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Ford CEO on Company's Comeback, Retirement and GM

June 9, 2014 1:59 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

From deep debt to soaring profits, Ford CEO Alan Mulally discusses the motor company's rise, his plans to step down on July 1 and the GM recall.                               

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Four Reasons You Won’t Retire as Soon as You Think

June 9, 2014 1:49 pm | by Martin Smith, sustainable business professional | Blogs | Comments

The baby boomer generation occupies a major section of the working demographic, and while many are retired or retiring, a surprisingly large cohort will be working well into their later years.                 

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Chinese Exports Rise, Imports Slip

June 9, 2014 1:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China says its export growth accelerated in May but imports dipped in a mixed sign for the world's second-biggest economy.                                      

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GM Recalls 89K Vehicles

June 9, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling more than 89,000 autos because of air bag defects and other problems.                                            

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Automakers Help Save Detroit's Art Treasures

June 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are stepping into Detroit's bankruptcy picture by pledging $26 million to help support retiree pensions while keeping the city's art treasures off the auction block.               

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Tyson Wins Bid War for Hillshire

June 9, 2014 9:58 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Meat producer Tyson Foods Inc. has won a bidding war for Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs, with a $63 per share offer.                          

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5 Trends Expected at E3

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

From online-only titles to virtual reality experiences, about 200 exhibitors will hype their latest software in hopes of becoming The Next Big Thing.                              

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Where Have All the Missing Workers Gone?

June 9, 2014 9:52 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the overall jobless level has dropped to non-recession levels, the number of working-age people with jobs is barely over 6 in 10, hovering at a level reminiscent of the late 1970s.                   

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Chinese Group Uses App To Shame Polluters

June 9, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese environmental group launched a smartphone app on Monday that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and is welcoming public monitoring of companies that pollute.

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Price Break on Thermal Imagers

June 9, 2014 9:42 am | by FLIR Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The FLIR E8 is a compact, rugged, and extremely easy-to-use IR camera that provides a new dimension to thermal inspections and troubleshooting. 

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Hershey Sues Edible Pot Company

June 9, 2014 9:32 am | by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hershey Co. has sued a Colorado marijuana edibles maker, claiming it makes four pot-infused candies that too closely resemble iconic products of the chocolate maker.                       

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Roll-Royce Opening Luxury Car Showroom in Cambodia

June 9, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fabled luxury car maker Rolls-Royce will soon be marketing its goods in one of the world's poorest countries: Cambodia.                                      

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Survey: Growth To Pick Up, Hiring To Remain Steady

June 9, 2014 9:18 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. economic growth should accelerate in the second quarter and remain healthy for the rest of this year, according to a forecast by a group of U.S. business economists.                       

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CAT Closing 3 Illinois Plants

June 9, 2014 9:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. has announced plans to close three production facilities in Illinois and move the work to a plant in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.                              

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Profits Are Up: And So Are Corporate Income Taxes

June 6, 2014 2:00 pm | by PwC US | News | Comments

Average effective tax rates (ETR) over the past three years have continued to edge upward for industrial products and automotive sectors, reflecting a modest rebound in the global business climate that is leading to increased profits at many companies. 

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AME Debuts Job Board, Connecting Workers With Manufacturing Jobs

June 6, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) | News | Comments

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) announced the debut of the AME Manufacturing Job Board, a valuable resource for both job seekers and manufacturing companies across the country.               

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NASA Offering $1.5 Million Prize in New Centennial Challenge

June 6, 2014 1:50 pm | by MSFC-NASA Marshall News | News | Comments

Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA's capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation's robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.           

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German Spy Agency Comes Clean

June 6, 2014 1:39 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's foreign intelligence agency officially lifted the lid on some of its worst-kept secrets Friday, acknowledging that half a dozen facilities around the country are in fact spy stations — as anyone with Internet access could already figure out.

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Commercial Aviation in the 21st Century

June 6, 2014 1:35 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Take a look at how commercial aviation may change in the coming years.                                                    

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Walmart Under Scrutiny at Annual Meeting

June 6, 2014 1:31 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The annual Walmart shareholder's meeting on Friday drew about 14,000 people. The company is under scrutiny on all fronts, as it faces stiff drops in revenue, a reduction in customers and ongoing labor disputes.             

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