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Families Of Shooting Victims Sue Gun Manufacturer, Seller

December 15, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.         

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Ford's 'Futurist' Predicts Upcoming Trends

December 15, 2014 12:29 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Sheryl Connelly is Ford's manager of global consumer trends and "futuring." While she works for the auto giant, her job has little to do with cars. Connelly discusses the trends that will influence our lives in the future.        

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A 21st Century Bike

December 15, 2014 12:22 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Richard Quest tries out a bike with springs in its wheels — the Loopwheels.                                                  

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7 Tips For Bridging The Digital Gap

December 15, 2014 12:18 pm | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

Simply installing new technology is not enough. To get a return on their investments, manufacturers need to put a business framework in place to support them. That requires transforming how they do business.             

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.                                      

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Oil Plunges Again, Reaches Recession-Level Depths

December 15, 2014 9:54 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

A 6-month rout in the price of oil accelerated this week, culminating in a 4 percent drop Friday — its third such drop in 5 days — to its lowest level since May of 2009, when the U.S. was still in recession.             

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Berkshire Hathaway Acquiring Charter Brokerage

December 15, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's firm Berkshire Hathaway says it is acquiring logistics company Charter Brokerage from private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners.                             

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3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking To Implement Big Data

December 12, 2014 11:21 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Articles | Comments

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

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Ford CEO: New F-150 Will Change Auto Industry

December 12, 2014 11:06 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Mark Fields, CEO of Ford Motor Co., talks about the automaker's new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck, the outlook for Detroit's economy and the impact of declining oil prices on the auto industry.               

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Engineering Newswire: Electric Scooter Unfolds In A Second

December 12, 2014 10:34 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at searching the sea with robotic ocean gliders, unfolding an electric scooter in a single second, and shielding eyes from blinding headlights.                     

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GM Victim: I Was Robbed Of A Part Of My Life

December 12, 2014 10:31 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

10 years after her car crashed, killing her boyfriend, a Texas court clears Candice Anderson of the felony charge. GM admits its car may have contributed to the accident.                       

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Cheaper Food And Gas Lower U.S. Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation.                               

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Ford Revamps Sync Infotainment System

December 12, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven years after its introduction, Ford is revamping its Sync touch screen system to be faster and easier to use.                                       

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Fiat Chrysler Denies Plans To Expatriate Ferrari

December 12, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Carmaker Fiat Chrysler is denying rumors that Italian luxury sports carmaker Ferrari SpA is considering moving its tax home out of Italy as part of a spinoff.                           

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Chrysler Expands Air Bag Recall

December 12, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators and will add about 179,000 vehicles to a recall for air bags that could explode with too much force.                           

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Navigating Risk And Change In Surface Transport Markets

December 12, 2014 9:35 am | by IBISWorld Procurement Analyst, Hayden Shipp | News | Comments

As surface transportation markets have grown in importance to a range of businesses, they have begun to change in dramatic ways that are making carriers’ capacity, availability and adherence to shipping schedules more uncertain.       

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Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge In The South

December 11, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues. With the auto industry being so heavily entrenched with labor unions, is the fight to keep them out futile?       

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Japan Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 11, 2014 11:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced more recalls for the same possibly defective Takata air bags that Toyota recalled earlier this month after one exploded during scrapping in Japan.                   

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Manufacturers Seek Women For Hard-To-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Manufacturers struggling to find welders, machinists see women as potential labor pool.                                               

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Build-It-Yourself Computer For $150

December 11, 2014 11:02 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

It's kind of like Legos, but for computers. Kano is a kit that offers the basics of building hardware and coding software.                                     

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