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Automakers, Government To Reveal Models in Expanded Takata Recall

May 28, 2015 2:16 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Automakers and governments are starting to announce the models covered by last week's massive expansion of a Takata air bag recall.

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GM To Offer Android, Apple Systems in Many 2016 Models

May 28, 2015 11:33 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

By the end of the year, nearly every major automaker will begin offering Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto, two systems that effectively turn a car's dashboard screen into a smartphone.

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California Awards $250M to Career Prep Programs

May 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Lisa Leff, The Associated Press

Represented career fields include agriculture, IT and advanced manufacturing.  

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Texas Oil Industry Largely Unaffected by Flooding

May 28, 2015 11:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Severe flooding shut down some oil wells and a Houston-area terminal but spared most of Texas' massive oil industry.

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SpaceX Receives Certification for U.S. Military Launches

May 28, 2015 10:27 am | by Jacob Meister, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX for military space launch.

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Top U.S. Manufacturers View Labor Issues as Increasing Risk

May 28, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nearly all of the nation's largest publicly traded manufacturers cite the labor force as a risk to their businesses, according to a recent report. 

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GM Adding Shift, Upgrading Michigan Plant that Makes Camaro

May 28, 2015 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. says it's returning a second shift and 500 workers to a Michigan plant to build the new Chevrolet Camaro.

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Report Calls for Public Investment in 3D Printing

May 28, 2015 10:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recently released report calls for "thoughtful" state and federal investments to bolster 3D printing technology in local manufacturing clusters. 

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UAW Rival at VW Represented by 'Union Avoidance' Expert

May 28, 2015 9:59 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press

The rival group to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee brands itself as local, independent and free of outside influence or political agenda.

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Amtrak To Install Long-Sought Cameras In Locomotives

May 27, 2015 4:20 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

Amtrak said it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, a move that follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the train engineer's actions before the crash.

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Drilling Cutbacks Drag Down Job Growth in Oil Patch

May 27, 2015 4:17 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota.

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FTC Approves Reynolds' Purchase of Cigarette Rival Lorillard

May 27, 2015 3:59 pm | by The Associated Press

Reynolds, the maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, is creating another competitor by selling its Kool, Salem, Winston, and Maverick brands to the U.K.'s Imperial Tobacco for $7.1 billion. To get the deal done, Reynolds is also selling Lorillard's dominant Blu e-cigarette brand to Imperial in addition to a Greensboro, North Carolina plant.

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Kansas City Sausage To Open Plant, Create 177 Jobs

May 27, 2015 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials say Cumberland County leaders have helped Kansas City Sausage partner with swine powerhouse Smithfield Foods to open a sausage production plant that will create 177 jobs in Sampson County.

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160,000 Folding Knives Recalled After Accidental Cuts

May 27, 2015 3:48 pm | by The Associated Press

More than 160,000 folding knives made by hunting gear company Gerber are being recalled because the blade can unexpectedly unlock and cause cuts.

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Exxon Shareholders To Vote on Climate Change, Fracking

May 27, 2015 2:49 pm | by David Koenig, The Associated Press

The resolution's sponsor Michael Crosby says, "This company has to be making plans for the future."

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Love Not War Wins for Small Businesses and Larger Companies

May 27, 2015 1:55 pm | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press

Instead of feeling threatened and trying to crush smaller rivals that could take revenue from them, corporations like Microsoft Corp., Boston Beer and General Mills Inc. are mentoring and loaning money to smaller companies. It's an arrangement that has benefits for both sides.

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Study Projects VW Expansion to Add 9,800 Jobs in TN

May 27, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A study by the University of Tennessee expects the expansion of Volkswagen's Chattanooga auto plant to result in nearly 9,800 direct and indirect jobs.

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Unemployment Rates Fell in 23 U.S. States in April

May 27, 2015 10:56 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in 23 U.S. states in April as hiring rebounded nationwide from weak job gains the previous month.

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Distillery Owner, Injured Worker Sue Still-Maker After Fatal Explosion

May 27, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press

The Kentucky Fire Marshal is still investigating the explosion, which it has said was caused by a "catastrophic equipment failure."

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California Company Plans World's First Hyperloop Test Track

May 27, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A Los Angeles-based company intends to build the world's first high-speed Hyperloop test track along a central California highway.

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