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VW Recalls 442K Cars to Fix Suspension Problem

November 19, 2014 9:33 am | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling 442,000 Jettas and Beetles to fix a problem that can cause rear suspension failure if the cars aren't fixed properly after a crash.                           

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GOP Vows to Pass Keystone Later if Bill Fails Now

November 18, 2014 2:54 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican leaders vowed Tuesday to take up and pass a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline in Congress again next year if the Senate fails to advance the measure, or President Barack Obama vetoes it.              

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Rockwell Automation, AT&T Partnership To Make Smarter Machines

November 18, 2014 2:49 pm | by Rockwell Automation | News | Comments

Rockwell Automation and AT&T are collaborating to improve remote asset utilization and connected machine management. The companies plan to deliver cellular solutions that help enable customers to securely collect, manage and take action on data from industrial equipment located in plants and remote sites around the globe.

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Ford Pulls Back Curtain on New Shelby GT350

November 18, 2014 2:41 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Ford Shelby GT350 is back, powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine producing over 500 horsepower.                                             

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Pittsburgh's Robot Renaissance

November 18, 2014 2:36 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Pittsburgh is experiencing major economic growth due to a booming robotics industry.                                               

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Beyond Vibration: Maximizing the Value of Your Predictive Maintenance Routine

November 18, 2014 2:29 pm | by Dave Geswein, Product Engineer, Azima DLI | Articles | Comments

If your plant is like most, you have been doing vibration testing diligently for a long time. But, if you have been following the same routine for a year or more, then it’s likely time to freshen things up by incorporating other, less-obvious facets of equipment health.  You can easily do this without investing a lot of money – in fact, you probably already have the tools you need.

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Google Buys Dutch Wind Energy for Data Center

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building.                       

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Toyota To Start Sales of Fuel Cell Car

November 18, 2014 1:54 pm | by Ken Moritsugu,The Associated Press | News | Comments

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.                     

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'Red Warning Lights Are Flashing' For Global Economy

November 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The global economy's problems seem to be multiplying. Among major economies, only the United States and Britain are growing at decent rates, and how long that lasts depends on how much trouble their trading partners are in.       

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Group Sues Kingsport Army Ammunition Plant Over Pollution

November 18, 2014 1:37 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing a Kingsport ammunition plant for dumping an explosive into local drinking water.                                     

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Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers Plan $100M Kansas Plant

November 18, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas.                                         

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Honda Will Quietly Replace Air Bags Nationwide

November 18, 2014 10:44 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag parts across the U.S., even though its latest recall only covers cars in 13 high-humidity states and territories.                    

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150 Watt Adjustable Pole Top Slip Fit Mounted LED Light Fixture

November 18, 2014 10:38 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics continues its commitment to providing high grade lighting equipment to specialty markets with the release of a 150 watt LED explosion proof pole top slip fitter light.

Top Misconceptions About Fall Protection

November 18, 2014 10:25 am | by Mike Cameron | News | Comments

When it comes to preventing falls, breaking bad habits and dispelling misconceptions can help reduce accidents and save lives.                                   

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NYC Adds $140M for Transforming Brooklyn Navy Yard

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is getting a $140 million infusion of city money to upgrade a massive building from storage space to a workplace for 3,000 employees at companies ranging from a medical diagnostic laboratory to a motorcycle design startup, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

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McDonald's Refuses to Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 18, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't.                   

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Solar Energy Co. SunEdison Buying Wind Power Co.

November 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar energy company SunEdison is adding some wind-fueled power to its business with a deal worth up to $2.4 billion.                                      

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U.S. Producer Prices on the Rise

November 18, 2014 9:48 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork, pharmaceuticals and electric power.                             

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Ford Recalls Fusions for Ignition Problems

November 18, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 65,000 Fusion midsize cars in North America because the ignition keys can be removed if the transmission is not in park.                               

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U.S. Pension Insurer Ran Record $62B Deficit in 2014

November 17, 2014 3:06 pm | by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans saw its deficit nearly double in the latest fiscal year. The agency said the worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans mainly caused the increased deficit.   

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