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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Climb to 290K

November 13, 2014 9:33 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the increase wasn't sharp enough to disrupt the job market's positive momentum.                               

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Berkshire Buying Duracell in a $3B Deal

November 13, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is buying the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble Co. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.                           

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'AirLegs' Technology Helps Troops Stay One Step Ahead

November 12, 2014 2:37 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The military's DARPA lab creates stunning inventions, and they could help service members stay one step ahead when answering the call of duty. Chip Reid reports on the new "AirLegs" technology for U.S. troops.           

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GM: Parts Ready to Fix SUVs That Can Catch Fire

November 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For the owners of 189,000 General Motors SUVs, the days of parking them outside the garage for fear that they could catch fire will soon come to an end. The company said it will start notifying customers this week that they can take their SUVs to dealers, who will replace faulty power window switches.

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'America's Oldest Gunmaker' Lays Off 126 More Workers

November 12, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York state lawmaker says another 126 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off.                                 

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GE To Build Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Pennsylvania

November 12, 2014 2:10 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE has announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE.                           

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iProblems: Learning From Apple’s Strained Supply Chain

November 12, 2014 1:58 pm | by Paul Noël | Articles | Comments

While not every firm sells 10 million devices in one weekend — or has to contend with the complex global supply chain and massive consumer pressure that comes with it — all organizations can learn from Apple’s supply chain pitfalls when managing and designing their own.

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Meet GM's $4M Rolling Propaganda Machine

November 12, 2014 12:42 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

This 33-foot-long 30,000 pound 1940 GM mega-bus represented the size and power of General Motors at its mightiest.                                       

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U.S.-China Trade Deal Could End Fees on $1T in Tech Sales

November 12, 2014 12:38 pm | by Marley Jay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items.             

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Why Configurability Matters for Manufacturing Software

November 12, 2014 11:13 am | by Katie Hilyar | Articles | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?                 

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RoboVent ICE (Integrated Cooling Equipment)

November 12, 2014 11:08 am | by RoboVent | Product Releases | Comments

RoboVent ICE (Integrated Cooling Equipment), designed by RoboVent, is a unique air conditioning utility that can be added to any RoboVent fume extraction system.

U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up

November 12, 2014 10:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses posted a modest gain in their stockpiles in September as sales rebounded from a big decline the previous month.                                 

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U.S., China Strike a Climate Deal to Curb Global Warming

November 12, 2014 10:50 am | by Josh Lederman, THe Associated Press | News | Comments

A groundbreaking agreement struck Wednesday by the United States and China puts the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.                 

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Retail Imports Set Records Despite Continuing Port Issues

November 12, 2014 10:29 am | by J. Craig Shearman, National Retail Federation | News | Comments

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to slow down this month following record levels seen in September and October as retailers rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of a possible shutdown of West Coast ports. 

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World's First 3D Printed Car Won't Break the Bank

November 12, 2014 10:16 am | by David Swan, Business Spectator | News | Comments

U.S. low-cost car manufacturer, Local Motors, plans on selling 3D printed cars in about a year, ranging in price between $18,000 to $30,000.                                

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Aerospace Suppliers Ramping Up to Meet Surging Orders

November 12, 2014 10:01 am | by TendersInfo | News | Comments

The large majority of aerospace manufacturers said they plan to increase their workforce over the next 12 months, expect to win new long-term supply agreements in the next three years, and expect aircraft deliveries to continue to grow at least through 2016.

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Ford Gets the Aluminum F-150 Ready

November 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is using the metal almost exclusively in the body of the 2015 version of its best-selling F-150 pickup, which will arrive at dealerships next month. Barnett is already answering customers' questions about the truck.         

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German Industrial Union Seeks 5.5 Percent Raise

November 12, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's largest industrial union is calling for a 5.5 percent pay increase next year for some 3.7 million workers in Europe's biggest economy.                               

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Ford Starts Aluminum F-150 Production

November 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's Ford Motor Co.'s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.                           

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Unilever Sues Company Over Use Of 'Mayo'

November 11, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You have to break some eggs to make an omelet and, according to a lawsuit from the maker of Hellmann's, the same goes for mayonnaise.                                 

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