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Tesla CEO Hints At Surprise Move

June 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said at the company's annual shareholder meeting that he's thinking of doing something "fairly controversial" regarding the company's patents.                         

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The Spark Of Innovation: Zippo Manufacturing

June 4, 2014 12:49 pm | by USCC | Videos | Comments

The Zippo windproof lighter has remained virtually unchanged over the last 77 years. The company behind the Zippo lighter has accomplished the near impossible — it has grown and adapted to today's fickle market while remaining a steadfast American icon.

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Reviving U.S. Manufacturing

June 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. Here's a look at some key issues facing American manufacturers that need to be addressed with action (not rhetoric).

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Three Misconceptions That Keep Small Manufacturers From Embracing New Technology

June 4, 2014 12:33 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

Many small manufacturers believe that business technology is something for larger companies only — it has a reputation of being too costly and disruptive. This simply isn’t true.                     

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Ford Develops Lightweight Concept Car

June 4, 2014 9:44 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford gave car buyers a glimpse of the future when it unveiled a lightweight Fusion sedan in San Francisco Tuesday.                                       

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Teva To Spend $200M On Labrys Biologics

June 4, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. plans to expand its lineup of migraine treatments by purchasing Labrys Biologics in a deal that could ultimately be worth more than $800 million.                   

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UAW Raising Dues For 1st Time In 47 Years

June 4, 2014 9:37 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union's finances, the first increase in 47 years.                            

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China Tensions Bad For Business

June 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior U.S. official said Wednesday that Washington wants to expand economic ties with Asia, the world's fastest growing region, but warned that China's provocative conduct in the South China Sea raises tensions that are bad for business.   

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Chobani Laying Off Workers At Idaho Plant

June 4, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek yogurt maker Chobani is laying off workers at its south-central Idaho plant.                                                

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GMO Label Bill Passes Hurdle In N.Y.

June 4, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to require labels on food products containing ingredients from genetically modified crops is inching closer to a vote in the New York Legislature.                           

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Food Company To Bring 500 Jobs To S.C.

June 3, 2014 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company that makes El Monterey brand frozen Mexican foods will invest $55 million in a manufacturing plant in Florence County, creating 500 jobs.                             

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Little Public Action In China Cyberspying Case

June 3, 2014 1:09 pm | by Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The accused have yet to be placed on Interpol's public listing of international fugitives, and there is no evidence that China would even entertain a formal request by the U.S. to extradite them.               

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J.M. Smucker Raising Prices For Packaged Coffee

June 3, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The J.M. Smucker Co. said Tuesday that it raised prices for most of its packaged coffee, including products sold under the Dunkin' Donuts and Folgers brands.                           

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Reactions To Seattle’s Unprecedented Minimum Wage Hike

June 3, 2014 12:50 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that would give the city the highest minimum wage in the nation — $15 per hour. According to a study by the University of Washington there is debate over whether the wage increase is a smart way to reduce poverty.

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The Looming Whiskey Shortage

June 3, 2014 12:35 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Global whiskey sales are outpacing production by at least 2-to-1 prompting makers such as TennSouth Distillery's Clayton Cutler to work overtime to put up more barrels.                       

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Apple's New Products In 90 Seconds

June 3, 2014 12:31 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

At the WWDC 2014 developers conference Apple announced new operating systems for desktop and mobile along with apps for health monitoring and home control.                           

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ISM: Manufacturing On Target With Predictions

June 3, 2014 12:23 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in May for the 12th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 60th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

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Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud Servers: Who’s Got The Edge?

June 3, 2014 12:16 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

There’s broad agreement on the key benefits of virtual servers — scalability, improved resource utilization, reduced operational costs, instant provisioning, and the ability to quickly expand the server base. But there is no “one size fits all” consensus around private vs. public cloud servers.

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As Seattle Raises Minimum Wage; Will Others Follow?

June 3, 2014 10:29 am | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seattle activists celebrated a successful campaign to gradually increase the city's minimum wage to $15 by calling for a national movement to close the income and opportunity gaps between rich and poor.         

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Automakers See Big U.S. Sales Gains

June 3, 2014 10:01 am | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Brisk demand for SUVs and pickup trucks — and a strong Memorial Day weekend — was expected to push U.S. auto sales to a seven-year high in May.                               

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