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BlackBerry Wins Ruling Against iPhone Keyboard

April 1, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a startup co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest.                     

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GM Recalls 1.5M Cars For Steering Defect

April 1, 2014 9:22 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Monday it is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working, making them harder to steer.                     

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Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville.

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Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.                 

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Maple Syrup Makers Go High-Tech

April 1, 2014 9:13 am | by Holly Ramer and Lisa Rathke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks.                   

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Sikorsky To Pay $3.5M Over Army Cost Claims

April 1, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it violated federal law and inflated the cost of spare parts to the Army, federal prosecutors said Monday.              

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Rat Poison Maker Challenges California Rule

April 1, 2014 9:06 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.             

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Senator: CAT Avoided Billions In Taxes

April 1, 2014 8:28 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives from manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. are heading to Capitol Hill to explain what one senator calls an aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.                 

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Beer Brewers In Uproar Over Proposed FDA Rule

March 31, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.                                 

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Supreme Court May Limit Software Patents

March 31, 2014 12:53 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court appears willing to make it tougher to approve patents for computer software in a case that is being closely watched by technology companies.                           

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J&J Accepts $4B Offer For Diagnostics Unit

March 31, 2014 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson has accepted an offer of about $4 billion from the private equity firm The Carlyle Group to buy its Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business.                           

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Another $1 For Google Co-Founders

March 31, 2014 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google paid co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin their customary $1 salaries last year while Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's compensation more than doubled to $19.3 million.                     

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Residents Still Wary Of Water Months After W.Va. Spill

March 31, 2014 12:42 pm | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many don't trust official declarations that the water is again safe to drink, nearly three months after the chemical smelling of licorice ran into the Elk River, throwing lives into disarray.                 

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Auto News: The Latest From Ford, BMW, GM, FCA & Rolls-Royce

March 31, 2014 12:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A lot has happened with U.S.-based automakers since the end of last week. Here’s a look at the major news and announcements to recently come out of the auto industry.                        

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The 3 Elements Needed For A Successful 5S Program

March 31, 2014 11:01 am | by Heidi Means, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

5S can serve as the backbone of everything that companies do in their manufacturing facilities. It is how companies can continuously improve, produce quality products, deliver products to customers on-time and do it all in a safe manner.   

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The Future Of Aviation After Flight 370

March 31, 2014 10:40 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will mark a turning point in how future commercial aircraft will be tracked and monitored.                               

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Engineering Newswire: Half Drone, Half Satellite, StratoBus Prototype

March 31, 2014 10:36 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire: Creating nanoscale fingerprints; building a fully-functional desktop human; and building a fleet of half drone, half satellite StratoBuses.                       

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Fiat Chrysler Aims For 4.5M Car Sales In 2014

March 31, 2014 9:35 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the combined automaker aims to sell 4.5 million to 4.6 million cars this year.                                     

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BMW Announces $1B Expansion

March 31, 2014 9:33 am | by South Carolina Department of Commerce | News | Comments

BMW has announced that the company will expand its plant in Spartanburg County with a $1 billion investment, which is expected to create 800 new jobs.                             

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Rolls-Royce Acid Tank Explosion Injures 9

March 31, 2014 9:32 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded and filled the building with a cloud of corrosive vapor, officials said.     

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