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Frenchman Wins Nobel for Industry Regulations

October 13, 2014 2:05 pm | by Karl Ritter, Nathalie Rothschild, Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Frenchman Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics for finding ways to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies.                     

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Ford Hiring Workers for New Truck

October 13, 2014 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company has announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its historic Ford Rouge Center, comprised of the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified facilities. The new jobs will support production of the all-new 2015 F-150, launching in a matter of weeks.

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GM Ignition Switch Deaths Rise To 27

October 13, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                              

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The New Model 72A Palletizer

October 13, 2014 10:06 am | by A-B-C Packaging | Product Releases | Comments

 A-B-C Packaging has introduced the Model 72A palletizer, a top performing palletizer with features for ultra-smooth case transit, perfect load positioning, and rapid product changeover. 

Is the Trade Deficit Really So Bad?

October 13, 2014 9:54 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

You don’t have to be an economist to see that accepting growing trade deficits with no plan to reduce the debt (or even pay for the debt) is a house of cards waiting for some kind of macro economic trigger to cause a collapse.       

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OSHA Launches Dialogue on Workplace Safety

October 13, 2014 9:46 am | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.       

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Unequal Pay: Must be a lot of Good Karma Out There

October 13, 2014 9:39 am | by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's advice to women last week serves as a stepping stone into the greater discussion of inequality in this country. According to the U.S. Census, a woman's job may be cutting-edge but it looks like her pay check isn't.  

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Targa Buying Atlas Pipeline, Atlas Energy

October 13, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Targa Resources is buying Atlas Pipeline Partners and Atlas Energy in a deal valued at close to $6 billion, creating a huge energy transportation and storage company                         

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Growth Slows in China Auto Sales

October 13, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Growth in China's car sales slowed again in September while the country's own auto brands increased their market share slightly.                                   

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Alcoa Makes Strides to Improve Combat Vehicles

October 13, 2014 9:11 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Alcoa has produced the world’s largest single-piece forged aluminum hull for combat vehicles to improve troop protection as part of a joint Alcoa-US Army initiative launched last year.                    

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GE Introduces Next-Generation Jet Engine

October 10, 2014 2:16 pm | by GE Report | News | Comments

Over the last several weeks, crews at GE Aviation’s flight test base installed a next-generation jet engine with ceramic components and 3-D printed parts to the wing of a modified Boeing 747, and readied it for its maiden flight.      

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Tesla Model P85D Test Drive

October 10, 2014 12:37 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, takes Bloomberg's Betty Liu for a test drive of the Tesla Model P85D.                                           

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More Than 200 Craft Brewers Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint

October 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by MicroStar Logistics | News | Comments

By sharing a pool of kegs rather than owning their own, over 200 leading craft brewers helped reduce their collective carbon footprint by over 3 million kg of CO2e in 2013.                       

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Mitsubishi Recalls Cars, SUVs for Stalling Problem

October 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi is recalling nearly 166,000 older small cars and SUVs in the U.S. because the engines can stall unexpectedly.                                     

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Nissan Recalls Altimas for Latch Problem

October 10, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling more than 220,000 Altima midsize cars in the U.S. because a secondary latch can fail and allow the hoods to fly open while the cars are in motion.                        

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China Surpasses U.S. as World’s Largest Economy

October 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by CBS Evening News | Videos | Comments

The International Monetary Fund says China’s surging economic power has surpassed the United States.                                           

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October 2014: Beyond Lean

October 10, 2014 11:31 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside Worksman Cycles, provide tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly and examine a series of case studies on the role of system integration in "People, Planet, and Profit."  

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Lego Scraps Shell After Greenpeace Video

October 10, 2014 10:12 am | by Jan Olsen, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Danish toy manufacturer Lego said Thursday it won't renew a deal allowing Shell to hand out Lego sets at its gas stations in some 30 countries, following a viral campaign protesting Arctic drilling.               

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Outdoor Uninterruptible Power System

October 10, 2014 10:07 am | by Controlled Power Company | Product Releases | Comments

Controlled Power Company has launched its new outdoor Model LTN-3R  Uninterruptible Power System.

Georgia Lawmakers Consider New Carbon Emission Rules

October 10, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia lawmakers heard contrasting views on how the state could meet proposed rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants.                                   

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