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Philippines To Get First New Fighter Jets Next Year

July 2, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Philippine president said Tuesday his country's ill-equipped military will receive its first new fighter jets in nearly a decade next year to help defend the country's territory.                   

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IKEA Expanding Solar Power System in Maryland

July 2, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IKEA has expanded its solar power system on top of its Perryville, Maryland, distribution center.                                            

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California Raises Minimum Wage

July 2, 2014 10:07 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect this week and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.                              

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Court To Hear Natural Gas Price-Fixing Claims

July 2, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court will consider whether a group of energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.           

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Brynwood Partners Buying Juicy Juice From Nestle USA

July 2, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brynwood Partners said that Juicy Juice was acquired by its newly created portfolio company, Harvest Hill Beverage Co., which will be based in Stamford, Connecticut.                         

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Portable Quadpod Mounted Work Area Flood Light

July 2, 2014 9:23 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Built to provide a high power lighting solution that requires minimal setup time or effort, the WAL-QP-4X750-25 provides operators with an ideal lighting solution that features a quadpod with solid wheels for portability and four 750 watt quartz lamps.

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Obama Dares Republicans After Lawsuit Threat

July 2, 2014 9:17 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.                 

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Chemical Blast at GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.                             

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Survey: Midwest, Plains Economy Growing

July 2, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.                        

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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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