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Senate OKs Obama Pick To Head Labor Dept.

July 18, 2013 2:14 pm | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

A divided Senate confirmed Thomas Perez on Thursday to become secretary of labor, elevating the son of Dominican immigrants who as a top Justice Department official won praise from Democrats for aggressively enforcing civil rights laws and criticism from Republicans for being a liberal ideologue.

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Fuel Of The Future

July 18, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

If the rising price of oil is hurting your budget, don't worry. Scientists in Australia have found a way to turn seawater into fuel. These scientists have discovered a new way to split seawater into hydrogen and oxygen. Reuters' Lester Ranby has more.

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New Twinkies: Taste Test

July 18, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Twinkies are back. After a hiatus of nearly eight months, the cream-filled sponge cake is back on sale at stores across the U.S. Eatocracy's Kat Kinsman takes a bite out of the new Twinkie to find out how it compares to the Twinkies of old.

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Inside A 777 Flight Simulator

July 18, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A simulator attempts to re-create what the Asiana Flight 214 crew experienced when they attempted to land at San Francisco International Airport, but crashed. Instructor Kareem Fahmi takes us through shutting off the autopilot and landing the aircraft at the right speed and height for descent.

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Death By iPhone Electrocution?

July 18, 2013 8:01 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Apple in investigating reports that a woman in China died after being electrocuted by her iPhone. The woman allegedly died after being electrocuted when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 as it was charging. Apple says that it will "fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter."

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Chrysler To Roll Out All-New Midsize Car Next Year

July 17, 2013 2:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler will start selling a completely new midsize car during the first quarter of next year, company executives confirmed on Tuesday. The replacement for the aging Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger is badly needed for the company to compete with the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in the most popular part of the U.S. auto market.

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Diamond Electric Pleads Guilty To Price Fixing

July 17, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese auto supplier Diamond Electric Manufacturing Co. has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $19 million criminal fine for its role in a price-fixing scheme. The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that Diamond Electric rigged bids and fixed prices on ignition coils it sold to Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and others. The conspiracy lasted from 2003 through 2010.

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VT Gov. Urges IBM To Go Public With Layoff Numbers

July 17, 2013 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is urging IBM Corp. to make public the number of employees it laid off last month at its Vermont facilities. And the governor says if he and his lawyer conclude the Vermont Public Records Act requires it, his administration will release the number whether IBM wants to or not.

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Valero Refinery Planning For Expansion

July 17, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction on a $700 million expansion at Valero Refinery's St. Charles Parish plant is expected to begin sometime in late 2015 or early 2016. The plant occupies roughly 1,000 acres along the Mississippi River in Norco. The expansion will include construction of a large methanol unit, designed to compress natural gas into liquid in order to manufacture chemicals and plastics.

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Food Service Manufacturer To Expand In NC

July 17, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois-based food service and food packaging manufacturer says it's expanding its facilities in North Carolina's Lenoir and Iredell counties, with additional plans to create 77 jobs. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's office announced Tuesday that Pactiv LLC will invest more than $9 million in its facilities in Kinston and Mooresville.

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Chevron, YPF Sign $1.5B Shale Oil Deal

July 17, 2013 2:11 pm | by Michael Warren, Associated Press | News | Comments

Argentina's state-controlled YPF oil company has persuaded Chevron Corp. to sign a long-sought deal to invest $1.24 billion in developing the South American country's shale oil deposits. The joint venture adds up to $1.5 billion overall, the first major foreign oil investment in Argentina since President Cristina Fernandez seized control of YPF from Spain's Grupo Repsol last year.

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Lew On U.S. Workers Competing With China

July 17, 2013 1:03 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that cyber theft is a real problem in China that "has to stop." It is a competitive world, Lew says, but despite problems, the United States has emerged strongest from the recession, which shows that the United States remains among the strongest and largest economies in the world.

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Law Firm To Sue Boeing Over Asiana Crash

July 17, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chicago law firm has taken steps to sue Boeing Co. on behalf of 83 people who were aboard the Asiana Airlines flight that crash-landed in San Francisco earlier this month, alleging that a malfunction of the plane's auto throttle may have caused the crash.

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Ford To Recalibrate Hybrids, Improve Fuel Economy

July 17, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is offering free upgrades to U.S. and Canadian hybrid customers to improve their fuel economy. The company plans to recalibrate the vehicle control systems on 77,000 Ford C-Max and Fusion hybrids and Lincoln MKZ hybrids from the 2013 model year.

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Major Economies Still Struggling To Create Jobs

July 17, 2013 9:56 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jobs growth remains weak among the world's 20 biggest economies, where almost a third of the 93 million unemployed have been out of work for more than a year, top labor and development officials reported Wednesday. In a batch of new figures intended to push G-20 governments into action, the U.N.'s International Labor Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned the rate of employment growth remains low.

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Delta Faucet Boosting Production At IN Plant

July 17, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Delta Faucet Co. plans to increase production at a southeastern Indiana factory and add up to 160 workers in the coming year. Company officials say it will spend about $12 million to renovate and equip its factory in Greensburg. Delta now makes kitchen and bathroom faucets, shower heads, toilets and other accessories.

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NM Reaches $920K Settlement With Gas Processor

July 17, 2013 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State environment officials have reached a settlement with the operator of a natural gas processing plant in southeastern New Mexico over alleged pollution violations. The Environment Department says the settlement with Occidental Permian Limited Partnership is worth more than $920,000. Most of the money will go toward installing pollution controls at the company's plant near Hobbs.

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5 Quick Questions With The CEO Of BlueGrace Logistics

July 17, 2013 8:02 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

It didn’t take long for the novelty of social media to fade, and the search for practical application and measurable impact of these vehicles to become a priority. Despite the commercial success of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and several other platforms, manufacturers are still seeking out answers as to whether the time spent on social outreach is worth the effort.

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Manufacture ERP Success: Plan For Change, Not Technology

July 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Randy Copperman, Vice President of Support Services, Channel Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers look to ERP systems to build success. But change does not come from investment in ERP — it comes from commitment to strategic implementation. Installing ERP provides manufacturers with technology. Implementing ERP provides a culture of data-driven decision making, equipped to develop solutions with lasting value.

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U.S. Factories Increase Output In June

July 16, 2013 1:34 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

United States factories cranked out more business equipment, home electronics and autos in June, boosting manufacturing output for the second straight month. The gains suggest factories may be starting to recover from a slow start this year.

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