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CEO: Glass-Making Plant For Apple Nears Production

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices.                           

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Obama Takes Step To Improve Government Technology

August 12, 2014 9:50 am | by Julie Pace & Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.                 

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FDA Rules May Jeopardize Black & Mild Cigar Name

August 12, 2014 9:45 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same way as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild.                            

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Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 1:19 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen.                   

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Chiquita Gets Buyout Offer

August 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands has received an approximately $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group.                           

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U.S. Agency Slow To Move On Investigation Requests

August 11, 2014 1:11 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems.               

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise In June

August 11, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $405.73 million according to the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT).                                   

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GM Issues 6 More Recalls Covering 312,000 Vehicles

August 11, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has issued six more recalls totaling more than 312,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues.                                     

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On The Road With New Car Tech

August 11, 2014 12:34 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Jennifer Jolly shows off some of what a new car will be able to do for you in 2015.                                               

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The IoT Uplink: The Rapidly Growing Importance Of Remote Monitoring

August 11, 2014 12:25 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

This episode of The IoT Uplink focuses on remote monitoring, and the advantages and challenges that this technology brings to the manufacturing space.                             

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IP Network Architecture: Enhancing User-Access Security

August 11, 2014 12:11 pm | by Clark Case | Blogs | Comments

User-access security is critical to safeguard industrial operations, as well to protect the most valuable assets — including intellectual property.                             

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Judge Rejects $324.5M Settlement In Tech Wage Case

August 11, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better job offers.

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GM Gets Claims In 63 Death Cases

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

Sixty-three death claims have been filed so far with the lawyer handling payments for those involved in wrecks caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.                         

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Wholesale Inventories Rise In June

August 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they may anticipate slower growth ahead.                              

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Judge Won't Block Utah 'Ag-Gag' Challenge

August 11, 2014 9:19 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country's first lawsuit challenging an "ag-gag" law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.                     

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Officials: Corporate Tax Case Could Cost Michigan

August 11, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling in favor of IBM in a corporate tax case could cost the state more than $1 billion — an amount that could have a "budget-busting" impact, according to the state's attorney general.         

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GM Issues Third Recall For SUVs That Can Catch Fire

August 8, 2014 12:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.                

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Factory Worker Sentenced For Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former contract worker at a subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. was sentenced Friday to three and a half years in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide last fall.             

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Productivity Recovers After Steep Q1 Fall

August 8, 2014 11:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                               

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W.Va. Wants $1.8M From Bankrupt Spill Co.

August 8, 2014 11:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                                

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