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GM Issues Third Recall For SUVs That Can Catch Fire

August 8, 2014 12:01 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors' troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire.                

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Factory Worker Sentenced For Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former contract worker at a subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. was sentenced Friday to three and a half years in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide last fall.             

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Productivity Recovers After Steep Q1 Fall

August 8, 2014 11:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                               

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W.Va. Wants $1.8M From Bankrupt Spill Co.

August 8, 2014 11:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                                

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Manufacturing Day Events Expected To Top 1,500

August 8, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

More than 1,500 manufacturing events across the country are estimated to mark the third-annual Manufacturing Day taking place Friday, Oct. 3, according to event co-producers.                     

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Right-Shoring: Where Is The Optimum Place To Manufacture?

August 8, 2014 11:40 am | by Jeff Sweeney | Articles | Comments

In a world of lean, automated manufacturing where global business is the norm and not the exception, the need to source and make things in the right place has never been more important.                   

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Engineering Newswire: The Army’s New Glow-in-the-Dark Bullets

August 8, 2014 11:23 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today' s Engineering Newswire looks at shrinking power inverters for a chance to win a million dollars, firing glow in the dark bullets, and creating power with industry by-products.                   

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The Things Americans Are Buying Less Of

August 8, 2014 10:59 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Personal finance journalist Vera Gibbons discusses the decline in sales of common consumer products.                                           

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Smartphones Must Include 'Kill Switch' Under Bill

August 8, 2014 9:17 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the bill, smartphones must be sold pre-equipped with a "kill switch" that deactivates them if stolen. Such technology is already widely available to download, but the legislation would make the shut-off function standard unless a customer opts out.

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Poultry Firms: Russia Ban Has Little Impact On U.S.

August 8, 2014 9:11 am | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.                         

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Hyundai Fined $17.35M For Brake Defect

August 8, 2014 9:09 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai has agreed to pay a $17.35 million fine for delayed reporting of a brake defect affecting Genesis luxury cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.                     

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FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited To Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 9:06 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified Thursday.

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Phillips Lighting Expanding In Miss.

August 8, 2014 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A unit of Dutch-based Philips NV, the company announced Thursday that it will invest $2 million to expand its production of LED light fixtures in Tupelo, using LED technology made at Philips' plant in San Jose, California.        

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Toyota: Chinese Regulators Looking At Lexus

August 8, 2014 9:00 am | by Joe McDonald and Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that Chinese anti-monopoly regulators are looking at its Lexus luxury unit in a spreading investigation of foreign automakers.                           

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Pfizer To Pay $35M To Settle Drug Marketing Case

August 7, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer will pay $35 million to resolve allegations by 42 states that its subsidiary, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, illegally marketed an organ transplant drug for unapproved uses.                       

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Spying Revelations Lead To German Encryption Boom

August 7, 2014 1:14 pm | by Martha Mendoza & Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jon Callas, co-founder of Silent Circle, which sells an encryption app allowing users to talk and text in private, said a series of disclosures from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden last year have been a boon for business.     

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Company To Shut 2 Manufacturing Plants In New York

August 7, 2014 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiberglass manufacturer says it will shut down both of its plants in a Mohawk Valley city after more than a half-century in business, putting more than 100 people out of work                     

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WTO Upholds 'Rare Earth' Ruling Against China

August 7, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated international trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs and other high-tech products.   

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Corporate Offshoring May Take A Hit

August 7, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Shares of Walgreen Co. fell on media reports that the nation's largest drugstore chain will not reincorporate itself overseas — in turn, irritating investors by missing out on the approximately $4 billion it would have saved by moving overseas. But Walgreen isn’t the only U.S. corporation faced with this decision.

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Timex: Untethered Smartwatch Is A 'Very Big Deal'

August 7, 2014 12:48 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Timex chairwoman Anette Olsen talks to Ed Baig about the new Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch — which is not tethered to a phone.                                    

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