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Corker Calls VW Talks With UAW 'Incomprehensible'

September 11, 2013 10:08 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Volkswagen would become a "laughingstock" if it goes through with a deal to have the United Auto Workers represent workers at its Tennessee plant, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said Tuesday. The Tennessee Republican told The Associated Press in a phone interview that he was dismayed when VW last week sent a letter to employees regarding its discussion with the UAW about creating a German-style works council at the Chattanooga plant.

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Photo Of The Day: Electric Dreams At Auto Show

September 11, 2013 10:05 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer

Judging by the slew of electric and hybrid vehicles being rolled out at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it might seem carmakers are tapping a large and eager market. But in fact almost no one buys such cars — yet.

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Barbour: U.S. Needs Variety Of Energy Sources

September 11, 2013 10:01 am | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Tuesday defended a coal-fired power plant that's under construction in Kemper County, saying the U.S. should develop a variety of energy sources, including Mississippi-mined lignite that will be used at the plant.

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Death Toll From Chinese Explosion Rises To 7

September 11, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press

Authorities in a southern Chinese city said Wednesday that a deadly explosion was sparked while workers unloaded banned caps for children's toy guns and that the toll from the blast rose to seven dead and 36 injured. Tuesday's blast was ruled accidental, the Guangzhou Internet Information office said.

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U.S. Agency Probes BMW 328i For Brake Problem

September 11, 2013 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating brake problems in 90,000 late-model BMW cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the probe covers the 328i from the 2013 model year. The government has received four complaints from drivers that it was difficult to brake the cars. Some reported increased stopping distances.

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Sturm, Ruger Offered $15M For NC Gun Factory

September 10, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. could receive nearly $15 million for opening a new factory in the North Carolina community already home to America's largest firearms maker. Mayodan's town council on Monday approved offering Southport, Conn.-based Sturm, Ruger more than $850,000 over 14 years if it meets investment and job targets, The News & Record of Greensboro reported.

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AFL-CIO Hopes To Expand Membership

September 10, 2013 2:13 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

The AFL-CIO plans to open its membership to more non-union groups in an effort to restore the influence of organized labor as traditional union rolls continue to decline. A resolution approved Monday at the federation's quadrennial convention in Los Angeles would expand membership for workers who aren't covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

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Photo Of The Day: 007 'Submarine Car'

September 10, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

A car that transformed into a submarine in the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" has been sold at a London auction for 550,000 pounds ($865,000). The distinctively-shaped white Lotus Esprit, designed for an underwater scene in the 1977 film starring Roger Moore, was sold at RM Auctions on Monday.

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Renault Chief: No. 2 Left Because His Eye Wandered

September 10, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Renault's chief executive Carlos Ghosn says his No. 2 decided to step down after telling a reporter that he had his eye on the top job at General Motors Co. or Ford Motor Co. In an interview last month, chief operating officer Carlos Tavares told Bloomberg that he doubted he'd ever become head of Renault because Ghosn is still relatively young.

U.S. Gov't Investigating Electric Ford Focus

September 10, 2013 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government is investigating allegations that the electric version of the Ford Focus can stall without warning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday it has gotten 12 complaints from drivers of Focus Electrics from the 2012 and 2013 model years.

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Union Vote On Oshkosh Corp. Contract Extension

September 10, 2013 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

The Oshkosh Corp. is once asking union members to reopen contract extension talks with the company to help win a military contract. Oshkosh has asked for a five-year extension on the present labor contract with United Auto Workers Local 578 that expires in 2016.

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GA Governor Touts Energy Efforts, Links To Jobs

September 10, 2013 10:15 am | by Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press

Gov. Nathan Deal touted the state's efforts to lure manufacturing firms with its energy policy on Monday, saying a recent energy sales tax exemption has brought jobs to Georgia and that a stable supply in the state could bring more. Last year, state lawmakers approved a plan that eliminated the energy sales tax on manufacturing plants.

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First U.S. Smartphone Assembly Plant Opens

September 10, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

Gov. Rick Perry and top executives are attending the opening of a Fort Worth plant where cellphone pioneer Motorola will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. Motorola is owned by Google, whose Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, will be on-hand Tuesday, as will Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside.

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1,400 To Lose Jobs In Plants' Closure

September 10, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Financially troubled Furniture Brands International is laying off 1,451 workers in northeast Mississippi after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The St. Louis, Mo., furniture company designs, manufactures and markets furniture under a variety of notable brand names, including Broyhill and Thomasville.

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Jaguar To Create 1,700 New Jobs In UK

September 10, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Jaguar Land Rover has announced a substantial new investment in Britain and the creation of 1,700 jobs. The Indian-owned company plans to invest 1.5 billion pounds ($2.3 billion) to produce an advanced new car manufactured out of aluminum.

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Toyota Again Recalling RAV4, Lexus Sedans

September 10, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota is recalling 880,584 RAV4 SUVs and Lexus HS 250h sedans in the U.S. and Canada because a repair announced last year may not have solved a safety problem. RAV4s from the 2006 through 2011 model years and the Lexus HS250h from the 2010 model year are involved in the recall.

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Off In July

September 9, 2013 4:48 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $351.21 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 23.6 percent from June and down 23.6 percent when compared with the total of $459.44 million reported for July 2012. With a year-to-date total of $2,925.12 million, 2013 is down 7.2 percent compared with 2012.

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Allied Reliability Group Announces Pfingsten Investment Partnership

September 9, 2013 3:10 pm | by Allied Reliability Group

Allied Reliability Group (ARG) is pleased to announce a new partnership between ARG and Pfingsten Partners, L.L.C. Pfingsten is a long-established private equity group with decades of experience building services companies like ARG. Their resources will accelerate our growth and innovation while building the operational excellence needed to manage growth without sacrificing outstanding service to our clients.

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Robohand Uses 3D Printing To Replace Lost Digits

September 9, 2013 2:28 pm | by Carley Petesch, Associated Press

Richard Van As, a South African carpenter, lost four fingers from his right hand to a circular saw two years ago. He was unable to afford the tens of thousands of dollars to get a myoelectric hand, so he decided to build his own. After seeing a video posted online of a mechanical hand made for a costume in a theater production, he reached out to its designer, Ivan Owen, in Seattle.

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Talking Cars For Safer Driving

September 9, 2013 2:26 pm | by Mike Creger, Duluth News Tribune

When cars talk to each other, everyone on the road is safer. That's the summation of University of Minnesota Duluth professor Imran Hayee after five years of work with his electrical engineering graduate students to create technology that will better inform drivers as they travel in congested areas.

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