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China Manufacturing Continues To Grow

June 2, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing grew for the third consecutive month in May, suggesting a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is stabilizing, a state-sanctioned industry group said Sunday.                 

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Seattle Council Expected To Approve $15 Minimum Wage

June 2, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Seattle City Council is expected to approve an ordinance Monday to phase in a $15 hourly minimum wage — the highest in the nation.                                 

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Deal Will Soon Be Signed For Rosie's Plant

June 2, 2014 1:23 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of an effort to save a portion of Rosie the Riveter's old Detroit-area factory says his group is moving forward on a purchase agreement for the property and could begin construction as early as this fall.          

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Court Says Company Didn't Induce Patent Infringement

June 2, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that a company is not liable for inducing patent infringement if someone other than the company carries out some of the steps leading to infringement.                 

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Deal Calls For Egg Company To Pay $6.8M Fine

June 2, 2014 1:18 pm | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Iowa company has agreed to pay $6.8 million in fines for crimes that include selling the tainted eggs that caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010.                           

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Cell Phone Metadata Reveals More Than You Think

June 2, 2014 1:13 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

When the NSA surveillance program was exposed, the government said they didn't listen to calls, and only collected metadata. But that metadata can actually reveal personal information.                 

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Is The U.S.-Made Moto X Just A Failed Experiment?

June 2, 2014 1:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A year into Google’s attempt to build Motorola smartphones in the U.S., the company finds itself making new plans… to shut the factory down.                               

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Cyber Threats: Hiding, Targeting Valuable Assets

June 2, 2014 1:00 pm | by Nina Vajda | Articles | Comments

The threat that cyberattacks pose to manufacturers can be seen in the plethora of counterfeit products that flood the global marketplace every year. Manufacturing companies must accept that if their product has value, it’s a target for cyber criminals.

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Quality Management Solution Embeds Quality Info In Product Record

June 2, 2014 9:54 am | by Arena Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Arena Solutions, the pioneer of cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) applications, has announced Arena Quality, a new solution that enables the entire discreet engineering and manufacturing team to rapidly identify, capture, collaborate and resolve product quality problems.

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U.S. Probes Chrysler Air Bag Recall

June 2, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall to fix air bags on nearly 745,000 Chrysler SUVs is working properly.                                   

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Chicken Plant Sues Pest Company Over Infestation

June 2, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Central California chicken-processing plant has filed a lawsuit against a pest-control company over a cockroach infestation that caused the plant to close for two weeks.                       

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Solar Plane Makes Maiden Flight

June 2, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar flight.                         

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Unilever Banners Used Extremist Symbol In Myanmar

June 2, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer products giant Unilever scrambled Monday to remove advertising banners from shops in western Myanmar that prominently displayed the symbol of the Buddhist extremist movement blamed for a wave of bloody attacks against minority Muslims. 

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Malaysia: Cadbury Chocolate Free From Pork

June 2, 2014 9:25 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cadbury chocolates sold in Malaysia have been cleared of containing pork after earlier tests suggested two types of chocolate bar contained pig DNA.                             

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Motorola Closing Only U.S. Smartphone Factory

June 2, 2014 9:22 am | by Emily Schmall, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit has announced it will close its Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened as the first smartphone factory in the U.S.                   

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Diageo Planning New Distillery In Ky.

May 30, 2014 11:28 am | by Rebecca Yonker and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global liquor giant Diageo PLC on Thursday announced plans to build a new distillery in Kentucky amid a global boom in American whiskey sales.                               

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Goodyear Plans $500M American Tire Plant

May 30, 2014 11:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear says it will spend $500 million to build a new tire plant that will produce about 6 million tires a year for Goodyear's North American and Latin America customers.                       

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U.S. Consumer Spending Down In April

May 30, 2014 11:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumers cut back on spending in April for the first time in a year, taking an unexpected pause after a big jump during the previous month. The results, however, are unlikely to derail an expected spring rebound in the economy.     

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Ford Updating Truck Plant, Factory Tour

May 30, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has plans to revamp both its Dearborn Truck Plant as well as the Rouge Factory Tour.                                           

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Japan Oil Tanker Explodes

May 30, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured.               

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