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Taking Engineering Services Outsourcing to the Next Level

July 1, 2014 1:58 pm | by Kamakshya Prusti | Blogs | Comments

Systematic offloading of engineering services delivers dual benefits. It ensures seamless transition to higher value added service and locks up the cost advantages emanating from an outsourcing program for a longer period of time.         

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New Recalls Raise Questions About Auto Parts Safety

July 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.                          

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Hormel Buys Muscle Milk Maker for $450M

July 1, 2014 1:46 pm | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel Foods is paying $450 million to acquire CytoSport, which owns Muscle Milk sports nutrition drinks, bars and powders.                                     

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Obama Lauds Former P&G CEO as Right Choice To Fix VA

July 1, 2014 1:43 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama sought to turn the page Monday on a humiliating chapter in the history of the Veterans Affairs Department, tapping former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to take over the sprawling agency.         

GM's Original Whistleblower Speaks Out

July 1, 2014 11:35 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

GM was warned of product defects in 2002 by head of GM's Corporate Quality Audit, Bill McAleer.                                             

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Elio: 3 wheels, 84 mpg, $6,800

July 1, 2014 11:21 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Elio Motors has created a prototype two-person vehicle built for efficient transportation. With a price tag of $6,800, it already has more than 15,000 pre-orders.                         

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North Dakota, Texas Provide Nearly Half of U.S. Crude Oil Production

July 1, 2014 9:55 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day, with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total.                             

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Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations at Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                        

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Pinnacle Foods Lets Hillshire Out Of Deal

July 1, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods said Monday it has scrapped its sale to Hillshire Brands, freeing Hillshire to be acquired by Tyson Foods.                                     

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GM Adds 8.2M Vehicles to Growing Recall List

July 1, 2014 9:34 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors' safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.                       

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High Court To Consider Deadlines for Suing Gov't

July 1, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will consider how strict deadlines should be for people to sue the federal government for negligence.                                     

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Court Says Bat Maker Not Liable for Pitcher's Injuries

July 1, 2014 9:28 am | by Sean Murphy, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oklahoma man who was seriously injured by a line drive during a 2006 high school baseball game isn't entitled to a nearly $1 million award from the manufacturer of the bat used to hit the ball.               

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Stryker Buying Joint Device Maker for up to $375M

June 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical device maker Stryker said Monday it will buy bone and joint replacement maker Small Bone Innovations for up to $375 million in cash.                                

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GM Victim Payment Plan Won't Have Limit

June 30, 2014 2:04 pm | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Kenneth Feinberg is prepared to pay out billions of General Motors' money to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars' ignition switches caused the crash.                   

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American Apparel Adopts Plan To Halt Takeover From Ousted CEO

June 30, 2014 1:55 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

American Apparel has adopted a one-year shareholder rights plan a day after its ousted CEO and founder Dov Charney made a bid to increase his control of the clothing chain.                       

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Obama: I Act Alone

June 30, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama says he has moved to attract jobs, raise workers' wages and help students pay off loans because Republican obstructionism is keeping the system rigged against the middle class.                    

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Dispute Over Calif. Fuel Standard

June 30, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.                               

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Harley Helps Spotlight Electric Motorcycles

June 30, 2014 1:41 pm | by John Kekis, Associated Press | News | Comments

While Harley's announcement may not sit well with its core riders, who relish the distinctive rumble of the V-twin engine's exhaust, it might provide the impetus needed for the electric market to take off.             

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Maintenance-free Systems for the Packaging Industry

June 30, 2014 11:21 am | by igus | Product Releases | Comments

Plastics maker igus is presenting a range of new products specially developed to meet stringent demands of the packaging industry. 

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Composite Push-to-Connect Fittings

June 30, 2014 11:02 am | by Bimba Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The broad new line, which combines plastic with existing metal barbed fittings, now includes specialty items such as union branches and tube-to-stem elbow reducers. 

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