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Inside the Salemtown Board Company

May 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

At Salemtown Board Company in Nashville, Tenn., 27-year-old Will Anderson can turn a slab of middle Tennessee oak into a world-class sidewalk cruiser.                              

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Temporary Jobs on the Rise as Economy Shifts

May 20, 2014 2:14 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contract workers made up less than half of one percent of all U.S. employment in the 1980s but now account for 2.3 percent. Economists predict contract workers will play a larger role in the years ahead.              

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Germany Clamps Down on Spy Tech Exports

May 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany says it will restrict exports of surveillance technology to states that fail to respect their citizens' human rights.                                    

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EEIA: Shale Gas Supply Chains Supporting 450,000 U.S. Jobs

May 20, 2014 1:54 pm | by Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) | News | Comments

America’s shale energy revolution is creating and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs in diverse sectors of the economy that supply construction, equipment, supplies and services to shale energy operations.             

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Adult Portable Bed Handles Recalled After 3 Deaths

May 20, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 113,000 adult portable bed handles used to help people get into and out of bed are being recalled following reports of three deaths.                                 

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GM Recalling 2.4M More Vehicles

May 20, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest action brings the total number of vehicles GM has recalled this year to 13.6 million, a new record for the automaker.                                    

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Cobham Buying Aeroflex for $920M

May 20, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aeroflex, based in Plainview, New York, makes products and test equipment used by the aerospace, medical and wireless industries. Cobham makes everything from aircraft fuel tanks to antennas.                  

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Minnesota Banning Anti-Bacterial Chemical From Soaps

May 20, 2014 9:56 am | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan, a common germ-killing ingredient, in most retail consumer hygiene products.                 

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New Carbide Inlaid Densifier Blade

May 20, 2014 9:53 am | by American Cutting Edge | Product Releases | Comments

American Cutting Edge is excited to announce their newest carbide inlaid densifier blade for a popular line of pelletizer machines used in the film industry.

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Mobile Device Trends in the Industrial Sector

May 20, 2014 9:46 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution - @AbbigailatID | Blogs | Comments

The mobile device trend is not just for the consumer sector anymore; buyer demand and employee desire has brought constant connectivity to the B2B space, and the trend only appears to be growing.                

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The Sudden Death of Windows XP

May 20, 2014 9:42 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Strictly speaking, computers running Windows XP didn't die on April 8, 2014; they just became instantly vulnerable to malware, hackers and others who had been kept somewhat at bay by security upgrades from Microsoft.          

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China Warns Cyber Charges Could Damage Ties

May 20, 2014 9:37 am | by Joe McDonald, Associated Press | News | Comments

China announced it was suspending cooperation with the United States in a joint cybersecurity task force over Monday's charges that officers stole trade secrets from major American companies.                 

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EPA Considers Ethanol Change as Industry Profits Soar

May 20, 2014 9:33 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just as ethanol producers have been seeing the industry's most profitable months ever, the federal government is considering whether to lower the amount of the corn-based fuel that must be blended into gasoline.             

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Chinese Ships Evacuate Workers After Riots in Vietnam

May 20, 2014 9:31 am | by Hau Dinh and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Watched over by riot police, more than 3,000 Chinese workers left Vietnam on Monday on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.        

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Hover Bikes to Start Selling in 2017

May 19, 2014 2:50 pm | by MSN | Videos | Comments

Aerofex has been posting videos of its hover bike prototype in action since 2012, but the company has recently announced that the machine will go on sale in 2017.                          

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Britain Launches $17M Science Prize

May 19, 2014 2:42 pm | News | Comments

Britain is offering 10 million pounds (almost $17 million) to whoever can solve one of humanity's biggest scientific challenges — once the public has decided what it is.                           

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Prosecutors Say Chinese Targeted 4 Major U.S. Manufacturing Firms

May 19, 2014 2:38 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States has brought first-of-its kind cyber-espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets.                      

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Wide Format General Labeling Solution

May 19, 2014 2:34 pm | by K-SUN | Product Releases | Comments

The 400iXL General Labeling Solution is designed for hazard communication, safety, 5S/Lean, GHS, manufacturing, warehouse, lab and facility professionals.

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1.8M Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled

May 19, 2014 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli.                 

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GM Gets New Chief Spokesman

May 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is hiring Volkswagen's top U.S. spokesman as its new public relations chief.                                              

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