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Governors Erupt In Partisan Dispute At White House

February 24, 2014 2:28 pm | by Steve Peoples, Associated Press | News | Comments

Governors have broken into a partisan on-camera feud at the White House after meeting with President Barack Obama. Leaders of the National Governors Association appeared Monday before the media claiming harmony and wide agreement, but immediately broke into a partisan dispute.

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Warren Buffett Offers Lesson In Value Investing

February 24, 2014 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warren Buffett is offering a refresher course on his approach to investing in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders. Buffett's full letter won't be released until Saturday, but Fortune magazine published an excerpt of it online on Monday.

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Google Announces $1M Donation To Solve Problems Through Technology

February 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, Google's ideas director, announce New Digital Age grants for groups or individuals that use technology to solve problems. Schmidt and Cohen also discuss the future of technology.     

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Scania Owners Hesitant About VW's $9.2B Bid

February 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Minority shareholders of Swedish truck maker Scania say they are hesitant about Volkswagen's 6.7 billion-euro ($9.2 billion) offer to take over the rest of the company. Swedish pension fund AP4 said it will review the offer, but that "it is not obvious that the price now offered is best in the long term."

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Company Recalls 16 Varieties Of Cheese After Death

February 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the cheeses produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Del., are linked to a listeria outbreak. The recalled products are the company's Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima, and Anita brands.       

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Climate Case At Supreme Court Looks At EPA's Power

February 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is facing off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.      

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High-Tech Manufacturing Hub Could Create 10,000 Jobs

February 24, 2014 12:20 pm | by University Of Michigan | News | Comments

The $148 million high-tech manufacturing research institute set to open this spring in metro Detroit is expected to bring 10,000 jobs to the region within the next five years.                      

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Obama Looks To Governors For Help With Economy

February 24, 2014 10:10 am | by Steve Peoples, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president plans to meet Monday with governors of both parties at the White House, following a Sunday dinner in which he told state leaders their cooperation "is vital to make sure we're doing right by the American people."        

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Apple, Samsung Fail To Settle Before March Trial

February 24, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have failed to settle their latest patent dispute despite a daylong meeting between top Samsung executives and Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted by a mediator earlier this month.            

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UAW Appeals Volkswagen Workers' Rejection

February 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an appeal filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the union asserted that "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" had swayed the election.                      

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Black Hawk Helicopter Maker To Eliminate 600 Jobs

February 24, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company that manufactures Black Hawk helicopters said Friday it is eliminating 600 jobs, most of them in Connecticut, as it struggles with cuts to U.S. defense spending and a reduction in the demand for the workhorse aircraft used by the military to strike targets and ferry troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Pa. Firms Expect Gas Boom To Help Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 9:53 am | by Timothy Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Drillers, business leaders, and politicians are hoping the natural gas boom is so big that it brings life to Pittsburgh's stagnant manufacturing sector. The rush of gas from the Marcellus shale and other formations can provide cheap fuel for a renaissance in domestic plastic- and steelmaking. And the ramp-up in drilling has drillers buying more pipes and parts for their work.

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Detroit Automakers Worry About UAW Money Struggles

February 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

They worry that the 382,000-member UAW could be absorbed by a more hostile union. Such a merger could disrupt a decade of labor-management peace that has helped America's auto industry survive the financial crisis and emerge much stronger, according to a person with knowledge of executive discussions.

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Q&A: Ensuring Quality & Safety Throughout The Supply Chain

February 24, 2014 9:45 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

An impact to one segment of the supply chain can have a domino-like effect that can be immediately felt throughout the entire supply chain. Through an effective monitoring program, organizations can proactively track and report on all of their supply chain issues, incidents, exposures, and risks in real time.

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Why New-Shoring Is The New School Of Manufacturing Trends

February 24, 2014 9:39 am | by Rich Thomas, Line/Shape/Space | Blogs | Comments

You may get your product faster and cheaper, but manufacturing overseas has its pitfalls. Through a combination of one of the new manufacturing trends, “new-shoring” — creating new jobs closer to home — and smarter international manufacturing practices, small businesses are helping protect their valuable assets.

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Ergonomic Order Picking

February 24, 2014 9:34 am | by Frazier Industrial Company | Product Releases | Comments

Frazier Industrial Company introduces their latest storage innovation, the Ergo-Label Beam. The Ergo-Label Beam is the blended, engineered design of two popular Frazier order picking solutions.

Programmable Mini Safety Laser

February 21, 2014 3:25 pm | by Tapeswitch Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Tapeswitch Corporation offers a new programmable, mini safety laser scanner solution for simple through complex machine/area guarding applications, further expanding its custom/configurable machine guarding solutions.

Colorado, Utah Move To Hike Smoking Age To 21

February 21, 2014 2:33 pm | by Kristen Wyatt and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah and Colorado lawmakers both voted favorably on proposals Thursday to treat tobacco like alcohol and take it away from 18- to 20-year-olds, a move inspired by new research on how many smokers start the habit as teenagers.        

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USDA: Plant Circumvented Inspection Rules

February 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is alleging that a California slaughterhouse engaged in "circumvention" of federal inspection rules — a charge strongly denied by one of the facility's owners.                

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Bhutan, Nissan Partner On Electric Cars

February 21, 2014 2:22 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has tapped Nissan Motor Co. to supply electric cars for its taxis and government fleet, hoping to reduce reliance on imported oil. Under the agreement announced Friday, Nissan will supply its Leaf electric car and set up charging stations in Bhutan.

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