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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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Improving Predictive Maintenance With Mobile Apps, Part 1

March 20, 2014 9:55 am | by Tia Nowack and Anna Wells, IMPO | Videos | Comments

The ability to access information and control processes from afar saves time, money, and can keep workers out of potentially dangerous situations. For many solutions providers, this means more business apps for mobile devices.        

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Volkswagen Recalls 150K Passats

March 20, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen is recalling about 150,000 Passat midsize cars because the headlights can be damaged if the hoods are closed roughly.                                   

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Honda Celebrates 10 Millionth American-Made Accord

March 20, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda says it reached that mark with a vehicle that came off the assembly line Thursday at Marysville, which was Honda's first auto plant in the U.S.                              

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A New Weapon Against Fraud

March 19, 2014 5:16 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Consumers are tired of credit card breaches — and so is the credit card industry. But Dynamics, a developer of next generation credit cards, will soon be out with a high-tech solution: a card with its own keypad.            

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Facing Down The Biggest Challenges In Manufacturing Today

March 19, 2014 4:38 pm | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators | Articles | Comments

People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working conditions and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?   

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Acid Manufacturer To Cut Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions

March 19, 2014 2:36 pm | News | Comments

A large manufacturer of nitrogen-based fertilizers has reached a deal with federal regulators to reduce ozone-causing emissions from plants in four states.                           

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FAA: Boeing's 787 Safe Despite Problems

March 19, 2014 2:35 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing's design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the plane's many problems since its rollout, including a fire that forced a redesign of the plane's batteries, according to a report issued jointly by the Federal Aviation Administration and the aircraft maker.

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1st Production Model Stratocaster For Sale For $250K

March 19, 2014 2:32 pm | by Johnny Clark and Kristin Hall, Associated Press | News | Comments

George Gruhn's guitar shop in Nashville is a kind of mecca for fine, vintage musical instruments, but even Gruhn is blown away by the latest addition to his inventory. He says it's the very first production model Fender Stratocaster ever made.         

Union: ConAgra Closing 2 N.Y. Plants

March 19, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

The union representing workers at two ConAgra Foods plants in western New York say the company plans to close the plants, a move that would put more than 400 people out of work.                                 

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Horizon Pharma Buying Vidara For About $660M

March 19, 2014 2:28 pm | News | Comments

Horizon Pharma Inc. plans to buy the privately held Vidara Therapeutics International Ltd. in a cash-and-stock deal that will add the immune system disorder drug Actimmune to the specialty drugmaker's product portfolio.                           

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Calif. Slaughterhouse Recalls Another Product

March 19, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials have issued another recall for a food product processed by a Northern California slaughterhouse.                       

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Lawsuit Says Coal Pollutes Mississippi River

March 19, 2014 9:21 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coal terminal south of New Orleans has been polluting the Mississippi River for years and continues to do so daily, three environmental groups claim in a federal lawsuit.             

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Power Board Approves Ohio Wind Farm

March 19, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state has approved a wind farm with 176 turbines and associated electric transmission facilities to be located in western Ohio.                    

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U.S., Toyota To Settle For $1B

March 19, 2014 9:17 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. has reached a $1.2 billion settlement with Toyota Motor Corp., concluding a four-year criminal investigation into the Japanese automaker's disclosure of safety problems, according to a person close to the investigation.    

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EU Fines Auto Parts Producers Nearly $1.4B

March 19, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union has fined two EU and four Japanese companies a total of nearly 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) for rigging the market of key components in the car and truck industry at the expense of consumers.       

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Data Shows 2nd Radiation Release At New Mexico Site

March 19, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New air sampling data from southeastern New Mexico's troubled nuclear waste dump indicates there has been another small radiation release.                   

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An Inside Look At CAT's Business Ingenuity

March 19, 2014 8:33 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In recent years, Caterpillar had incredible performance and growth, the darling of financial analysts. But it wasn’t always so: In the 1980s, some observers wondered whether CAT could survive as it hemorrhaged financial losses.       

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