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3 Reasons Shoppers Will Spend Cautiously This Season

November 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Anne D'innocenzio, Christopher Rugaber, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion — the highest increase since 2011. But retailers already have had to resort to discounting to get shoppers into stores.      

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Woman Cleared in Fatal Wreck After GM Confirms Car Would Have Been Recalled

November 26, 2014 10:01 am | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Candice Anderson was initially charged with criminally negligent homicide because there was no clear explanation at the time why the wreck occurred, according to court documents from the case.          

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White House Veto Threat Puts Business Tax Credits On Ice

November 26, 2014 9:45 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Speculation on Capitol Hill focused on a potential agreement to permanently enact tax breaks on business investments in new equipment and R&D, but the White House immediately weighed in with a veto threat.        

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NASA's 3D Printer Churns Out First Part In Space

November 26, 2014 9:28 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

While it's still in the testing phase, the space agency hopes to one day use 3D printing to make parts for broken equipment in space.                    

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U.S. Economy Reports Strongest Quarter Growth in Years

November 25, 2014 10:31 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"The question of whether the economy is accelerating or will accelerate is no longer a question; we can say somewhat definitively that the economy has already accelerated," said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG.       

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NAM Urges India To Improve Business Climate

November 25, 2014 10:17 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

Along with 15 other associations, NAM signed a letter urging action on a wide range of barriers they feel inhibit India from being "open for business."                 

FDA Expands Calorie Count Display Requirements

November 25, 2014 10:06 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The regulation essentially levels the playing field, requiring prepared foods and restaurant menus to feature the calorie counts long required on packaged foods.               

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Honda Admits Failing To Report Deaths, Injuries

November 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Tom Krishner, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda should get the maximum fine for "massively" violating the law, said Clarence Ditlow, head of the Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit watchdog group.                 

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Ford: New Aluminum F-150 To Offer 26 MPG

November 24, 2014 10:55 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford shaved 700 pounds off the weight of the truck by switching the body from steel to lightweight aluminum, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup.             

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IL Fracking Rules To Proceed, Despite Landowners Concerns

November 24, 2014 10:46 am | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fracking opponents fear the process can cause air and water pollution and health problems. Industry officials contend the method is safe and will create needed jobs in southern Illinois.         

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Meat Processor Settles Over Unpaid Wages

November 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit claims employees have been systematically underpaid for things like the time it takes to take off and put on protective gear during unpaid meal breaks, waiting in line for equipment, and cleaning equipment.      

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Kohler Introduces No-Smell Toilet Seat

November 24, 2014 10:01 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kohler sees deodorizing technology as something that most consumers can connect with.                            

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Automakers Take Aim At Car Computer Hacks

November 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests have revealed vulnerabilities in today's tech-enabled vehicles. Hackers have shown that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even kill the engine.  

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A Look At Toyota's Hydrogen-Powered Car

November 21, 2014 4:21 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Toyota unveiled its new model of a hydrogen-powered car at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Manuel Bojorquez spoke with the CEO of Toyota North America about what he sees as the future of driving.                 

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Growing Plants In The Air

November 21, 2014 4:15 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

AeroFarms has developed a vertical farming system that can grow organic baby leafy greens in urban settings. They're doing it using aeroponics — the process of growing plants in mist without any soil — and plan to launch a branded product from a new 80,000-square-foot warehouse in Newark, New Jersey. 

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Forget 'Made In China,' It's All About Philadelphia Now

November 21, 2014 4:09 pm | by Kip Anthony | Articles | Comments

Once known as the “Workshop of the World” Philadelphia is looking at a comeback, especially as investments abroad don't look as rosy as they used to.                             

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Good And Bad At The LA Auto Show

November 21, 2014 3:53 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The USA TODAY team covering the Los Angeles Auto Show share their thoughts on the good and the bad after two days of press previews.                                 

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Michelin Reinvents The Wheel With The 'Tweel'

November 21, 2014 3:32 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Tire maker Michelin is literally reinventing the wheel for industrial equipment and commercial mowers. Michelin North American Chairman and President Pete Selleck says, "the tweel is a revolutionary new product that combines a tire and a wheel."

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Ready. Set. Reshore. The Challenges (And Rewards) Of Onshoring

November 21, 2014 3:21 pm | by Noreen King | Articles | Comments

To meet the growing demand that reshoring will bring, contract manufacturers here in the U.S. should focus on two things: reducing the lead-time of production and improving supply chains.                  

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Steve Wozniak: Change Comes Quickly In Tech Industry

November 21, 2014 3:08 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak discusses the rapid pace of technology changes.                                                 

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