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AME Debuts Job Board, Connecting Workers With Manufacturing Jobs

June 6, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) announced the debut of the AME Manufacturing Job Board, a valuable resource for both job seekers and manufacturing companies across the country.               

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NASA Offering $1.5 Million Prize in New Centennial Challenge

June 6, 2014 1:50 pm | by MSFC-NASA Marshall News

Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA's capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation's robotic technology for use in industries and applications on Earth.           

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German Spy Agency Comes Clean

June 6, 2014 1:39 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press

Germany's foreign intelligence agency officially lifted the lid on some of its worst-kept secrets Friday, acknowledging that half a dozen facilities around the country are in fact spy stations — as anyone with Internet access could already figure out.

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Walmart Under Scrutiny at Annual Meeting

June 6, 2014 1:31 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

The annual Walmart shareholder's meeting on Friday drew about 14,000 people. The company is under scrutiny on all fronts, as it faces stiff drops in revenue, a reduction in customers and ongoing labor disputes.             

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BMW Supplier Closing S.C. Plant

June 6, 2014 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press

A South Carolina plant that makes exhaust systems for BMW will close by the end of the year, leaving 150 workers without a job.                                     

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Teamsters Warn Against Sysco, US Foods Merger

June 6, 2014 10:59 am

The Teamsters Union cautioned that Sysco's proposed acquisition of US Foods could limit competition and negatively affect consumers, food suppliers, small business owners and government agencies.                

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Purdue University Planning Melon Safety Workshops

June 6, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

Purdue University experts are planning two workshops to help southwestern Indiana's melon growers follow the proper food safety practices as they prepare for the upcoming harvest.                       

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Former Japanese Exec Indicted for Price-Fixing

June 6, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department says a grand jury has indicted a former executive at a Japanese auto parts maker on accusations that he helped fix the prices of seatbelts sold to leading Japanese automakers.               

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What's Next For GM After The 'Switch From Hell'

June 6, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

GM on Thursday released the results of an internal investigation into the delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches. But the 315-page report doesn't bring the issue to a close.               

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Beastie Boys Get $1.7M in Monster Case

June 6, 2014 9:24 am | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press

It's a rap: The Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against the maker of Monster Energy drink.                                      

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Glock Execs, Gun Dealer Face Indictment

June 6, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press

Federal prosecutors have accused a Kansas firearms dealer of paying more than $1 million in bribes and kickbacks to two high-ranking executives of Georgia-based Glock Inc. in exchange for preferential treatment and access to confidential company information.

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GM: Incompetence and Negligence Led to Recall

June 5, 2014 1:43 pm | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

General Motors says a pattern of incompetence and neglect, not a larger conspiracy or cover-up, is to blame for a long-delayed recall of defective ignition switches.                         

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Engine Maker: CSeries Could Fly Again Soon

June 5, 2014 1:39 pm | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

Bombardier's CSeries planes could resume flight testing in a few weeks after the plane's engine manufacturer believes it has found the cause of an incident a week ago that grounded the four test aircraft.              

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GM Launching Compensation Program for Crash Victims

June 5, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors says it will launch a compensation program for crash victims or their families as a result of faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths that prompted a recall of 2.6 million cars.             

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Safety Board Faults Key Device in BP Oil Spill

June 5, 2014 1:32 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

A U.S. board's investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.         

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Fed: Economy Showing Improvement Across U.S.

June 5, 2014 9:59 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy strengthening over the past two months in areas from manufacturing and construction to retail sales and bank lending.                         

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3 Key Questions About the GM Recall Report

June 5, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Why the recall delay happened — and who is responsible — should be revealed Thursday, when a report by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas is made public.                           

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Siemens Donates $2B in Software to Va. Colleges

June 5, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Electronics and engineering company Siemens Corp. is donating software worth more than $2 billion to seven Virginia universities and community colleges.                             

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Walmart Facing Big Hurdles

June 5, 2014 9:37 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer

Revenue at established Walmart stores in the U.S., which accounts for 60 percent of the company's total sales, has declined for five consecutive quarters.                             

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UAW Names Williams as New President

June 5, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

Dennis Williams is the union's current secretary-treasurer. He'll replace the retiring president, Bob King.                                         

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