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GE Aviation To Upgrade Auburn Plant

July 15, 2014 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says the Auburn plant is the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry.                               

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Japan's Robot Revolution

July 15, 2014 12:28 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Japan is leading the robot revolution with realistic androids and humanoids that can help care for aging parents, console individuals after a stressful day or even watch over kids.                    

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Airbus Has A New Focus

July 15, 2014 12:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Airbus is revamping its A330 model to reduce fuel consumption and take on the Dreamliner.                                              

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Why Failing To Deliver On Time Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

July 15, 2014 12:18 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

In the competitive world of manufacturing, few things are worse than failing to deliver products on time. Delivery delays can permanently damage relationships with customers or, even worse, drive them toward a competitor.         

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Tesla Settles Lemon Lawsuit

July 15, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors has settled a lawsuit alleging the company sold a defective electric car to a Wisconsin doctor.                                         

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Railroad Crashes Prompt New Safety Rules

July 15, 2014 9:37 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A string of fiery train derailments across North America has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the U.S. government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.                 

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Judge Delays Trial In Salmonella Outbreak

July 15, 2014 9:29 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago will go on trial two weeks later than initially planned, a judge decided Friday.                 

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Alcoa Signs $1.1B Deal For Jet Engine Parts

July 15, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Pittsburgh-based aluminum company has been moving away from mining and smelting aluminum to focus on selling parts used to build planes and cars.                             

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China Indicts Corporate Investigators Involved In GSK Probe

July 15, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities formally indicted two corporate investigators, an American and Briton, for allegedly illegally obtaining and selling private information, state media reported Monday.                   

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Reynolds American To Buy Lorillard For $25B

July 15, 2014 9:21 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is planning to buy rival Lorillard Inc. for about $25 billion in a deal to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies.                     

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Apttus Announces X-Author For Excel

July 14, 2014 4:41 pm | by Apttus | Product Releases | Comments

This solution allows Salesforce users to use the Excel UI for many of their Salesforce tasks, enabling simple and quick contributions to revenue and business critical information across the company.

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WTO Sides With China And India In U.S. Trade Disputes

July 14, 2014 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world trade body has ruled against the United States in two disputes with India and China, telling the U.S. government it must abide by international rules.                         

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Audit Finds Failed Sugar Mill Cost Taxpayers $71M

July 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana lost more than $71 million in taxpayer money on a failed sugar cane mill in Jefferson Davis Parish that was sold for scrap late last year, according to an audit released Monday.                  

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Amazon Asks FAA For Drone Permissions

July 14, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.                           

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Volkswagen To Add 2,000 Jobs In Tennessee

July 14, 2014 12:16 pm | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.               

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Dodge's Supercharged Challenger

July 14, 2014 12:01 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Dodge Challenger SRT with an optional Hellcat V8 supercharged engine will have 707 horsepower, most of any factory produced cars. Bragging rights included.                           

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Intel Creates Group Aimed At Setting Standards

July 14, 2014 11:55 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Intel announced it's established a new group focused on setting the standard for the "Internet of Things," which will compete with an alliance already created by Qualcomm. The group aims to establish how household items will connect to each other.

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QuickBooks In The Cloud Computing Era: How Mobile Does Your Manufacturing Operation Want To Be?

July 14, 2014 11:50 am | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

While enabling a mobile workforce can raise concerns about security, data protection and integrity is typically greater with a hosted solution than with an in-house implementation.                    

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Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Fatal Crash

July 14, 2014 9:39 am | by Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

The complaint claims the retail giant should have known that its driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable."             

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Inventor Pushing Solar Panels For Roads, Highways

July 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the idea may sound outlandish to some, it has already got $850,000 in seed money from the federal government, raised more than $2 million on a crowd-funding website and received celebrity praise.              

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