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Why Can’t Automakers Seem To Learn?

March 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the best course of action.             

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California Regulators: Rat Poison Poses Danger To Pets, Wildlife

March 21, 2014 10:22 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

California consumers won't be able to purchase some types of rat poisons after July 1 because state regulators have determined that the chemicals in them pose a danger to pets and wildlife.                 

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Toyota Facing One Of The Largest Automaker Fines Ever

March 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

With a growing investigation into GM for a decade-long delay in recalling 1.6 million small cars, this verdict is highly anticipated.                                 

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Bombardier: Unrest In Ukraine Could Delay Russian Deal

March 21, 2014 9:50 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The international crises over events in Crimea could affect Bombardier's efforts to finalize negotiations for a joint venture to build Q-400 turboprops in Russia, the manufacturer said Thursday.                

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GM's Barra To Testify At House Hearing

March 21, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will testify next month at a hearing by a House panel investigating the delayed recall of 1.6 million small GM cars.                             

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Jury: Helmet Maker Not Liable For Player Injury

March 21, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Los Angeles jury has decided helmet maker Riddell Inc. isn't liable for the severe brain injury of a high school football player who suffered a helmet-to-helmet hit during a game.                     

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This Is What A Billion Dollar Brand Looks Like

March 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

According to the study, of the 15,000+ listed companies in the U.S., only 519 are billion dollar brands. The total value of these big dogs is a staggering $2.5 trillion.                       

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Manufacturing & The Decline Of The Middle Class

March 21, 2014 9:33 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

For all practical purposes we are now in the post industrial service economy and the manufacturing crisis has now become a crisis of the middle class.                             

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Ex-Microsoft Worker Accused Of Leaking Trade Secrets

March 20, 2014 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FBI agents arrested a former Microsoft employee Wednesday on charges that he stole trade secrets from the company and leaked them to a blogger.                                

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Jet Mystery Unfolds Amid Asian Air Travel Boom

March 20, 2014 2:20 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The transfixing mystery of the Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing with 239 people on board has unfolded in a region where air travel is undergoing supercharged growth after decades of being beyond the reach of most people.       

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Posts Solid Gain

March 20, 2014 2:14 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in February by the largest amount in three months, suggesting growth should rebound following a severe winter.                           

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Airbus Boss Wants Improved Aircraft Tracking

March 20, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fabrice Bregier says Airbus is working to develop deployable black boxes or other systems that could help investigators find the recorders following an accident or disappearance.                      

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Court Tosses $1.2B Judgment Against J&J

March 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit challenging the drugmaker's marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.                 

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Toyota To End Lockout At Indian Car Plants

March 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motors says it will end a lockout of workers at both of its auto assembly plants in India. The company employs 6,400 people at its two plants outside Bangalore.                       

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Teaching Kids To Build Robots

March 20, 2014 10:40 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Brooklyn Robot Foundry is teaching kids engineering skills not usually taught in normal school classes.                                         

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Engineering Newswire: Phantom Boat Flies Above the Water

March 20, 2014 10:38 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of Engineering Newswire from Product Design & Development takes a look at 3D printing documentaries exploring challenges of emerging companies, talks about toilet lights and imagines riding the flying phantom above the water. 

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Toyota Settlement Could Be Glimpse Into GM's Future

March 20, 2014 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors, beware. Wednesday's announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future.                  

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Arizona Bill Would Let Tesla Skip Dealers

March 20, 2014 10:11 am | by Bob Christie, Associated Press | News | Comments

House Bill 2123 is strongly opposed by traditional auto manufacturers and dealers, who argue that Tesla wants to operate outside the normal rules that require manufacturers to sell cars through dealers.                 

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Mary Barra Apologizes For GM

March 20, 2014 10:07 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

CEO offers personal apology and provides an update on how automaker is fixing the problem.                                              

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Timeline: What Went Wrong At GM

March 20, 2014 10:04 am | by CNN Money | News | Comments

Here's a look back at the timeline of engineering problems and accidents surrounding GM's ignition switch. Why didn't the company or NHTSA recall the cars sooner?                          

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