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1.8M Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled

May 19, 2014 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli.                 

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GM Gets New Chief Spokesman

May 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is hiring Volkswagen's top U.S. spokesman as its new public relations chief.                                              

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Joint Venture to Create Auto Interiors Company

May 19, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls is teaming up with a Chinese company to create the world's largest maker of automotive interiors, in a deal announced Sunday.                           

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Kraft Recalling Cottage Cheese Due to Poor Storage

May 19, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some ingredients used in Kraft Foods Group cottage cheese brands were not stored in accordance with proper temperature standards at a Tulare, California, manufacturing facility.                      

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Office Depot Extends Environmental Leadership with Coolerado

May 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Coolerado | News | Comments

Office Depot was the first ever United States retailer to be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a 30 percent or greater improvement in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.                 

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Avoiding Decision Fatigue in the Engineering Change Management Process

May 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions | Articles | Comments

In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.            

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Boeing Frederickson Factory Making 777X Tail

May 19, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Boeing factory near Tacoma that builds tails for 777s and 787s also will build the carbon-fiber tail for the new 777X.                                       

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Google, Apple Settle Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest technology giants have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other regarding smartphone patents.                             

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CEO of China Drug Company Commits Suicide Amid Probe

May 19, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese drug company says its chief executive has jumped to his death. Official media reported he was under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes.                           

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Anheuser-Busch VP Loses Discrimination Suit

May 19, 2014 9:37 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch did not discriminate against a former executive by paying her significantly less than a male predecessor, a jury in St. Louis decided Friday.                            

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Hyundai Recalls 137,500 SUVs

May 19, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 137,500 Tucson SUVs because the air bags aren't correctly mounted to the steering wheel.                                      

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GM Investigation Reveals List of Banned Words

May 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

What do the words "safety," ''chaotic" and "problem" have in common? They're all on General Motors' list of banned words for employees who were documenting potential safety issues.                     

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Unemployment Rates Fall in Nearly All U.S. States

May 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in nearly all U.S. states last month, and half the states now have rates below 6 percent. The figures are a sign of widespread, if slow, improvement in the nation's job market.               

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Amazon Counterfeiting Concerns

May 16, 2014 1:48 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A Wall Street Journal report is raising concerns that some products sold by the company are knock-offs. Vinita Nair reports on how counterfeits slip into the system, and why companies feel it hurts their brand.            

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Fallout From Russian Sanctions Hits U.S. Companies

May 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The economic sanctions levied against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine has taken a bite out of the profits of some U.S. companies that do business in Russia.                         

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Mich. Senate Votes to Raise Minimum Wage

May 16, 2014 1:32 pm | by Emma Fidel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Senate approved raising the state's minimum wage to $9.20 an hour from $7.40 in a compromise that some supporters hope will pre-empt a ballot drive to raise it to $10.10.                    

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Government Fines GM $35M

May 16, 2014 1:26 pm | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

This marks the first time the government has imposed the maximum penalty allowed by law against an automaker. Still, the amount is less than a day's revenue for the automaker.                       

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Railroad Wants to Send Oil to Town Where Derailment Killed 47

May 16, 2014 1:19 pm | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company purchasing the assets of a railroad responsible for a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec plans to resume oil shipments after track safety improvements are made, the firm's top executive said Friday.        

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Swiss Mull $24 Minimum Wage

May 16, 2014 1:17 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a nation of mostly haves and have-mores, Swiss voters head to the polls Sunday to decide on a union proposal that would create a new nationwide minimum wage at 22 Swiss francs ($24.70) an hour — the world's highest.          

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How a Symbiotic Parent-Subsidiary Relationship Fuels Product Innovation

May 16, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeffrey R. Plummer | Articles | Comments

Finding innovative ways to share, reuse and collaborate on R&D is a key part of the parent-subsidiary relationship. This is especially true for U.S. manufacturers.                       

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