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VW Recalling 600,000 Caddy Vehicles

February 27, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

The company says 589,000 Caddy vehicles may be fitted with a damaged pin that holds on the gas-pressure dampers that slow the closing of the rear hatch-type door. If the pin becomes detached, the company says the door can fall unexpectedly.    

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Boeing Developing A Self-Destructing Spy Phone

February 27, 2014 10:07 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

A company best-known for developing a healthy share of the aircraft civilians use to jet around the globe, and military pilots use to blaze toward their objectives, is now developing an Android-based smartphone that will self-destruct if a third party attempts to break in and extract its secrets.

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Leak Exposes 13 To Radiation In New Mexico

February 27, 2014 10:01 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

Elevated radiation levels have been detected in the air around the plant, but officials have said the readings are too low to constitute a public health threat.                          

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New Nutrition Labels Could Cost Companies $2B

February 27, 2014 9:53 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers for the first time would know whether foods have added sugars under label changes being proposed by the Obama administration. Serving sizes would be updated to make them more realistic.   

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Ending Currency Manipulation Could Create 5.8M Jobs

February 27, 2014 9:48 am | by Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM)

The United States could create up to 5.8 million new jobs if it acted to end global currency manipulation, according to a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The study found that every state would see significant job gains within three years, with a major impact on manufacturing job growth.

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Tesla's New Battery Factory Will Employ 6,500

February 27, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people.                          

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MAPI: China’s Economic Reforms Offer Both Challenges And Opportunities

February 26, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

Despite being comprehensive and ambitious, China’s new economic reform agenda is criticized for being vague and not overwhelmingly innovative. According to a new report, however, what is encouraging this time is that China’s leaders have demonstrated a stronger will to ensure successful implementation.

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Va. Governor Signs Repeal Of Hybrid Vehicle Tax

February 26, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has added his signature to legislation to repeal the state's $64 annual fee on hybrid vehicles. He said the repeal is effective July 1 and will affect the 75,000 hybrid vehicles in Virginia.         

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EU Lawmakers Back Tough New Anti-Smoking Rules

February 26, 2014 2:01 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press

The European Parliament on Wednesday voted for tougher anti-smoking rules that will make health warnings on cigarette packs larger and include mandatory pictures of rotting teeth or cancer-infested lungs.              

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Rolls-Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

February 26, 2014 1:57 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

According to Bloomberg, Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc is already in the beginning stages of designing unmanned cargo ships at its offices in Alesund, Norway. These ships would be able to offer a 360-degree view from the vessel’s “bridge,” which would allow captains to operate them remotely from land.

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Republicans Blast FDA Monitoring Of Whistleblowers

February 26, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Republican lawmakers blasted the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday for secretly monitoring the emails of agency scientists who went public with allegations that they were pressured to approve certain medical devices.        

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U.S. Safety Agency Likely Probing GM Recall Response

February 26, 2014 1:50 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog likely is looking into whether General Motors was slow to report problems that led to 13 deaths and a massive recall of small cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to fine the company at least $35 million for not being forthcoming with information.

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Fraud Allegations At Center Of Oil Spill Hearing

February 26, 2014 1:45 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press

A federal judge on Wednesday delayed a lawsuit against a Texas lawyer accused by BP of falsely claiming to represent thousands of deckhands who lost money in the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                    

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Could The Military Get Its Own 'Google Glass'?

February 26, 2014 10:16 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The Q-Warrior features a full-color and high-luminance see-through display that is able to project symbols and videos directly onto the field of battle. This could include waypoints, other points of interest, or even areas/buildings housing known enemies.

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Airbus Posts Higher 2013 Profit

February 26, 2014 10:05 am | by Greg Keller, Associated Press

European jetmaker Airbus Group said Wednesday record demand for its civilian jetliners from airlines around the world drove higher sales and profits last year. The Boeing Co. rival, known until this year as EADS, said net profit rose 22 percent to 1.47 billion euros ($2 billion) in 2013, up from 1.2 billion euros the previous year.

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GM Adds 588,000 Vehicles To Ignition Switch Recall

February 26, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is adding more than 588,000 vehicles to a recall to fix ignition switches that can shut off engines and cause crashes. The company says it's adding Saturn Ion compacts from 2003 through 2007, and Chevrolet HHR SUVs, Pontiac Solstice, and Saturn Sky sports cars from 2006 and 2007.

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Panasonic, Tesla Eye Joint Plant In U.S.

February 26, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Panasonic Corp. is considering setting up a new plant jointly with Tesla Motors Inc. in the United States to make lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.              

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Feds Issue Emergency Order On Oil Shipments

February 26, 2014 9:42 am | by Joan Lowy and Matthew Brown, Associated Press

Federal regulators issued an emergency order Tuesday requiring more stringent testing of crude oil before shipment by rail to determine how susceptible the cargo is to explosion or fire, a response to a string of train accidents since last summer involving oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.

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California Slaughterhouse Under Criminal Probe

February 25, 2014 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press

The USDA has said Rancho processed diseased and unhealthy animals and circumvented federal inspection rules. The recalled beef was sold at Walmart and other national chains and used in products, including Hot Pockets.          

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Manufacturing The Comeback For The American Economy

February 25, 2014 2:39 pm | by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

NAM's President attributed manufacturing’s comeback to its dynamic workforce, innovation, and game-changing energy resources. However, he noted the critical need to implement policies supporting manufacturing to eliminate the stifling effect that overregulation, high taxes, rising health care costs, and a lack of trade agreements have on manufacturers’ competitiveness.

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