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FDA Reconsiders Heart Safety Of Common Pain Pills

February 10, 2014 1:55 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The key question is whether naproxen — the key ingredient in Bayer's Aleve and many other generic pain pills — carries a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than rival medications like ibuprofen, sold as Advil by Pfizer and Motrin by Johnson & Johnson, among others.

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Airbus Shows Off A350 At Big Asian Airshow

February 10, 2014 1:51 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Airbus showed off its new wide-body A350 on Monday ahead of Asia's biggest airshow, signaling that the jet's delivery schedule is on track and stepping up its battle with Boeing for the lucrative long-haul market.           

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Honda To Recall 80,000 Hybrid Cars Over Transmission Glitch

February 10, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. said Monday it will recall a total of 81,353 units of its Fit and Vezel hybrid cars due to a transmission software problem that could prevent smooth starting.                     

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Toyota To End Car Manufacturing In Australia

February 10, 2014 9:46 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota's announcement, which will result in the loss of around 2,500 jobs, was widely anticipated, coming just two months after General Motors Co. said it would end production in Australia by 2017. Ford Motor Co. announced in May that it would cease Australian production in 2016.

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Judge Rejects Hybrid Appeal In Fisker Bankruptcy

February 10, 2014 9:41 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Delaware judge denied an emergency motion by Hybrid Technology, a group led by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, to appeal a previous ruling limiting how much debt it could use to buy Fisker.                 

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Lawyer: Owners Not Liable For Bangladesh Factory Fire

February 10, 2014 9:36 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tazreen factory, located outside the capital, Dhaka, produced clothing for major retailers including Wal-Mart. Investigators say it had no emergency exits and workers found the gates locked from the outside.              

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Manufacturing Decline Is A Misconception

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Even in our turbulent global economy, the popular idea of declining farms and factories is largely unfounded. UN and World Bank data show that food and manufacturing output are growing everywhere, but remain hidden by the faster-growing services sector.

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Calif. Company Recalls 8.7M Pounds Of Meat

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds (3.95 million kilograms) of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, U.S. officials said Saturday.      

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U.S. Economy May Be Stuck In Slow Lane For Long Run

February 10, 2014 9:28 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Two straight weak job reports have raised doubts about economists' predictions of breakout growth in 2014. The global economy is showing signs of slowing — again. Manufacturing has slumped. Fewer people are signing contracts to buy homes. Global stock markets have sunk as anxiety has gripped developing nations.

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Why ERP Doesn’t Work, And Steps To Fix The Problem

February 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Robert Byrne, CEO of Terra Technology | Articles | Comments

While a key enabler for the modern supply chain, ERP is often mistaken as the single universal solution to meet every need. Whether the result of over-aggressive vendors or self-imposed rationalization to justify the large investment, the outcome is the same: disappointment with supply chain functionality. 

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Safely Move Delicate Parts

February 10, 2014 8:41 am | by Creform Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The Creeform cart is extremely stable for transporting the stringers while its tilted shelves provide good visual inventory management and ease of parts loading and unloading. 

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LED Light Fixture Approved For Paint Booths

February 10, 2014 8:35 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of an explosion proof four foot four lamp LED light fixture that is approved for paint spray booths.

Special Financing Available For Cushman Purchases At The Rental Show

February 7, 2014 4:56 pm | by Cushman | News | Comments

Attendees of the American Rental Association’s The Rental Show may be eligible for an exclusive financing offer on Cushman vehicle purchases. Several of Cushman’s newest vehicles will also be showcased.              

Dave Lee Talks Snowboard Manufacturing In The U.S.

February 7, 2014 2:13 pm | by SignalSnowboard | Videos | Comments

Dave Lee talks snowboard manufacturing, their hit web series Every Third Thursday, and their attempt at doing more to leave the snowboard industry in a better place than they found it.                    

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Illinois Tool Works Sells Packaging Unit For $3.2B

February 7, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois Tool Works is selling its packaging division to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billion and plans to use the money to buy back shares. Carlyle says the packaging division has 88 manufacturing sites on six continents.         

Idaho Dairies Seek To Stop Activists From Filming

February 7, 2014 2:02 pm | by John Miller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The legislation, backed by some of the nation's largest milk producers, would put people who surreptitiously film their operations in jail for up to a year and slap them with a $5,000 fine. The measure follows Utah and Missouri, states that have already enacted so-called "ag gag laws."          

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Cargill Adds 'Textured Beef' Wording To Labels

February 7, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill, one of the nation's largest meatpackers, has added wording to its labels on ground beef packages that indicates whether the meat inside includes a product that's been called "pink slime."               

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U.S. Closes Antitrust Probe Of Samsung

February 7, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the U.S. market.                  

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Ind. Company Taking Lead In Side-Impact Crashes

February 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Michelle Sokol, The Republic | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new rule requiring car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 mph. The new standards are expected to prevent about five deaths and 65 injuries each year, a "very, very conservative estimate," according to the safety administration.

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Apple Said To Take $14B Bite Of Stock Via Buyback

February 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has reportedly repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financials and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.                        

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