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Cisco To Lay Off up to 6,000 Workers

August 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.                                     

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OSHA: Flammables Wrongly Put in Factory Oven Pre-blast

August 14, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Federal safety officials say a worker wrongly put parts coated with flammable materials into an electric oven before it exploded at a Mersen USA plant in Pennsylvania, killing a visiting employee.                

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China Panel Fires Adviser Over Ties to Qualcomm

August 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation, according to state media.          

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Apple Bans Use of 2 Chemicals in iPhone Assembly

August 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.           

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Shell Sells Shale Gas Rights for $2.1B

August 14, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

Royal Dutch Shell says it has agreed to sell drilling rights in shale formations in Louisiana and Wyoming for $2.1 billion in two transactions.                                

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Walmart Cuts Profit Outlook

August 14, 2014 9:38 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday as the world's largest retailer faced another quarter of sluggish sales and traffic declines.                           

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GE To Invest Billions in Africa's People, Infrastructure, Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by GE Reports

A few miles outside Durban, South Africa is the Bisasar Road landfill, Africa’s largest refuse site and a big source of renewable energy.                                 

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Natural Gas Plant in Western Ky. Canceled

August 13, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press

Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas & Electric have announced that plans for a natural gas power-generating plant in western Kentucky won't go forward.                           

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GM To Build $174M Stamping Facility in Lansing

August 13, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press

GM says the new facility will create or retain about 145 jobs at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.                                         

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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:31 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press

A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales, the company said Tuesday.             

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Land Rover Recalling Nearly 41,000 Vehicles

August 13, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press

Jaguar Land Rover North America is recalling nearly 41,000 vehicles because the front air bag on the passenger's side might not work properly in a crash.                            

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Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 10:31 am | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly.                     

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Deere Takes a Hit as Farm Economy Weakens

August 13, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

Deere's third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker believes that the same weak sales at home and abroad will cut into earnings for the entire year.                      

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Budget Deficit Running 24.2 Pct. Below 2013

August 13, 2014 9:38 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Reporter

The Congressional Budget Office expects this year's deficit to total around $500 billion, down from $680.2 billion last year.                                   

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Bipartisan Bill to Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 13, 2014 9:26 am

The bill would designate 25 universities as ‘Manufacturing Universities’ and provide incentives to better align educational offerings with the needs of modern manufacturers.                      

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Record Imports Expected as West Coast Port Talks Continue

August 13, 2014 9:24 am | by National Retail Federation

Import volume at major U.S. container ports is expected to hit an all-time record in August as retailers concerned about the lack of a West Coast longshoremen’s contract rush to bring holiday season merchandise into the country.          

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Flooding Slows Auto Production in Detroit

August 12, 2014 2:34 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Record-setting rainfall in the Detroit area has slowed vehicle production and closed some facilities, automakers said Tuesday.                                    

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Understand Your Best Customers To Find New Revenue Opportunities

August 12, 2014 2:28 pm | by Anders Ekman

With more sources of customer information and new technologies to evaluate data, manufactures are using data management and marketing analytics to overcome some longtime challenges and reach some important goals.            

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U.S. Job Openings Hit 13-Year-Plus High

August 12, 2014 2:16 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy.                                        

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Maryland Man Convicted of Exporting to Iran

August 12, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

A Maryland man has been convicted on charges of exporting American manufactured industrial products to Iran.                                         

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