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GM Ignition Switch Deaths Total 124 As Fund Nears Completion

July 13, 2015 2:52 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

General Motors' faulty ignition switches were responsible for at least 124 deaths and 266 injuries, according to a fund set up to compensate the victims.

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Bimba Acquires Intek Products

July 13, 2015 2:49 pm | by Bimba Manufacturing

Actuation technology provider Bimba adds a mechanical automation provider, expanding its electric actuator offering.

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California Beach To Reopen Two Months After Oil Spill

July 13, 2015 11:28 am | by The Associated Press

A California beach fouled by an oil spill will reopen to swimmers and campers two months after a pipeline ruptured and spewed thousands of gallons of crude along the coast, officials said.

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Post Biggest Gain In 6 Months

July 13, 2015 11:08 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. wholesalers boosted their stockpiles in May by the largest amount in six months, while sales rose by a modest amount.

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PepsiCo Tops Expectations, Boosted By Pricier Products

July 13, 2015 11:05 am | by The Associated Press

The snack and beverage maker said last Thursday that revenue rose for each of its Frito-Lay North America and PepsiCo Americas Beverages units during the second quarter, despite flat volume.

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Last Flight For US Airways Expected In October

July 13, 2015 11:03 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer

The last flight for US Airways will take place this fall, and one more name in airline history will disappear.

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Fiat Chrysler Adds 88K Challengers To Airbag Recall

July 13, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler is adding more than 88,000 Dodge Challengers to a recall of cars with potentially faulty Takata airbags.

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Takata Rejects Call For Compensation Fund, At Least For Now

July 10, 2015 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

Takata Corp. says a compensation fund for people hurt by exploding airbags isn't needed at this time.

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Voting Underway On International Management Standard

July 10, 2015 2:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nations belonging to the International Organization for Standardization face a September deadline to approve the final draft of a new quality management standard.

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Critics Say Senate Bill Would Weaken Rental Car, Rail Safety

July 10, 2015 2:18 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press

The bill, introduced Thursday by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, says companies must tell consumers about the recall notices in writing if they don't intend to fix the cars first.

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GM Recalling Nearly 780K SUVs To Fix Power Lift Gate Problem

July 10, 2015 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors is recalling nearly 780,000 crossover SUVs mainly in North America because the rear power lift gates can suddenly fall and hit people.

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IBM Claims Breakthrough In Making Chips Even Smaller

July 10, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

IBM says it has achieved a breakthrough in making computer chips even smaller, creating a test version of the world's first semiconductor that shrinks down the circuitry by overcoming "one of the grand challenges" of the tech industry.

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Fracking Emits More Methane Than Previously Estimated

July 10, 2015 2:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Fracking operations in northern Texas are emitting much more of a potent greenhouse gas than previously estimated, according to new research by University of Houston chemists.

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Survey Indicates Manufacturers Could Bolster Maintenance Services

July 10, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released survey of industrial machinery manufacturers suggests that those companies could utilize post-sale service to generate additional revenue growth.

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OSHA: DuPont's 'Failed' Safety Program Responsible For Plant Deaths

July 10, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators on Thursday alleged that DuPont maintained a failed safety plan at a Texas plant where four workers died in November 2014.

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Ford To Move Focus, C-Max Production

July 10, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press

Ford will move U.S. production of the Ford Focus and C-Max small cars in 2018.

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Report: Manufacturers Should Monitor Changing Family Patterns

July 10, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A global shift away from the "traditional family" structure is likely to profoundly impact manufacturers in coming years, according to an analysis by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation.

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Report: 2012 Refinery Fire Triggered Problems At Chemical Safety Board

July 10, 2015 10:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent report pins continued problems with chemical industry regulators on actions taken in the wake of a 2012 refinery fire in California.

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Honda Announces Another Recall For Faulty Takata Airbags

July 9, 2015 2:33 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

The recalls at Honda Motor Co. over defective Takata airbags have grown by another 4.5 million vehicles, raising the tally at the Japanese automaker to 24.5 million.

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IMF Downgrades 2015 Outlook For Global Growth

July 9, 2015 2:32 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics

The U.S. economy's stumble at the start of 2015 is dragging down the world's growth to the lowest level since the Great Recession, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.

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