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Google Buys Drone Maker

April 15, 2014 9:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.                        

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Altria Sells N.C. Cigarette Plant For $68.5M

April 15, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of the nation's biggest tobacco company, Philip Morris USA, has sold a North Carolina cigarette plant it idled in 2009.                                    

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Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of West Anniversary

April 15, 2014 9:42 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.       

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Affecting Change To Improve Business Health (Part I)

April 15, 2014 9:25 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

The effort required to improve the health of your business can be compared to the commitment necessary to change your personal health. It is important to understand what drives successful business improvement change instead of failed efforts.   

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Are The Highest Paid In Manufacturing Worth Their Weight In Gold?

April 15, 2014 9:17 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Some argue that CEO pay packages may seem inflated, but are partially in response to the often truncated length of service — essentially, these are short-term gigs.                         

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GM Loses Communications, Human Resources Heads

April 14, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says communications head Selim Bingol and human resources chief Melissa Howell are leaving GM to pursue other interests.                                    

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Report Says Glaxo Bribed Doctors In Poland

April 14, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The BBC reports that pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is accused of bribing doctors to prescribe medicines in Poland.                                     

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Fear Is Driving The Market Again

April 14, 2014 10:50 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

CNNMoney's Fear and Greed index shows fear to be the driving factor in market sentiment, thanks to worries about the Fed, slowing earnings growth, and concerns that stocks got too hot in 2013.                  

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The Cost To Build A Samsung Galaxy S5

April 14, 2014 10:46 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Take an inside look (literally) at how much the different parts of the latest flagship device in the Samsung Galaxy S series costs.                                   

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Retail Sales Strong In March

April 14, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture, and a number of other products.                              

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Robotic Submarine Deployed In Search For Missing Plane

April 14, 2014 10:13 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday after failing to pick up any signals from the missing Malaysian airliner's black boxes for six days.                   

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Bhopal: Coming To A Theater Near You

April 14, 2014 10:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

There are two ways one can look at this film. First is that it’s a remarkable opportunity to instruct people around the world about an event that isn’t well-known. The second is that it’s exploitative and simply wrong on the facts, whatever those may be.

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Feds Revisit Safety Rules After Bus Crash Kills 10

April 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal transportation authorities are investigating ways to minimize death and injuries in bus crashes following the fiery wreck leaving 10 dead when a FedEx truck slammed into a bus carrying high school students in Northern California.     

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Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 9:09 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.                 

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Gov. Brewer Signs Arizona Manufacturer Tax Cut Law

April 14, 2014 9:01 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters.                          

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Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                          

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Peugeot Boss Targets Return To Profit By 2018

April 14, 2014 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it aims to return to profitability by 2018 by reducing the number of models and relying on its recent rescue by Chinese investors and the French state.             

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S-Shape Reversible Ratcheting Wrench Set

April 11, 2014 3:34 pm | by GearWrench | Product Releases | Comments

These 12-point ratcheting wrenches feature a slim S-shape design for access to fasteners blocked by obstructions.     

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Producer Prices Rise In March

April 11, 2014 2:08 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry, and chemicals.                                   

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Creating Fuel From Seawater

April 11, 2014 2:06 pm | by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | Videos | Comments

Navy researchers demonstrate proof-of-concept of technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.                  

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