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Only 2 Midsize SUVs Get Top Crash Test Rating

April 8, 2014 9:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Only two of nine midsize SUVs got the highest rating in crash tests done by an insurance industry group.                                         

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Cheaper Smartphones Cut Into Samsung's Profits

April 8, 2014 9:04 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The consumer technology heavyweight said Tuesday that it expects operating income of about 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) for the January-March quarter, down 4 percent from a year earlier.                  

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Holcim, Lafarge Create Swiss Merger

April 7, 2014 1:25 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest suppliers of building materials announced plans for a "merger of equals" Monday that would create an industry giant with a combined 32 billion euros ($44 billion) in annual revenues. Swiss-based Holcim and its French counterpart, Lafarge, said the new company would be named LafargeHolcim and be headquartered in Switzerland. 

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Michigan Boosting Efforts For Auto Industry Jobs

April 7, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan plans to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration and skilled trades, officials said. Nigel Francis, the state's senior automotive adviser, this week plans to outline details of a 30-year strategic plan that aims to elevate Michigan's status as a global auto industry leader

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Supreme Court Rejects Early Appeal Of Surveillance Ruling

April 7, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records. Conservative lawyer Larry Klayman persuaded a federal judge in December to rule that the agency's activities likely violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches.

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Industrial Machinery Market Growth To Double In 2014

April 7, 2014 1:14 pm | by IHS | News | Comments

High demand for machines in manufacturing sectors ranging from auto making to packaging will push the industrial machinery market to new heights during the next five years, highlighted by a doubling of growth this year, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

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Engineering Newswire: World's Fastest Bullet Car

April 7, 2014 1:03 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're fixing the government with sixth grade math and racing the world's fastest RC Car. Also, while invisibility cloaks and stealth technology may seem easy in Hollywood movies, controlling and bending light around an object to make it invisible to the naked eye is actually quite difficult.

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Samsung Adds Anti-Theft Tech Despite Resistance

April 7, 2014 12:53 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Samsung announced it will be adding two safeguards to its soon-to-be-released Galaxy S5 smartphone that will lock their device whenever there is an unauthorized attempt to reset it. Up to now, wireless carriers have been resistant to such technology, claiming it could be misused by hackers.

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Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 12:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The apparel industry has long been highly competitive, and in an era where many of the country’s biggest retailers can offer a sub-$5 t-shirt, it’s clear that the complexities behind producing a typical garment have become as thick and tangled as a ball of yarn.

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Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

April 7, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Ever since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about the United States investing in rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But just what is wrong with America's infrastructure and how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?

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Systems Consolidation Saves Time, Improves Work Flow

April 7, 2014 11:18 am | Videos | Comments

Assa Abloy benefitted from the expertise of Columbus as the manufacturer made Microsoft Dynamics the exclusive platform for their global enterprise.

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Samsung Adds Anti-Theft Safeguards To Smartphones

April 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to activate for free its "Find My Mobile" and "Reactivation Lock" anti-theft features to protect the soon-to-be-released Galaxy S5.                

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Families Want GM Prosecuted For Defects

April 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul Wiseman and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up.     

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Fruit Of The Loom Moving Some Operations From Ky. To Honduras

April 7, 2014 9:32 am | by Adam Beam, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 600 workers will lose their jobs under Fruit of the Loom's plans to close its plant in Jamestown, Ky. The company said it was moving the plant's textile operations to Honduras to save money.               

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Evenflo Recalling 1.3M Child Seat Buckles

April 7, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Evenflo Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling more than 1.3 million child safety seat buckles due to the risk children could not be removed quickly in an emergency.                         

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Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 9:23 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption and a flimsy infrastructure.     

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Decoding Germs' DNA To Fight Food Poisoning

April 7, 2014 9:19 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses.                           

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What's Trending: Caterpillar's Tax Problem; Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Home

April 4, 2014 4:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Here's a look at the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Beer brewers upset over proposed rule; Caterpillar's tax problem; and Milwaukee wants to bring Pabst home.               

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States Revolt Against New Painkiller

April 4, 2014 1:14 pm | by Beth Garbitelli, Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials fighting a well-publicized battle against heroin and prescription drug abuse are revolting against a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health officials fear could worsen an already acute drug problem.   

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Nest Labs Disables Smoke Alarm Feature

April 4, 2014 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand.                 

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