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Senate Jobless Bill Advances

April 2, 2014 2:00 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

Legislation to resurrect benefits for the long-term unemployed took an essential step Wednesday toward likely Senate approval, despite complaints from Republicans that Democrats refuse to allow changes designed to stimulate job creation.    

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German Brewers Fined $319M For Cartel

April 2, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case.                 

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W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                   

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The Future Of Aviation After Flight 370

April 2, 2014 1:50 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will mark a turning point in how future commercial aircraft will be tracked and monitored.                               

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ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 1:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month.                            

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Gov't: New Regulations To Make Power Plant Work Safer

April 2, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Assistant Labor Secretary David Michaels says the update to 40-year-old safety standards could save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries each year.                           

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EU Imposes $416M Fine On Power Cable Cartel

April 2, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority is imposing a 302 million-euro ($416 million) fine against 11 producers of high voltage power cables for operating a cartel.                         

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Chrysler Recalling 870,000 SUVs

April 2, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles' brakes harder to use.                                            

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Ohio Senate Passes Bill For Tesla Dealership

April 2, 2014 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors could operate three dealerships in Ohio under an amended bill unanimously passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.                               

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GM's Barra Deflects Tough Questions

April 2, 2014 9:07 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

New CEO Mary Barra is trying to distance the General Motors she now leads from the overly bureaucratic company whose inattention to its customers helped land it in bankruptcy in 2009.                      

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Large Vertical Motor Load Testing Minimizes Downtime And Expense For The Oil Field

April 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Bradleys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Load Testing is critical to ensure reliability of motors in the field and in mission-critical situations.                                         

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Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

April 2, 2014 8:33 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Adhesives and sealants are an essential asset of every maintenance and operation plan, and with technology and products always changing, it’s important to stay on top of these trends.                   

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Explosion Proof Vacuum Assortment

April 1, 2014 3:56 pm | by Goodway Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

These new vacuums deliver powerful vacuum performance and advanced features, all while providing the safety of UL certification and the best in antistatic vacuum performance.

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Motor Diagnostics And Predictive Maintenance Training Courses

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by ALL-TEST Pro, LLC | News | Comments

ALL-TEST Pro, LLC announces their accredited 2-part Electrical Machinery Diagnostics Workshop (EMDW) to be held May 5-9th in Indianapolis, IN.                                

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U.S. Auto Sales Go Out Like A Lion

April 1, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through March, culminating in a strong final weekend.                                   

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CMU Awarded $1.54B In Marvell Patent Dispute

April 1, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. court has awarded Carnegie Mellon University $1.54 billion in a patent dispute with chip maker Marvell Technology.                                     

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UPDATE: BPI Responds To Lawsuit Blog

April 1, 2014 2:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | News | Comments

After the blog we ran last week on the lawsuit filed against ABC News, BPI Inc. — makers of lean finely textured beef — contacted us with some feedback on the image that ran with the article.                 

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Dyson Recalling Portable Heaters

April 1, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dyson is recalling about 393,000 portable electric heaters because they can develop an electric short and overheat, posing a fire hazard.                                 

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The Make-Or-Break Moment For GM And Mary Barra

April 1, 2014 2:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

It's a crucial test for General Motors CEO Mary Barra, as she heads to Washington to answer questions about the recall of 2.6 million vehicles.                               

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Toyota Is No. 1 Retail Manufacturer In March

April 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Toyota Motor Sales | News | Comments

The first quarter of 2014 treated Toyota well. The company reported a 8.9 percent increase over March 2013 sales, with Lexus showing a 28 percent increase over 2013 sales.                        

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