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Dems Grapple With Dilemma On Keystone XL Pipeline

March 14, 2014 9:55 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dilemma was highlighted Thursday as President Barack Obama's former national security adviser said Obama should approve the pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message.                 

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Defense Contractor Pleads To Selling Secrets To Chinese Girlfriend

March 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Audrey Mcavoy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Benjamin Bishop, 60, admitted to keeping classified documents at his home, including ones outlining the U.S. Pentagon's China strategy and the U.S. military's force posture in Asia and the Pacific.                

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Amsterdam House Built With 3D Printer

March 14, 2014 9:34 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

At the core of the project is a 6-meter (20-foot) -tall printer dubbed the Kamermaker, or "room-builder."                                         

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Plant In Listeria Outbreak Had Previous Violations

March 14, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal inspectors have found several problems over the years at a Delaware dairy facility whose operations were recently halted after a deadly outbreak of a food-borne bacteria.                  

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Manufacturers Show Interest In, But Lack Awareness Of, Energy Demand Response Programs

March 14, 2014 8:06 am | by By Kimberly Frank, David Cousineau, and Jeffrey A. Fuisz, Kaye Scholer LLP | Articles | Comments

Even if you already deploy technologies to reduce energy consumption, you may be able to realize additional savings by enrolling in a demand response program.                           

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Preventing A Violation, Protecting Your Workers

March 14, 2014 8:02 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Improving plant safety practices protects workers, eliminates fines, helps to maintain company image, and increases worker retention. Experts in the field provide up-to-date advice on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility.      

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China Exports Pollution Problem

March 13, 2014 2:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

According to a Bloomberg report, air pollution is becoming one of China’s biggest exports and reaches as far as the U.S. West Coast.                                  

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Dell's Future May Not Be In PCs

March 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Dell CEO Michael Dell talks about how the company's move into big data services will become a big part of their business.                                     

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VW Cautiously Optimistic

March 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The company warned of a "difficult market environment" with tough competition and sharp changes in exchange rates and prices for raw materials.                              

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McDonald's Hit By Lawsuits Over Worker Pay

March 13, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several lawsuits being filed against McDonald's this week say the fast-food chain engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying workers what they're owed.                           

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IMF: Income Disparities Can Hurt Economies

March 13, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Monetary Fund is warning that wide income inequality can slow economic growth and is proposing ways to reduce it.                                  

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Gov't. Closes Jeep Liberty Probe

March 13, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have closed an investigation into driver's side door fires in Jeep Liberty SUVs without seeking a recall.                                   

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GM Excluded Deaths From Ignition Inquiry

March 13, 2014 1:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

According to the chronology, GM employees were told about most of the Ion crash deaths within two weeks of when they occurred. So GM knew about the deaths but still failed to consider them until this year.             

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Stress Less: Partner With PFI

March 13, 2014 10:54 am | by PFI | Videos | Comments

Located at booth #8937 during MODEX 2014, PFI will demonstrate how working with them to increase operational efficiency and lower operating costs can mean big gains for your business.                   

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Spacesaver's ActivRACK Mobilized Storage System

March 13, 2014 10:47 am | by Spacesaver Industrial | Videos | Comments

Located at booth #8527 during MODEX 2014, Spacesaver Industrial will showcase a new interactive app that helps visitors visualize their storage potential.                           

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Chrysler Recalls 49,000 Dodge Chargers

March 13, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling more than 49,000 Dodge Charger muscle cars because a connector can overheat and knock out low-beam headlights.                                 

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Graco Adds More Than 400,000 Child Seats To Recall

March 13, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco has added 403,222 child seats to last month's recall of 3.8 million to replace faulty harness buckles. But the added seats won't end a dispute with the U.S. government's road safety watchdog.               

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Chemicals In iPhones Could Be Dangerous For Workers

March 13, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.          

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How LEGO Builds Toys Kids Want

March 13, 2014 9:29 am | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

LEGO says they became the number two toy manufacturer by staying true to what kids want.                                               

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GM's Stock Is A Lemon In 2014

March 13, 2014 9:25 am | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

Recalls and investigations have plagued the start of Mary Barra's tenure as CEO of General Motors. But if she continues to address the issues head on, a stronger economy and auto sales should help GM.               

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