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Toyota Case Highlights Difficulty In Prosecuting Execs

March 25, 2014 9:53 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press

Efforts to conceal the extent of dangerous car defects at Toyota Motor Corp. were so pervasive, prosecutors say, that an exasperated employee at one point warned that "someone will go to jail if lies are repeatedly told."          

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Climate Report: Warming Is Big Risk For People

March 24, 2014 2:31 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

The key message from leaked drafts and interviews with the authors and other scientists: The big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists once thought.              

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Malaysia Says Missing Flight Crashed In Indian Ocean

March 24, 2014 2:22 pm | by Eileen Ng and Todd Pitman, Associated Press

The missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, the nation's prime minister said Monday night, citing a new analysis of satellite data.                      

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Washington's Exports Soar Thanks To Boeing

March 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Richard Read, The Oregonian

The focus on Boeing, the nation's biggest exporter, brings up a more fundamental difference between the economies of Washington and Oregon that has national implications.                        

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Saving A Life With 3D Printing

March 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Dr. Glenn Green and Scott Hollister came up with the solution to save a young boy's life: use 3D printing to build small splints that would help keep his trachea open until it was strong enough to do so itself.            

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Survey: China Manufacturing Falls To 8-Month Low

March 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

China's manufacturing fell to an eight-month low in March in another sign of slowing growth in the world's No. 2 economy.                                     

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Cisco Investing Over $1B In Cloud Computing

March 24, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press

Cisco plans to use the money to expand its data centers for the new service to be called Cisco Cloud Services.                                        

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Scientists Reinvent The Toilet At Tech Fair

March 24, 2014 10:09 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone, or create charcoal to combat climate change?                                     

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Nokia-Microsoft Delayed Until April

March 24, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Nokia Corp. says the sale of its mobile phone unit to Microsoft will be delayed until next month because it is still waiting for approval from regulatory authorities in Asia.                     

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Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Want Compensation

March 24, 2014 9:59 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press

Bangladesh has begun compiling details about the victims of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse as part of a global compensation deal, but dozens of people have taken to the streets demanding a more complete accounting of the disaster.      

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Mystery Of Lost Jet Now 2 Weeks Old

March 24, 2014 9:57 am | by Kristen Gelineau and Rob Griffith, Associated Press

Aircraft and ships from China headed to the desolate southern Indian Ocean to join the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, now lost for two full weeks.                            

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Families In Crash That Killed 2 Sue GM Over Ignition Switch

March 24, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

The families of three teenagers killed or injured in a 2006 car crash are suing General Motors, alleging that the company was negligent in designing its small cars and committed fraud by not disclosing facts about the defects.       

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Anheuser-Busch, Teamsters Reach Tentative Deal

March 24, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters say they have reached a tentative deal on a five-year contract for workers at the beverage-maker's 12 U.S. breweries.                     

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Hawaii Revives And Kills GMO Label Bill

March 21, 2014 2:52 pm | by Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press

An effort to require labels on genetically modified foods in Hawaii was brought back to life in the state Legislature, but it died in committee on Thursday almost as quickly as it was revived.                 

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BlackBerry Selling Off Canadian Real Estate

March 21, 2014 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press

BlackBerry is selling most of its real estate holdings in Canada as the struggling smartphone company continues to look for ways to improve its business.                            

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Wis. Assembly Passes Tax Break For Plane Parts

March 21, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press

Aviation companies in Wisconsin would be exempt from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.                        

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Nevada Signs First Contract With Drone Company

March 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

Gov. Brian Sandoval says Nevada has inked its first contract with a drone industry company, and is working with 15 to 20 more companies interested in setting up shop in the state.                     

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Report: Inexpensive Natural Gas Is Boosting Manufacturing Jobs

March 21, 2014 2:13 pm | by The United States Conference of Mayors

Through 2020, the report projects that energy intensive manufacturing employment will expand by more than 1 percent annually nationwide, with 72 percent of those jobs coming in metro areas.                   

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California Regulators: Rat Poison Poses Danger To Pets, Wildlife

March 21, 2014 10:22 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press

California consumers won't be able to purchase some types of rat poisons after July 1 because state regulators have determined that the chemicals in them pose a danger to pets and wildlife.                 

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Toyota Facing One Of The Largest Automaker Fines Ever

March 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

With a growing investigation into GM for a decade-long delay in recalling 1.6 million small cars, this verdict is highly anticipated.                                 

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