Household product manufacturing

In this Friday, March 23, 2018 photo, a worker handles sheets of rosewood at C. F. Martin and Co., in Nazareth, Pa. Guitar makers and other instrument makers are being hit hard by regulations aimed at preventing the world’s rosewood species from disappearing. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)
April 12, 2018 - 1:17 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments, whose top-end products require small amounts of rosewood, a material prized for its rich, multicolored grain and resonant sound. Since new...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2002 file photo, Ingvar Kamprad, founder of Swedish multinational furniture retailer IKEA, stands outside the company's head office in Almhult, Sweden. IKEA confirmed Sunday Ingvar Kamprad, the IKEA founder who created a global furniture empire, has died at 91. (Claudio Bresciani/TT via AP)
January 28, 2018 - 6:00 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, who turned a small-scale mail order business started on his family's farm into a furniture empire by letting customers piece together his simple and inexpensive furniture themselves, has died at age 91. Kamprad died on Saturday at his home in Smaland,...
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In this Jan. 10, 2018 photo, Yukai Engineering's Tsubasa Tominaga demonstrates Qoobo, a cushion robot, at his office in Tokyo. A fuzzy, huggable cushion with a whimsically swishy tail, Qoobo is designed to deliver a calming therapeutic effect for the cat-lover who can’t have a real kitty. The relatively affordable home robot targets the elderly, kids and hard-working salarymen pressed for time. Unlike real children or pets, they have off switches and don’t need constant attention, dog food or cat litter. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
January 25, 2018 - 2:06 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan, home of the "kawaii" cult of cute, has always had a soft spot for companion robots, in contrast to the more industrial or mechanical types used for assembly lines, surgeries and military missions. The Associated Press spent some time recently with three relatively affordable...
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In this Jan. 10, 2018 photo, Yukai Engineering's Tsubasa Tominaga demonstrates Qoobo, a cushion robot, at his office in Tokyo. A fuzzy, huggable cushion with a whimsically swishy tail, Qoobo is designed to deliver a calming therapeutic effect for the cat-lover who can’t have a real kitty. The relatively affordable home robot targets the elderly, kids and hard-working salarymen pressed for time. Unlike real children or pets, they have off switches and don’t need constant attention, dog food or cat litter. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
January 24, 2018 - 11:04 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan, home of the "kawaii" cult of cute, has always had a soft spot for companion robots, in contrast to the more industrial or mechanical types used for assembly lines, surgeries and military missions. The Associated Press spent some time recently with three relatively affordable...
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FILE- This April 20, 2011, file photo shows some of the 30,000 solar panels that make up the Public Service Company of New Mexico's new 2-megawatt photovoltaic array in Albuquerque, N.M. Some in the U.S. solar-power industry are hoping a decision this week by President Donald Trump doesn’t bring on an eclipse. Companies that install solar-power systems for homeowners and utilities are bracing for Trump’s call on whether to slap tariffs on imported panels. The solar business in the U.S. has boomed in recent years, driven by falling prices for panels, thanks in part to cheap imports. That has made solar power more competitive with electricity generated from coal and natural gas. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan,File)
January 22, 2018 - 8:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers. The president's decision followed recommendations for tariffs by the U.S. International Trade Commission. "The president's action...
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Seven Dreamers CEO Shin Sakane demonstrates use of the Laundroid, a laundry folding machine, at CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
January 10, 2018 - 6:00 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Today's vision of a smart home has more to do with what's technologically possible than what people really need. Thus the endless parade of internet-connected wine openers, water bottles, meat thermometers and refrigerators, and a dearth of automation that would clean and fold our...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2016, file photo, Sean Hannity of Fox News appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. A decision by coffee maker manufacturer Keurig announced on Nov. 11, 2017, to stop advertising on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program has supporters of the conservative host destroying the company’s products. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
November 15, 2017 - 6:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — While Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity called on his supporters to stop smashing Keurig coffee makers to protest a decision to stop advertising on his show, it remains unclear whether Keurig will actually return as a sponsor. Hannity and a liberal lobbying group's effort to choke off...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2016, file photo, Sean Hannity of Fox News appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. A decision by coffee maker manufacturer Keurig announced on Nov. 11, 2017, to stop advertising on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program has supporters of the conservative host destroying the company’s products. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
November 13, 2017 - 8:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Supporters of conservative host Sean Hannity's Fox News Channel show are responding to a decision by Keurig to stop advertising on the show by smashing Keurig coffee makers. The company announced Saturday it had pulled advertising from "Hannity" after several Twitter users...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2016, file photo, Sean Hannity of Fox News appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. A decision by coffee maker manufacturer Keurig announced on Nov. 11, 2017, to stop advertising on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program has supporters of the conservative host destroying the company’s products. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
November 13, 2017 - 11:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A decision by Keurig to stop advertising on Sean Hannity's Fox News program has supporters of the conservative host destroying the company's coffee makers. Keurig announced Saturday that it had pulled advertising from "Hannity" after several Twitter users questioned the company's...
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September 19, 2017 - 3:16 am
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Jose Luis Millan found a new crop of star employees at an upscale Tijuana car wash where customers cross the border from the U.S. to pay up to $950 to have their prized possessions steamed and scrubbed for hours. They're never late, always hustle and come in on days off to...
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