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Birthplace Of GM Mulls Bankruptcy

July 9, 2014 9:37 am | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flint, which was the birthplace of General Motors and once had 200,000 residents, also has suffered a spectacular drop in population and factory jobs and a corresponding rise in property abandonment, much like its insolvent big brother an hour's drive south.

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Site Of Grand Canyon Plane Crash Designated Historic

July 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Park Service created a national landmark Tuesday to commemorate a 1956 collision between two airliners over the Grand Canyon, a disaster that helped lead to major changes in aviation safety and creation of what is now the Federal Aviation Administration.

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American Apparel Receives Default Notice

July 8, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Apparel Inc. says it has received a notice from investment firm Lion Capital demanding payment of a $9.9 million loan, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday.                       

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GM: Small Crossovers Are The New Utility Players

July 8, 2014 12:59 pm | by General Motors | News | Comments

Sales of small SUVs have evolved along with consumers’ changing driving, spending and lifestyle habits. They’ve gone from being “second” vehicles in a household to replacing older vehicles.                 

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Report: Global Demographics Play Emerging Role For Manufacturers

July 8, 2014 12:53 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The era of constrained labor supply is just beginning, and the decreasing share of populations that are in the working age cohort will keep human capital a front-burner issue for goods producers for decades, according to a new MAPI report.   

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Walmart’s First-Ever 'Made In The USA' Open Call Is Underway

July 8, 2014 12:48 pm | by Walmart | News | Comments

For the first time ever, Walmart is opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers today at its world headquarters during the company’s “Made in the USA” open call.                        

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The BMW Plug-In With Sci-Fi Design

July 8, 2014 12:31 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With electric-boosted power, the BMW i8 offers stirring performance and ultra-sharp concept car looks.                                           

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Using Google Glass To Steal Passwords

July 8, 2014 12:28 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Cyber forensics experts have developed a way to to steal passwords entered on a smartphone or tablet using Google Glass and other recording devices.                             

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Fighting For American Jobs

July 8, 2014 12:21 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the U.S. steel market being flooded with imports of pipe from South Korea and other nations, state-side manufacturers are being forced to idle or shutdown factories, putting at risk nearly 600,000 American jobs related to the industry. With so much at stake, Americans are fighting back.

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For Manufacturers, No Time Like The Present For Exchange Server Hosting

July 8, 2014 12:02 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

A dedicated, remotely hosted Exchange Server enables companies to save money on the cost of ownership and administration. And it comes with a significant dividend: the ability to redeploy IT staff for other projects and initiatives.     

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How Did GM's Ignition Switch Redesign Go Wrong?

July 8, 2014 9:42 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM set about making switches that would work more smoothly and give drivers the impression that they were better designed, a GM switch engineer testified in a lawsuit deposition in the spring of 2013.               

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Boeing Checking Plane Parts For Damage After Accident

July 8, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank.                         

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Robbers Raid Samsung Plant In Brazil

July 8, 2014 9:33 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thieves raided a Samsung electronics factory in Brazil during the night shift early Monday, subdued workers and guards, and made off with at least $6 million worth of cellphones and computers.                 

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U.S. Presses China On Liberalizing High-Tech Trade

July 8, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is looking for concessions from China to kick start international negotiations on liberalizing trade in high-technology products.                                

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Luxury Rolls-Royce Car Sales Soar

July 8, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Britain-based manufacturer said Tuesday that global sales in the first half of the year were up 33 percent compared with the same period in 2013.                             

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Company Fined $11K For Chemical Spill

July 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.                                 

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WTO Appellate Body Issues Mixed Ruling In U.S.-China Dispute

July 7, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An appeals body of the World Trade Organization has decided it lacked enough information to uphold China's objections to a U.S. law meant to help American companies that face unfair foreign competition.             

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Submarine Maker Plans R.I. Expansion

July 7, 2014 1:16 pm | by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press | News | Comments

Submarine maker Electric Boat plans to double its workforce in Rhode Island to build a new class of submarines under a $95 billion Navy program.                               

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Former Anheuser-Busch Exec Wants New Trial

July 7, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Anheuser-Busch executive who unsuccessfully sued the brewer for gender discrimination is seeking a new trial.                                     

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BlackBerry Sells Its German-Based R&D Assets

July 7, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is selling its research and development department in Germany to Volkswagen Infotainment, a subsidiary of the automaker that makes interactive technology for vehicle dashboards.                 

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