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GM's Stock Is A Lemon In 2014

March 13, 2014 9:25 am | by CNNMoney

Recalls and investigations have plagued the start of Mary Barra's tenure as CEO of General Motors. But if she continues to address the issues head on, a stronger economy and auto sales should help GM.               

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Cutting Tool Consumption Up 14.5 Pct.

March 12, 2014 2:39 pm | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

January U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $158 million, up 14.5 percent from December’s total and down 10.6 percent from January 2013.                                

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Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 2:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                   

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Bad Decade: Malaysia Airlines To Face More Problems After Disapearance

March 12, 2014 2:17 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

The revelation this week that the jet's co-pilot allowed two female passengers to ride in the cockpit for the duration of a flight two years ago has invited scrutiny of the professionalism of top-level staff.             

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GM Offering Loaner Cars And Cash

March 12, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors is offering free loaner cars to owners of compacts that are being recalled for a deadly ignition switch defect.                                    

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Nissan's Z Car Continues To Lure Driving Enthusiasts

March 12, 2014 2:01 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press

Nissan's well-known "Z'' rear-drive sports car that started in the 1970s still pulls at the heart strings of driving enthusiasts with its sporty, two-seat cabin, low-to-the-pavement stance, racetrack-ready stiff ride, and strong V-6 power.    

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Tech Fest Has 3D Printed Candy, Bitcoins

March 12, 2014 10:15 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

Bitcoin, 3D printed candy, and George Takei, the Star Trek-actor-turned-Facebook-phenomenon, are among the attractions this week at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.                    

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What You Need To Know About The GM Recall

March 12, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors' executives and government regulators will soon have to explain to Congress why it took years to recall 1.6 million compact cars with a known defect linked to 13 deaths.                   

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How Can You Make Planes Easier To Find In The Ocean?

March 12, 2014 9:57 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

For nearly five years, government and industry officials have been exploring ways to make it easier to find airliners and their critical "black boxes" that end up in the ocean.                     

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Ky. House Passes Bills Aimed At GE, AK Steel

March 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

House lawmakers agreed on Monday to extend state tax incentives aimed at spurring new expansion projects by General Electric Co. and AK Steel, two key employers in the state.                     

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Obama Expected To Increase Overtime Pay For Millions Of Workers

March 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent

A White House official says President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers.                              

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New Product Launches Hurt Volvo Earnings

March 12, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Describing profitability in the period as "unsatisfactory," the company said Wednesday it would continue cost-cutting measures during 2014, including 4,400 layoffs.                         

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Europe Wants Its Parmesan Back

March 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.                                         

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Steel Plant Could Be Allowed To Release More Toxins

March 11, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

A Detroit-area steel plant would be allowed to release higher amounts of toxins under a revised permit proposed by the state Department of Environmental Quality.                          

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National Safety Council Names Deborah Hersman New President

March 11, 2014 1:38 pm | by The National Safety Council

Ms. Hersman is acknowledged as a visionary and passionate safety leader who advocates for safety across all modes of transportation.                                  

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Global Growth Likely To Remain Sluggish

March 11, 2014 1:18 pm | by Greg Keller, Associated Press

Global growth is likely to remain sluggish as a slowdown in the developing world undercuts gains in Europe and the United States, a leading international economic body warned Tuesday.                    

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Jeep Plant To Hire 1,000 Part-Time Workers To Meet Demand

March 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler plans to hire up to 1,000 part-time employees to give exhausted full-time workers a break at its Toledo Jeep assembly plant.                                  

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California Mulls Driverless Car Regulations

March 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Once the stuff of science fiction, "Driverless cars" could be commercially available by decade's end. On Tuesday, the DMV is hearing ideas on how to integrate the cars onto public roads.                   

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Japanese Bitcoin Exchange Files U.S. Bankruptcy Case

March 11, 2014 10:06 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

The collapse of Japan's Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange is spilling into U.S. bankruptcy court as the company scrambles for legal cover after losing digital currency valued at $473 million.                    

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How Can A Jet Disappear?

March 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Kristen Gelineau and Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press

In an age when people assume that any bit of information is just a click away, the thought that a jetliner could simply disappear over the ocean for days is staggering.                         

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