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Why the U.S. Will Power the World Economy in 2015

December 29, 2014 1:33 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After long struggling to claw its way out of the Great Recession, the world's biggest economy is on an extended win streak that is edging it closer to full health and ready to drive global growth in 2015.             

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Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Matthew B. Elliott

December 29, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Matthew B. Elliott, Michigan State President, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They talked about upcoming trends, the skilled labor shortage, and domestic expansion.

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China Jails 4 for 2013 Fatal Fire at Poultry Plant

December 29, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fire chiefs and two poultry farm bosses have been convicted and sentenced to prison terms of up to nine years in relation to a fire at a plant in northeastern China last year that killed 121 people and injured 76 others.       

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Wind Tree Uses Micro-Turbine Leaves to Generate Electricity

December 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A French start-up says its Wind Tree is ideal for urban environments, harnessing the most gentle of winds to produce power through its micro-turbine leaves.                           

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Porsche Recalls 918 Spyder on Faulty Chassis Parts

December 29, 2014 12:42 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

 Porsche is recalling 205 of its limited edition Porsche 918 Spyder.                                                   

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Tesla Upgrades Roadster Car for More Efficiency

December 29, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla said improvements it is making to its older Roadster model will let the electric car travel about 400 miles on a single charge.                                 

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MO Becomes First State to See Average Gas Price Below $2

December 29, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri became the first state Friday to have an average statewide gas price fall below $2 per gallon since 2009, while Oklahoma's average was expected to drop below that threshold sometime over the weekend, according to AAA.       

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MI's Population Creeping Up as Autos Recover

December 29, 2014 9:35 am | by David N. Goodman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of declining population, industrial Michigan finally seems to be on track toward growth again, the state's demographer says.                                 

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Key Decisions on Drones Likely From Congress

December 29, 2014 9:30 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year.         

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2014 U.S. Economy Began Shaky, Finished Strong

December 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold at the start of the year that perhaps the world's largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk. But consumers, businesses and investors, after enduring a brutal winter, showed renewed vigor as the year wore on and set the United States apart from much of the world.

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Berryville Company To Help Upgrade Iconic Handgun

December 29, 2014 9:20 am | by John Magsam, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | News | Comments

Custom gun-maker Wilson Combat is teaming up with Beretta USA to produce an upgraded version of an iconic military handgun.                                     

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Prosecutors Not to Indict Executives in Fukushima Disaster

December 26, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese prosecutors are expected not to indict three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. on charges of professional negligence resulting in deaths and injuries over the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Auto Industry Acts Globally Except on Recalls

December 26, 2014 1:45 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When it comes to making and selling cars, the auto industry thinks and acts globally: There is near-seamless coordination between parts suppliers, factories and dealerships. But when an unsafe car needs to be recalled, that global coordination breaks down.

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More 'Help Wanted' Signs up at Small Businesses

December 26, 2014 1:39 pm | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

If you're looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to small business owners.                                 

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Flying High: Airstream Can't Keep up With Demand

December 26, 2014 1:35 pm | by Mitch Stacy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Not only are the retro-looking "silver bullet" Airstream travel-trailers still being built by hand at the same western Ohio site that has produced them for 60 years, but the company also can't roll them out of there fast enough to meet the demand these days.

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Deadly Listeria Outbreak Linked to Caramel Apples

December 26, 2014 1:30 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Health officials are investigating a deadly listeria outbreak linked to prepackaged caramel apples.                                           

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3 Essential Questions From A&D Digital Thread Webcast

December 26, 2014 1:08 pm | by Matthew Littlefield | Articles | Comments

LNS Research and Manufacturing.net hosted a webinar entitled: "Weaving the Digital Thread in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing: Strategies for Connecting to the Customer Experience." Throughout the course of the event, we had a number of questions from attendees. In this post, we'll reexamine these questions and provide answers to a few that went unaddressed.

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After Reshoring — Opportunities for Cloud ERP

December 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Reshoring operations back to the United States has recently emerged as an important trend in manufacturing. However, there are some significant challenges facing companies that have moved back or are planning to move back, challenges that present clear opportunities for cloud-based ERP software to provide solutions.

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Natural Gas Down 29 Percent in One Month

December 26, 2014 10:00 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of natural gas has dropped 29 percent in a month, to $3.17 per 1,000 cubic feet on Tuesday from nearly $4.50 in late November. That's a steep drop even for a fuel notorious for volatile price swings.           

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Honda Recalls Vehicles for Faulty Air Bags

December 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is recalling 1,252 Crosstour vehicles due to a faulty side air bag made by troubled air bag supplier Takata.                                       

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