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China Fines Eye-Care Companies For Price Fixing

May 30, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has fined Johnson & Johnson, Nikon Corp. and five other makers of eyeglasses and contact lenses on price-fixing charges in its latest effort to use anti-monopoly law to control consumer prices.             

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Alcoa To Build Jet Engine Parts Plant

May 29, 2014 1:00 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Alcoa hopes to cash in on the boom in commercial aircraft orders by building a new plant that will make engine parts for big jets.                                   

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NHTSA: Car, Truck Crashes Cost Whopping $871B

May 29, 2014 12:56 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government safety regulators say the economic and societal harm from motor vehicle crashes amounted to $871 billion in a single year.                                 

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Toyota Celebrates 10-Millionth Kentucky-Made Vehicle

May 29, 2014 12:53 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The first Camry was made at the plant in 1988, and the 10-millionth was also a Camry. The two vehicles were parked side-by-side at the celebration.                             

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Michigan A Leader In 'Blue Economy' Jobs

May 29, 2014 12:49 pm | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

From wastewater treatment to farming and advanced manufacturing, a wide swath of the state's economy is particularly sensitive to any changes in water quality or abundance.                       

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8 Vehicles Get Top Rating For Collision Warning

May 29, 2014 12:32 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was the only non-luxury car to earn the highest safety rating in new tests of high-tech crash prevention systems.                               

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Engineering Newswire: Hyperspectral Sensors And A Real Iron Man Suit

May 29, 2014 12:28 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at designing hyperspectral sensors, creating little lenses for security cameras and making a real Iron Man suit for U.S. Special Forces.                       

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Speaking Of The Future: Advanced Manufacturing

May 29, 2014 12:23 pm | by Lockheed Martin | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin imagines a world where you can 3D print a full-size cargo plane or quickly produce a body part to save someone's life. Take a look at how they're embracing advanced manufacturing.               

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Front-Crash Avoidance Systems Improving

May 29, 2014 12:15 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests 24 large and midsize vehicles equipped with systems to help prevent or limit front crash danger.                              

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Futuristic 'Dream Cars' From The Past

May 29, 2014 12:05 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

The Atlanta High Museum of Art's 'Dream Cars' exhibit showcases futuristic concept cars from the past.                                           

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Obama Administration Names U.S. Manufacturing Regions

May 29, 2014 9:36 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies looking for a place to set up operations, provide a boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry and create jobs.

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Apple Acquires Beats For $3B

May 29, 2014 9:30 am | by Michael Liedtke and Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Apple is buying more flair, swagger and song-picking savvy with its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist founded by rapper Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, one of the first recording executives to roll with the hip-hop culture.

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Samsung Envisions Wearables With Common System

May 29, 2014 9:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company pushed for a common system so that different manufacturers — from startups to established companies — can interchange key components such as the wristband.                    

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Tyson Also Makes Bid For Hillshire Brands

May 29, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hillshire Brands has another suitor. Tyson Foods Co. is offering to buy Hillshire for $50 per share. That's $5 per share higher than Pilgrim's Pride offer earlier this week.                      

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Hiring To Bring Nissan Employment Over 6,000 In Miss.

May 29, 2014 9:20 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.                           

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American Airlines To Get First Boeing 787 In November

May 29, 2014 9:14 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

American will become just the second U.S. airline, after United, to fly the 787. Worldwide, about 140 are flying today, and Boeing says it has orders for nearly 900 more.                       

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Boehringer Ingelheim Reaches $650M Settlement Over Blood Thinner

May 29, 2014 9:12 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

German drug maker Boehringer Ingelheim said Wednesday it has agreed to pay $650 million to settle thousands of U.S. claims questioning the marketing and safety of its popular blood thinner Pradaxa.               

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Google Building Car With No Steering Wheel

May 28, 2014 1:16 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Videos | Comments

The cars are a natural next step for Google, which already has driven hundreds of thousands of miles in California with Lexus SUVs and Toyota Priuses outfitted with a combination of sensors and computers.             

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Could Passwords Soon Be A Thing Of The Past?

May 28, 2014 1:15 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Despite a series of recent data compromises, many still use easy-to-remember combinations, which are easy to steal. Thumbprints and eye scanners have been tried as alternatives, but with little success. One Chicago company charges customers to use military-grade encryption that safeguards passwords to personal data.

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Valeant Raises Offer For Allergan

May 28, 2014 1:14 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals has pumped more cash into its bid to buy Botox maker Allergan, and it also defended its business model on Wednesday, a day after its reluctant acquisition target aired more concerns about a deal.         

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