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U.S. Home Construction Up In December

January 21, 2015 9:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Construction of new homes rebounded in December, helping to push activity for the entire year to the highest level since the peak of the housing boom nine years ago.                         

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Oilfield Services Giant Bolsters Presence In Russia Amid Layoffs

January 20, 2015 12:59 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Just days after announcing job cuts citing uncertainty in the global oil industry, Schlumberger Ltd. announced a deal to purchase a minority stake in one of Russia's leading energy companies.                 

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The State Of The Obama Economy

January 20, 2015 12:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the economy turning around, President Obama will probably do some gloating in tonight's State of the Union speech. But how much credit does the president deserve in turning around the country?               

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The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 20, 2015 11:58 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Doug McIntyre talks about which companies are filing patents for new technology and leading the way in innovation.                                       

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Union To Discuss Pillsbury Plant Set To Close

January 20, 2015 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future.                     

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BP Fights Against Billions In Federal Penalties

January 20, 2015 11:13 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal lawyers have begun making their case for adding some $13.7 billion in penalties to costs already incurred by BP after the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                             

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5 Tips For Remaining Discreet In The Digital World

January 20, 2015 11:04 am | by Mark Sell | Articles | Comments

Today’s social media age has led consumers to embrace companies that are straightforward and explicit in all external communications. However, logistics companies that handle sensitive commodities must be savvy with their communication strategy in order to preserve customers’ privacy and security.

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From Car Lots To City Budgets, Cheap Oil Means Change

January 20, 2015 9:47 am | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press | News | Comments

In ways large and small, plummeting oil prices are now reverberating through businesses, towns, schools and family budgets, causing confusion and changing plans. With prices having fallen by nearly half in just six months, the potential impact has been sudden and wide ranging.

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HOUSTEX 2015 To Showcase Advanced Manufacturing Growth And Innovation

January 20, 2015 9:28 am | by SME | Events

HOUSTEX 2015 will host a special presentation on the global economy’s energy outlook for the manufacturing sector, tactical and strategic additive manufacturing presentations, specially featured technologies and more than 90 new product introductions.

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New Rules Could Open Cuba To Wide Range Of American Trade

January 16, 2015 12:46 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The Obama administration's new guidelines regarding relations with Cuba take effect today, potentially opening the Caribbean nation to a wide range of American products.                       

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U.S. Factory Output Rises In December

January 16, 2015 12:09 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory production rose in December as manufacturers churned out more furniture, computers and clothing, offsetting a decline in autos.                               

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U.S. Probes Jeep Cherokee Fire, Nissan Rogue Airbag Trouble

January 16, 2015 12:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke and fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and airbags that didn't inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues.                     

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President Pushes For Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 11:53 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ahead of his State of the Union speech next week, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year.                 

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3 Ways To Make Your Business Agile

January 16, 2015 11:00 am | by Stewart Florsheim | Articles | Comments

Agility — flexibility, scalability, and readiness to seize opportunities and avoid pitfalls — can mean the difference between success and failure.                             

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Ford CEO Talks About Hiring Ethicist To Focus On Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 10:46 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford CEO Mark Fields talks to Poppy Harlow about his company's future with driverless cars, and why they present such an ethical conundrum.                               

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Engineering Newswire: Flying Tiny Drones & Mercedes' Self-Driving Car

January 16, 2015 10:40 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at flying tiny drones as CES, taking a spin in Mercedes’ futuristic self-driving car, and 3D printing a giant head.                             

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Funding Boom Shows Power Of Tech Startups, Raises Concerns

January 16, 2015 9:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven't been seen since the heady days before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001.               

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U.S. Consumer Prices Drop In December

January 16, 2015 9:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices fell in December by the largest amount in six years, reflecting another big monthly decline in gas prices and providing further evidence of falling inflation pressures.                 

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Google To Stop Sales Of Glass To Redesign Device

January 16, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device.                 

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Monsanto Gets U.S. Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide formula.                 

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