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Anheuser-Busch, Teamsters Reach Tentative Deal

March 24, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters say they have reached a tentative deal on a five-year contract for workers at the beverage-maker's 12 U.S. breweries.                     

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Hawaii Revives And Kills GMO Label Bill

March 21, 2014 2:52 pm | by Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

An effort to require labels on genetically modified foods in Hawaii was brought back to life in the state Legislature, but it died in committee on Thursday almost as quickly as it was revived.                 

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Is Wireless Electricity Within Reach? Yep.

March 21, 2014 2:48 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

WiTricity is a technology that could power all of our devices over thin air. Check out this developing technology.                                        

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BlackBerry Selling Off Canadian Real Estate

March 21, 2014 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is selling most of its real estate holdings in Canada as the struggling smartphone company continues to look for ways to improve its business.                            

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Wis. Assembly Passes Tax Break For Plane Parts

March 21, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aviation companies in Wisconsin would be exempt from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.                        

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Nevada Signs First Contract With Drone Company

March 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Brian Sandoval says Nevada has inked its first contract with a drone industry company, and is working with 15 to 20 more companies interested in setting up shop in the state.                     

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Report: Inexpensive Natural Gas Is Boosting Manufacturing Jobs

March 21, 2014 2:13 pm | by The United States Conference of Mayors | News | Comments

Through 2020, the report projects that energy intensive manufacturing employment will expand by more than 1 percent annually nationwide, with 72 percent of those jobs coming in metro areas.                   

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Why Can’t Automakers Seem To Learn?

March 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the best course of action.             

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California Regulators: Rat Poison Poses Danger To Pets, Wildlife

March 21, 2014 10:22 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

California consumers won't be able to purchase some types of rat poisons after July 1 because state regulators have determined that the chemicals in them pose a danger to pets and wildlife.                 

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Toyota Facing One Of The Largest Automaker Fines Ever

March 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

With a growing investigation into GM for a decade-long delay in recalling 1.6 million small cars, this verdict is highly anticipated.                                 

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Bombardier: Unrest In Ukraine Could Delay Russian Deal

March 21, 2014 9:50 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The international crises over events in Crimea could affect Bombardier's efforts to finalize negotiations for a joint venture to build Q-400 turboprops in Russia, the manufacturer said Thursday.                

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GM's Barra To Testify At House Hearing

March 21, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will testify next month at a hearing by a House panel investigating the delayed recall of 1.6 million small GM cars.                             

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Jury: Helmet Maker Not Liable For Player Injury

March 21, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Los Angeles jury has decided helmet maker Riddell Inc. isn't liable for the severe brain injury of a high school football player who suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit during a game.                     

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This Is What A Billion Dollar Brand Looks Like

March 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

According to the study, of the 15,000+ listed companies in the U.S., only 519 are billion dollar brands. The total value of these big dogs is a staggering $2.5 trillion.                       

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Manufacturing & The Decline Of The Middle Class

March 21, 2014 9:33 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

For all practical purposes we are now in the post industrial service economy and the manufacturing crisis has now become a crisis of the middle class.                             

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Ex-Microsoft Worker Accused Of Leaking Trade Secrets

March 20, 2014 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FBI agents arrested a former Microsoft employee Wednesday on charges that he stole trade secrets from the company and leaked them to a blogger.                                

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Jet Mystery Unfolds Amid Asian Air Travel Boom

March 20, 2014 2:20 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The transfixing mystery of the Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing with 239 people on board has unfolded in a region where air travel is undergoing supercharged growth after decades of being beyond the reach of most people.       

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Posts Solid Gain

March 20, 2014 2:14 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in February by the largest amount in three months, suggesting growth should rebound following a severe winter.                           

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Airbus Boss Wants Improved Aircraft Tracking

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

Fabrice Bregier says Airbus is working to develop deployable black boxes or other systems that could help investigators find the recorders following an accident or disappearance.                      

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Court Tosses $1.2B Judgment Against J&J

March 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit challenging the drugmaker's marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.                 

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