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China: It's Up To U.S. To Drive Global Economy

July 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's finance minister said Wednesday that the country is not planning any new stimulus measures and it is up to the United States to drive the global economy.                          

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NASA, Boeing Sign Space Launch System Contract

July 9, 2014 1:17 pm | News | Comments

Boeing has finalized a contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS), the most powerful rocket ever built and destined to propel America’s return to human exploration of deep space.           

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Ford Recalling Over 100K Vehicles

July 9, 2014 1:15 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company announced the six separate recalls Tuesday. No injuries, accidents or fires related to any of the defects have been reported, Ford said.                              

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Current Sensing Contact Switch

July 9, 2014 11:18 am | by NK Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

These current sensing switches feature a single turn potentiometer, allowing the trip point to be set before the sensor is installed or before the monitored circuit is energized. 

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Miniature Diffuse Mode Photoelectric Sensors

July 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Pepperl+Fuchs | Product Releases | Comments

These new versions are designed to provide advanced performance for increasingly complex and space-constrained applications.   

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New Wheel Options for Scaffold Casters

July 9, 2014 10:12 am | by The Revvo Caster Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring zero offset for added stability and safety, SJE Series casters are designed for building and refitting scaffolds. 

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Birthplace of GM Mulls Bankruptcy

July 9, 2014 10:02 am | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flint, which was the birthplace of General Motors and once had 200,000 residents, also has suffered a spectacular drop in population and factory jobs and a corresponding rise in property abandonment.               

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EU Fines Drug Makers $580M

July 9, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust body is imposing a fine of 428 million euros ($580 million) on France's pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic medicines for distorting competition.              

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Chinese Auto Sales Cool in June

July 9, 2014 9:54 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Car sales in China cooled in June, with domestic brands falling further behind their foreign rivals in the world's biggest auto market, an industry group reported Wednesday.                      

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Boeing Gets $56B Emirates Airline Order

July 9, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing has finalized a $56 billion agreement to build 150 777X aircraft for Dubai's Emirates Airline. The order's value is based on list prices, which can vary greatly after negotiations.                  

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Delphi Exec Called by Senate Panel Probing GM

July 9, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate panel investigating General Motors' ignition switch recall is calling on the CEO of the company that made the switches to testify at an upcoming hearing.                          

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Settlement Reached in Remington Rifle Suit

July 9, 2014 9:47 am | by Jim Salter, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's leading gun manufacturers has reached a settlement in a nationwide lawsuit claiming a popular hunting rifle has a defective trigger mechanism that can cause injury and death.                

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Fighting for American Jobs

July 8, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

With the U.S. steel market being flooded with imports of pipe from South Korea and other nations, state-side manufacturers are being forced to idle or shutdown factories, putting at risk nearly 600,000 American jobs.         

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Mitsubishi Will Acquire Stake in UAE Water Firm

July 8, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese companies Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announced Monday they have entered into an agreement with a water firm in the United Arab Emirates to acquire a 38.4 percent share in its water and wastewater projects.   

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GM: Small Crossovers Are the New Utility Players

July 8, 2014 2:01 pm | News | Comments

Overall, demand for compact crossovers and SUVs has nearly doubled since 2008, from 10 percent to 18 percent of the market, according to AutoTrader.com.                            

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Report: Global Demographics Play Emerging Role for Manufacturers

July 8, 2014 1:58 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The era of constrained labor supply is just beginning, and the decreasing share of populations that are in the working age cohort will keep human capital a front-burner issue for goods producers for decades, according to a new Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) report.

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Is This the Soda Tax's Last Stand?

July 8, 2014 1:52 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

If two of the most progressive U.S. cities don't pass a tax on sugary drinks, will the idea finally fizzle out?                                        

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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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