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Cuban Car Buyers Have Sticker Shock

July 1, 2014 4:10 pm | by Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Peugeot family car that listed for $262,000 in Havana would cost $53,000 in the United Kingdom, for example, while a compact Kia Rio hatchback that starts at $13,600 in the United States was on offer for $42,000 in Cuba.        

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Graco Gives In and Recalls Infant Seats

July 1, 2014 4:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, in what is now the largest seat recall in American history.                      

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Auto Sales Maintain Healthy Pace in June

July 1, 2014 4:05 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

U.S. auto sales slowed slightly in June but still maintained a healthy pace despite a record-setting string of safety recalls at General Motors and a slowdown in truck sales at Ford.                    

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Drones Face Significant Hurdles in U.S.

July 1, 2014 4:02 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite years of research, the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't figured out what kind of technology unmanned aircraft should use to avoid crashing into other planes, or how to prevent lost links with ground control stations.       

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DT450G Dust Monitor

July 1, 2014 3:22 pm | by Yokogawa Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

The DT450G detects the qualitative level of dust or particulate matter by working off of the principle of inductive electrification.  

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Heavy-Duty Safety Cabinets

July 1, 2014 3:12 pm | by JOBOX | Product Releases | Comments

The new JOBOX cabinets take fire safety to a new level by combining fire resistance with exceptional safety, durability and security. 

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Are Electric Cars Ready?

July 1, 2014 3:02 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring?                                

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Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

July 1, 2014 2:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development - @melfass | Articles | Comments

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist … yet.                  

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Chrysler Adds 696K Vehicles to Ignition Recall

July 1, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After Chrysler filed paperwork telling the NHTSA about the expansion, the agency said it was dissatisfied, raising concerns about whether the switch problem can stop the air bags from inflating in a crash.             

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Taking Engineering Services Outsourcing to the Next Level

July 1, 2014 1:58 pm | by Kamakshya Prusti | Blogs | Comments

Systematic offloading of engineering services delivers dual benefits. It ensures seamless transition to higher value added service and locks up the cost advantages emanating from an outsourcing program for a longer period of time.         

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New Recalls Raise Questions About Auto Parts Safety

July 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry.                          

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Hormel Buys Muscle Milk Maker for $450M

July 1, 2014 1:46 pm | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel Foods is paying $450 million to acquire CytoSport, which owns Muscle Milk sports nutrition drinks, bars and powders.                                     

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Obama Lauds Former P&G CEO as Right Choice To Fix VA

July 1, 2014 1:43 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama sought to turn the page Monday on a humiliating chapter in the history of the Veterans Affairs Department, tapping former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to take over the sprawling agency.         

GM's Original Whistleblower Speaks Out

July 1, 2014 11:35 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

GM was warned of product defects in 2002 by head of GM's Corporate Quality Audit, Bill McAleer.                                             

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Elio: 3 wheels, 84 mpg, $6,800

July 1, 2014 11:21 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Elio Motors has created a prototype two-person vehicle built for efficient transportation. With a price tag of $6,800, it already has more than 15,000 pre-orders.                         

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North Dakota, Texas Provide Nearly Half of U.S. Crude Oil Production

July 1, 2014 9:55 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

U.S. crude production in April 2014 was 8.4 million barrels per day, with two states, Texas and North Dakota, accounting for nearly half of this total.                             

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Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations at Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                        

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Pinnacle Foods Lets Hillshire Out Of Deal

July 1, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods said Monday it has scrapped its sale to Hillshire Brands, freeing Hillshire to be acquired by Tyson Foods.                                     

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GM Adds 8.2M Vehicles to Growing Recall List

July 1, 2014 9:34 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors' safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.                       

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High Court To Consider Deadlines for Suing Gov't

July 1, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will consider how strict deadlines should be for people to sue the federal government for negligence.                                     

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