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FAA Proposes $12M Fine For Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 9:21 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.             

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China To Put Glaxo Investigators On Trial In August

July 29, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Shanghai court says American and British investigators who worked for drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will stand trial Aug. 8 on charges of illegally obtaining information on Chinese citizens.                 

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Advice For Moving To Omnichannel Commerce

July 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers will modernize their B2B infrastructures to support many-to-many connections and integration between IT systems. Thanks to the advent of cloud-based computing, B2B commerce applications don't require the purchase of additional hardware or software, or need full time IT staffers to deploy and manage it.

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GE's Big Bet On Goliath Engines

July 28, 2014 1:07 pm | by GEAviation | Videos | Comments

In 1990, Brian Rowe bet $2 billion on a revolutionary jet engine design that would go on to influence three decades of propulsion.                                   

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U.S. Companies Increasingly Fish For Growth Overseas

July 28, 2014 1:01 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home.                                       

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RPM Agrees To $797.5M Deal On Asbestos Claims

July 28, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rust-Oleum's parent company plans to spend nearly $800 million as part of a preliminary deal to fund a trust that resolves asbestos personal injury claims.                           

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Samsung Postpones Launch Of Tizen

July 28, 2014 12:52 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.           

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Tyson Selling Mexico, Brazil Poultry Operations

July 28, 2014 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods says it will sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt tied to its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.                         

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China Investigating Microsoft For Antitrust Violations

July 28, 2014 12:43 pm | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce descended on Microsoft offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu, questioning employees about the company's business practices in a move described as a "raid."       

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Cellphone Unlocking To Become Legal Again

July 28, 2014 12:38 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can — at least in some instances — be used on other carriers.                             

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Fertilizer Companies Blame Texas City For Blast

July 28, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast.   

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EU Antitrust Body Clears $3B Apple-Beats Deal

July 28, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services.                         

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GM Proposes Expansion For Michigan Crossover Plant

July 28, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is considering a $37 million expansion of a mid-Michigan plant that makes three crossover vehicles.                                     

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Son Of Salmonella Victim Hopes Trial Sends Message

July 28, 2014 9:24 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three people accused of scheming to manufacture and ship salmonella-tainted peanuts that killed nine people, sickened more than 700 and prompted one of the largest food recalls in history are set to go to trial this week in south Georgia.   

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Tyson Closing Plants In Iowa, N.Y., N.M.

July 28, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. says it's closing three U.S. plants, employing a total 950 workers, which have struggled financially as the company's product needs have changed.                         

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Nissan Expands Faulty Air Bag Recall

July 28, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 226,000 additional vehicles over a defective air bag that has affected much of the global auto industry.                                 

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Mixing It Up The KitchenAid Way

July 25, 2014 11:48 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Every KitchenAid stand mixer in the world is built in this Greenville, OH facility. Find out what goes into building an iconic product that has stood the test of time.                       

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Breaking Down GM’s Numbers

July 25, 2014 11:37 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Auto reporter James R. Healey talks about the surprises in GM’s second quarter earnings report.                                             

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Engineering Newswire: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 25, 2014 11:32 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious tank.                               

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Orders For Durable Goods Up In June

July 25, 2014 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in June after a May decline, helped by a recovery in demand in a key category that signals business investment plans.                       

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