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GE Selects Louisville For First ‘Micro-Factory’

April 16, 2014 | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The micro-factory philosophy aims to bring an open platform and co-creation to the appliances market so that the company can create the products that consumers want at an accelerated pace.                 

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Wireless Industry To Add Anti-Theft Tools

April 16, 2014 9:36 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that the biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.               

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GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.               

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Chevy Bringing Tiny Trax To U.S., China

April 16, 2014 9:29 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The Chevrolet Trax will go on sale in the U.S. and China early next year. General Motors Co. unveiled the 2015 model Tuesday evening ahead of the New York International Auto Show.                     

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Obama, Biden Announcing $600M For Job Grants

April 16, 2014 9:26 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press

Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

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U.S. Indicts 3 Bridgestone Execs For Price-Fixing

April 16, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted one current and two former Japanese executives of Bridgestone Corp. for their involvement in automobile parts price-fixing in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.       

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Judge Blocks Mass. Ban On Zohydro

April 16, 2014 9:22 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press

A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro.                                             

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If Filed, Plane Lawsuits May Not Get Heard In U.S.

April 16, 2014 9:15 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.

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U.S. Won't Name China A Currency Manipulator

April 16, 2014 9:13 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer

The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it.                           

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Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 12:54 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                        

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Zebra Buying Motorola Business For $3.45B

April 15, 2014 12:53 pm | by The Associated Press

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical.                     

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USMTO: Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In February

April 15, 2014 9:47 am | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.40 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 9:43 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.                       

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Google Buys Drone Maker

April 15, 2014 9:40 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.                       

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Fuji Heavy Considering New Plant To Make Parts For Boeing 777X

April 15, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets, company officials said Tuesday.                     

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Altria Sells N.C. Cigarette Plant For $68.5M

April 15, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

The owner of the nation's biggest tobacco company, Philip Morris USA, has sold a North Carolina cigarette plant it idled in 2009.                                   

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GM Loses Communications, Human Resources Executives

April 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

GM is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations.               

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Smithfield Foods Parent Plans IPO

April 14, 2014 11:39 am | by The Associated Press

The world's biggest pork producer says it plans to raise up to $5.3 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange.                                

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3D Systems Partners With Staples For Printing As A Service

April 14, 2014 11:32 am | by Globe Newswire

Each participating Staples store will feature an immersive 3D printing experience center that lets consumers and small businesses create personalized products and use 3D printing hardware.                 

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Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                         

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Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 9:33 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.               

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