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Google, Johnson & Johnson Team Up To Build Robot Surgeons

March 30, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.

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Business Forecasters Boost 2-year Outlook For U.S. Economy

March 30, 2015 10:56 am | by The Associated Press

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

Study: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Benefit U.S. Energy Security

March 30, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. energy market would largely benefit from lifting the current ban on crude oil exports, according to a new report from researchers at Rice University.

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Report: Auto Industry Must Overhaul Supply Chain Training

March 30, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report recommends that auto companies strengthen industry collaboration, worker training and career opportunities in order to resolve a worsening talent crisis in their supply chains.

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Republican Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 27, 2015 10:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Republican lawmakers fired yet another salvo on federal labor regulators this month with the introduction of a proposal banning so-called "micro-unions."

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Facebook Looks To Embrace Internet Of Things

March 27, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Facebook unveiled a new software developer kit that enables users of its Parse platform to build apps that connect devices – from garage door openers to wristbands – to the cloud.

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Saudi Official: Return To $100 Oil Unlikely

March 27, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Saudi Arabia's representative to OPEC predicted crude prices would not soon return to mid-2014 levels because price increases would only draw other producers back into the field.

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Poll: Americans Evenly Divided On Fracking

March 27, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent nationwide poll showed Americans are evenly split between support and opposition for hydraulic fracturing in the U.S.

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Feds Investigate Safety Of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 10:56 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde.

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Ford Recalls 213,000 Police Vehicles To Fix Door Springs

March 26, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles in North America to fix springs that may not keep doors closed in a crash.

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U.S. Durable Goods Orders Stumbled In February

March 26, 2015 10:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in February, the latest installment of disappointing data this quarter that suggests the economy has hit a soft patch.

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Toyota Outlines Growth Architecture After Lull From Recalls

March 26, 2015 10:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota Motor Corp. is ready to ramp up its growth again, emerging from an intentional soul-searching lull brought on by its massive global recall scandal that began in 2009.

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Report: Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles To Drive Increase In Global Hydrogen

March 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recently released report anticipates demand for cleaner transportation will substantially increase the global hydrogen market in the near future.

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UAW Chief Rejects Lower Wage Tier

March 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The president of the United Auto Workers union rejected a new wage tier Wednesday after reports indicated U.S. automakers could float the idea during upcoming contract talks.

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Views Mixed On U.S. Oil Storage Crunch

March 26, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Reports that the nation's largest oil storage facility reached its highest level ever this month drew widely varying reactions among economists and industry observers.

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HJ Heinz Buying Kraft And Building A $28 Billion Food Giant

March 25, 2015 10:32 am | by Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writer

H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, creating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion.

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GM Recalls Chevy Malibus To Fix Sunroof Control Issue

March 25, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is recalling nearly 92,000 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedans to fix a problem with the power sunroof controls.

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Lexmark Agrees To Buy Software Maker Kofax For $1 Billion

March 25, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press

Printer maker Lexmark International will buy software developer Kofax Ltd. for about $1 billion.

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Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars To Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 25, 2015 10:11 am | by The Associated Press

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.

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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 25, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released study finds electric cars could help alleviate heat concentrated in large urban areas.

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Report: GM, Ford Could Seek Lower Wage Tier From UAW

March 25, 2015 9:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

General Motors and Ford might seek a new, lower wage tier from the United Auto Workers union after a report showed they have the highest labor costs among U.S. automakers.

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