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U.S. Decides Not To Investigate Toyota Unwanted Acceleration

May 4, 2015 10:09 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have rejected a Rhode Island man's request for an investigation into low-speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars.

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Dean Foods Combining Brands Under National Label

May 4, 2015 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dean Foods will place all of its regional milk labels under one brand as part of a move to boost its business and tout the quality of its product.

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Democrats Call For $12 Minimum Wage

May 1, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Democratic lawmakers will again seek an increase in the nation's minimum wage for the first time since 2009.

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China Factory Activity Barely Growing

May 1, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing in China barely grew in April, continuing sluggish recent performance in the world's second biggest economy.

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Small, Midsize SUVs Drive April U.S. Auto Sales Gains

May 1, 2015 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains.

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$349 Apple Watch Costs $84 To Make

May 1, 2015 2:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The $349 Apple Watch Sport 38mm only costs $83.70 to manufacture, excluding some overhead expenses, like R&D, software and others.

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TOMS: The Business Of Footwear And Philanthropy

May 1, 2015 1:57 pm | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

How TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie created a global apparel brand one step at a time. 

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Tesla Unveils Home, Business Battery Systems

May 1, 2015 1:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The company on the leading edge of electric car manufacturing this week officially entered the world of large-scale batteries for homes and businesses.

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South Korean Company Settles Kevlar Trade Secrets Lawsuit

May 1, 2015 10:50 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean company accused of stealing trade secrets involving Kevlar technology has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges and settled separate civil litigation filed by the DuPont Co., officials said Thursday.

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Senators Introduce Patent Reform Legislation

May 1, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A bipartisan group of senators this week introduced legislation targeting so-called "patent trolls."

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Ford Expands Door Latch Recall To Cover Nearly 546K Cars

May 1, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is expanding a recall of small and midsize cars to fix door latches that may not stay closed.

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Technical Problem Could Curb Apple Watch Availability

May 1, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Problems with a component of the Apple Watch could exacerbate a shortage of the much-hyped wearable technology.

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GM Canada To Cut Assembly Workforce By 1K This Year

May 1, 2015 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Canada says it will cut about 1,000 positions from its Oshawa manufacturing operations this year.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

April 30, 2015 11:46 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week we have a winner who has made a major product breakthrough, while the loser has made a major publicity blunder.

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Report: North Dakota Again Leads Nation in Worker Fatality Rate

April 30, 2015 11:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A top labor union this week named North Dakota as the nation's most dangerous state for workers for the third consecutive year.

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Rocket Scientists Reinventing Shoes

April 30, 2015 11:04 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Dolly Singh is the founder and CEO of Thesis Couture, a fashion-technology company working to reinvent the stiletto. She spoke with Bloomberg about the benefits of hiring astronauts and rocket scientists to create the world’s first “high performance, high fashion” high heels.

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GM To Spend $5.4B on U.S. Factories Over 3 Years, Add 650 Jobs

April 30, 2015 11:01 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors plans to spend $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories during the next three years, creating about 650 new jobs.

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Noting Slower Economy, Fed Appears No Closer to a Rate Hike

April 30, 2015 10:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly froze. The Fed offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon.

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The History of Tesla in 2 Minutes

April 30, 2015 10:48 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Tesla was created in 2003, and since has risen to popularity. People seem fascinated with the company, the enigmatic CEO Elon Musk and the innovative creations the company presents to the public. 

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New EPA Formula Finds Higher Pollution Emissions from Refinery Flares

April 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says flares at refineries and chemical plants emit far more pollution than regulators previously indicated. 

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