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U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 9:30 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.   

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Man Convicted For Fatal N.H. Explosion On Trial

April 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant is on trial for wire fraud, but defense attorneys say he was trying to create jobs, not defraud the government.         

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No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 9:23 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change.

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Apple Going Green With Free Recycling, Renewable Energy

April 22, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.           

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High Court Considers Juice Label Dispute

April 21, 2014 1:32 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court seems likely to rule that juice maker Pom Wonderful can bring false advertising claims against the Coca-Cola Co. over a competing juice product.                         

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AT&T Considers Super-Fast Internet Expansion

April 21, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T says it will expand super-fast Internet services to as many as 100 additional cities in 25 metropolitan areas.                                     

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Up

April 21, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.                      

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Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds Of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.                                         

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McLaren's New 207mph Beast

April 21, 2014 12:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Take a look at the new McLaren 650S. It has a top speed of 207 mph and can go 0-60 in under 3 seconds.                                           

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Why BMW Is Making Cars In The U.S.

April 21, 2014 12:46 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

BMW's North American President Ludwig Willisch talks about why the company is manufacturing its X series cars in South Carolina.                                   

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Outlook Upbeat Despite Costs Pressuring Businesses In 1Q

April 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Businesses felt the pressure from rising materials costs and labor over the last three months, according to a quarterly survey, but they appear to be more upbeat about the broader economy and the direction it is headed.         

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Q&A: Keys To Customer Retention

April 21, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

John Sheridan, senior account representative at 3M, takes a moment to address some of the biggest mistakes companies make in customer retention and what they can do to keep clients and increase profitability.           

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Documents Detail Delayed GM Saturn Recall

April 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.   

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Fiat And Chrysler Building 3 Jeep Models In China

April 21, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors.   

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Study Says Fuels From Corn Waste Not Better Than Gas

April 21, 2014 9:38 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law.               

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TreeHouse Foods Buys Protenergy For About $150M

April 21, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TreeHouse Foods is buying private label food and beverage company Protenergy Natural Foods for about $150 million.                                       

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Ammunition Plant Explosion Ruled Accidental

April 21, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadly explosion at a McEwen ammunition plant was accidental, according to a preliminary investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.                        

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UAW Withdraws Volkswagen Vote Appeal

April 21, 2014 9:24 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The UAW says it will instead focus on a congressional investigation into an anti-unionization campaign by Republican politicians and outside groups.                             

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What's Trending: GE's First 'Micro-Factory'; How Heartbleed Affects Mfg.

April 18, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Here's a look at the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback including: Toyota Camry's makeover; Google's purchase of Titan Aerospace; and unveiling a Corvette convertible.              

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Chobani To Expand Offerings

April 18, 2014 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast-growing category.                                  

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