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How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.           

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What Happens When the Boomers Retire?

August 19, 2014 1:22 pm | by Adecco

With baby boomers occupying the majority of skills trade positions and the younger generations steering clear of them, this infographic explores the question: who will replace these labor-intensive jobs?              

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4 at Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 10:03 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press

A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.    

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Man Killed in Accident at New York Plant

August 19, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

Authorities say a 28-year-old man has been killed in an accident involving heavy equipment being moved at a northern New York manufacturing plant.                              

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Remington Laying Off Workers in New York

August 19, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

Two New York state lawmakers say more than 100 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off as the company shifts two of its assembly lines to Alabama.                

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New Listeria Death Linked to Tainted Meat

August 19, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

Danish health officials say a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated meat may have killed an 11th person.                                          

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New Corvette Feature Keeps an Eye on Valets

August 19, 2014 9:43 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Face it. If you own a luxury or sports car, whenever you hand the keys to a valet, you imagine the car going on a high-speed joyride like the Ferrari in the 1980s cult movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."               

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Agency Opens Probe Into Fire Truck Recall

August 19, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall of 156 fire trucks last year was enough to fix a problem with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall.                          

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Recaro Recalls Child Safety Seats

August 19, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press

Recaro is recalling more than 39,000 child safety seats because they can let a child's head move too far in a crash.                                       

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Senator Calls for Surveillance Policy Shift

August 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Nigel Duara, Associated Press

The senator is challenging the so-called Third Party Doctrine. It holds that citizens' information in the hands of third parties, like phone companies, becomes business records and is not subject to the same rigorous search-warrant process as other personal effects.

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Crews Discover Massive Beehive at Former Tire Plant

August 18, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Demolition crews discovered a stinging surprise while working to tear down an Ottawa County plant formerly owned by a tire manufacturing company.                              

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Governor Extends Tax Credit to Lockheed Competitor

August 18, 2014 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that extends a $420 million state tax credit to aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp. after approving a similar deal for its competitor, Lockheed Martin Corp.            

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Survey: One in Five Manufacturers Have Lost IP to Security Breaches

August 18, 2014 11:58 am | by Kaspersky Lab

According to a survey of businesses IT managers worldwide, 21 percent of manufacturers suffered a loss of intellectual property (IP) within the past year.                           

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Bourbon Production Reaches Highest Point Since 1970s

August 18, 2014 11:55 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.                        

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Lockheed Celebrates 50 Years in Colorado Springs

August 18, 2014 11:52 am | by Wayne Heilman, The Gazette

Lockheed Martin Corp. came to Colorado Springs in 1965 to help get the North American Aerospace Defense Command up and running, and almost five decades later, the defense giant still holds a contract that includes work at the Cheyenne Mountain facility as the foundation of its local operation. 

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Drive-unit Warranty on Tesla Model S Now 8 Years

August 18, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press

Electric car maker Tesla Motors says it has extended the drive-unit warranty for its Model S sedan to make it good for eight years and unlimited miles.                             

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China: Mercedes Guilty of Price Abuses

August 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's government said Monday it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.               

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Land Owners Join Child Cancer Cluster Suit Against Whirlpool Corp.

August 18, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press

The owners of polluted land in northern Ohio are joining a civil lawsuit filed by families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a cancer cluster.                           

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Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds in Mid-air

August 18, 2014 9:52 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher, Associated Press

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.          

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Ingersoll-Rand To Buy Cameron Unit for $850M

August 18, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

Ingersoll-Rand PLC said Monday that it has agreed to buy the centrifugal compression business from Cameron International Corp. for $850 million, as it looks to grow its compression business.                  

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