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Apple Watch’s Debut Shows Growing Importance of China

April 15, 2015 1:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The simultaneous debut of the Apple Watch in the U.S. and China exemplifies the increasing importance of the world's most populous country to top American retailers, according to consulting firm Tompkins International.

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U.S. Probes Complaints About Subaru Air Bag Seat Sensors

April 15, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press

 U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the air bag sensors in the seats of Subaru Impreza compact cars.

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Toyota Building Plants in Mexico, China; Seeks Growth Again

April 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota is building two new auto plants, one in Mexico and the other in China, ending a 3-year hiatus from such ambitions that the Japanese automaker voluntarily imposed on itself after massive recalls.

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Researchers Testing Air Pollution over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking. 

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Cycle Gear Recalling Toys for Excessive Lead Levels

April 15, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

Cycle Gear Inc. is recalling about 155 semi-truck and motorcycle toys because of excessive lead levels.

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Manufacturing Groups Call for Corporate Tax Overhaul

April 15, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Ahead of this week's income tax filing deadline, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation said the U.S. should exempt its companies' foreign earnings from corporate taxes. 

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Only Small Number of Jeeps Fixed 2 Years After Recall

April 14, 2015 3:12 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Nearly two years after agreeing to recall 1.56 million older Jeeps that could catch fire in rear-end crashes, the maker of the vehicles has repaired only 4 percent of the Grand Cherokees and 27 percent of the Libertys covered by the recall, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators.

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Two-Armed Robot Designed for Factory Collaboration

April 14, 2015 3:07 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group

“The new era of robotic coworkers is here and an integral part of our next level strategy,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer.

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Federal Report Attributes Nine Worker Deaths to Oilfield Vapors

April 14, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nine oilfield workers over the last five years died on the job after inhaling deadly vapors near oil or gas wells, according to a federal investigation.

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Report: Nestlé Expected to Sell Frozen Foods Unit

April 14, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Swiss multinational Nestlé is reportedly close to an agreement that would sell its Davigel frozen foods unit to Brakes Group.

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U.S. Manufacturing Tech Orders Dropped in February

April 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group

“U.S. manufacturing is facing some pressure in terms of a stronger dollar and lower capital expenditures from the energy industry, but in taking the long view, we’re still in a good position overall,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 84

April 14, 2015 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

Families of at least 84 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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Shale Boom Hits First Bust Since Oil Price Collapse

April 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal officials estimate monthly production from the nation's top shale oil reserves will decline next month.

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German Automaker BMW Has Best March Sales Ever

April 14, 2015 9:53 am | by The Associated Press

German automaker BMW says it had its best March sales ever after seeing a 5.1 percent increase over March of last year. 

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Skilled Foreign Worker Program Quickly Hits Cap

April 14, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. visa program for skilled foreign workers again saw applications exceed its annual quota in less than a week as debate over the H-1B program swirls in Washington.

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Study: College Educations Drive U.S. Economic Growth, Including Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report said technological innovation and increased educational attainment fueled a dramatic increase in manufacturing productivity in recent decades.

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Material Used in Skateboards Could Make Planes Use Less Power

April 13, 2015 2:58 pm | by GE Reports

A hard material called silicon carbide was originally used for abrasives like sandpaper and still gives many skateboards their rough grip. It can work at temperatures that are twice the boiling point of water where ordinary silicon chips falter.

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The Vehicles Americans Don’t Want to Buy

April 13, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Recent reports talked about the top-selling brands in the U.S., but what about the cars that no one seems to want? Here's a look at the worst selling cars in the U.S.

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FDA: ‘Medically Important’ Antibiotics Increase in Food Animals

April 13, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators said the use of important antibiotics in poultry, livestock and other farm animals increased sharply in recent years amid rising concerns about drug-resistant bacteria. 

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Drone Companies Court Skeptical Public

April 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The marketing shift could help alter the public perception of drones, which have sparked safety and privacy concerns and share a name with the military's infamous unmanned attack planes.

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