit of German industrial conglomerate Siemens AG for $1.3 billion in cash.                    

Bobcat Opening $28M Bismarck Center

August 6, 2014 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bobcat Co. is hoping that its new research and development facility in Bismarck will help it snatch up engineering talent from North Dakota universities.                     

Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 6, 2014 2:41 pm | News | Comments

A Coca-Cola distribution plant in southern Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles, the company said.                  

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Study Says Oceans Tainted With More Man-Made Mercury

August 6, 2014 2:36 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In much of the world's oceans, levels of the metal mercury are double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution, a new study says.                     

Study: Split Views On Robots' Employment Role

August 6, 2014 2:15 pm | by Connor Radnovich, Associated Press | News | Comments

In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, Americans could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and the wealthy could live in walled cities with robots serving as labor.

Mondelez: Price Hikes Scared Off Customers

August 6, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Mondelez said price increases scared off some customers in its second quarter, and the company trimmed its sales forecast for the year.                    

Former GM Site Sold To Aircraft Maintenance Company

August 6, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

A former General Motors facility in Washtenaw County has been sold to aircraft maintenance company International Turbine Industries.                     

China: No Evidence Spoiled Meat Made It To Japan

August 6, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

An ongoing investigation into the food safety scandal that hit several popular fast food chains last month has uncovered no evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, Chinese food safety regulators told their Japanese counterparts.     

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Chrysler 2Q Profit Up 22 Percent

August 6, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

Chrysler Group says its second-quarter net profit rose 22 percent, fueled by rising sales in the U.S. The company says it made $619 million in the April-through-June quarter, compared with $507 million a year ago.            

Toyota Pledges $1M Toward Detroit Bankruptcy Deal

August 6, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

Toyota has pledged $1 million toward the Detroit Institute of Arts' goal to raise $100 million to prevent the sale of art in Detroit's bankruptcy and help city pensioners.                   

Fiat Shares Plunge Over Chrysler Merger Worries

August 6, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

Fiat shares have been suspended temporarily after an excessive drop due to investor concerns that a planned merger with Chrysler may be blocked.                              

Nuclear Waste Facility Planned For Idaho

August 6, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

The company contracted by the federal government to run an eastern Idaho nuclear complex has awarded a $34 million subcontract to another company to build a disposal facility for low-level nuclear waste.                 

Samsung, Apple To Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 8:07 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers.             

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Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Trucks In Mexico

August 6, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

While local distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in southern Mexico, multinational firms have seldom been attacked.                    

Microsoft Hires Qualcomm Exec To Make Deals

August 6, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market.                       

Bill On West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 6, 2014 7:47 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The prospect of Texas strengthening fire safety codes or enforcing tougher standards on companies with volatile quantities of hazardous chemicals has become murky 16 months after the disaster.              

China Probes Automakers, Tech Firms

August 6, 2014 7:41 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.           

The Internet Of Things, Robotic Manufacturing, And The End Of The World

August 5, 2014 4:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area: manufacturing. The term Internet of Things ...

Nevada No Lock For Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 5, 2014 1:40 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is ...   

Software Worth Its Value In Platinum: South African Smelter Embraces Big Data

August 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Africa’s economic expansion was largely driven by commodities over the last decade. But today, satisfying demand involves more than just pulling ore and minerals from the ground faster. Companies like South Africa’s platinum producer Lonmin are ...

U.S. Factory Orders Rise 1.1 Percent In June

August 5, 2014 10:30 am | by Josh Boak - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories increased in June, led by demand for aircraft, industrial machinery and computers and electronics. Orders rose a seasonally adjusted 1.1 percent compared to the previous month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Factory orders ...

Coal Struggle Endures With Mine Layoff Plans

August 5, 2014 9:03 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal giant Alpha Natural Resources revealed plans to shed 1,100 workers at 11 West Virginia surface mines and related operations by mid-October. In Boone, where about 2,400 people work in coal mining, two mines employing 462 people could be shuttered.

SpaceX To Build Rocket Launch Site In South Texas

August 5, 2014 8:27 am | by Christopher Sherman - Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX will build the world's first commercial site for orbital rocket launches in the southernmost tip of Texas. The state of Texas added $15.3 million in incentives to the geographic value of a location east of Brownsville that will allow ...

Ind. Man Laid Off Twice Finds New Purpose At 52

August 5, 2014 8:22 am | by Tim Vandenack, The Elkhart Truth | News | Comments

The Great Recession battered Elkhart County and, in some ways, many are still feeling the aftershocks of the downturn, five years after it ended. But it's made others, like Bumpus, leaner, forcing them to improvise and forge a new trail lest they wither on the vine.

Toyota Profit Up Nearly 5 Percent

August 5, 2014 8:18 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan.                   

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