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U.S. Budget Deficit Falls To $37B

April 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's budget deficit shrank to just $37 billion in March from $107 billion in the same month last year, the latest sign of improvement in the nation's finances.                     

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Ind. Glass Plant To Pay Record Safety Penalty

April 11, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Indiana automotive glass factory will pay a record $495,500 to settle workplace safety violations that were uncorrected following a worker's 2010 death, the Indiana Department of Labor said Wednesday.           

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50 Cent Ordered To Pay In Headphone Case

April 11, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal court records show that rapper 50 Cent has been ordered to pay a Bradenton earphone manufacturer more than $16 million in connection with a failed partnership to produce the entertainer's line of headphones.          

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GM Making New Repair On Recalled Cars

April 11, 2014 9:34 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has to repair another part on the 2.6 million small cars already being recalled for an ignition switch defect.                                   

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Google To Sell Glass To More Consumers

April 11, 2014 9:31 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device beginning at 9 a.m. PDT (1800 GMT) April 15.                           

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Studies: Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 9:29 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy.   

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French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French IT staff at Google, Facebook and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug.                                     

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Oshkosh Corp. Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 9:24 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, or 29 percent of the group's workforce, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.    

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NHTSA Closes Ford Pickup Truck Probe

April 11, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.                           

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GE Plans To Add 1,400 Jobs In Cincinnati Area

April 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The General Electric Co. plans to build a new U.S. global operations center in the Cincinnati area, bringing an expected 1,400 jobs to southwest Ohio. Fairfield, Conn.-based GE describes the center as a "shared services" site that's part of the sprawling company's efforts to streamline operations. 

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Tesla Questions Motives Of Lemon Law King

April 10, 2014 12:34 pm | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors officials questioned Wisconsin's self-proclaimed lemon law king's motivations in suing over a Milwaukee-area doctor's electric car, saying the company did all it could to fix the car and suggesting someone may have tampered with it.

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Protecting Yourself From Heartbleed

April 10, 2014 12:26 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

The Heartbleed bug is serious. Disclosed less than two days ago, the Heartbleed bug has sent sites and services across the Internet into patch mode. In essence, the bug potentially exposed your username and password on sites like Facebook, Google, Pinterest, and more. Take a look at the problem and what you should do to protect yourself and your company. 

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Help Wanted: Millennials Manufacture The Future

April 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by The National Association Of Manufacturers | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers needs Millennials to join and recruit the next generation of the manufacturing army in order to keep the industry moving forward. In this video, NAM interviews college students about what manufacturing means to them.

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The $845,000 Porsche Plug-In Hybrid

April 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid uses two electric motors to get its 887 horsepower. The vehicle starts at $845,000 and CNNMoney was lucky enough to drive this monster around the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas and reports on their experience. 

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A Hands-on Look At Microsoft's Cortana

April 10, 2014 12:04 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Cortana won't make her public debut until this summer, but USA TODAY got some hands-on time with the new Windows Phone digital assistant. To try and out-do the iPhone's Siri and Android's Google Now, Microsoft interviewed real personal assistants about their jobs, and tried to replicate everything they do. 

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Bill To Spur Manufacturing Innovation Moves Forward

April 10, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

The bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 would establish specialized manufacturing innovation 'hubs' around the country, creating thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States' role as the world's leader in advanced manufacturing. 

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How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 10, 2014 11:52 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

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HP Paying $108M To End Inquiry

April 10, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico and Poland.                            

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GM Puts 2 Engineers On Leave In Recall Case

April 10, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.                 

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Sriracha Maker Declared A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.                      

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