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Coal Mine Operators Get Record Fine For Pollution

March 6, 2014 10:00 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations by coal mine operators in five Appalachian states.                             

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Musk: Russia Giving U.S. Good Reason To Support SpaceX

March 6, 2014 9:56 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Elon Musk yesterday said that given some of Russia’s recent military maneuverings in Ukraine, it’s about time the U.S. government paid his company, SpaceX, for the rights to launch satellites and other cargo into space.         

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When Will You Be Able To Afford A Tesla?

March 6, 2014 9:49 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk says a cheaper Tesla will be available in about 3 years. He also says the company is working on their version of a Ford F-150 and is 'very excited' about the China market.             

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Why Mary Barra Has Never Asked For A Raise

March 6, 2014 9:45 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The first female CEO of a major automaker explains her philosophy on climbing the corporate ladder.                                            

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Understanding The Culture Of Lean Manufacturing

March 6, 2014 9:26 am | by ASME Future ME Career Development | Videos | Comments

Ken Oberholz, global director of manufacturing technology at Huntington Energy Services, joins Jose Lopez, senior design engineer at Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift, to discuss the importance of lean manufacturing.           

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Politicians Push For Smartphone Kill Switches

March 6, 2014 9:22 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

State and federal politicians are pushing for a kill switch that would allow users to disable stolen smartphones to make them worthless on the black market.                           

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January/February 2014: Behind The Wheel

March 5, 2014 4:51 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we visit Colson Caster, a domestic manufacturer that uses a vertically integrated approach to compete with low-cost offshore alternatives. We also talk to experts about preventing OSHA's top ten violations, review readers' insights into energy efficiency issues, and explore how a reliability-centered strategy can create quick ROI.

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Micron To Settle Antitrust Lawsuit For $66.7M

March 5, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced on Tuesday the settlement of the lawsuit Idaho and 34 other states brought against Micron and 11 other makers of dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM.                 

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Apple's System To Create Smartcars

March 5, 2014 2:31 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Apple just unveiled CarPlay, billed as a "smarter, safer" way for drivers to use iPhones. Dan Ackerman, senior editor at CNET, talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about what Apple's competition is bringing to the table.        

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Top 10 Carmakers Sitting On $221B In Cash

March 5, 2014 2:20 pm | by Collen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A new study shows that the top 10 global automakers amassed more than $221 billion in cash by the end of 2013 to invest in new products, strategic alliances, and other growth strategies.                   

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Union Waits For Info On Leak At Nuke Dump

March 5, 2014 2:11 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak.                   

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Safety Agency Demands Data From GM

March 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors turn over documents detailing what the company knew about a dangerous ignition problem that has been linked to 13 car-crash deaths.                 

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Chinese Automaker Builds Credibility

March 5, 2014 1:54 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese carmaker Qoros brought its campaign to gain global credibility to the Geneva Motor Show, where it showed off its second production car at a stand in prime real estate — between Maserati and Rolls Royce.            

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Chobani To Expand Plant In Idaho

March 5, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twin Falls officials in south-central Idaho have approved a $3.5 million expansion of a Greek yogurt plant operated by Chobani.                                   

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Top Manufacturing Organizations Split On Budget

March 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers and the Alliance for American Manufacturing have both released opinions on President Obama's $3.9 trillion budget proposal. Interestingly, they don't agree.               

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GOP Slams Obama's $3.9T Budget, Corporate Tax Increases

March 5, 2014 10:13 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans are dismissing President Barack Obama's new $3.9 trillion budget as nothing more than a Democratic manifesto for this fall's congressional campaigns, but the fiscal plan is taking hits from another quarter too — anti-deficit groups. 

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Freight Classification Changes: How Shippers Can Avoid Increased Costs

March 5, 2014 10:08 am | by Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing, Cerasis | Blogs | Comments

If you have any experience in shipping LTL, you know how volatile, process driven, and challenging it can be to make sure you get the best carrier, best time, best rate, and are making the best long term decisions.           

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Survey: Companies Added 139K Jobs In Feb.

March 5, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A private survey shows that U.S. companies added slightly more jobs in February than in the previous month, but harsh winter weather weighed on hiring for the third straight month.                    

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China Vows Strong Market, Military Reform

March 5, 2014 9:58 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's government responded to public demands for bold leadership with vows Wednesday to press long-sought market reforms, defend against terrorism, and heavily boost military spending amid rising tensions with Japan.          

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Airbus Helicopters To Build AStar In Columbus

March 5, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American Eurocopter has changed its name to Airbus Helicopters Inc. and will begin manufacturing a new commercial helicopter in Columbus, Ohio.                                 

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