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'Frankenfood,' Chlorine Chicken Hurt U.S.-EU Trade Talks

July 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Visions of chlorine-drenched chickens and the prospect of genetically modified "Frankenfood" invading dinner tables across the European Union are proving serious impediments to the signing of a sweeping free trade agreement between the United States and the 28-country bloc.

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Airbus Joining Virginia Applied Research Center

July 18, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The center in Prince George County is a consortium of industry, academia and government. It focuses on manufacturing breakthroughs and advancements in applied research.                       

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States Sue 5-Hour Energy Over Ads

July 18, 2014 1:10 pm | by Steven Dubois, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two attorneys general from the Northwest have sued the companies responsible for the popular 5-Hour Energy drink, alleging they engaged in deceptive advertising.                         

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HP CEO Whitman Takes Chairman Post

July 18, 2014 1:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is assuming the title of chairman after the departure of interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, who resigned to deal with health issues.                         

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Engineering Newswire: Airbus Details Windowless Cockpit Of The Future

July 18, 2014 1:01 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at going autonomous with army caravans, seeing the world without any windows and 3D printing on the fly.                               

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Transforming Classic VW Beetles Into Electric Cars

July 18, 2014 12:52 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Zelectric is bringing vintage VW Bugs into the 21st century, turning the gas-fueled classics into modern day electric vehicles.                                   

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Feinberg Defends GM Victim Pay Plan

July 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The administrator of the General Motors victim compensation fund, Ken Feinberg, explains the challenges of collecting evidence on years-old crashes.                             

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Senators Call On GM To Fire Top Lawyer

July 18, 2014 9:42 am | by Marcy Gordon & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Lawmakers demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and do more to help crash victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into GM's mishandling of the recall of small cars with defective ignition switches.           

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Holes In Tank Likely Factor In W.Va. Chemical Leak

July 18, 2014 9:37 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Holes in a tank's floor and roof likely helped cause a January chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply for days, federal investigators said.                     

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Fuji Heavy To Recall Subaru Legacy Cars

July 18, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. said Thursday it is recalling 10,143 Subaru Legacy sedans with turbo-charged engines sold in Japan to fix a programming fault that could cause engine damage.                   

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Federal Grant To Help Oshkosh Workers

July 18, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is providing nearly half a million dollars in assistance for the workers who were laid off by the defense arm of Oshkosh Corp. in recent months.                      

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AbbVie, Shire Agree On $55B Deal

July 18, 2014 9:29 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The drug maker AbbVie has reached a roughly $55 billion deal to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from corporate income tax rates back home.             

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GM Has Replaced 491K Ignition Switches

July 18, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it has replaced faulty ignition switches on just under 20 percent of 2.6 million small cars that are being recalled.                                 

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Toyota Gambles On Fuel Cells

July 17, 2014 1:14 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Buoyed by its success with electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles, Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, an even cleaner technology that runs on the energy created by an electrochemical reaction when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen stored as fuel.

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Fiat Denies VW Merger Talks

July 17, 2014 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A report says VW was interested in acquiring Chrysler to help it improve its struggling footing in the U.S. Volkswagen has often expressed interest in Fiat's sporty brand Alfa Romeo.                   

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Airbus Beats Boeing In Farnborough Orders Race

July 17, 2014 1:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus beat rival Boeing in the aircraft order stakes at this year's Farnborough International Airshow, garnering nearly twice as many orders and commitments.                           

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Chrysler Can Fix Recalled Jeeps Faster Than Expected

July 17, 2014 1:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The development could end a spat between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has accused Chrysler of moving too slowly to repair about 2.7 million SUVs in a recall announced more than a year ago.     

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Cutting Downtime And Improving Production Control With Detailed OEE Data

July 17, 2014 1:01 pm | by Gary McNiel | Articles | Comments

With new, granular manufacturing intelligence, one cosmetics manufacturer can easily evaluate line deficiencies and identify needed improvements — giving management the knowledge and confidence they need to keep pace with their demanding industry.

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Hands-Free Armband Aims To Replace Computer Mouse

July 17, 2014 12:42 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

A Canadian startup, Thalmic Labs, have developed an armband that uses sensor to measure motion and electrical activity in arm muscles to translate into computer commands.                       

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Microsoft Slashing Up To 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 12:37 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Microsoft has confirmed it will cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, in part to make the company more competitive.                                     

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