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GM Restructuring Engineering After Recall

April 22, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.                                 

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Climate Change May Shake Up Coffee Market

April 22, 2014 1:51 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Pests, rising heat, and extreme temperatures resulting from climate change could affect where coffee can be grown around the world by 2050, devastating some communities.                        

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U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 1:38 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute.                                

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Swivel Casters With Locking Brake Option

April 22, 2014 11:57 am | by Revvo Caster | Product Releases | Comments

New Sussex 63 Series swivel casters from Revvo Caster feature a secure hand-operated locking brake to provide a low-cost braking option. 

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New Emergency Collets

April 22, 2014 11:39 am | by Hardinge Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Even with the best planning, emergencies arise when your tool room and production departments require a stepped, odd size or special shape collet.

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Tesla Plans Expansion In China

April 22, 2014 10:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.            

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We Are In The Post-Industrial Economy

April 22, 2014 10:07 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

The reality is that today’s big corporations are really only focused on three things — cost reduction, profitability, and increasing returns to their investors. We cannot and should not depend on them to address the middle class or the decline of American manufacturing.

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No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.       

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No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden containers in buildings without sprinklers.     

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GM Wants More Protection From Lawsuits

April 22, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.                    

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Man Convicted For Fatal N.H. Explosion On Trial

April 22, 2014 9:50 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant is on trial for wire fraud connected to an ammunition company in Maine.                     

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Certified Pre-Owned Mobile Computers

April 22, 2014 9:37 am | by Carlton Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Motorola MC7598 is a rugged mobile computer that delivers high performance voice and data services on CDMA networks anywhere in the world.

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Lawmakers Demand Sanctions On Russia's Chemicals

April 21, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries.                         

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Up

April 21, 2014 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Both hiring and consumer outlooks have improved, which along with interest rates fueled much of the index's improvement.                                     

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Apple Going Green With Free Recycling, Renewable Energy

April 21, 2014 2:31 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices, and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.           

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Albuquerque Leaders Propose Site For Tesla

April 21, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Albuquerque leaders are suggesting a site on the city's west side as a location for Tesla Motors' planned new plant to manufacture batteries for its electric cars.                        

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Why Are Americans Obsessed With Missing Malaysia Plane?

April 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many found it impossible to believe that a modern Boeing 777 carrying 239 people could just vanish without a trace in an age where an iPhone can be tracked just about anywhere.                      

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American Perceptions Of Power

April 21, 2014 2:12 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

Does it matter if Americans understand the risks involved in the different kinds of energy sources?                                           

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McLaren's New 207mph Beast

April 21, 2014 2:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The new McLaren 650S has a top speed of 207 mph and can go 0-60 in under 3 seconds. It cranks out 641 horsepower from its small 3.8 liter turbo-charged V8 engine — that's more power than the 12C.                

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Fiat And Chrysler Building 3 Jeep Models In China

April 21, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States.                            

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