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Musk: Russia Giving U.S. Good Reason To Support SpaceX

March 6, 2014 9:56 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Elon Musk yesterday said that given some of Russia’s recent military maneuverings in Ukraine, it’s about time the U.S. government paid his company, SpaceX, for the rights to launch satellites and other cargo into space.         

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Micron To Settle Antitrust Lawsuit For $66.7M

March 5, 2014 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced on Tuesday the settlement of the lawsuit Idaho and 34 other states brought against Micron and 11 other makers of dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM.                 

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Top 10 Carmakers Sitting On $221B In Cash

March 5, 2014 2:20 pm | by Collen Barry, AP Business Writer

A new study shows that the top 10 global automakers amassed more than $221 billion in cash by the end of 2013 to invest in new products, strategic alliances, and other growth strategies.                   

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Union Waits For Info On Leak At Nuke Dump

March 5, 2014 2:11 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak.                   

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Safety Agency Demands Data From GM

March 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors turn over documents detailing what the company knew about a dangerous ignition problem that has been linked to 13 car-crash deaths.                 

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Chinese Automaker Builds Credibility

March 5, 2014 1:54 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

Chinese carmaker Qoros brought its campaign to gain global credibility to the Geneva Motor Show, where it showed off its second production car at a stand in prime real estate — between Maserati and Rolls Royce.            

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Chobani To Expand Plant In Idaho

March 5, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

Twin Falls officials in south-central Idaho have approved a $3.5 million expansion of a Greek yogurt plant operated by Chobani.                                   

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GOP Slams Obama's $3.9T Budget, Corporate Tax Increases

March 5, 2014 10:13 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press

Republicans are dismissing President Barack Obama's new $3.9 trillion budget as nothing more than a Democratic manifesto for this fall's congressional campaigns, but the fiscal plan is taking hits from another quarter too — anti-deficit groups. 

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Survey: Companies Added 139K Jobs In Feb.

March 5, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

A private survey shows that U.S. companies added slightly more jobs in February than in the previous month, but harsh winter weather weighed on hiring for the third straight month.                    

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China Vows Strong Market, Military Reform

March 5, 2014 9:58 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press

China's government responded to public demands for bold leadership with vows Wednesday to press long-sought market reforms, defend against terrorism, and heavily boost military spending amid rising tensions with Japan.          

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Airbus Helicopters To Build AStar In Columbus

March 5, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

American Eurocopter has changed its name to Airbus Helicopters Inc. and will begin manufacturing a new commercial helicopter in Columbus, Ohio.                                 

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GM CEO Starts Review Of Recall Procedure

March 5, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The new CEO of General Motors is reassuring employees after an embarrassing recall of 1.6 million small cars, telling them that an internal review will bring improvements and prevent similar problems from occurring in the future.       

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Stunning Supercars At Geneva Motor Show

March 5, 2014 9:45 am | by John Heilprin, Associated Press

Here's a glance at four of the most striking new vehicles on display at the Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public Thursday and runs through March. 16.                            

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Chrysler Will Keep Canadian Plants Without Gov't Incentives

March 4, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

The company says it is withdrawing all requests for financial aid for plants in Windsor and Brampton, Ontario, because the projects have become a political football.                         

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Lockheed Martin Will Build New Cruise Missile In Ala.

March 4, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology

Lockheed Martin broke ground for its Pike County Operations' Long Range Strike Systems cruise missile production annex in Troy, Alabama.                                  

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Automakers Bank On Small SUVs

March 4, 2014 1:42 pm | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press

The market for small SUVs is growing just about everywhere across the globe, and it's among the fastest-growing market segments in the U.S.                                

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Poor Dart Sales Lead To Layoffs At Chrysler Plant

March 4, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press

Chrysler Group LLC confirmed the layoffs Monday, hours after releasing February sales figures showing a 37 percent decline for the Dart.                                 

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Supreme Court: Enron Whitleblower Protection Applies To All Public Companies

March 4, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that whistleblower protections in a federal law passed in response to the Enron financial scandal apply broadly to employees of publicly traded companies and contractors hired by the companies.        

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U.S. Won't Seek More Recalls For VW Fuse Problem

March 4, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators won't be pushing for a recall of thousands of Volkswagens that have the same electric fuses as a model that was recalled.                               

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Gov't Ends Ford Vehicle Investigation

March 4, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press

The federal government is closing an investigation into 1.6 million Ford vehicles that can lose engine power after Ford agreed to a remedy.                                 

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