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U.S. Economy Grew At Brisk Rate In Q2

August 28, 2014 9:28 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated.                

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FBI Investigating Reports Of Cyber Attacks

August 28, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI said Wednesday it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several U.S. financial institutions.                         

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GE Opens Fuel Cell Facility

August 27, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is opening a new facility north of Albany devoted to the development of fuel cells.                                         

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GM To Move Cadillac SRX Production To Tenn.

August 27, 2014 2:23 pm | by Erik Schelzig & Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is moving production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee.                                

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So You've Been Hacked... Now What?

August 27, 2014 2:19 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Laurie Segall explains the simple steps you can take if one of your online accounts has been compromised.                                         

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CBS Being Sued Over Farting Hippo Puppet

August 27, 2014 2:10 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

A stuffed toy company is suing CBS over a farting hippo puppet used in the crime drama 'NCIS.' Gillian Pensavalle gives you the details about this bizarre situation.                         

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Three Keys To Great Warehouse Management

August 27, 2014 2:05 pm | by Tim Garcia, CEO at Apptricity | Articles | Comments

After years of contraction, stagnation and only modest growth, senior business executives who have been trying to squeeze inefficiency out of their supply chains are seeing how they can leverage technology to turn their warehouses into a competitive advantage.

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Lockheed Martin Designs The Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow

August 27, 2014 1:57 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today. What could that mean for manufacturing?              

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MAPI: Industrial Sector To Be Fully Recovered By End Of 2014

August 27, 2014 10:02 am | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

The outlook for the U.S. economy is for steady growth, but there is little expectation for a significant upward trajectory, according to a new report.                             

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Spiders Force Suzuki Recall

August 27, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The automaker says spider webs can clog a fuel vapor vent hose in some 2010 to 2013 Kizashi cars, cutting off air flow. If that happens, it can cause the gas tank to deform, causing cracks, fuel leaks and possible fires.         

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Hackerspaces Help Turn Ideas Into Reality

August 27, 2014 9:51 am | by Emaun Kashfi, Associated Press | News | Comments

While many projects in hackerspaces are done as hobbies or just for the challenge, some have been turned into multimillion-dollar products. The MakerBot, for example, was created by a tinkerer at NYC Resistor and is now one of the most well-known 3D printers on the market.

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Medtronic Spends $350M On Another Deal

August 27, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. medical device maker Medtronic is building stronger ties to Europe, a couple months after announcing a $42.9 billion acquisition that involves moving its main executive offices across the Atlantic, where it can get a better tax deal.   

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Hewlett-Packard Recalls 5M AC Power Cords

August 27, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.             

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Auto Supply Firm To Expand Manufacturing Plant

August 27, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

International automotive supplier Continental is planning to invest about $150 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Newport News, creating 500 jobs.                         

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Ford Begins Plant Revamp For Aluminum F-150 Pickups

August 26, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Toronto Star | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. has begun an eight-week closure of its Dearborn, Mich., F-150 pickup plant to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the U.S.                   

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Manufacturer Brings 1,200 Jobs To Charlotte

August 26, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Charlotte City Council has approved an incentive package for Sealed Air Corp., which announced last month it's moving its headquarters from New Jersey to North Carolina.                      

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U.S. Closes Probe Into Camry Hybrid Brake Problems

August 26, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An eight-month investigation into brake problems with some older Toyota Camry gas-electric hybrids has been closed without a recall.                                 

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Americans Want To Buy From Socially Responsible Companies

August 26, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Recent data shows that consumers are willing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to giving back. In a poll of 1,000 Americans, nearly one-third of them said they planned to increase the amounts of goods they buy from socially responsible food companies.

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Displays That 'Correct' Your Vision

August 26, 2014 1:08 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in the U.S. are developing technology that will enable screens to adjust to a user's vision.                                         

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Much Ado About Trends In Distribution

August 26, 2014 1:03 pm | by David Frentzel | Articles | Comments

Don’t underestimate supply chain management's importance — because if your company can’t find a way deliver the goods (or raw materials) to customers consistently, reliably and cost-effectively, there’s probably a competitor waiting in the wings that can.  

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