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Coke CEO Gets $18.1M After Company Fails to Meet Targets

March 13, 2015 2:28 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent was given a pay package worth $18.1 million last year after the world's biggest beverage company failed to meet its own growth targets.

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Top 10 ‘Ugliest’ Cars List

March 13, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Auto industry experts at Cars.com has released its subjective list of the Top 10 ugly cars from the U.S. market over the past 30 years.

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GM to Alter Chevrolet, GMC Warranties

March 13, 2015 11:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors will make a series of changes to its vehicle warranty and maintenance programs after they failed to generate more interest among car buyers. 

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Litigation Abounds When Competitors Hire One Another's Employees

March 13, 2015 11:06 am | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago | Articles | Comments

A recent case gives flavor to the types of claims that are often brought when one competitor hires one or more employees of another competitor. It also serves as a reminder of the "Do's" and "Don'ts" when hiring experienced employees. 

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Tesla Announces Job Cuts in China

March 13, 2015 10:34 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

After selling only half of projected vehicle sales, Tesla has reported that it will be cutting jobs in China. 

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California Car Battery Recycler To Close in Deal with Feds

March 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A battery recycling plant that violated hazardous waste laws and spewed toxic emissions for decades on the outskirts of Los Angeles will close and spend $50 million to clean the site and surrounding neighborhoods, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

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Kia To Recall Some Soul SUVs

March 13, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kia is recalling nearly 209,000 Soul small SUVs because the gas pedals can bend or break.

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Study: Sound Waves Could Locate Dangerous Structural Problems

March 13, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scottish researchers recently developed a system that could enable the discovery of dangerous structural weaknesses using only sound waves.

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Texas Oil Well Explosion Kills Three Family Members

March 13, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An explosion at a West Texas oil well killed three workers this week. 

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The Dollar is Making a Comeback

March 12, 2015 3:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

At the end of Wednesday the dollar ended at its highest value of $1.05 against the euro in 12 years. This isn’t the end either, according to analyst the dollar could very well become even more valuable in the coming days. But who is winning and losing with the strengthening dollar?

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Lumber Liquidators To Pay for Safety Testing of Flooring

March 12, 2015 3:18 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Retailer Lumber Liquidators said Thursday that it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors for customers to help ease concerns.

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Why More People Quitting Their Jobs is a Good Sign

March 12, 2015 3:13 pm | by NewsyBusiness | Videos | Comments

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more Americans are quitting their jobs, which could be an indicator of a healthy economy.

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Collaborative Manufacturing Training: Q&A With Jeff Owens

March 12, 2015 3:10 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Advanced Technology Systems (ATS) thinks it has found a solution to the skills gap that is alternative to community college. By engaging with other companies to implement on-demand manufacturing training, ATS teaches factory workers the technical skills they need to succeed in more high-paying industrial positions.

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Rights Group: Big Brands Should Fight Labor Abuse

March 12, 2015 2:58 pm | by Sopheng Cheang, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leading clothing retailers such as Gap and H7H need to help alleviate labor abuses at factories in Cambodia that manufacture their products, according to New York-based human right organization Human Rights Watch. 

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Chinese Stores, Websites Selling Apple Watch Knockoffs

March 12, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Just days after Apple unveiled its new smartwatch and more than a month before it officially goes on sale, reports say consumers can already get a fake one from Chinese vendors.

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Predictive Analytics: Turning Data Into Inventory Insights

March 12, 2015 11:12 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

Operational managers are tasked with keeping tight control on inventory in order to control costs. At the same time, however, they are also responsible for meeting customer expectations for on time delivery.

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Jelly Belly to Move Distribution Center From Wisconsin to Tennessee

March 12, 2015 10:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Candy company Jelly Belly will leave Wisconsin after 14 years and shift its distribution to Tennessee, according to reports. 

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United Technologies Says Weighing Possible Sikorsky Spinoff

March 12, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Technologies said Wednesday it is weighing options for its Sikorsky Aircraft division, including a possible spinoff of the maker of Black Hawk and other military and commercial helicopters.

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Honda Running Ad Campaign to Boost Recall Repairs

March 12, 2015 9:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is launching an unprecedented U.S. ad campaign urging owners to get vehicles that have been recalled for safety problems repaired.

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Benefits Fall Sharply

March 12, 2015 9:46 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that strong hiring will likely continue.

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