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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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PNC Says Small Businesses Ready To Hire. Is Yours?

April 3, 2014 12:38 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The AP reports this morning that small business are contending with a surge of optimism, citing the findings of a survey of 1,100 small and medium-size business owners and executives released Wednesday by PNC Financial Services Group Inc.   

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Mid-sized Manufacturers Continue Growth Expectations In 2014

April 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Prime Advantage | News | Comments

Prime Advantage, the leading buying consortium for mid-sized manufacturers, announced the findings of its sixth annual Group CFO Survey, revealing financial projections and top concerns of its member companies’ CFOs in 2014.       

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Haslam Says No Threat Implied In VW Incentive Offer

April 3, 2014 9:23 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said that tying a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen to labor talks that met the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a statement of reality.                   

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Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 9:20 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.                   

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Old Habits Embarrass Samsung, LG Abroad

April 3, 2014 9:17 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and promotions so badly misjudge its audience?                     

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