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Volkswagen Board Leaders Back CEO Winterkorn After Struggle

April 17, 2015 9:57 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will remain in his job and can look forward to having his contract extended, the leadership of the board said Friday.

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Google Embraces 'Mobile-Friendly' Sites In Search Shake-Up

April 17, 2015 9:50 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

To stay in Google's good graces, websites must be designed so they load quickly on mobile devices.

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GE Posts $13.6 Billion Loss On Finance Unit Sale

April 17, 2015 9:47 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The industrial heart of GE posted lower revenue and earnings in the first quarter amid an enormous overall loss resulting from its recently-announced sale of most of the assets in its finance subsidiary.

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Nissan Expands Airbag Recall After Louisiana Injury

April 17, 2015 9:39 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding airbag.

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Arizona Restricts Local Plastic Bag Bans

April 17, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Arizona no longer allows its local governments to enact taxes or bans on plastic bags after Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on legislation this week.

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Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials.

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Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 17, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Recent reports, however, suggested the unions that helped bankroll the ongoing wage campaign may be turning away from efforts to organize union elections for low-wage workers.

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Inside Jaguar's Virtual Innovation Center

April 16, 2015 11:15 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

At Jaguar's state-of-the-art innovation center, concepts become cars in a virtual world before a single piece of metal needs to be cast.

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One Up-And-Coming Company Gives Detroit A Chance

April 16, 2015 11:10 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Steven Bock heads up Shinola, but it’s not the shoeshine Shinola your grandfather remembers. They are a unique company that does make high-end products, which has chosen Detroit as the place to hang their corporate hat.

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3D Printing The Space Colonies Of The Future

April 16, 2015 11:05 am | by The Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Astronaut Barry Wilmore aboard the International Space Station, engineers and scientists are turning to 3D printing as a way to build tools, spare parts, and one day, perhaps, even shelters for space colonists. 

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Maintenance Of The Future: Moving From Preventive, Predictive To Collaborative

April 16, 2015 10:49 am | by Marc-Alexis Rémond | Articles | Comments

A total preventive and predictive maintenance program is absolutely essential to an efficient, reliable and safe production process. However, no matter how well-oiled and designed your preventive and predictive maintenance program is, every now and then, Murphy’s Law reminds us that things can go wrong.

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Court Rules GM Is Shielded From Death Claims By Bankruptcy

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars.

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Apple Watch’s Debut Shows Growing Importance Of China

April 16, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The simultaneous debut of the Apple Watch in the U.S. and China exemplifies the increasing importance of the world's most populous country to top American retailers.

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Manufacturing Groups Call For Corporate Tax Overhaul

April 16, 2015 10:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ahead of this week’s income tax filing deadline, NAM and MAPI said the U.S. should exempt its companies’ foreign earnings from corporate taxes.

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Forest Service Examines Long-Expired Nestlé Water Permit

April 16, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating Nestlé over a report that the company drew water from drought-ravaged California using a long-expired permit.

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Verizon Report Shows 'Sizable Gaps' In Cybersecurity Measures

April 16, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Organizations continue to exhibit "sizable gaps" in their cybersecurity protocol, according to the latest annual data breach report from Verizon.

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Researchers Testing Air Pollution Over Fracking Sites

April 16, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking.

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Toyota To Build $1B Corolla Plant In Mexico

April 16, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Toyota announced plans Wednesday to construct a new billion-dollar manufacturing plant in Mexico and alter production at its facilities in Canada.

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Apple Invests In China Solar Project, U.S. Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 9:24 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina.

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KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 15, 2015 12:37 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although KIND bar sales have roughly doubled in size every year for a decade, last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of their fruit and nut bars as “healthy”— because they do not meet federal standards.

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