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Fed Sharply Cuts U.S. Economic Growth Forecast

June 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve has sharply cut its forecast for U.S. growth this year, reflecting a shrinking economy last quarter caused mostly by harsh weather.                 

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Porsche Takes Top Spot In New Car Quality Survey

June 19, 2014 10:05 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Porsche, Jaguar and Lexus were the best-performing brands in this year's survey. The worst performers were Fiat, Jeep and Mitsubishi.                    

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Lockheed Martin Lands $35.7M Army Deal

June 18, 2014 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin has landed a $35.7 million contract with the Pentagon to produce mobile, ground-based radar.                        

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Gov't Opens 2 New Chrysler Investigations

June 18, 2014 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday it has opened two new investigations into Chrysler over complaints that the ignition key could shut the engine off involuntarily and may cause air bags not to deploy in a crash. 

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Lawmakers Press GM On Report Findings

June 18, 2014 2:50 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

House members say they still have many questions about General Motors' delayed recall of small cars, including whether the company's culture has truly changed.               

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Entegris Opens New $55 Million Mass. Facility

June 18, 2014 2:49 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The facility will serve as the main innovation center for developing filtration and specialty coating technologies, which are used to improve yields in microelectronics manufacturing environments.         

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Valeant Makes Hostile $53B Bid For Allergan

June 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals says it has launched a bid for Allergan, the maker of Botox.                            

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Republican EPA Chiefs Tell Congress To Act On Climate

June 18, 2014 2:38 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top environmental regulators for four Republican presidents told Congress on Wednesday what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming.               

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Obama Pledges To Build Up U.S. Manufacturing

June 18, 2014 10:12 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Surrounded by an array of gadgets and high tech equipment, President Barack Obama pledged to boost American manufacturing and to give entrepreneurs greater access to production tools that would help bring their ideas to fruition.    

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Dealer Sues Mitsubishi Over Inventory

June 18, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of four Southern California car dealerships is suing Mitsubishi Motors North America and its credit arm, saying they forced the dealerships to stock more vehicles than they could sell, costing them millions in extra finance charges.  

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Texas Has Beef With Chipotle Buying Australian Meat

June 18, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas agriculture commissioner on Monday aired a beef with Chipotle Mexican Grill and wants to talk with its founder after the company decided to import grass-fed beef from Australia.           

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Lawmakers In California Reject Sugary Drink Warnings

June 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks was effectively killed Tuesday.               

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Alcoa Unit To Invest $25M In Va. Facility

June 18, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Power and Propulsion plans to invest $25 million in new technology at its Hampton, Virginia operation.                        

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Musk Takes On Carbon With Solar, Battery Bets

June 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels.      

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Assembly Line Cooling To Prevent Heat Exhaustion

June 17, 2014 3:48 pm | by MovinCool | Product Releases | Comments

MovinCool portable air conditioner units help reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and increase your employee morale, leading to improved manufacturing quality and productivity, says the company. 

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'Pink Slime' Makers Say Sales Are Rising

June 17, 2014 2:34 pm | by Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska | News | Comments

Sales of a treated ground beef product that critics derisively dubbed "pink slime" have rebounded, according to two of its manufacturers.                                 

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Ben & Jerry's Helping Vermont in GMO-Labeling Fight

June 17, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Iconic Vermont ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced a name change for a popular flavor Monday to help raise money to defend a new state law that requires the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.        

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CEOs More Optimistic on Hiring, Sales

June 17, 2014 2:27 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Optimism among chief executives of large U.S. companies has reached a two-year high, driven by a more positive outlook toward hiring and sales.                                

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Robotic Dairies: The Future of Production

June 17, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

The old fashioned farm hand is being replaced by a set of high-tech robots that clean, feed and milk dairy cows. Farmers can take a break and let the machines do the work.                       

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Report: Chinese Smartphone Comes Preloaded With Spyware

June 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by Raphael Satter and Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday.                            

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