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LED Light Bulbs As A WiFi Alternative

March 14, 2014 5:02 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The technology company Pure LiFi has come up with the bright idea of using LED light bulbs to transmit data. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on how it works.                            

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Wins, Losses For The UAW Make For A Bumpy Road

March 14, 2014 3:13 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As right-to-work becomes a more significant point in state political discussions, these union wins and losses have more impact.                                    

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Walmart And 3D Systems Work To Rebuild Mfg. Jobs

March 14, 2014 2:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.                                

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Obama Overtime Plan Stirs Controversy

March 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules "to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day's work."                      

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All Eyes On The Boeing 777

March 14, 2014 1:45 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Boeing 777 has enjoyed an impeccable safety record during its 19-year history, but recent news about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have put the plane under the microscope.                   

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Report: New Mexico Nuke Dump Fire Was Preventable

March 14, 2014 1:40 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators have uncovered a series of shortcomings in safety training, emergency response, and oversight at the troubled southeastern New Mexico nuclear waste dump where a truck caught fire and 17 workers were recently contaminated by a radiation leak. 

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Textron Closes $1.4 Billion Purchase Of Beechcraft

March 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Textron completed its purchase of Beechcraft and will combine the airplane maker with its Cessna unit to form an aviation business that generates about $4.6 billion in annual revenue.                   

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Whirlpool To Invest $40M, Add 400 Jobs In Ohio

March 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The plant currently makes KitchenAid mixers and other small kitchen appliances, and Whirlpool said the investment is in response to more demand for those types of high-end cooking gadgets.                   

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Jets Disappear More Frequently Than You Might Think

March 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been missing for over a week now, and global aviation experts still don’t have an answer. Unfortunately, the case of a missing jet isn't as rare as we’d like to believe.              

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BP Can Perform Government Work, Again

March 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The oil company behind the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history can once again perform work for the federal government.                                    

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Fitch: Impacts Of GM Recall Will Be 'Quite Manageable'

March 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Fitch Group | News | Comments

Find out how the GM recall will impact the company's ratings and financial outlook. This review looks at legal fees, direct recall costs, brand impact, and the use of senior management's time.                  

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Dems Grapple With Dilemma On Keystone XL Pipeline

March 14, 2014 9:55 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dilemma was highlighted Thursday as President Barack Obama's former national security adviser said Obama should approve the pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message.                 

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Defense Contractor Pleads To Selling Secrets To Chinese Girlfriend

March 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Audrey Mcavoy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Benjamin Bishop, 60, admitted to keeping classified documents at his home, including ones outlining the U.S. Pentagon's China strategy and the U.S. military's force posture in Asia and the Pacific.                

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Amsterdam House Built With 3D Printer

March 14, 2014 9:34 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

At the core of the project is a 6-meter (20-foot) -tall printer dubbed the Kamermaker, or "room-builder."                                         

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Plant In Listeria Outbreak Had Previous Violations

March 14, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and federal inspectors have found several problems over the years at a Delaware dairy facility whose operations were recently halted after a deadly outbreak of a food-borne bacteria.                  

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Manufacturers Show Interest In, But Lack Awareness Of, Energy Demand Response Programs

March 14, 2014 8:06 am | by By Kimberly Frank, David Cousineau, and Jeffrey A. Fuisz, Kaye Scholer LLP | Articles | Comments

Even if you already deploy technologies to reduce energy consumption, you may be able to realize additional savings by enrolling in a demand response program.                           

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Preventing A Violation, Protecting Your Workers

March 14, 2014 8:02 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Improving plant safety practices protects workers, eliminates fines, helps to maintain company image, and increases worker retention. Experts in the field provide up-to-date advice on ensuring safe working conditions in your facility.      

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China Exports Pollution Problem

March 13, 2014 2:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

According to a Bloomberg report, air pollution is becoming one of China’s biggest exports and reaches as far as the U.S. West Coast.                                  

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Dell's Future May Not Be In PCs

March 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Dell CEO Michael Dell talks about how the company's move into big data services will become a big part of their business.                                     

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VW Cautiously Optimistic

March 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The company warned of a "difficult market environment" with tough competition and sharp changes in exchange rates and prices for raw materials.                              

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