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GM Restructures Engineering Department

April 22, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.                                 

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Tesla Plans Expansion In China

April 22, 2014 1:34 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.         

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U.S. Investigating Mexican Sugar Exports, Price

April 22, 2014 1:32 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than it has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.                     

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Inside Google X

April 22, 2014 1:24 pm | by CBS | Videos | Comments

Google X is the top-secret lab where the company strives for world-changing innovation. It's been completely off limits to journalists until now. Here's a look behind the scenes of the futuristic lab.               

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Seven Can’t-Miss Guidelines For Today’s ERP Project

April 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Jeff Carr, Ultra Consultants | Blogs | Comments

It’s a given that ERP has to stay current to meet today’s business requirements. When manufacturers operate with an outdated ERP system, they reduce their ability to enter new markets or regions, streamline processes or manage change.     

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Is A Pabst Return Good For Milwaukee?

April 22, 2014 1:04 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few weeks back we ran a story on a small group of Milwaukee residents who were campaigning to bring the Pabst brand back to Wisconsin. Tomorrow is the group’s first town hall meeting, where they’ll prepare to try to move their cause forward. But is it a good idea for Milwaukee?

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No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.       

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GM Wants More Protection From Lawsuits

April 22, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.                  

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U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 9:30 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.   

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Man Convicted For Fatal N.H. Explosion On Trial

April 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant is on trial for wire fraud, but defense attorneys say he was trying to create jobs, not defraud the government.         

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No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 9:23 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change.

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Apple Going Green With Free Recycling, Renewable Energy

April 22, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.           

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High Court Considers Juice Label Dispute

April 21, 2014 1:32 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court seems likely to rule that juice maker Pom Wonderful can bring false advertising claims against the Coca-Cola Co. over a competing juice product.                         

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AT&T Considers Super-Fast Internet Expansion

April 21, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T says it will expand super-fast Internet services to as many as 100 additional cities in 25 metropolitan areas.                                     

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Up

April 21, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.                      

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Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.                                         

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McLaren's New 207mph Beast

April 21, 2014 12:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Take a look at the new McLaren 650S. It has a top speed of 207 mph and can go 0-60 in under 3 seconds.                                           

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Why BMW Is Making Cars In The U.S.

April 21, 2014 12:46 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

BMW's North American President Ludwig Willisch talks about why the company is manufacturing its X series cars in South Carolina.                                   

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Outlook Upbeat Despite Costs Pressuring Businesses In 1Q

April 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Businesses felt the pressure from rising materials costs and labor over the last three months, according to a quarterly survey, but they appear to be more upbeat about the broader economy and the direction it is headed.         

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Q&A: Keys To Customer Retention

April 21, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

John Sheridan, senior account representative at 3M, takes a moment to address some of the biggest mistakes companies make in customer retention and what they can do to keep clients and increase profitability.           

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