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Global Unrest Does Affect U.S. Manufacturing

March 26, 2014 9:53 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Blogs | Comments

As tensions between Russia and the United States continue to increase, global businesses will face disruption and, for some, opportunity.                                  

U.S. Claims Victory In Trade Dispute With China

March 26, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is claiming victory in what it calls a major trade dispute with China over its curbs on exports of rare earths, the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products.        

Wal-Mart Recalling 174,000 Dolls Made By Chinese Company

March 25, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the doll has a circuit board in its chest that can overheat, causing the surface of the doll to get hot and burn someone.                

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Hijacked Cuban Planes Caught In Limbo

March 25, 2014 2:14 pm | by Christine Armario, Associated Press | News | Comments

The story of what happened to the planes in the ensuing years reads like another chapter in the history of stymied, contentious U.S.-Cuba relations, with the new owners unable to get the planes anywhere.           

China Takes Lead As Largest Importer Of Liquid Fuels

March 25, 2014 12:58 pm | by Candace Dunn, U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

The rise in China's net imports of petroleum and other liquids is driven by steady economic growth, with rapidly rising Chinese petroleum demand outpacing production growth.                    

35 Countries Promise To Boost Nuclear Security

March 25, 2014 11:06 am | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirty-five countries pledged Tuesday to turn international guidelines on nuclear security into national laws, a move aimed at preventing terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material.           

U.S. First Lady Tells Students In China To Aim High

March 25, 2014 10:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelle Obama encouraged rural Chinese students to aim high and get a good education despite humble roots, in a speech that was delivered via satellite technology to remote communities in southwestern China.          

Japan Nuke Worker Life Gets Recorded As Manga

March 25, 2014 8:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tatsuta said "1F" is not about taking sides on the debate over nuclear power, but simply a story of what it's like to work there.                        

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Chinese Relatives Of Missing Passengers Protest At Embassy

March 25, 2014 8:18 am | by Christopher Bodeen and Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many of the relatives maintain they are not being told the whole truth — a not-uncommon mindset among Chinese accustomed to dealing with authorities in their own opaque, single-party communist state.             

WHO Says Pollution Kills 7M Every Year

March 25, 2014 8:05 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The agency said air pollution is the cause of about one in eight deaths and has now become the single biggest environmental health risk.                    

Toyota Case Highlights Difficulty In Prosecuting Execs

March 25, 2014 7:50 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say they had little choice, in part because of constraints with evidence and the challenge of gathering testimony and information from witnesses outside the United States.                

Malaysia Says Missing Flight Crashed In Indian Ocean

March 24, 2014 11:15 am | by Eileen Ng and Todd Pitman, Associated Press | News | Comments

But with the location of the plane itself still unknown — most likely somewhere at the bottom of the sea — profound questions remain about what brought down the aircraft and why.              

Mystery Of Lost Jet Now 2 Weeks Old

March 24, 2014 8:23 am | by Kristen Gelineau and Rob Griffith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aircraft and ships from China headed to the desolate southern Indian Ocean to join the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, now lost for two full weeks.                 

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Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Want Compensation

March 24, 2014 8:19 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The collapse killed more than 1,100 people and highlighted the grim conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry, a major supplier to global fashion brands.                  

Scientists Reinvent The Toilet At Tech Fair

March 24, 2014 8:16 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone or create charcoal to combat climate change?                       

Report: NSA Targeted China's Huawei

March 24, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the company was a threat to U.S. national security, two newspapers reported.    

Climate Report: Warming Is Big Risk For People

March 24, 2014 8:04 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The key message from leaked drafts and interviews with the authors and other scientists: The big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists once thought.         

Nokia-Microsoft Delayed Until April

March 24, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. says the $7.3 billion deal will be delayed until next month because it is still waiting for approval from regulatory authorities in Asia.                       

Manufacturing.net Rewind: NASA Makes A Robot For Mars; Tesla Fights With Auto Dealers

March 21, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a NASA robot that is six feet tall and has an 80 inch wing span, to Tesla's latest battle.               

Satellites, Binoculars Used In Flight 370 Search

March 21, 2014 11:30 am | by Nick Perry, Associated Press | News | Comments

From satellites to binoculars, the hardware being used in the search for the missing plane far off western Australia ranges from the sophisticated to the simple.                 

Flight Simulators Used By Enthusiasts Worldwide

March 21, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

Simulators can range from software on a personal computer used as a hobby, to sophisticated full-motion simulators used for training and annual recertification for professional pilots.             

Bombardier: Unrest In Ukraine Could Delay Russian Deal

March 21, 2014 7:53 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The international crises over events in Crimea could affect Bombardier's efforts to finalize negotiations for a joint venture to build Q-400 turboprops in Russia, the manufacturer said Thursday.           

Ex-Microsoft Worker Accused Of Leaking Trade Secrets

March 20, 2014 2:09 pm | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are accusing Alex A. Kibkalo of stealing trade secrets related to pre-release software updates for Windows 8 and Microsoft's "Activation Server Software Development Kit."             

Czech Agriculture Minister Says Budvar Is Not For Sale

March 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Karel Janicek, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurecka says Budvar has remained profitable despite the recent economic downturn, adding the trademark dispute with Anheuser-Busch was another reason to keep it in the state hands.             

Toyota To End Lockout At Indian Car Plants

March 20, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Toyota said the decision was in consideration of "law-abiding team members" who could return to work after signing a code of conduct.                    

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