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Comet-Chasing Probe Sends Signal To Earth

January 20, 2014 4:01 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A comet-chasing space probe that has been in hibernation for almost three years has woken up and sent its first signal back to Earth.                                 

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10 Hurt In Explosion At Omaha Animal Feed Plant

January 20, 2014 3:59 pm | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 10 people have been hospitalized and others could be trapped after an explosion and partial building collapse Monday at an Omaha animal feed processing plant.                       

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Silicon Valley Sees Shortage Of EV Charge Stations

January 20, 2014 3:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to access car-charging stations at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers.               

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Peugeot Citroen Close To Chinese Investment Deal

January 20, 2014 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Out with General Motors Co., in with China's No. 2 automaker: PSA Peugeot Citroen is moving closer to a partnership with Dongfeng Motor.                                 

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What's Trending: The Aluminum Revolution; 3D Printing With Metal

January 20, 2014 10:26 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Ford's aluminum revolution; next-level 3D printing with metal; and the coolest concept cars in Detroit.             

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Three Keys To Sound Marketing Plans For Your Manufacturing Business

January 20, 2014 10:05 am | by Steve Staedler, Senior Account Executive, LePoidevin Marketing | Articles | Comments

How effectively are you marketing your manufacturing business? How are you integrating marketing principles into your business strategy to not only keep existing customers walking through the door, but attract new ones as well? Are you marketing your business at all?

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The World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car

January 20, 2014 9:46 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Volkswagen XL1 is the world's most fuel-efficient car. It's a plug-in hybrid with a 0.8 liter, 2 cylinder aluminum diesel engine and gets 160 mpg.                             

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Transition Teams Handling Beechcraft Sale Details

January 20, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The sale of Beechcraft to Cessna Aircraft's parent company, Textron, is expected to close in the first half of this year, pending government approvals.                             

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Malaysia Eases Auto Curbs To Woo Foreign Carmakers

January 20, 2014 9:12 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia unveiled a new auto policy Monday, offering incentives and easing curbs on the production of small, energy-efficient cars to vie for investment with neighboring rivals Thailand and Indonesia.               

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Slumping Intel To Cut More Than 5,000 Jobs In 2014

January 20, 2014 9:10 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Santa Clara-based company confirmed the job cuts Friday, the day after Intel Corp. reported its profit and revenue had fallen for the second consecutive year.                         

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Company Files For Bankruptcy After W.Va. Spill

January 20, 2014 9:06 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company blamed for a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe drinking water filed for bankruptcy Friday, temporarily shielding it from dozens of lawsuits, many by businesses that were forced to shut down for days.   

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Government Ending Jeep Investigation

January 20, 2014 9:04 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The decision ends an unusually public struggle between Chrysler and NHTSA. The agency asked Chrysler to recall 2.7 million Jeeps last June, contending that their gas tanks were at risk of rupturing and catching fire in rear-end crashes.    

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Horse Slaughter Blocked By Federal Law

January 20, 2014 8:58 am | by Barry Massey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. was blocked Friday as President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections of the slaughtering process.            

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Factory Output Rises For Fifth Straight Month

January 17, 2014 2:47 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output rose for a fifth straight month in December, as manufacturers cranked out more cars and trucks, appliances and processed food. The gains suggest factories gave economic growth a strong boost at the end of the year.     

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Canada Urges U.S. To Decide On Keystone XL Pipeline

January 17, 2014 2:45 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's foreign minister says it's time for the Obama administration to make a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline even if the answer is no.                           

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California Motorist Cleared In Google Glass Case

January 17, 2014 2:42 pm | by Julie Watson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman believed to be the first motorist in the country ticketed for driving while wearing a Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.               

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IBM To Invest Over $1.2B In Cloud Services

January 17, 2014 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The computing services company said Friday that it will build 15 data centers around the world this year to add to the 12 it already operates and the 13 it recently acquired through its $2 billion purchase of cloud computing company SoftLayer last year.

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MAPI Business Outlook: Manufacturing Sector Continues Upswing

January 17, 2014 2:31 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The U.S. manufacturing sector is showing incremental improvement with only a few potential speed bumps in the near-term, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) MAPI Business Outlook.      

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Best Logistics Advice For 2014: Dump Tribal Knowledge

January 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Tim Garcia, Apptricity Founder and CEO | Blogs | Comments

I’d like to offer some food for thought when it comes to evaluating and improving logistics in your enterprise: Whatever else you do in 2014, make it a priority to dump the tribal knowledge you might be using to make mission-critical decisions. Instead, substitute the facts. While this may seem contrarian, it is actually essential.

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Tracking The ‘Manufacturing Jobs For America’ Campaign

January 17, 2014 10:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

In late 2013, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced the “Manufacturing Jobs for America” initiative, which aims to “train Washington’s focus on manufacturing jobs.” The initiative, with 22 backers in the Senate, wants to bring new legislation to Congress and the President that will help American manufacturers grow.

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