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Congress: WV Spill Reveals Inadequate Regulations

February 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by Ben Nuckols, Associated Press | News | Comments

Although there was disagreement on some of the specifics, Democrats and Republicans on a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee agreed that the federal government needs to do more to protect the water supply from toxic chemicals.   

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2 Gov't Appointed GM Board Members Plan To Leave

February 4, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two members of the General Motors Co. board of directors are leaving the panel in June. Both were appointed to the board by the U.S. government in July of 2009, shortly after GM left bankruptcy protection.              

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U.S. Factory Orders Down 1.5 Percent In December

February 4, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers saw orders for their products decline in December by the largest amount in five months although the setback for a key category that tracks business investment was not as large as first reported.           

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Cisco, Google In Patent Cross-Licensing Deal

February 4, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google and Cisco have struck a long-term patent cross-licensing deal that will help lower the risk of expensive legal disputes over intellectual property and likely foster a greater collaboration between the two companies.         

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‘Talking’ Cars? It Needs to Happen, Feds Say

February 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Experts say cars that are able to communicate with one another — warning about road dangers or an impending crash — could reduce fatalities.                                

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U.S. Deficit To Drop To $514B, Lowest Of Obama Years

February 4, 2014 1:47 pm | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. budget deficit is set to fall to $514 billion this year, down substantially from last year and the lowest level by far since President Barack Obama took office five years ago, a congressional report said Tuesday.         

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Safety Agency Ends Ford Truck Probe Without Recall

February 4, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the probe in May after getting complaints of steering gear box failures in F250 and F350 trucks. The investigation covered about 340,000 trucks from the 2008 model year.        

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Nadella To Head Microsoft; Gates Leaves Chair Role

February 4, 2014 1:24 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, an executive in charge of the company's growing business of delivering software and services over the Internet, its new CEO. Company founder Bill Gates is leaving the chairman role for a new role as technology adviser.

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MAPI: January Factory Slowdown 'Worrisome'

February 4, 2014 10:08 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

“While U.S. manufacturing continued its growth into the new year, survey data from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) showed that the pace of factory activity slowed considerably. The overall Index fell by 5.2 percentage points from 56.5 in December to 51.3 in January, still signaling overall output advances but at a far more muted pace."

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Groups: Meat Labeling Rules Could Start Trade War

February 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Dirk Lammers, Associated Press | News | Comments

Previous labeling rules required only the country of origin to be noted, such as "Product of U.S." or "Product of U.S. and Canada." New rules require that labels for steaks, ribs, and other cuts of meat include clear information about where the animals were born, raised, and slaughtered.

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Firms Fined For Calif. Plant Implosion That Hurt 5

February 4, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state has cited and issued fines to two companies that worked as subcontractors on the implosion of a central California power plant whose shrapnel flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators gathered to watch the spectacle. Five people were injured, including a man whose leg was severed.

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U.S. Probing Honda Accords For Air Bag Problem

February 4, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the side air bags on some Honda Accords can inflate when the front doors are closed. The probe covers about 363,000 of the popular midsize cars from the 2008 model year.        

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Boeing Shares Continue Their 2014 Slide

February 4, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Boeing have dropped 10 percent in the new year compared with a 6 percent decline in the Standard & Poor's 500, and they fell another 2 percent Monday to $123.08.                      

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U.S. Vehicle Recalls Hit 9-Year High In 2013

February 4, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says automakers initiated 632 separate vehicle recalls in 2013, up 9 percent from the prior year. Companies are saving money by using more common parts. But that can force them to recall many more vehicles when something goes wrong.

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EDVs Don’t Reduce Emissions

February 4, 2014 9:29 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Through 108 different scenarios in a model, the researchers found that even if EDVs made up 42 percent of passenger vehicles in the U.S., there would be little or no reduction in the emission of key air pollutants.           

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Recruit And Retain: Strategies To Close The Manufacturing Talent Gap

February 4, 2014 9:22 am | by Jeff Turner, president and founder, Turner Machine Company | Articles | Comments

Technological advancements within the industry have increased need for a highly skilled workforce. In the face of this gap, industry leaders must also contend with aging workforces, negative perceptions of the market, and a lack of up-and-coming workers with the interest or training they need for available positions.

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Safety Goggles For Winter Weather Conditions

February 4, 2014 8:55 am | by Gateway Safety, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Gateway Safety’s Wheelz safety goggles offer several “cold-weather-friendly” features that make them a popular eye protection choice for outdoor workers in colder climates.

Emergency Lighting Inverters Selection Brochure

February 4, 2014 8:01 am | by Controlled Power Company | Product Releases | Comments

Controlled Power Company announces the availability of its new "Emergency Lighting Inverters" product brochure which provides an "at-a-glance" snapshot of each product in the company's inverter family. 

Craft Brewer's Drone Delivery Hopes Put On Ice

February 3, 2014 2:04 pm | by Gretchen Ehlke, Associated Press | News | Comments

A craft brewer still has hopes of one day using drones to deliver its lager to ice fishing anglers on Minnesota lakes by air, despite being grounded by federal aviation officials after a recent test run.             

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Post Buying PowerBar, Musashi Brands From Nestle

February 3, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Post Holdings Inc. is buying the PowerBar and Musashi brands from Nestle SA, further diversifying its business by expanding into the active nutrition category. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.             

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