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Audi Allroad: Better Than An SUV

February 27, 2013 3:58 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

These days, everybody has crossover SUVs - Audi even has two of them. But for 2013, Audi has brought the 'allroad' back to its lineup. An all-wheel drive station wagon with extra ground clearance that's more fun to drive than crossover SUVs.

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Nissan - EPORO Robots Come To America

February 27, 2013 3:54 pm | by John Murphy | Videos | Comments

Seven small robots made by Nissan Motor Company could help change the fundamental way we get around forever. EPOROs - or zero emission robot car concepts - have made their debut in America and these little chick-like creatures run on electricity and use algorithms to move in harmony and in solitude.

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School Helps Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back To The U.S.

February 27, 2013 3:51 pm | by AFTHQ | Videos | Comments

Austin Polytechnical Academy was founded as a partnership between labor and business to train students for high-end manufacturing jobs that often remain unfilled for lack of trained talent. The goal of this school is to educate students in all areas of manufacturing.

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ND Supreme Court: Sugar Workers Can Get Benefits

February 27, 2013 2:24 pm | by Kristi Eaton, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 400 American Crystal Sugars workers in North Dakota who are locked out in a contract dispute are eligible for unemployment benefits, the state Supreme Court ruled. The decision reverses a lower court's ruling that said the workers were not eligible for benefits from Job Service North Dakota because state law prohibits unemployment insurance for workers involved in labor disputes.

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Hostess Sale Of Wonder Bread Nears Completion

February 27, 2013 2:18 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Wonder bread could start appearing in school lunchboxes again soon. A person familiar with the situation says a bid by Flowers Foods to buy Wonder and several other bread brands from bankrupt Hostess was met with no competing offers. The individual requested anonymity because the auction process is private.

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Airbus Parent EADS Sees Q4 Earnings Halve

February 27, 2013 2:16 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus parent company EADS NV posted a 47 percent drop in fourth-quarter net profit Wednesday after taking costly charges at its helicopter and defense electronics divisions. The aerospace giant recorded a €325 million ($425 million) net profit in the October-December period, down from the previous year's €612 million. But for the full year, its net earnings were up 19 percent at €1.23 billion from €1.03 billion in 2011.

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TEPCO To Cut Power To Companies Refusing Rate Hike

February 27, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. may suspend power supply to companies and factories that are refusing to accept the utility's higher electricity rates, which it has increased since April last year by an average of 14.9 percent, a company official said Wednesday.

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Orders Up For Key U.S. Long-Lasting Factory Goods

February 27, 2013 2:11 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders for U.S. factory goods that signal business investment plans jumped last month by the most in more than a year, suggesting companies are confident about their business prospects. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that orders for so-called core capital goods, which include industrial machinery, construction equipment and computers, rose 6.3 percent in January from December.

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Apple CEO Promises Investors 'Great Stuff' To Come

February 27, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook is assuring shareholders that the company is working on some "great stuff" that may help reverse a sharp decline in its stock price. True to Apple's secretive nature, Cook didn't provide any further product details during the company's annual shareholders meeting Wednesday at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.

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Consumer Reports: Best Cars For 2013

February 27, 2013 12:19 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Lots of car awards are given out every year but if you talk to anyone in the industry, probably none matters more than getting the nod from Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports recently announced their Top Pick vehicles for 2013, which received the highest scores in their self-administered tests. Detroit automakers didn't make the cut.

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Food Safety & Technology: What's Next for 2013?

February 27, 2013 10:49 am | Events

The need for robust food safety programs has never been greater, and a host of new technologies have sprung up to help processors meet the increasing challenges.  What are these new advancements, and how can they help you meet your customers’ demands?

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Tesla CEO Vows To Pay Off U.S. Loan Early

February 27, 2013 10:16 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Motors says his company plans to pay back an Energy Department loan in half the time required by the U.S. government. CEO Elon Musk said Tesla plans to pay off the $465 million federal loan in five years, rather than 10 years.

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U.S. Oil Spill: Top BP Official On The Stand

February 27, 2013 10:14 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A BP executive will testify for a second day Wednesday at a trial over the worst oil spill in the U.S., speaking before a judge who will decide whether the London-based oil giant and other companies acted with gross negligence for the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Prosecutor: No Charges In 2008 GA Refinery Blast

February 27, 2013 10:12 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department has decided it won't seek criminal charges against Imperial Sugar or its executives years after explosions tore through its sugar refinery near and killed 14 workers, a federal prosecutor in Georgia said Tuesday. .S. Attorney Edward Tarver issued a statement saying prosecutors determined at best they would be able to bring only misdemeanor charges alleging violations of industrial cleanliness standards of OSHA.

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AL Looks To Limit Lawsuits For Airbus Suppliers

February 27, 2013 10:09 am | by Phillip Rawls, Associated Press | News | Comments

Now that Alabama is getting an Airbus manufacturing plant, state lawmakers want to prevent Airbus suppliers from setting up shop in neighboring states where it's not as easy for them to be sued. House and Senate committees voted unanimously Tuesday for legislation to limit lawsuits involving large commercial planes made in Alabama.

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Hyundai Adds About 6,100 Cars To Sunroof Recall

February 27, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai is adding more Veloster hatchbacks to a recall for panoramic sunroofs that can shatter and cause injuries. In December, the automaker recalled about 13,500 of the funky cars from the 2012 model year. Now it's adding about 6,100 more, bringing the total to 19,600 in the U.S. The additional Velosters were built from July 4, 2011 through Oct. 31, 2011.

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First Solar Reverses Loss, Posts 4Q Gain

February 27, 2013 10:04 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

First Solar, Inc. on Tuesday posted net income of $154.2M for the fourth quarter, reversing a huge loss from a year earlier, but investors were disappointed by the company's sales in the quarter and the earnings outlook for this year. Last year the company lost $413M, or $4.78 per share, on revenue of $660.4M after it reduced the value of its solar system components division and booked other one-time charges.

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Moving To Cloud ERP: Three Strategic Reasons

February 27, 2013 8:08 am | by Kenandy Inc. | Articles | Comments

Product companies are facing significant challenges. Complex global supply chains have become the norm. Social data has changed the way people communicate. Supply chain velocity has exploded. Shorter order runs, compressed innovation cycles, faster decision making, on the spot judgment calls: companies have no choice but to move faster.  

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Too Big To Fly: Why Engineering Should Stay Small

February 27, 2013 8:00 am | by Chris Fox, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Everybody has heard the now-clichéd term, ‘too big to fail’, and all of the negative connotations that are associated with said title. Also, I’m sure most, if not all, of you have heard or read something about the recent problems Boeing is experiencing with the Lithium Ion batteries.

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Officials Debate High Pay At Bailed-Out Firms

February 26, 2013 2:15 pm | by Christina Rexrode, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Government officials argued Tuesday over whether pay is still too high for top executives at bailed-out companies like AIG, General Motors and Ally Financial. In a hearing before the House's oversight committee, Christy Romero, who runs the group meant to be a watchdog over the government's financial crisis-era bailout, argued that pay is too high.

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