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'Chrysler Should Recall Them All,' Says Safety Advocate

September 23, 2014 9:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.                             

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Texas Celebrates Its First N-Type Solar Manufacturing Factory

September 23, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mission Solar Energy, LLC. celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art solar panel manufacturing facility at Brooks City-Base.                                 

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GM Expert: 21 Deaths Eligible For Compensation

September 22, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by the company to compensate victims, said Monday in an Internet posting that he received 143 death claims as of Friday, and 21 of those have been deemed eligible for payments.         

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Top 5 Ways Virtualization Will Improve Lifecycle Management

September 22, 2014 1:26 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Among the many advantages, server virtualization allows manufacturing companies to save money by consolidating a number of applications on the same physical server. Here are the top five capabilities virtualization can enable over the extended lifecycles of MES, sponsored by Stratus Technologies. 

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Carmakers Get Colorful

September 22, 2014 12:58 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Automakers are introducing bold colors, but it's not an easy sell for one segment of buyers.                                             

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Elon Musk: From Space Race To Space War

September 22, 2014 12:46 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Rachel Crane talks with SpaceX's Elon Musk about his company's recent NASA contract and the brewing battle with Boeing.                                     

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4 Areas Of Supply Chain Compliance To Fix Today

September 22, 2014 12:38 pm | by Donna Fritz | Articles | Comments

Leveraging automation in key areas mitigates risk for mid-market companies.                                                  

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Siemens To Acquire Dresser-Rand For $7.6B

September 22, 2014 12:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dresser-Rand's board of directors unanimously recommended the offer to shareholders, and Siemens expects to close the deal by summer, according to a statement from the company.                     

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Study Shows Apple's New iPhones Score Big In Durability

September 22, 2014 11:49 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says.                                 

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Merck To Buy St. Louis-Based Sigma-Aldrich

September 22, 2014 11:43 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

German drug company Merck says it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in a deal Merck says will strengthen its business in chemicals and laboratory equipment.             

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Clorox Exits Venezuela Citing Government Restrictions

September 22, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty.                                 

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UAW Workers Approve Lear Corp. Contract

September 22, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats approved an agreement Sunday that will end a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others.                      

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Workers Accused Of Stealing From Texas Plant

September 22, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say eight workers at a Caterpillar plant in Texas are accused of stealing more at least $160,000 in parts from the company.                               

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Deliberations To Resume In Ga. Salmonella Trial

September 22, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors are scheduled to continue working toward a verdict in the trial of a Georgia peanut plant owner charged in a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds five years ago.                   

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San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars From Siemens

September 22, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of $648 million.                     

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China Fines GlaxoSmithKline For Bribery

September 19, 2014 10:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on Friday for bribing doctors in China in the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.                             

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Nestle Purina Expands Suit Against Blue Buffalo

September 19, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Louis-based Nestle Purina PetCare Co. is expanding its lawsuit against Blue Buffalo Co. to include additional allegations of false advertising.                             

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Japanese Automakers Face An Odd Adversary: Google

September 19, 2014 10:34 am | by Japan Economic Newswire | News | Comments

Competition is heating up among Japanese and U.S. manufacturers to invent and refine autonomous car technologies that reduce the human driver's role in controlling the vehicle with the steering wheel and the brake.           

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Apple Locks Itself Out Of Devices With Passwords

September 19, 2014 10:31 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.   

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GM To Introduce High-End Cadillac Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.                                     

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