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States Revolt Against New Painkiller

April 4, 2014 1:14 pm | by Beth Garbitelli, Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials fighting a well-publicized battle against heroin and prescription drug abuse are revolting against a powerful new painkiller that law enforcement and public health officials fear could worsen an already acute drug problem.   

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Nest Labs Disables Smoke Alarm Feature

April 4, 2014 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand.                 

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Save Costs On Press Upgrades

April 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Pilz | Articles | Comments

The competency of the plant and machine builder are in demand when machinery is bought new, but where retrofit measures are concerned, it is the design engineers that are faced with a wide range of challenges.           

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Sam Adams' Push To Help Small Businesses

April 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sam Adams' "Brewing The American Dream" initiative gives loans and advice to small businesses. Co-Founder and Chairman Jim Koch discusses the program, the company's fundraising and the surging popularity of craft beer.         

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A Look Inside A 'Black Box'

April 4, 2014 12:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Technicians will read information from the flight recorder and determine if mechanical failure was at fault.                                         

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The Latest On U.S. Employment Numbers

April 4, 2014 12:24 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Today, the AP is reporting that U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought.                             

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In Defense Of Mary Barra

April 4, 2014 12:12 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The fact that it took almost a decade for the company to recall vehicles it knew had problems is disgusting. And guess what? Mary Barra agrees.                               

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Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of Miwaukee's proud history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand to its birthplace, possibly as a city-owned brewery.       

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Lawmakers Push EPA To Ax Stove Rules

April 4, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wood-burning stoves have ignited a debate between the Obama administration and South Dakota lawmakers who oppose new regulations that would require more efficiency from an iconic feature of many rural homes.             

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CAT To Hire More Workers For Georgia Plant

April 4, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Caterpillar company is planning to hire 100 more workers for its new manufacturing plant in northeast Georgia.                                       

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Hasbro Picks 5 'House Rules' For New Monopoly Game

April 4, 2014 9:30 am | by Leanne Italie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people weighed in on "house rules" over 10 days of recent debate and a year after Hasbro Inc. added a cat token and retired the iron in a similar online stunt aimed at keeping the 79-year-old game fresh.         

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Ethanol Producers Unhappy With Rail Service

April 4, 2014 9:28 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethanol producers say clogged rail lines and other shipping problems have forced them to reduce production of the fuel and contributed to higher prices.                            

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Nissan Settles Unfair Labor Practice Charge

April 4, 2014 9:21 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the 5,200-employee plant north of Jackson.                      

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U.S., Anadarko Reach $5.15B Settlement

April 4, 2014 9:19 am | by Dina Cappiello and Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades.

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BMW Recalls Over 230K Cars

April 3, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German automaker BMW says it is recalling 232,000 vehicles in China after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine, and says it is now checking whether the same defect can also be found in other countries.         

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Boeing Delivers 161 Aircraft In 1Q

April 3, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing delivered 161 commercial airplanes in the first quarter, nearly an 18 percent increase from last year, as it ramps up production to meet demand.                             

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Is Apple Losing Its Edge?

April 3, 2014 1:22 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Being one of the most valuable brands in the world by creating a culture of innovation and cool, it’s been a while since Apple has given the world something to marvel at. The pressure is on Apple these days, to say the least.

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Microsoft Unveils Siri Competitor Cortana

April 3, 2014 12:56 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

At its developer’s conference in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled the new virtual assistant feature called Cortana for the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.                          

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Behind The Scenes At Mars' New Candy Factory

April 3, 2014 12:52 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Mars recently held the grand opening of its new $270 million factory that will churn out Peanut M&Ms and Snickers. CBS News gets a behind-the-scenes look at the family-run business that has been making candy for longer than 100 years.

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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: Wireless Electricity, Digital Paper & Airbag Jackets

April 3, 2014 12:46 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, we'll discuss the latest on wireless electricity and Sony’s Digital Paper. We'll also talk about the new auto safety regulation and take a look at airbag jackets.           

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