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Nissan Autonomous Drive Car Tackles New Highway

July 8, 2014 1:49 pm | Videos | Comments

Kanagawa, home to Nissan's Global Headquarters, technical and logistic centers, and multiple production plants, will host an Autonomous Drive proving ground near Nissan's Oppama factory.                   

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Walmart’s First-Ever “Made in the USA” Open Call for Suppliers

July 8, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

For the first time ever, Walmart is opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers today at its world headquarters during the company’s first-ever “Made in the USA” open call.                      

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5 Factors That Helped the U.S. Economy

July 8, 2014 9:52 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

How does the U.S. economy do it? Europe is floundering. China faces slower growth. Japan is struggling to sustain tentative gains. Here are five reasons the United States is outpacing other major economies.             

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Company Fined $11K for Chemical Spill

July 8, 2014 9:49 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal agency has fined the company that spilled chemicals into West Virginia's largest water supply $11,000 for a pair of violations.                                 

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How Did GM's Ignition Switch Redesign Go Wrong?

July 8, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM set about making switches that would work more smoothly and give drivers the impression that they were better designed, a GM switch engineer testified in a lawsuit deposition in the spring of 2013.               

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Luxury Rolls-Royce Car Sales Soar

July 8, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Britain-based manufacturer said Tuesday that global sales in the first half of the year were up 33 percent compared with the same period in 2013.                              

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Robbers Raid Samsung Plant in Brazil

July 8, 2014 9:39 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thieves raided a Samsung electronics factory in Brazil during the night shift early Monday, subdued workers and guards, and made off with at least $6 million worth of cellphones and computers.                 

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AP: Most Union Members Have Ties to Gov't

July 8, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Roughly 1-in-3 public sector workers is a union member, compared with about 1-in-15 for the private sector workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.                          

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Boeing Checking Plane Parts for Damage After Accident

July 8, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing is deciding what to do with six new commercial airplane bodies that fell off a train in western Montana, including three that slid down a steep riverbank, a company spokeswoman said Monday.                

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Heineken's CEO on Brews, Branding

July 7, 2014 1:39 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Heineken USA CEO Dolf van den Brink shares insights on beer-consumption trends and discusses marketing plans for Heineken, Dos Equis and Newcastle Brown Ale.                           

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Lawsuits Aim To Stop Work at Mines in 3 States

July 7, 2014 1:34 pm | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal industry representatives say lawsuits against mines in three Western states could have consequences across the U.S. as environmentalists seek changes in how mining is approved on federally owned reserves.            

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WTO Appellate Body Issues Mixed Ruling in U.S.-China Dispute

July 7, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An appeals body of the World Trade Organization has decided it lacked enough information to uphold China's objections to a U.S. law meant to help American companies that face unfair foreign competition.             

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Former Anheuser-Busch Exec Wants New Trial

July 7, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Anheuser-Busch executive who unsuccessfully sued the brewer for gender discrimination is seeking a new trial.                                      

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5 Manufacturing Business Benefits of Shifting Paper Forms to Mobile Apps

July 7, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jason Peck | Articles | Comments

Your business can now rapidly and affordably shift from paper forms and experience five key cost saving, productivity and customer experience benefits that a cloud-based mobile app solution delivers.               

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Submarine Maker Plans R.I. Expansion

July 7, 2014 1:16 pm | by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press | News | Comments

The workforce at the North Kingstown manufacturing plant could double by 2028 to about 6,000 people, said Sean Davies, the site's general manager.                             

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PepsiCo CEO: Women Can't Have It All

July 7, 2014 1:08 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Indra Nooyi, the female CEO of beverage giant PepsiCo, said that women cannot "have it all" and are "screwed" when it comes to work-life balance. Vinita Nair reports on Nooyi's remarks.                   

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Safety Agency: Chrysler Recall Too Slow

July 7, 2014 10:05 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's road safety agency is accusing Chrysler of moving too slowly to fix some Jeep SUVs in a recall announced more than a year ago.                              

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Misconceptions Helped Kill Australia's Carbon Tax

July 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australia's experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants' carbon emissions is drawing anger from both sides of politics.

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Blue Bird Recalling School Buses for Steering Issue

July 7, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult.                               

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Steel Pipe Imports Put American Jobs at Risk

July 7, 2014 9:44 am | by John D. Oravecz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Nearly 600,000 American jobs, including 35,300 in Pennsylvania, could be at risk from surging imports, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank that focuses on the needs of low- and middle-income workers.

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