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Fiat Denies VW Merger Talks

July 17, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian automaker Fiat has denied a German media report that it is in merger talks with Volkswagen.                                            

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American Crane Completes the First Lift for Orion

July 17, 2014 1:50 pm | by American Crane & Equipment Corporation | News | Comments

Early last month, American Crane’s 25 ton double girder clean room crane (with single failure-proof hoist) strategically lifted and placed Lockheed Martin’s Orion crew module atop their service module.              

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Chrysler Can Fix Recalled Jeeps Faster Than Expected

July 17, 2014 1:42 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The development could end a spat between the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has accused Chrysler of moving too slowly to repair about 2.7 million SUVs.                  

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Recall Hearing Targets GM Legal Staff

July 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawmakers on Thursday demanded General Motors fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims as a Senate subcommittee delved deeper into deadly recalls.                   

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AirAsia X To Buy 50 Airbus Planes

July 17, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-haul budget airline AirAsia X has inked a deal to buy 50 Airbus A330neo planes as part of its regional expansion.                                      

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Daimler Launches New Version of Smart Car

July 17, 2014 9:56 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Germany's Daimler AG unveiled a new version of its tiny, two-seat Smart model Wednesday in hopes the car won't just get admiring glances with its unusual design — but make a bigger contribution to profits as well.           

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Toyota Gambles on Fuel Cells

July 17, 2014 9:52 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Despite advantages that are seemingly compelling, the technology has struggled to move beyond its prototypes after several decades of research and development by industry and backing from governments.               

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Volkswagen Surpasses GM in Global Auto Sales Race

July 17, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen bumped General Motors out of second place in the global auto sales race during the first half of the year, but Toyota is expected to stay in first place.                         

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Obama Aims To Stop Corporate Overseas Tax Moves

July 17, 2014 9:42 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration is urging Congress to act swiftly to curtail a growing trend in which U.S. corporations reorganize overseas with foreign entities in part to trim their tax bills back home.                

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Apple-IBM Deal Weighs on BlackBerry Shares

July 17, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

BlackBerry shares dropped Wednesday after details emerged of a partnership between two of the world's biggest technology companies — Apple and IBM — aimed at business customers.                     

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Fight Continues Over Obama Lawsuit

July 17, 2014 9:36 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

House Speaker Boehner has said he wants to take legal action because Obama has abused his authority to carry out laws Congress approves, specifically by delaying a health care law requirement that many employers provide medical coverage for their workers. 

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Microsoft To Cut up to 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.                               

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Airbus Has a New Focus

July 16, 2014 1:44 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Airbus is revamping its A330 model to reduce fuel consumption and take on the Dreamliner.                                              

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UAE Plans First Arab Spaceship to Mars

July 16, 2014 1:39 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Arab Emirates, already home to the world's tallest tower, is now reaching for the stars.                                           

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GM Proposes $27M Investment for Indiana Plant

July 16, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has proposed investing $27 million at a southern Indiana casting plant for machinery, equipment and tooling needed to produce aluminum engine blocks.                          

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3M To Buy Subsidiary Stake for About $885M

July 16, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

3M will take full control of its Sumitomo subsidiary by acquiring the 25 percent of the company that it doesn't already own for $885 million.                                

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Factory Output Rises for 5th Straight Month

July 16, 2014 1:24 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output increased for the fifth straight month in June as manufacturers cranked out more aircraft, chemicals and furniture.                                  

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Airbus A380s Tested for Air Leak Problems

July 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus has advised airliners to test noisy doors on the world's largest passenger airliner, the A380, after identifying a problem with the door seal that could lead to a fall in the cabin pressure.                

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The Next Big Thing in Aviation Is Small

July 16, 2014 1:17 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner.              

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July 2014: Energy Intelligence Report

July 16, 2014 10:50 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we focus on improving energy efficiency in your facility, take you inside KitchenAid's stand mixer factory and discuss the best uses for mobility in a manufacturing setting. 

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