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CEO: Glass-Making Plant for Apple Nears Production

August 12, 2014 10:22 am | by The Associated Press

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices.                            

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Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor

August 12, 2014 10:19 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer

In India, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $2 billion industry with double-digit annual growth, at least 100 manufacturing plants and some 300,000 jobs.                         

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Obama Takes Step To Improve Government Technology

August 12, 2014 10:02 am | by Julie Pace & Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press

The move is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the website debacle that marred the rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care legislation last year.                           

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U.S. Agency Warns About Bitcoin Risks

August 12, 2014 10:00 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

In issuing an advisory warning, the agency noted that the currencies are not backed by the government, have volatile exchanges rates and are targeted by hackers and scammers.                      

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GM Issues 6 More Recalls Covering 312,000 Vehicles

August 12, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press

The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to 66, covering just over 29 million cars and trucks.                                        

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GE & Pivotal Pioneer New Approach to Industrial Data

August 12, 2014 9:45 am | by GE Reports

GE and Pivotal said they built the first industrial-scale “data lake” system that could supercharge how companies store, manage and glean insight from information harvested from machines connected to the Industrial Internet.       

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Chiquita Gets Buyout Offer

August 11, 2014 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Chiquita Brands attracted an approximately $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and Brazilian agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group.                         

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Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 3:10 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen.                   

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U.S. Agency Slow To Move On Investigation Requests

August 11, 2014 3:06 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems.               

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Machinists Union Sues Spirit AeroSystems

August 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

The Machinists union sued Wichita-based aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems Friday over its reported efforts to sell off its fabrication operations, contending such outsourcing would violate its labor contract.           

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State Seeks Training For Manufacturing Jobs

August 11, 2014 9:59 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

A low-cost state loan to train manufacturing workers is drawing support from business groups that say Connecticut is ill-prepared for an increase in aerospace and other high-tech factory work, but some economists are dismissing the complaint as overblown.

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GM Receives Claims In 63 Death Cases

August 11, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

Sixty-three death claims have been filed so far with the lawyer handling payments for those involved in wrecks caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches.                         

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Officials: Corporate Tax Case Could Cost Michigan

August 8, 2014 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press

A recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling in favor of IBM in a corporate tax case could cost the state more than $1 billion — an amount that could have a "budget-busting" impact, according to the state's attorney general.         

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Poultry Firms: Russia Ban Has Little Impact on U.S.

August 8, 2014 1:58 pm | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press

Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.                           

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Manufacturing Day Events Expected To Top 1,500

August 8, 2014 1:56 pm

Manufacturing Day is designed to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing both in local communities and for the nation.                          

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Judge Won't Block Utah 'Ag-Gag' Challenge

August 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country's first lawsuit challenging an "ag-gag" law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.                     

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W.Va. Wants $1.8M From Bankrupt Spill Co.

August 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals into the state's largest water supply.                                

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Safety Agency Probes Can-Am Motorcycle Fires

August 8, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating two reports of fires in Can-Am Spyder three-wheeled motorcycles.                                          

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Wholesale Inventories Rise in June

August 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they may anticipate slower growth ahead.                              

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Productivity Recovers After Steep 1Q Fall

August 8, 2014 10:09 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                               

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