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Michigan's Moves In Advanced Manufacturing

April 24, 2014 2:30 pm | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

Closing the skills gap and connecting the private sector with local, educated talent is part of a formula the Wolverine State governor is using to create an environment for success.                     

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3M Plans $18.7M Expansion In Missouri

April 24, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plant manager Todd Cantrell said Wednesday the expansion will make the site the largest 3M plant in Missouri and one of the largest in the country.                              

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China Opening 8 State Industries For Investment

April 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government says it will open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more productive.                     

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Positive Signs Point To A Good Year In Manufacturing

April 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Positive numbers continue to indicate that manufacturing is shaking off its winter blues and that this could be a good year.                                    

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GM Profit Sinks But CEO Sees No Recall Hit To Sales

April 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of recalling nearly 7 million cars and trucks sank General Motors' first-quarter profit, but the company's CEO said the much-publicized recalls have yet to cut into sales.                    

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Auto Parts Maker Paying $19.9M Fine In Price-Fixing Case

April 24, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department says an auto parts manufacturer accused in a price-fixing conspiracy has agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of $19.9 million.                            

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2-Week Cooldown For Hot Sauce Maker

April 24, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.                         

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Surface Temperature Sensing Gun

April 24, 2014 10:06 am | by Master Appliance Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

For the first time ever, a heat gun senses, displays, and controls actual work surface temperatures, says Master Appliance Corp. 

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Inside Google X

April 24, 2014 9:52 am | by CBS | Videos | Comments

Google X is the top-secret lab where the company strives for world-changing innovation. It's been completely off limits to journalists until now.                               

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The Future Of Combat Could Be This Robot

April 24, 2014 9:44 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The U.S. military hopes its new robot, Atlas, can one day take on missions deemed too dangerous for humans. But Pentagon researchers are still learning how hard it is to get the technology to perform even the simplest of tasks.       

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A Mission To Keep America Innovating

April 24, 2014 9:42 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Nathan Myhrvold, CEO and Co-Founder of Intellectual Ventures and also Microsoft's first chief technology officer, is on a mission to keep America innovating, one patent at a time.                     

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GM 1Q Profit Hit By Recalls

April 24, 2014 9:37 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors says first-quarter profit fell 86 percent as a series of recalls dragged down its earnings.                                           

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Tesla Expanding In California

April 24, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is expanding its footprint in California. The company has leased a 430,000-square-foot building about 75 miles east of San Francisco.                         

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A Year After Tragic Factory Collapse, Bangladeshis Suffer

April 24, 2014 9:28 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.                

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Honeywell Aerospace Expanding In Puerto Rico

April 23, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honeywell Aerospace is investing $24 million to expand its business in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.                                           

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Labor Department Cuts Coal Dust Levels

April 23, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.                              

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EPA Scales Back Biofuel Mandate

April 23, 2014 1:59 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is significantly reducing the amount of cellulosic biofuels refiners will have to prove they blended into gasoline last year, acknowledging that the market lagged far behind government projections.         

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Grandfather Builds Safe Gun Tech After Sandy Hook

April 23, 2014 1:53 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

After his 6-year-old grandson was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre, Carmen Lobis is crowdfunding and applying for a Silicon Valley grant to build potentially life-saving gun technology.                   

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Survey: China Manufacturing Continues To Shrink

April 23, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, but at a slightly slower pace, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing.                     

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Textron Cutting 750 Cessna, Beechcraft Jobs

April 23, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.                                  

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