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GM's Barra: New Investment, SUV for Opel

November 20, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the automaker will invest more than half a billion euros (over $630 million) in its plants in Europe and build a new SUV at the home base for its Opel division there.              

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Takata Quality Chief: Air Bag Recall Not Necessary

November 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The quality chief for Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. told a Senate committee Thursday that a national recall of driver's side air bag inflators is not necessary.                        

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Self-Driving Cars: Safer, but What of Their Morals?

November 20, 2014 10:19 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic. While cars that do most or even all of the driving may be much safer, accidents happen.

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Minivans Do Poorly in New Crash Tests

November 20, 2014 10:13 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said Thursday that the Nissan Quest, Chrysler Town and Country, and Dodge Caravan all garnered the lowest rating on the small overlap front crash test, which replicates what happens when a vehicle's front corner collides with another object at 40 miles per hour.

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Ineos To Invest $1B in UK Shale Gas Exploration

November 20, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Chemicals firm Ineos has announced plans to invest 640 million pounds ($1 billion) in shale gas exploration in Britain.                                     

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U.S. Consumer Prices Unchanged in October

November 20, 2014 9:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October as a fourth straight decline in gasoline costs helped to keep inflation at bay.                                   

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall to 291K

November 20, 2014 9:54 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid.                                 

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Nominee for Auto Safety Chief Faces Uphill Climb

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

President Obama on Wednesday nominated Rosekind, a National Transportation Safety Board member and a former NASA scientist with a Ph.D from Yale, to be the U.S. government's top auto safety regulator, pending Senate confirmation.      

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Brady Announces Free 20-Minute Printer Demo

November 19, 2014 2:37 pm | by Brady

Brady, a global leader in industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, announced the BBP31 printer demo, the first in a series of free, 20-minute demos showcasing its line of reliable and user-friendly printers.       

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GE Opens New Advanced Manufacturing Lab in Connecticut

November 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by Business Wire

GE’s Industrial Solutions business celebrated the grand opening of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) in Plainville, Connecticut. The AML is using sophisticated robotics and automated manufacturing systems to design and build production lines. 

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Manufacturing-Related Student Enrollments Rise by 36 Percent

November 19, 2014 2:17 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center

Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) is proud to announce a 36 percent increase in manufacturing related student enrollments in three of the region’s career & technical schools.                    

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MAPI Analysis: U.S. Trade Deficit In Manufactures

November 19, 2014 2:09 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

The alarming, divergent paths of U.S. and Chinese trade continued in the third quarter of 2014, according to an analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.     

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U.S. and China Boost Worldwide Industrial Semiconductor Market

November 19, 2014 2:03 pm | by IHS

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology.           

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Entrepreneurship Lessons for Peace and Profit

November 19, 2014 1:57 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press

28 business owners were recently brought to the U.S. under a program sponsored by the Business Council for Peace, or Bpeace, an organization that helps provide mentoring for entrepreneurs from countries torn by war or violent crime. 

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Senate Votes No on Keystone, But McConnell Vows Replay

November 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Dina Cappiello, David Epso, The Associated Press

In a combustible blend of oil and politics, the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected legislation Tuesday night to force completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Republicans vowed to resurrect the controversial issue soon after taking two-house control of Congress in January.

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WI Agency Proposes Fee for Electric Cars

November 19, 2014 10:05 am | by Scott Bauer, The Associated Press

Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

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Public Hearing Set for Plans to Cut Carbon Emissions

November 19, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press

Federal officials are holding a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix on a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from four power plants on tribal land.                               

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Nearly 40 Treated From CA Waste Plant Fire

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

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals for decontamination and homes and businesses for a mile around were evacuated after a mysterious chemical mixture burst into flames at a Southern California waste facility.           

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Japan Recession Could Slow U.S. Companies

November 19, 2014 9:44 am | by Matthew Craft, The Associated Press

Japan has slipped back into a recession for the second time in two years. That could mean more trouble for a range of U.S companies and industries that count on the country for sales.                   

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Safety Agency To Push for National Air Bag Recall

November 19, 2014 9:39 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

The federal government is demanding that the auto industry recall millions of additional cars equipped with faulty air bags that can injure — and even kill — a driver.                       

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