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Solar Plane Makes Maiden Flight

June 2, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft has made a successful inaugural flight as its makers prepare for what they hope will be the first round-the-world solar flight.                         

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Unilever Banners Used Extremist Symbol In Myanmar

June 2, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer products giant Unilever scrambled Monday to remove advertising banners from shops in western Myanmar that prominently displayed the symbol of the Buddhist extremist movement blamed for a wave of bloody attacks against minority Muslims. 

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Malaysia: Cadbury Chocolate Free From Pork

June 2, 2014 9:25 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cadbury chocolates sold in Malaysia have been cleared of containing pork after earlier tests suggested two types of chocolate bar contained pig DNA.                             

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Motorola Closing Only U.S. Smartphone Factory

June 2, 2014 9:22 am | by Emily Schmall, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit has announced it will close its Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened as the first smartphone factory in the U.S.                   

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Diageo Planning New Distillery In Ky.

May 30, 2014 11:28 am | by Rebecca Yonker and Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global liquor giant Diageo PLC on Thursday announced plans to build a new distillery in Kentucky amid a global boom in American whiskey sales.                               

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Goodyear Plans $500M American Tire Plant

May 30, 2014 11:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear says it will spend $500 million to build a new tire plant that will produce about 6 million tires a year for Goodyear's North American and Latin America customers.                       

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U.S. Consumer Spending Down In April

May 30, 2014 11:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumers cut back on spending in April for the first time in a year, taking an unexpected pause after a big jump during the previous month. The results, however, are unlikely to derail an expected spring rebound in the economy.     

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Ford Updating Truck Plant, Factory Tour

May 30, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has plans to revamp both its Dearborn Truck Plant as well as the Rouge Factory Tour.                                           

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Japan Oil Tanker Explodes

May 30, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese oil tanker exploded Thursday off the country's southwest coast near Himeji port, leaving one of the eight people aboard missing, the coast guard said. Four others were severely injured.               

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GE Chief Woos French Leader, Seeks Alstom Deal

May 30, 2014 11:16 am | by Angela Charlton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of General Electric is promising to create jobs in France and trying to charm the French president into backing a $17 billion GE buyout of manufacturer Alstom's energy operations.               

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Kansas Company To Build Biogas Plant In Missouri

May 30, 2014 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kansas company that converts agricultural manure into energy and fertilizer will build its next biogas production plant in west-central Missouri's Pettis County.                         

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Steve Ballmer's Most Infamous Moments Relived

May 30, 2014 11:03 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Word of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's planned retirement sent shock waves through the tech and business community. And on the Internet, users flocked to YouTube to relive the flamboyant CEO's most infamous moments.           

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Google Writes Road Rules Of Driverless Future

May 30, 2014 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Google isn't just leading the development of technology that allows cars to drive themselves. The tech giant is also a driving force in writing the rules of the road for autonomous automobiles.                 

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Software Integration With Hardware Crucial For Manufacturing

May 30, 2014 10:52 am | by Kevin Prendeville | Articles | Comments

Why does this integration matter? In a word, money. Research and development investments for high-tech companies, which include product development, can represent 20 percent of revenues annually. Late product launches can cost a high-tech firm 10 percent of its profits over multiple years.

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Documents Show GM Delayed Another Recall

May 30, 2014 9:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors recalled a small number of Pontiac G6 midsize cars to fix a faulty brake light system in 2009, yet waited more than five years to call back over 2 million other cars with the same system, according to company documents filed with federal safety regulators.

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Brewers Get Creative Using Spent Grain From Beer

May 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Michael Felberbaum, Associated Press | News | Comments

When you crack open and drain a craft beer, you probably don't leave much behind. The same can't be said for the process of making those brews, which yields a pound or more of leftover grain per six-pack.             

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8 States Sign Plan To Promote Clean Cars

May 30, 2014 9:36 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.                          

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Musk Unveils Spacecraft To Ferry Astronauts

May 30, 2014 9:30 am | by Raquel Maria Dillon, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will lower the cost of going to space.         

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Ford Recalls 1.4M Vehicles

May 30, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling 1.4 million SUVs and cars in North America to fix steering, rust and floor mat problems.                                         

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White House Touts Energy Policies

May 30, 2014 9:22 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is making a concerted effort to cast its energy policy as an economic success that is creating jobs, securing the nation against international upheavals and shifting energy use to cleaner sources.         

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