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Tenn. Officials Downplay Union Debate at Volkswagen

July 16, 2014 9:38 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory on Tuesday, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.

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Google Adds Former Ford CEO Mulally to Board

July 16, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mulally, 68, retired from Ford at the end of June. Over the winter, he was rumored to be in the running for the top job at Microsoft Corp., but it went to an internal candidate.                     

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Apple, IBM To Team Up on Mobile Devices

July 16, 2014 9:29 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies.                                 

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Cappuccino Is Finalist for Lay's Newest Chip Flavor

July 16, 2014 9:27 am | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press | News | Comments

American palates have changed considerably over the years, but is the country ready for cappuccino-flavored Lay's?                                        

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Industrial Supply Catalog Available

July 16, 2014 9:22 am | by Applied Industrial Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The 2014/2015 edition includes nearly 29,000 industrial and maintenance products from more than 150 trusted manufacturers. 

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Bombardier Union Goes On Strike in Ontario

July 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 900 unionized employees at Bombardier's light rail plant in Thunder Bay, Ontario are on strike after failing to reach an agreement with management about pension changes and benefit reductions.               

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F-35 Jet Gets Limited OK After Fire

July 15, 2014 2:07 pm | by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy and Air Force have approved a limited return to flight for their new-generation F-35 fighter jet, keeping alive the possibility that it could make an appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week.    

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GE Aviation To Upgrade Auburn Plant

July 15, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement Tuesday GE will make the Auburn plant the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry.                      

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HP Loses Interim Chairman Whitworth

July 15, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard's interim chairman, Ralph Whitworth, has resigned from the company's board to concentrate on personal health issues.                                  

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Brewery Boom Is a Bright Spot for New Mexico Economy

July 15, 2014 1:58 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

That frosty tide of smooth, golden brown craft beer has finally come in, and it's helping to quench this drought-stricken state's thirst for jobs and economic development.                       

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Yellen: Economy Needs Fed Support

July 15, 2014 1:56 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the economic recovery is not yet complete and for that reason the Fed intends to keep providing significant support to boost growth and improve labor market conditions.         

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China Indicts Corporate Investigators Involved in GSK Probe

July 15, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities formally indicted two corporate investigators, an American and Briton, for allegedly illegally obtaining and selling private information, state media reported Monday.                   

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Novartis, Google To Develop 'Smart' Contact Lens

July 15, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss drug developer Novartis will team with technology giant Google to develop a "smart" contact lens that could improve some eye conditions or help diabetics manage their disease.                    

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Tesla Settles Lemon Lawsuit

July 15, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors has settled a lawsuit alleging the company sold a defective electric car to a Wisconsin doctor.                                         

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Duracell To Launch New Quantum Batteries

July 15, 2014 9:50 am | by Duracell Professional | News | Comments

With less time spent worrying about or changing the batteries in their devices, professionals can save time and money and focus on doing the jobs they do best.                          

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Sharp May Buy Apple's LCD Production Facility

July 15, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks to buy out Apple Inc.'s liquid crystal display production facility at a Sharp plant in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, industry source said Saturday.                

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Infant Formula Recalled in Ontario

July 15, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A brand of baby formula is being recalled in Ontario after Walmart shoppers in Brampton and Mississauga reported finding bottles that had been opened and resealed with tape.                      

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Walmart Turns Business Into a Reality Show

July 15, 2014 9:36 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

While this approach may appeal to the lower-end of everybody’s T.V.-watching intellect, it doesn’t seem like a quality way to do business.                                 

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Alcoa Signs $1.1B Deal for Jet Engine Parts

July 15, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa said Monday that it has signed a $1.1 billion deal to make jet engine parts for a unit of United Technologies Corp.                                     

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The Big Rig Truck That Drives Itself

July 14, 2014 12:48 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

German automotive manufacturer, Daimler, is taking self-driving vehicles to the next level. Check out this big rig truck that drives itself.                                 

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