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In Quake, Wine Barrels Became Quarter-Ton Projectiles

September 3, 2014 1:17 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing worries about a lightly regulated threat to safety in fault-riddled wine country.             

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New Samsung Phone Will Include Side Display

September 3, 2014 1:08 pm | by Frank Jordans & Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung's new smartphones aren't getting bigger, but one will have a side display for quick access to the flashlight, Twitter, news and frequently used apps.                           

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Ford's U.S. Sales Flat In August

September 3, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford's U.S. sales were flat in August as slowing pickup truck sales masked gains elsewhere.                                             

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U.S. Factory Orders Up Record Percent In July

September 3, 2014 12:57 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Business orders for U.S. factory goods shot up by a record amount in July, reflecting a surge in demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.                            

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Jaguar Heritage Lives On With The F-Type Release

September 3, 2014 12:49 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The English automaker Jaguar has always had a long association with motor sports. But while some feel it has lost its mojo, it appears to be on the reinvention fast track.                       

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Sapphire: The Smartphone Screen Everyone's Talking About

September 3, 2014 12:36 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The latest iPhone 6 rumors suggest that Apple's new iPhone will come with a tough sapphire screen.                                           

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Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips For Manufacturers

September 3, 2014 12:16 pm | by David Schnitt | Articles | Comments

From managing complex supply chains to executing cost savings improvements, the manufacturing industry needs to keep a keen eye on the efficiency of their processes in order to be successful. But there is a worrisome trend in the industry: manufacturers’ over-reliance on purchase orders.

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Chrysler, Nissan Report Big August Sales Jumps

September 3, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler and Nissan both posted double-digit U.S. sales gains last month, signs of a strong August for the industry.                                       

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Photo Hacking Rekindles Digital Privacy Fears

September 3, 2014 9:30 am | by David Crary, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Whether famous or seemingly anonymous, people from all walks of life put all sorts of things online or into cloud-based storage systems, from vital financial information to the occasional nude photo. Periodic cases of hacking fuel outrage, but there's no retreat from digital engagement or any imminent promise of guaranteed privacy.

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Switzerland, Singapore, U.S. Top Economic Rankings

September 3, 2014 9:23 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States' competitiveness among global economies has risen to the No. 3 spot behind Switzerland and Singapore in rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum.                     

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Home Depot Probes Credit Card Data Breach

September 3, 2014 9:21 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach.                                                 

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Halliburton Reaches $1.1B Oil Spill Settlement

September 2, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Halliburton was BP PLC's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.           

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Detroit Kicks Off Bankruptcy Trial

September 2, 2014 12:14 pm | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion. The city's creditors include, among others, 30,000-plus retirees and city employees.               

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Some Fear Auto Industry Returning To Bad Habits

September 2, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas says an auto industry offering deep discounts and catering to subprime buyers is simply "robbing Peter to pay Paul."                 

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Tesla Motors Dealing As States Play Factory Poker

September 2, 2014 11:43 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land its coveted battery plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.        

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Buckyballs And The CPSC: Lessons For Manufacturers

August 28, 2014 4:17 pm | by Timothy L. Mullin, Jr. | Articles | Comments

On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) settled its long-running proceeding against the manufacturer of Buckyballs. The matter, which saw the CPSC pursue novel and arguably questionable enforcement tactics, provides lessons for all manufacturers.

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Chrysler Confronts Safety Concerns

August 28, 2014 3:42 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

An electrical component found in millions of Chrysler's vehicles is generating problems for owners.                                           

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The Aerodynamics Of The New Ford F-150

August 28, 2014 3:36 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Brad Richards, exterior design manager of the 2015 Ford F-150, shows off its aerodynamics in Allen Park, Mich.                                        

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Chiquita Brands Sued For Deceptive Advertising

August 28, 2014 3:30 pm | by WASH | News | Comments

A Consumer Protection Act lawsuit has been filed against Chiquita Brands International, alleging unfair and deceptive marketing practices.                                

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New Samsung Smartwatch Won't Need Companion Phone

August 28, 2014 3:19 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled small improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers.                               

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