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MakerBot Goes Bigger, With Head-Sized 3D Printer

January 7, 2014 1:11 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

The MakerBot Replicator Z18 can print objects 12 by 12 by 18 inches large. That's six times larger than MakerBot's standard Replicator. The machine, which deposits melted plastic dot by tiny dot, will cost about $6,500.         

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Workers: 'Despair' Led To Kidnapping Goodyear Bosses

January 7, 2014 1:07 pm | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press

Two Goodyear bosses held captive by workers spent the night inside a factory in northern France that the company wants to close. The plant, which Goodyear has tried to sell or shutter for five years, has become an emblem of France's labor issues. 

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U.S. Trade Deficit Declines

January 7, 2014 9:54 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to its lowest level in four years, an encouraging sign for economic growth. Gains in energy production and stronger sales of American-made airplanes, autos and machinery lifted exports to an all-time high.

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Lawmakers Put Finishing Touches On Bipartisan Spending Bill

January 7, 2014 9:48 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

The goal is to finish writing the mammoth measure this week in anticipation of House and Senate votes before a Jan. 15 deadline to avert another government shutdown. The bill fills in thousands of details across the approximately one-third of the federal budget devoted to the day-to-day operations of federal agencies.

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Toyota Ups Orders For Hydrogen-Powered Car In U.S.

January 7, 2014 9:44 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer

The car, which Toyota calls FCV for now, uses hydrogen as fuel for a battery and emits only water vapor as exhaust. Toyota said the car will go on sale in the U.S. in 2015. Rival automakers Hyundai and Honda have also said they'd start selling cars with that technology in the U.S. that year.

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Horse Slaughterhouse To Sue N.M. AG For Slander

January 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

The owners of a Roswell company mired in legal disputes over its attempts to resume domestic horse slaughter have notified New Mexico Attorney General Gary King they intend to sue his office for slander, harassment, conspiracy, and abuse of process. Valley Meat Co. attorney Blair Dunn Monday sent letters to the state risk management division, giving the required 30-day notice of its planned legal filing.

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Microsoft Says It Sold 3M Xbox Ones In 2013

January 7, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

Microsoft says it has sold more than 3 million units of the Xbox One, the video game console it launched on Nov. 22, 2013, with 1 million consoles sold between Dec. 11 and the end of the year.                 

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Intel Says Its Processors Are Now 'Conflict-Free'

January 7, 2014 9:30 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

It's the first major U.S. technology company to make such a claim about its products. It's the fruit of four years of work by the company to determine the sources of four crucial metals widely used in electronics manufacturing: tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold.

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Ford Sales Increase By Nearly 50 Pct. In China

January 6, 2014 2:07 pm | by Ford Motor Company

Ford China sold 935,813 wholesale vehicles in 2013, a 49 percent increase from 626,616 vehicles in 2012. In 2013, Ford also dramatically expanded its imported vehicle offerings in China, with the introduction of the Ford Focus ST, the Ford Fiesta ST, and the Ford Explorer.

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AME Manufacturing Excellence Award Issues Call For Applications

January 6, 2014 1:51 pm | by AME

The AME Manufacturing Excellence Award recognizes North American manufacturing plants that have demonstrated excellence in manufacturing and business operations. The primary focus of the award is to acknowledge continuous improvement, best practices, creativity, and innovation.

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Russia's First WTO Dispute Targets EU Duties

January 6, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press

The World Trade Organization says the dispute is the first to be initiated by Russia since it became a full member of the Geneva-based WTO in August 2012. In a statement Monday, the WTO said Russia is seeking consultations with the EU over its anti-dumping duties on Russian steel products and ammonium nitrate, which is mainly used in fertilizer.

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Local Labor Influence Takes Hit In Boeing Contract

January 6, 2014 1:43 pm | by Phuong Le, Associated Press

The tight count exposed deep rifts in the once-powerful union, but with plenty of states lining up to give Boeing exactly what it wanted to get work on the 777X, the aerospace giant had a tremendous advantage. The company, the state's governor, and national union leaders all hailed the contract as a vital boost to the region's economy, but to some observers the vote dealt a blow to local union influence.

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U.S. Factory Orders Up On Planes, Business Spending

January 6, 2014 1:39 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

Factory orders rose 1.8 percent in November, the Commerce Department said Monday. That follows a 0.5 percent decrease in October. Orders received by manufacturers totaled a seasonally adjusted $497.8 billion in November, the highest level on records dating to 1992

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Boeing 787 Deliveries Beat Goal Last Year

January 6, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing said Monday it delivered a total of 648 planes in 2013, a new record. That appears to put the Chicago company ahead of European competitor Airbus, which has said it expected to deliver about 600 jets for the year.         

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Wave Of Wearable Gadgets Expected At CES

January 6, 2014 9:46 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer

Gadgets that you snap, buckle or fasten to your body are already marketed to fitness freaks obsessed with tracking every possible metric their bodies produce. There are countless smartwatches for tech nerds who'd rather glance at their wrists to check messages than reach for their smartphones.

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Staff Seize Bosses At French Goodyear Site

January 6, 2014 9:40 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press

The factory's union says the director and human resources chief were blocked from leaving after an especially difficult meeting Monday with staff; a Goodyear representative, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the tense situation, says the two managers were being held against their will.

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Utah Gun Maker Turns Down $15M Deal With Pakistan

January 6, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

Mike Davis, sales manager at Desert Tech, said the company was on a short list for a contract with Pakistan, but spurned the opportunity because of unrest in Pakistan and ethical concerns. It was a difficult decision because of the amount of money involved, he said, and the sale of rifles to Pakistan would have been legal.

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Boeing Machinists OK Contract Tied To 777X

January 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press

The issue fractured the union and drew unusual pleas from politicians who said the deal was necessary to support the area's economic future. Boeing has been exploring the prospect of building the 777X elsewhere, a move that could trigger a steady exodus of aerospace jobs from the place where Boeing was founded.

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Corvette Will Let Owners Record, Share Drives

January 6, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette will have a new system that lets owners record their drives and share the video with friends. The system uses a windshield-mounted camera, a microphone, and a recorder to track data. Drivers can edit the videos to include their speed, location, lap times and other stats.

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GM To Outfit Chevy Vehicles With 4G From AT&T

January 6, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

GM says it will start outfitting most Chevrolet vehicles with 4G cellular capabilities in partnership with AT&T. The technology will let drivers make phone calls and allow passengers to surf the Web without burning through the voice and data limits on their phone plans.

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