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Updated: Mulally Leaving Ford On July 1

May 1, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says CEO Alan Mulally will retire July 1 and be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields.                                           

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Rosie's Plant Saved From Wrecking Ball

May 1, 2014 9:44 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a "man's work" by building World War II-era bombers has been saved from the wrecking ball.                          

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Report Says U.S. Lost $11.2B On GM Bailout

May 1, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The estimate comes from a quarterly report Wednesday to Congress by a government watchdog that oversees the bailout, and is up from a previous estimate of $10.5 billion.                        

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Nissan Invents A Self-Washing Car

April 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

If you're one of millions of car owner across the country who like a nice shiny car but hate what it takes to keep it that way... then wait til you see what Nissan is testing.             

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1M Thermostats Recalled Over Fire Risk

April 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 1 million thermostats are being recalled because the batteries can leak and cause a fire.                         

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Tesla To Break Ground At Two ‘Gigafactory’ Sites

April 30, 2014 2:07 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company has not said when they would be willing to announce the two top-runners. Musk also did not explain what would happen to the “losing” site after the company has already broke ground and decided to finish the plant elsewhere.   

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Court Revives $10B Verdict In Cigarette Case

April 30, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Illinois appellate court has reinstated a $10.1 billion verdict in a class-action lawsuit against Phillip Morris USA that found the cigarette-maker misled customers about "light" and "low tar" designations.       

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Energizer To Become Two Companies

April 30, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Energizer Holdings plans to split into two separate and publicly traded companies, one selling batteries and household items, the other selling personal care brands such as Schick razors and Edge shaving gel.       

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Walmart To Host Open Call Summit For U.S. Manufacturers

April 30, 2014 2:02 pm | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers looking to become a Walmart supplier will have a chance to meet with senior leaders, buyers and Walmart executives at the Open Call Summit in July.              

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States Afraid They Will Lose Power To Regulate Chemicals

April 30, 2014 10:14 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislation to create national standards for regulating chemicals has generated opposition from some states, who fear the bill would curtail their authority to take action against chemicals they deem harmful.       

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Activist Says 1 Detained After Factory Strike

April 30, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police detained a labor rights activist following a strike by 40,000 employees at a factory that makes shoes for Adidas and Nike, his colleague said Wednesday.               

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Jury To Decide Apple Vs. Samsung Case

April 30, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After listening to a month's worth of testimony from expert witnesses hired by Apple and Samsung, a Silicon Valley jury was tasked with sorting out the latest legal dispute over technology between the world's two largest smartphone makers.  

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China Rejects Report It May Soon Be No. 1 Economy

April 30, 2014 10:02 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China is on track to become the No. 1 economy by sheer size by the early 2020s and possibly sooner. But its leaders downplay such comparisons, possibly to avert pressure to take on financial obligations or make concessions on trade or climate change.

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Siemens Joins Bidding For Alstom

April 30, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French engineering company Alstom has received a purchase offer from Germany's Siemens, putting another party at the bargaining table with General Electric Co.               

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Musk Challenges Air Force Rocket Contract

April 30, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX filed a lawsuit challenging a contract awarded to a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin to supply 36 rocket cores to the Air Force to send national security equipment into space.         

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3D Printing And The Automotive Industry

April 29, 2014 2:27 pm | by /DRIVE | Videos | Comments

The world of 3D prototyping and printing has changed the automotive industry. Christian von Koenigsegg explains how his company takes advantage of the new 3D printing technology.                    

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Outside Lab Asked To Review Wash. Vapor Problem

April 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Carolina lab will lead an independent review of chemical fumes reported by workers at waste storage tanks at the nation's most contaminated nuclear weapons site in Washington state.          

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PwC: Industrial Manufacturing M&A Up In Q1

April 29, 2014 2:21 pm | by PwC US | News | Comments

In the first quarter of 2014, the total value for merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the industrial manufacturing sector surpassed both the previous quarter and the same time period in 2013.         

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Court Revives EPA Cross-State Pollution Rule

April 29, 2014 2:19 pm | by Dina Cappiello & Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has given the Environmental Protection Agency an important victory in its effort to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.           

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CAT Closing South Carolina Plant

April 29, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar is moving its engine production plant operations from Fountain Inn to Georgia and Texas, affecting 380 full-time and 130 temporary jobs.                 

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