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Lawmakers Press GM On Report Findings

June 18, 2014 2:50 pm | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers

House members say they still have many questions about General Motors' delayed recall of small cars, including whether the company's culture has truly changed.               

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Entegris Opens New $55 Million Mass. Facility

June 18, 2014 2:49 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The facility will serve as the main innovation center for developing filtration and specialty coating technologies, which are used to improve yields in microelectronics manufacturing environments.         

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Valeant Makes Hostile $53B Bid For Allergan

June 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press

Valeant Pharmaceuticals says it has launched a bid for Allergan, the maker of Botox.                            

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Republican EPA Chiefs Tell Congress To Act On Climate

June 18, 2014 2:38 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

Top environmental regulators for four Republican presidents told Congress on Wednesday what many Republican lawmakers won't: Action is needed on global warming.               

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Obama Pledges To Build Up U.S. Manufacturing

June 18, 2014 10:12 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

Surrounded by an array of gadgets and high tech equipment, President Barack Obama pledged to boost American manufacturing and to give entrepreneurs greater access to production tools that would help bring their ideas to fruition.    

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Dealer Sues Mitsubishi Over Inventory

June 18, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

The owner of four Southern California car dealerships is suing Mitsubishi Motors North America and its credit arm, saying they forced the dealerships to stock more vehicles than they could sell, costing them millions in extra finance charges.  

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Texas Has Beef With Chipotle Buying Australian Meat

June 18, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

The Texas agriculture commissioner on Monday aired a beef with Chipotle Mexican Grill and wants to talk with its founder after the company decided to import grass-fed beef from Australia.           

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Lawmakers In California Reject Sugary Drink Warnings

June 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press

A bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks was effectively killed Tuesday.               

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Alcoa Unit To Invest $25M In Va. Facility

June 18, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

Alcoa Power and Propulsion plans to invest $25 million in new technology at its Hampton, Virginia operation.                        

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Musk Takes On Carbon With Solar, Battery Bets

June 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels.      

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'Pink Slime' Makers Say Sales Are Rising

June 17, 2014 2:34 pm | by Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska

Sales of a treated ground beef product that critics derisively dubbed "pink slime" have rebounded, according to two of its manufacturers.                                 

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Ben & Jerry's Helping Vermont in GMO-Labeling Fight

June 17, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press

Iconic Vermont ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's announced a name change for a popular flavor Monday to help raise money to defend a new state law that requires the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.        

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CEOs More Optimistic on Hiring, Sales

June 17, 2014 2:27 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Optimism among chief executives of large U.S. companies has reached a two-year high, driven by a more positive outlook toward hiring and sales.                                

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Report: Chinese Smartphone Comes Preloaded With Spyware

June 17, 2014 2:01 pm | by Raphael Satter and Frank Jordans, Associated Press

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday.                            

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MAPI Quarterly U.S. Industrial Outlook: Accelerating Growth Ahead

June 17, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

Stable consumer-driven spending and a strong forecast for business investment bode well for the manufacturing sector, according to the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.                 

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4 Months Into Recall, Only 7 Pct. of GM Cars Fixed

June 17, 2014 12:54 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

More than four months after General Motors began recalling 2.6 million small cars to fix ignition switches, the company has repaired only 7 percent of the vehicles.                         

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First NAFTA Infiniti/Mercedes Engines To Roll of Line

June 17, 2014 12:23 pm | by Graeme Roberts, The Association for Manufacturing Technology

Nissan Motor's luxury unit Infiniti said its Decherd powertrain plant, a partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler, would start production on June 26.                        

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Administration, Allies Pushing for Minimum Wage Hike

June 17, 2014 10:28 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press

The increase has been a top second-term political priority for President Barack Obama and his allies in Congress. However, it is stalled in the Republican-led House of Representatives.                    

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Feds Not Inspecting 4 in 10 Higher-Risk Wells

June 17, 2014 10:18 am | by Hope Yen and Thomas Peipert, Associated Press

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America's drilling boom.          

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GM Recalls Top 20M Globally

June 17, 2014 10:13 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

General Motors is recalling another 3 million cars because of a defect that causes a similar problem to the infamous ignition switch issue.                               

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