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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 84

April 14, 2015 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

Families of at least 84 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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Shale Boom Hits First Bust Since Oil Price Collapse

April 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal officials estimate monthly production from the nation's top shale oil reserves will decline next month.

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German Automaker BMW Has Best March Sales Ever

April 14, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press

German automaker BMW says it had its best March sales ever after seeing a 5.1 percent increase over March of last year. 

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Skilled Foreign Worker Program Quickly Hits Cap

April 14, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. visa program for skilled foreign workers again saw applications exceed its annual quota in less than a week as debate over the H-1B program swirls in Washington.

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Study: College Educations Drive U.S. Economic Growth, Including Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report said technological innovation and increased educational attainment fueled a dramatic increase in manufacturing productivity in recent decades.

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Material Used in Skateboards Could Make Planes Use Less Power

April 13, 2015 2:58 pm | by GE Reports

A hard material called silicon carbide was originally used for abrasives like sandpaper and still gives many skateboards their rough grip. It can work at temperatures that are twice the boiling point of water where ordinary silicon chips falter.

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The Vehicles Americans Don’t Want to Buy

April 13, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Recent reports talked about the top-selling brands in the U.S., but what about the cars that no one seems to want? Here's a look at the worst selling cars in the U.S.

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FDA: ‘Medically Important’ Antibiotics Increase in Food Animals

April 13, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators said the use of important antibiotics in poultry, livestock and other farm animals increased sharply in recent years amid rising concerns about drug-resistant bacteria. 

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Drone Companies Court Skeptical Public

April 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The marketing shift could help alter the public perception of drones, which have sparked safety and privacy concerns and share a name with the military's infamous unmanned attack planes.

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China's Trade Shrinks in Sign of Economic Weakness

April 13, 2015 9:50 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

China's trade contracted in March by an unexpectedly wide margin, adding to expectations that Beijing will launch new stimulus to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy. 

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GM Says it Has Fixed 70 Percent of Faulty Ignition Switches

April 13, 2015 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Fourteen months after General Motors started recalling more than 2 million small cars with faulty ignition switches worldwide, the company says it has repaired about 70 percent of the vehicles that are still on the road.

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Reports Links Pennsylvania Fracking to Rising Radon Levels

April 13, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly published report suggests that fracking in Pennsylvania contributed to a rise in radon levels in nearby buildings over the past decade. 

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Feds OK Test Flights for Amazon Drones

April 13, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Amazon.com will be able to test its new drone delivery service in U.S. airspace after all. 

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Nissan, BMW Recall Vehicles to Fix Problems with Fuel Pumps

April 10, 2015 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Nissan and BMW are recalling more than 94,000 vehicles because the fuel pumps can fail and cause stalling.

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Treasury Report Knocks European, Asian Nations Over Currency

April 10, 2015 12:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A report from the U.S. Treasury Department took several other nations to task Thursday over their monetary policies. 

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Safety Chief Wants To Cap Big Rig Speeds to Fix Tire Problem

April 10, 2015 12:12 pm | by Meghan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The nation's highway safety chief says his agency will push for quick action on a regulation requiring electronic speed limiters on big rigs. It may also contact states about speed limits that are higher than commercial truck tires are designed to handle. 

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Mitsubishi Sets Sights on Niche in Aircraft Sector

April 10, 2015 12:04 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press

At a tightly guarded factory in central Japan, Mitsubishi, a maker of the Zero fighter planes of World War II, is launching its MRJ regoinal jet and aiming to fulfill Japan's long-cherished ambitions to regain status as a major aviation power. 

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Women in Manufacturing Files as Trade Association

April 10, 2015 10:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

National networking group Women in Manufacturing this week announced its reorganization as a trade association. 

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Photo of the Day: NC State Engineers Print a Titanium Football

April 10, 2015 10:27 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Engineers from Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) recently presented NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson with a very unique gift — a titanium football manufactured by advanced 3D printing technology.

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Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Activists in Oregon hope to organize a ballot initiative that would eliminate the state's ability to pre-empt local ordinances. 

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