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Tesla's 'D' Adds All-Wheel Drive, Safety Features

October 10, 2014 9:06 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

At an open-to-the-public unveiling that included bumping music, free alcohol and test rides on an airport tarmac, Musk unveiled a new version of the luxury electric car maker's Model S sedan that includes all-wheel drive and self-driving "auto pilot" features.

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U.S. The Only Major Economy Still Showing Signs of Growth

October 9, 2014 1:50 pm | by Martin Crutsinger

Though braced by a resurgent United States, the global economy is under threat from other regions — from Europe and Latin America to China and Japan — where growth is stalling and prospects remain dim.              

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Nissan Named One of the Best Global Brands for 2014

October 9, 2014 12:16 pm | by Business Wire

Nissan has been named one of the world's most valuable brands for 2014, according to Interbrand, the world-leading brand consultancy.                                 

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Stone Brewing To Build Virginia Facility

October 9, 2014 12:06 pm | by Michael Felberbaum

Stone Brewing Co., one of the nation's top 10 craft breweries, is tapping Virginia for its East Coast operations, according to an official briefed on the deal.                          

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New Vehicle Mileage Hits Record MPG

October 9, 2014 11:59 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Gas mileage for new cars and trucks in the U.S. averaged a record 24.1 miles per gallon last year, but gains in fuel economy are slowing.                                 

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Survey: Urgency Grows To Embrace Big Data To Advance Industrial Internet

October 9, 2014 9:54 am | by GE & Accenture

A new global study, “Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,” from GE and Accenture, reveals there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy.            

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Study Reveals the Importance of IT in Manufacturing

October 9, 2014 9:44 am | by The Business Wire

New research from Ipanema Technologies and Loudhouse reveals that manufacturers are struggling to deal with increasingly complex IT estates, as 83 percent of firms report a rise in IT complexity driven by more users, increased locations, new applications and adoption of cloud computing. 

Alcoa Boosted by Higher Aluminum Prices

October 9, 2014 9:40 am | by David Koeing

Alcoa Inc. said that third-quarter income soared as higher aluminum prices and lower costs for raw materials boosted its core primary-metals business.                             

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Ford Awards $50K to American Indian College Fund

October 9, 2014 9:26 am | by U.S. Newswire

The Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded $50,000 to the American Indian College Fund for Native student scholarships through the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program.                     

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Benefits Fall To 8 Year Low

October 9, 2014 9:14 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Slightly fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average number of applications in the past month to an eight-year low.                             

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Judge Rules in Favor of Boeing in Whistleblower Lawsuit

October 8, 2014 5:27 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press

Three former workers at the Boeing plant in Wichita who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the aircraft maker and one of its suppliers failed to show Boeing defrauded the U.S. government in a $1.6 billion contract, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

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California Rejects Solar Technology That Threatens Birds

October 8, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press

A solar-energy company has dropped a proposal to build a 75-story solar tower near California's Joshua Tree National Park, employing a kind of solar technology that can cause birds to ignite in midair.               

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Pepsi Selling 'Craft' Soda To Win Back Customers

October 8, 2014 1:44 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that comes in glass bottles reminiscent of a bygone era.                                  

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UK Cleared To Subsidize $39B Nuclear Plant

October 8, 2014 12:27 pm

The European Union has approved Britain's bid to heavily subsidize a new nuclear power plant, overriding opposition from environmentalists and questions over the project's 24.5 billion pound ($39 billion) price tag.          

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Army Awards Company $80M Contract Despite Federal Inquiry

October 8, 2014 10:00 am | by Richard Lardner, The Associated Press

The Army has awarded $80 million in helicopter contracts to Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton even as the Justice Department is investigating whether she played by the rules to win earlier military work.             

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GE Selects Location For Advanced Manufacturing Facility

October 8, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

GE Oil & Gas, a division of Fortune 500 company General Electric, has selected Jacksonville for its advanced manufacturing facility for the design, engineering, and manufacturing of GE’s Mooney regulators and Becker control valves.   

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Company Recalls Floor Mats for GM Trucks

October 8, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

A company that makes after-market floor mats for General Motors full-size pickup trucks and SUVs is recalling more than 45,000 of them because they can interfere with the gas pedal.                   

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Ford and UAW Announce Grant for Manufacturing Education Programs

October 8, 2014 9:18 am | by Business Wire

Ford Motor Company Fund and UAW Ford has announced a grant of $350,000 to pilot an innovative new education program that will bring teams of teachers into the Louisville Assembly Plant to experience first-hand the work situations their students will face.

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Boeing and Airbus at Odds Over Safety Feature

October 7, 2014 4:53 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

The world's two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers are at odds over equipping planes with black boxes that eject from planes, making them easier to find in the event of an ocean crash.                 

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EU Investigates Tax Practices of Amazon

October 7, 2014 2:34 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press

The European Union's competition authority opened an investigation into Amazon's corporate income tax practices on suspicion the online retailer is benefiting from an illegal rebate.                    

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