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Chinese Manufacturing Growth Weak In April

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

Chinese manufacturing grew weakly in April, suggesting a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is stabilizing, an industry group said Thursday.                            

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U.S. Manufacturing Expanded In April

May 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing grew faster in April than in March as exports picked up and factories accelerated hiring.                                         

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Malaysia Releases Preliminary MH370 Report

May 1, 2014 1:42 pm | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Air traffic controllers did not realize that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was missing until 17 minutes after it disappeared from civilian radar, according to a preliminary report on the plane's disappearance.             

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Pickups, Small SUVs Lead Auto Sales Rebound

May 1, 2014 1:40 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

American car buyers came out of hibernation in April to spend on pickup trucks and SUVs, fueling an auto sales rebound that analysts expect to last the rest of the year.                        

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GM Begins On Pontiac Race Development Center

May 1, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says it's begun construction of a facility for race engine design and development in suburban Detroit.                                     

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Consumer Spending Surges In March

May 1, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. consumers ramped up spending in March at the fastest pace in 4½ years, a sign the economy is gaining momentum after its winter slowdown.                                

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Choosing The Right Additive Manufacturing Technology

May 1, 2014 9:59 am | by Mark Barfoot, Managing Director, Hyphen | Articles | Comments

Each additive manufacturing process is simply a different tool in the toolbox. Our goal is to help guide you through the technology options so that you can feel more confident and educated as you make your technology decisions.       

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U.S. Wants Charge Reinstated In BP Spill Case

May 1, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors urged a federal appeals court panel Wednesday to reinstate a criminal charge alleging that a former BP executive obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.              

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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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