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Ford: New Aluminum F-150 To Offer 26 MPG

November 24, 2014 | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | 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

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

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

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

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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FDA Approves New, Hard-To-Abuse Hydrocodone Pill

November 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

Federal health regulators on Thursday approved the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone, offering an alternative to a similar medication that has been widely criticized for lacking such safeguards.          

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Mobile Still A Struggle For Intel While PC Doing Better

November 21, 2014 9:54 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

Chip-making giant Intel Corp. is still struggling to catch up in mobile computing but says its personal computer business is performing better than expected and its return to revenue growth this year will continue into 2015.       

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Senators Get No Clear Answers On Air Bag Safety

November 21, 2014 9:51 am | by Tom Krisher & Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writers

There were apologies and long-winded explanations, but after nearly four hours of testimony about exploding air bags, senators never got a clear answer to the question most people have: whether or not their cars are safe.         

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Toyota Recalls Lexuses For Fuel Leaks

November 21, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires.                                        

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MAPI Analysis: U.S. Trade Deficit In Manufactures

November 21, 2014 9:29 am | by MAPI Foundation

The alarming divergent paths between U.S. and Chinese trade statistics continued in the third quarter of 2014, according to an analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.

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Takata Quality Chief: National Air Bag Recall Not Necessary

November 20, 2014 1:09 pm | by Marcy Gordon & Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary.                        

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Philly Area Factories Growing By Most In 21 Years

November 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by Chrsitopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at the fastest pace in nearly 21 years, a sign that factory output may be picking up nationwide.                               

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GM's Barra: New Investment, SUV For Opel

November 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will invest more than half a billion euros (over $630 million) in its plants in Europe and build a new SUV at the home base for its Opel division there.              

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Self-Driving Cars: Safer, But What Of Their Morals

November 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press

The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic. While cars that do most or even all of the driving may be much safer, accidents can still happen.

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U.S. Consumer Prices Unchanged In October

November 20, 2014 10:43 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.                                   

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L.A. Becomes Stage For High-Speed Luxury Cars

November 20, 2014 10:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Few people need an SUV with 567 horsepower that can scream around a racetrack and go from zero to 60 in four seconds. A small but growing number want one.                           

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Minivans Do Poorly In New Crash Tests

November 20, 2014 10:36 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The Honda Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest safety rating in new crash tests by the insurance industry.                                     

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Cloud Computing Cited As Competitive Advantage Over Rivals

November 20, 2014 10:18 am | by Netsuite

NetSuite Inc. has announced the results of a study titled, ‘Disrupt, Collapse, Transform: The Role of the Cloud in Industry Transformation’, sponsored by NetSuite and conducted by global industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan.     

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New Research Center To Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

November 20, 2014 10:02 am | by General Electric

On October 6, a Boeing 747 modified for testing jet engines taxied along a concrete runway on the edge of the Mojave Desert and took off with a brand new engine strapped to its left wing. Although the engine’s maiden flight was short, it made aviation history.

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U.S. And China Boost Worldwide Industrial Semiconductor Market

November 19, 2014 9:49 am | by IHS

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology.           

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NHTSA To Push For National Air Bag Recall

November 19, 2014 9:33 am | by Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.                       

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