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General Mills To Cut Costs After Sales Fall

June 25, 2014 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills announced further cost cuts Wednesday as the maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and other packaged foods reported a sales decline for its latest quarter.                          

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FDA Outlines Nanotechnology Policy

June 25, 2014 9:58 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

FDA regulators want companies to consult with them before launching nanotechnology products, though the decision whether to go to market will essentially rest with manufacturers.                     

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U.S. Economy Shrinks at Steep 2.9 Percent Rate In 1Q

June 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago.               

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Boeing 777-300ER Expected To Become New Japanese Gov't Planes

June 25, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan is likely to adopt the Boeing 777-300ER as its new government aircraft to be used for overseas trips by the prime minister and imperial family members, government sources said Wednesday.                 

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Survey: Few Hanford Workers Question Bosses

June 25, 2014 9:45 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

Few of the U.S. Department of Energy workers who are helping build a plant to treat the most dangerous radioactive wastes at a nuclear site in Washington state feel they can openly challenge management decisions, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

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Using Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners in Your Facility

June 25, 2014 9:06 am | by Frank Pedeflous, Omegasonics | Articles | Comments

Industrial work environments need an effective industrial cleaning machine to remove contaminants from the surfaces of parts before they are sent to the next step in the manufacturing process.                 

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Trend Detection: All Things Infrared

June 24, 2014 3:33 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Articles | Comments

Thermal imaging technology has become ubiquitous in industry, emergency services, DIY and municipal applications. Here’s the latest on all things infrared.                           

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Building Displays for the Largest Arenas in the World

June 24, 2014 3:23 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Get a look inside Daktronics, a company that has made scoreboards and display systems for some of the biggest teams in professional and collegiate sports.                             

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If Your Hybrid Is Even More Efficient, Thank This Guy

June 24, 2014 3:11 pm | Articles | Comments

Dede’s invention provides a 70 percent increase in heat transfer with a 50 percent reduction of pumping power, which boils down to the potential for a 10 percent increase in hybrid efficiency.                 

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GE To Locate Center Near Ohio River

June 24, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co.'s new U.S. global operations center will be in Cincinnati, along the Ohio River.                                           

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Senate Backers of Long-Term Jobless Aid Trying Again

June 24, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Senate supporters of legislation to renew long-term jobless benefits are backing a new approach in hopes of pressuring the House to reinstate the program after a lapse of six months.                    

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Alcoa Expands in Indiana for Jet Engine Parts

June 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by American Foundry Society (AFS) | News | Comments

The new 320,000-sq.-ft. facility will expand Alcoa's reach from structural engine components for business and regional jets to large commercial aircraft, including narrow- and wide-body and military airplanes.           

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Museum Signs Deal for Rosie's Plant

June 24, 2014 12:04 pm | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | News | Comments

An aviation museum announced Monday it has signed an agreement to buy a 144,000-square-foot slice of the Michigan factory where the original Rosie the Riveter worked during World War II.                   

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Japan Aims To Restore Cutting Edge

June 24, 2014 11:47 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formally announced Tuesday an outline of his long-awaited growth strategy, a slew of reforms meant to revitalize the economy and restore its global competitiveness.               

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Hillary Clinton Announces Youth Jobs Push in 'Job One' Initiative

June 24, 2014 11:40 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hillary Rodham Clinton is encouraging companies to train and hire young people, offering a new jobs pitch during her family's annual domestic policy summit as she considers another presidential campaign.              

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Toyota Teams Up With IBM To Improve Driver Experience

June 24, 2014 11:26 am | by IBM | News | Comments

The project is part of Toyota’s new telematics service, called T-Connect, and aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services that will shape the future of connected vehicles.           

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Big Tobacco Snubs Indonesia Health Warning Law

June 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Tobacco companies have largely snubbed an Indonesian law requiring them to put graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs, in another setback for anti-smoking efforts in a country that's home to the world's highest rate of male smokers and a wild, wild west of advertising.

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Businesses Join White House In Backing Export-Import Bank

June 24, 2014 9:41 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The bank's existence is fast emerging as a flashpoint in the internal Republican struggle between the business-backed establishment and tea party groups.                           

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Australia PM Introduces Bill To Repeal Carbon Tax

June 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay.                     

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Vermont Trying To Keep 4,000 IBM Jobs

June 24, 2014 9:36 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the economic development organization in Vermont's largest county made a series of recommendations Monday for the state to help protect the 4,000 jobs at the IBM electronics plant in Essex Junction.            

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