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Documents Show GM Delayed Another Recall

May 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors recalled a small number of Pontiac G6 midsize cars to fix a faulty brake light system in 2009, yet waited more than five years to call back over 2 million other cars with the same system, according to company documents filed with federal safety regulators.


Brewers Get Creative Using Spent Grain From Beer

May 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press | News | Comments

When you crack open and drain a craft beer, you probably don't leave much behind. The same can't be said for the process of making those brews, which yields a pound or more of leftover grain per six-pack.             


8 States Sign Plan To Promote Clean Cars

May 30, 2014 9:36 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.                          


Musk Unveils Spacecraft To Ferry Astronauts

May 30, 2014 9:30 am | by Raquel Maria Dillon, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.         


Ford Recalls 1.4M Vehicles

May 30, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling 1.4 million SUVs and cars in North America to fix steering, rust and floor mat problems.                                         


White House Touts Energy Policies

May 30, 2014 9:22 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources.         


China Fines Eye-Care Companies For Price Fixing

May 30, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has fined Johnson & Johnson, Nikon Corp. and five other makers of eyeglasses and contact lenses on price-fixing charges in its latest effort to use anti-monopoly law to control consumer prices.             


Alcoa To Build Jet Engine Parts Plant

May 29, 2014 1:00 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Alcoa hopes to cash in on the boom in commercial aircraft orders by building a new plant that will make engine parts for big jets.                                   


NHTSA: Car, Truck Crashes Cost Whopping $871B

May 29, 2014 12:56 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government safety regulators say the economic and societal harm from motor vehicle crashes amounted to $871 billion in a single year.                                 


Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Kentucky-Made Vehicle

May 29, 2014 12:53 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | News | Comments

The first Camry was made at the plant in 1988, and the 10-millionth was also a Camry. The two vehicles were parked side-by-side at the celebration.                             


Michigan A Leader In 'Blue Economy' Jobs

May 29, 2014 12:49 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

From wastewater treatment to farming and advanced manufacturing, a wide swath of the state's economy is particularly sensitive to any changes in water quality or abundance.                       


8 Vehicles Get Top Rating For Collision Warning

May 29, 2014 12:32 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the only non-luxury car to earn the highest safety rating in new tests of high-tech crash prevention systems.                               


Engineering Newswire: Hyperspectral Sensors And A Real Iron Man Suit

May 29, 2014 12:28 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at designing hyperspectral sensors, creating little lenses for security cameras and making a real Iron Man suit for U.S. Special Forces.                       


Speaking Of The Future: Advanced Manufacturing

May 29, 2014 12:23 pm | by Lockheed Martin | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin imagines a world where you can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life. Take a look at how they're embracing advanced manufacturing.               


Front-Crash Avoidance Systems Improving

May 29, 2014 12:15 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests 24 large and midsize vehicles equipped with systems to help prevent or limit front crash danger.                              


Futuristic 'Dream Cars' From The Past

May 29, 2014 12:05 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

The Atlanta High Museum of Art's 'Dream Cars' exhibit showcases futuristic concept cars from the past.                                           


Obama Administration Names U.S. Manufacturing Regions

May 29, 2014 9:36 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies looking for a place to set up operations, provide a boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry and create jobs.


Apple Acquires Beats For $3B

May 29, 2014 9:30 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Apple is buying more flair, swagger and song-picking savvy with its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist founded by rapper Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, one of the first recording executives to roll with the hip-hop culture.


Samsung Envisions Wearables With Common System

May 29, 2014 9:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company pushed for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies — can interchange key components such as the wristband.                    


Tyson Also Makes Bid For Hillshire Brands

May 29, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hillshire Brands has another suitor. Tyson Foods Co. is offering to buy Hillshire for $50 per share. That's $5 per share higher than Pilgrim's Pride offer earlier this week.                      



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