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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 36

December 1, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                

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NASA's 3D Printer Churns Out First Part in Space

December 1, 2014 2:36 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 3D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. It churned out a new faceplate for the print head casing.                   

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U.S. Factory Growth Slips in November

December 1, 2014 2:30 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factories were slightly less busy in November, as production and hiring slowed, though the level of activity remained strong.                                   

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NLRB Rules Mercedes Violated Labor Laws at AL Plant

December 1, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant.               

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New Generation of Demag Radio Controls

December 1, 2014 10:20 am | by Terex Material Handling | Product Releases | Comments

Terex Material Handling has launched the latest generation of its Demag Remote Control (DRC) radio control system with its new D3 line of units. 

Forget 'Made in China,' It's All About Philadelphia Now

December 1, 2014 10:03 am | by Kip Anthony | Articles | Comments

Once known as the "Workshop of the World" Philadelphia is looking at a comeback, especially as investments abroad don't look as rosy as they used to.                             

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U.S. Tightens Smog Limits in Bid to Protect Health

December 1, 2014 9:54 am | by Josh Lederman, Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more.

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Amazon's New Robot Army is Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 9:42 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc., which faces its single biggest day of online shopping on Monday, has invested heavily this year in upgrading and expanding its distribution network, adding new technology, opening more shipping centers and hiring 80,000 seasonal workers to meet the coming onslaught of holiday orders.

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Toyota Recalls 30K Minivans Worldwide

December 1, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 30,000 Sienna Minivans worldwide, saying the 2015 models' overhead assist grips can detach when an air bag deploys.                               

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U.S. Appeals WTO Ruling Against National Meat Labels

December 1, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from.                         

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Oil Plunge Creates Mixed Feelings in Global Economies

December 1, 2014 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses.

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Obama's Immigration Move Disappoints Some Business Leaders

November 26, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.     

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Can Toyota's Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle Go the Distance?

November 26, 2014 12:31 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

A new car from Toyota could be the blueprint of cars we’ll be driving in years to come. It’s called the Mirai, which means "future" in Japanese, and is Toyota's first emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicle...but the innovation isn't without risks in an unproven market.

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Student Makes Low-Cost Prosthetic With 3D Printer

November 26, 2014 12:27 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Jeff Powell, a college student in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, made a prosthetic hand for a 7-year-old boy for only $20 using a 3D printer. The impact of this could be more profound.                   

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3 Reasons Shoppers Will Spend Cautiously This Season

November 26, 2014 12:22 pm | by Anne D'innocenzio, Christopher Rugaber, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion - the highest increase since 2011. But retailers already have had to resort to discounting to get shoppers into stores.           

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Germany To Require 30 Percent Women on Company Boards

November 26, 2014 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.           

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White House Veto Threat Puts Business Tax Credits on Ice

November 26, 2014 11:43 am | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House is working feverishly to quickly scuttle a congressional effort to permanently renew generous tax breaks for businesses and individuals, saying a plan brewing on Capitol Hill favored corporations over the working class.     

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Woman Cleared in Fatal Wreck After GM Confirms Car Would Have Been Recalled

November 26, 2014 11:24 am | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death.     

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Why I'm Thankful for Manufacturing

November 26, 2014 11:09 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

One Thanksgiving family tradition of mine that I would like to share — with a manufacturing spin —is the ‘I’m thankful’s.’ So for the sake of holiday spirit and sharing this family tradition of mine, as well as to show that the manufacturing sector is something to be truly thankful for, I have created this list. 

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Visual Workplace Catalog

November 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Visual Workplace, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Visual Workplace, Inc.’s comprehensive catalog details the company’s complete line of 5S, Lean and Visual Management solutions, highlighting the Mobile In-House Sign Shop (MIHSS). 

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