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Manufacturer Limits Employee Bathroom Breaks

August 5, 2014 10:11 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Union employees for a Chicago faucet company file a complaint about 6 minute bathroom breaks.                                             

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Apple This Close to New All-Time High

August 5, 2014 10:04 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Remember when everyone hated Tim Cook and Apple's stock was in the iDoldrums? Apple's shares have come roaring back and a new record of above $100 is in reach.                           

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U.S. Gov't Had Role in Ebola Drug Given to Aid Workers

August 5, 2014 9:54 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year.                

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Autos And Construction Fuel U.S. Job Growth

August 5, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a month when auto plants usually shut down to retool for next year's models, the sector added a solid 14,600 jobs, according to the government's employment report released Friday.                   

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Ind. Man Laid Off Twice Finds New Purpose at 52

August 5, 2014 9:49 am | by Tim Vandenack, The Elkhart Truth | News | Comments

The Great Recession battered Elkhart County and, in some ways, many are still feeling the aftershocks of the downturn, five years after it ended. But it's made others leaner, forcing them to improvise and forge a new trail lest they wither on the vine.

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GM Canada Agrees To Restore Retirement Benefits

August 5, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors of Canada Ltd. has agreed to pay $9 million to nearly 3,300 salaried and executive retirees and restore most of their post-retirement benefits to pre-financial crisis levels, the Toronto Star reports.          

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Official Says Mechanical Failure Caused Food Lab Blast

August 5, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                          

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Toyota Profit Up Nearly 5 Pct.

August 5, 2014 9:16 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan.                      

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China To Ban All Coal Use in Beijing

August 5, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.                         

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McDonald's Says China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 4, 2014 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's said Monday that a scandal over a meat supplier in China is hurting sales in the region and its global sales forecast for 2014 is "at risk."                             

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Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 4, 2014 4:41 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.   

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HP To Pay $32.5M To Settle Postal Service Dispute

August 4, 2014 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle allegations it overcharged the U.S. Postal Service for products over more than eight years.                            

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Energy Efficiency May Be Your Factory's Golden Ticket

August 4, 2014 4:05 pm | by Thulasi Narayan, LEED® AP and Grey Fowles, CDT, LEED® AP | News | Comments

By diligently estimating projected energy use for the project, substantial cost reduction can be achieved while maintaining the quantity and quality of the product produced.                      

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Oscar Mayer Gives Consumers Another Reason To Love Bacon

August 4, 2014 4:00 pm | by Kraft Foods Group, Inc. | News | Comments

Just when you thought bacon couldn't get any better, Oscar Mayer introduces the newest innovation from the Oscar Mayer Institute for the Advancement of Bacon (OMIFAB): Bacon Jerky.                    

Adopting Additive Manufacturing in the Production Process

August 4, 2014 2:38 pm | by Stratasys | Videos | Comments

Smart manufacturers are adopting additive manufacturing to produce custom jigs and fixtures in a fraction of the time and cost required by conventional tooling methods.                        

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Japan, China Eye Meeting Over Food Safety

August 4, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month following a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said Monday.

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Colorado Considers New Look for Edible Pot

August 4, 2014 2:26 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.                    

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U.S. Auto Sales Sizzle in July

August 4, 2014 2:23 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains. General Motors' sales were up 9 percent compared with last July, while Hyundai's rose 1.5 percent.                        

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Hot Water Diesel Pressure Washer

August 4, 2014 1:54 pm | by Water Cannon, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Customizable with PSI ratings from 3,200 to 4,000 and power from 4.0 to 8.0 GPM, Water Cannon’s hot water diesel powered pressure washer is designed for everyday and extreme commercial usage.

USDA Overhauls 50 Year-Old Poultry Inspections

August 4, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.            

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