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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.        

Orders For U.S. Manufactured Goods Up 2.2 Percent

March 26, 2014 9:29 am | by Martin Crutsinger - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Economists expect manufacturing output to strengthen in coming months reflecting better weather after a series of winter storms which disrupted production at some factories.                        

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China 'Gravely Concerned' About Claims Of U.S. Spying

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

China said Monday it was demanding an explanation from Washington over allegations U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei and targeted top Chinese officials and government institutions.      

Lockheed Making Parts For New Mini-Shuttle At New Orleans Plant

March 26, 2014 9:20 am | by Janet Mcconnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin is working in New Orleans on parts for the Dream Chaser, a mini-shuttle designed to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. "It's great to see the lights back on," Jim Crocker, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Co., said Tuesday.

Deal Allows Tesla To Sell Cars In Ohio

March 26, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill allows Tesla to keep its existing stores in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, and allows a third to open in Cleveland. It prohibits the company from opening any other stores.                    

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.           

Effort To Rewrite Tenn. Whiskey Law Fails

March 25, 2014 12:46 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel's will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year.              

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Obama: NSA Proposal Satisfied Public Concerns

March 25, 2014 12:19 pm | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says a proposal to have U.S. telephone companies hold onto call record data satisfies public concerns about government being in control of the data.               

Texas Gov. Perry Sees Pros Of Tesla Direct Sales

March 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Perry cites the natural change in society and economic structures as the underpinning of why it’s the right choice now — things just aren’t sold the same way today as they were even 10 years ago, he argues.              

Group Seeks To Overturn NYC E-Cigarette Ban

March 25, 2014 11:40 am | News | Comments

The Smoke-Free Air Act was signed into law in December, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's last month in office. The law prohibits e-cigarettes in all areas where regular cigarettes are banned.            

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.          

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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.             

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.                

Obama Keeping BlackBerry For Now

March 24, 2014 3:17 pm | News | Comments

The White House is shooting down the notion that Obama's device is caught up in a pilot program designed to transition away from BlackBerry smartphones.                  

N.C. Pulls Deal With Duke

March 24, 2014 2:11 pm | by Michael Biesecker and Mitch Weiss, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina regulators said they have asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine.            

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.              

Washington's Exports Soar On Boeing

March 24, 2014 10:30 am | by Richard Read, The Oregonian | News | Comments

The focus on Boeing, the nation's biggest exporter, brings up a more fundamental difference between the Washington and Oregon that has national implications.                       

Moon Landing Camera Sold For $758,489

March 24, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The Hasselblad 500 sold over the weekend is described by Vienna auctioneers Galerie Westlicht as part of the equipment carried by the 1971 Apollo 15 mission — and the only camera ever brought back from the moon.         

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.                 

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.                  

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.    

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.               

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