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Rat Poison Maker Challenges California Rule

April 1, 2014 9:33 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.              

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GM Recall Total Continues To Rise

April 1, 2014 9:30 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The new recall brings the number of vehicles GM has recalled since February to 6.3 million.                                             

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Black Hawk Copter Maker Pays $3.5M For Inflating Parts Prices

March 31, 2014 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it inflated the cost of spare parts.                            

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Airline Says Plane Systems Partly To Blame For Crash

March 31, 2014 2:28 pm | by Justin Pritchard and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

Asiana Airlines says a Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport had inadequate warning systems to alert the crew to problems with air speed.                              

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4 Hurt, 200 Evacuated After Washington Plant Fire

March 31, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say four workers were injured and about 200 residents were evacuated after a large explosion and fire Monday morning at a natural gas processing plant in Washington.                      

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Is The Honeymoon Over For New BlackBerry CEO?

March 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With lackluster quarterly results Friday, is time running out for John Chen to turn around the company?                                          

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Mulally's Pay Up 11 Percent In 2013

March 31, 2014 2:05 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford CEO Mulally's compensation rose 11 percent to $23.2 million in 2013, as the company reported record profits in North America and Asia.                                

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Marchionne: Fiat Chrysler Can Boost Output To 6M Cars

March 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Marchionne said that the merged company will be able to increase production to more than 6 million cars a year, a level he says is the minimum for an automaker to compete globally.               

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Beer Brewers In Uproar Over Proposed FDA Rule

March 31, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.                                  

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Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

March 31, 2014 10:15 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?                           

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Software Schedules Maintenance With Military Precision

March 31, 2014 10:06 am | by Christopher D. Gates, Asst. Reactor Maintenance Officer on the USS Nimitz | Articles | Comments

In this month’s Plant Practices, we take you offshore to a military application, where best practices around maintenance scheduling and planning can offer manufacturers some ideas.                    

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Rolls-Royce Plant Explosion Injures 9

March 31, 2014 9:52 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nine workers at a Rolls-Royce aircraft-engine assembly plant near the Indianapolis International Airport were injured Friday when a tank of nitric acid exploded.                          

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UAW Membership Grows For Fourth Straight Year

March 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Ken Sweet, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a filing with the Department of Labor, the United Auto Workers said its membership grew by nearly 9,000 people last year.                                     

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More Recalls Push GM Total To 4.8M In 1 Month

March 31, 2014 9:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors announced two more recalls, bringing the recall total to 4.8 million cars, trucks, and SUVs in the past month.                                      

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Groups Want More Humane Chicken Slaughter

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.                    

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Another Apple-Samsung Battle Heads To Court

March 31, 2014 9:11 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a much larger concern about what is allowed to be patented.                     

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BMW Plans $1B Expansion In S.C.

March 28, 2014 2:16 pm | by Jeffery Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles.                       

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Luxury Driverless Concept Car Offers View Of The Future

March 28, 2014 2:13 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

The Rinspeed XchangE is a luxury car that leaves the job of driving to an onboard computer while passengers relax and enjoy the ride.                                  

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GM Tells Dealers To Halt Sales Of Some Chevy Cruzes

March 28, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has told dealers to stop selling some 2013 and 2014 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars. But the company won't say why.                                   

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Head Of VW's Lone U.S. Plant Going Back To Germany

March 28, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Frank Fischer, who has headed Volkswagen's only U.S. plant in Chattanooga since its construction, is leaving to manage the automaker's factory in Emden, Germany.                         

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