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Siemens To Acquire Dresser-Rand For $7.6B

September 22, 2014 12:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dresser-Rand's board of directors unanimously recommended the offer to shareholders, and Siemens expects to close the deal by summer, according to a statement from the company.                     

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Study Shows Apple's New iPhones Score Big In Durability

September 22, 2014 11:49 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says.                                 

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Merck To Buy St. Louis-Based Sigma-Aldrich

September 22, 2014 11:43 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

German drug company Merck says it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in a deal Merck says will strengthen its business in chemicals and laboratory equipment.             

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Clorox Exits Venezuela Citing Government Restrictions

September 22, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clorox is shutting down all operations in Venezuela, citing restrictions by the government, supply disruptions and economic uncertainty.                                 

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UAW Workers Approve Lear Corp. Contract

September 22, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats approved an agreement Sunday that will end a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others.                      

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Workers Accused Of Stealing From Texas Plant

September 22, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say eight workers at a Caterpillar plant in Texas are accused of stealing more at least $160,000 in parts from the company.                               

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Deliberations To Resume In Ga. Salmonella Trial

September 22, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors are scheduled to continue working toward a verdict in the trial of a Georgia peanut plant owner charged in a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds five years ago.                   

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San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars From Siemens

September 22, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of $648 million.                     

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China Fines GlaxoSmithKline For Bribery

September 19, 2014 10:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on Friday for bribing doctors in China in the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.                             

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Nestle Purina Expands Suit Against Blue Buffalo

September 19, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Louis-based Nestle Purina PetCare Co. is expanding its lawsuit against Blue Buffalo Co. to include additional allegations of false advertising.                             

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Japanese Automakers Face An Odd Adversary: Google

September 19, 2014 10:34 am | by Japan Economic Newswire | News | Comments

Competition is heating up among Japanese and U.S. manufacturers to invent and refine autonomous car technologies that reduce the human driver's role in controlling the vehicle with the steering wheel and the brake.           

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Apple Locks Itself Out Of Devices With Passwords

September 19, 2014 10:31 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.   

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GM To Introduce High-End Cadillac Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.                                     

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11 Ways To Keep Data Safe When Traveling Overseas

September 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Jeff Multz | Articles | Comments

For business travelers going to foreign lands, the old “Don’t leave home without it” slogan should be brought back with one slight change: “Leave home without it.”                         

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First Drive With The All-New Ford Mustang

September 19, 2014 10:12 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford's fully redesigned pony car delivers asphalt cooking performance.                                                   

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Engineering Newswire: DOE Wants To Know If We Live In A Hologram

September 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at growing fully functional parts, redesigning the rickshaw, and using a holometer to determine whether or not we live in a hologram.                       

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Senators Coons, Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Manufacturing Training

September 19, 2014 9:32 am | by Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to help cities and states build 21st century manufacturing training programs.                   

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Amazon Founder's Firm To Build New Rocket Engines

September 19, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.                            

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Thor Industries Plans Expansions For 2 Indiana Factories

September 19, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thor Industries is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana.                                         

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Ellison Steps Aside As Oracle CEO

September 19, 2014 9:25 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies.

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