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Trade Group To Mediate Shoe Factory Strike

April 18, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 40,000 workers went on strike this week against Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd., bringing production to a halt at the manufacturer, which makes shoes for companies including Nike and Adidas.             

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Fuji Heavy Increasing Production At Indiana Plant

April 18, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru-brand cars, will boost production capacity at its plant in Fayetteville, Indiana by 30,000 units by the summer to address strong demand in the U.S.                

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Mazda Recalling 109K SUVs

April 18, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts.                                              

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U.S. Manufacturing Optimism Rises To Highest Level In 8 Years

April 17, 2014 5:02 pm | by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP | News | Comments

The positive sentiment about the prospects of U.S. commerce in the next 12 months reached the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2005.                                

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Fed: Growth Picks Up Across Most Of U.S.

April 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Ten of the Fed's 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday.                                   

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CBO: Boosting Minimum Wage Would Cost Firms $15B

April 17, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.                 

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Google's Project Ara Wants To Change Smartphones

April 17, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Verge | News | Comments

Project Ara, a smartphone you can customize, may seem like a crazy idea, but it's not half as crazy as what it takes to build it.                                    

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Ford Selling Lincoln Cars In China For First Time

April 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.                           

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Chinese Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low cost producer is no longer enough to prosper.                         

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Alfa Romeo Returning To U.S. Market In June

April 17, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After a nearly 20-year absence, Italian car maker Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S. market.                                              

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House Dems Pressing Inquiry Into Tenn. VW Vote

April 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two House Democrats are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a unionization vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory.    

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1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.                                      

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Strike At Sneaker Factory Snowballs To 30,000

April 17, 2014 9:45 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.              

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Former Taco Bell Interns: We Invented the Doritos Locos Taco

April 17, 2014 9:37 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

The Doritos Locos Taco has gained notoriety as one of Taco Bell's most popular items. Now former advertising interns for Taco Bell claim that they conjured the idea for a Doritos taco during an ad competition that took place in 1995.      

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Inside Streit's Matzo Factory

April 17, 2014 9:32 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Matzo is an important part of any Passover Seder. Nancy Giles visits Streit’s Matzo Factory on New York’s Lower East Side and learns the true meaning of making Matzo.                         

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Single Function Temperature Calibration Tools

April 17, 2014 9:23 am | by Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

For technicians who don't want the complexity of multifunction test tools yet need highly accurate temperature calibration, the Fluke 712B RTD and 714B Thermocouple Temperature Calibrators allow instrument, process, and plant maintenance technicians to quickly and easily test process temperature instrumentation.

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The Corvette Z06 Convertible Unveiled

April 16, 2014 4:15 pm | by CNNMoney | News | Comments

The Corvette Z06 Convertible was unveiled at the New York Auto show and boasts as much power as its hard-top sibling.                                      

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Barra: Cost Of Fix 'Not My Focus'

April 16, 2014 4:12 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

General Motor's CEO Mary Barra says that her company is not focused on the 'cost elements' of the safety fix and that GM is 'gonna do the right thing.'                             

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Chrysler To Mark Indiana Factory's Opening

April 16, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is set to mark the opening of a new transmission plant in central Indiana with a ceremony next month including the company's top executive.                              

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Toyota Camry Gets A Makeover

April 16, 2014 1:56 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled at the New York Auto Show, is longer and wider, with a more aggressive design. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof.                       

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High Oil Prices Are Actually Good For Airlines

April 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business.                                    

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