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IoT In Unlikely Places Can Smarten Your Life

October 22, 2014 5:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

As more and more Bluetooth-enabled devices are reaching consumers, developers are busy connecting them together as part of the Internet of Things. Approximately 3 billion Bluetooth-enabled units are expected to ship this year alone... 

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Weaving The Digital Thread Across Industrial Value Chains

October 22, 2014 5:07 pm | by LNS Research | News | Comments

Across manufacturing industries today, pressures on cost, supplier networks complexity, regulatory requirements, and customer demands continue to grow, rendering the operational status quo ineffective. To address these pressures, manufacturers need to...

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Court Rejects Pollution Petition

October 22, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by environmentalists who sought a review of plans in New Mexico and other Western states that aim to reduce haze-causing pollution. A handful of environmental groups questioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to allow...

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Mars Food Expands With $31M Investment

October 22, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben's Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will invest $31 million to modernize operations and expand research at the plant.The company plans to add 25 jobs to the current 226 full-time and 230 contract workers at the 35-year-old operation. New production workers are expected to...

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Canadian Pacific CEO Says Railroad Merger Still Possible

October 22, 2014 1:39 pm | by Josh Funk, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The CEO of Canadian Pacific thinks U.S. regulators would approve a well-structured railroad merger, but nothing is planned now that talks with CSX ended. CEO Hunter Harrison said during a conference call Tuesday he doesn't agree with the view that the Surface Transportation Board wouldn't approve any...

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Apple Issues Security Warning For iCloud

October 22, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China."We're aware of intermittent organized network...

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U.S. Industrial Vacancy Rate The Lowest In Over A Decade

October 22, 2014 1:27 pm | by Cushman & Wakefield National Industrial | News | Comments

The U.S. industrial vacancy rate dropped to its lowest level in more than a decade during the third quarter of 2014, according to commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield. The company’s latest research findings, released today, show significant space absorption, which coupled...

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Lockheed Martin Providing Border Protection Surveillance

October 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Working with the Army, Lockheed Martin is providing operational support for a Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS) aerostat system that is being evaluated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the Southern border of...

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Does America Deserve A Raise?

October 22, 2014 12:14 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.“America deserves a raise,” stated President Obama to a...

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Anheuser-Busch Sues Over Beer Distribution

October 22, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the largest beer brewers in the country is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license. Anheuser-Busch is asking a Franklin County court to make the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control administration approve the company's distributor license application in...

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3rd Spacewalk In 3 Weeks At International Space Station

October 22, 2014 11:38 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

For the third week in a row, astronauts are spacewalking up at the International Space Station. This time, it's on the Russian side of the house. Russian spacemen Maxim Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev  will double as trash men during the six-hour excursion....

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GMO Ban Advances In L.A.

October 22, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants. City News Service says the City Council voted Tuesday to draft a ban that would cover seeds, fruit trees and plants. That would include varieties of corn and other crops that are designed to...

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Passenger Jets Push Boeing Profit To 18%

October 22, 2014 9:56 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Robust demand for commercial jets and an increased pace of production helped Boeing earn $1.36 billion in the third quarter, up 18 percent from the same period last year. On a per-share basis, the Chicago-based company said it had a profit of... 

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Government Ups Faulty Air Bag Warning To Nearly 8M Vehicles

October 22, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is adding more than 3 million vehicles to a rare warning about faulty air bags that have the potential to kill or injure drivers or passengers in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Wednesday put out a new list of vehicles, increasing the number from...

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Haynes Acquires Leveltek Processing

October 22, 2014 9:22 am | by Haynes International, Inc. | News | Comments

Haynes International, Inc., a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of technologically advanced high-performance alloys, reported today that it had entered into a definitive agreement to purchase those assets and operations of Leveltek Processing, LLC located in...

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KY Manufacturing Company Expands, Adds 30 Jobs

October 22, 2014 4:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A western Kentucky company is expanding and expects to add 30 jobs in Daviess County. Castlen Welding & Manufacturing LLC was started in 2008. The company makes material-handling equipment for the fertilizer and grain industries and erects and installs the equipment...

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Jury Rules Against TX Company In Guardrail Case

October 21, 2014 6:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has decided that a Texas company should pay $175 million in a case involving the safety of thousands of guardrails on highways around the country. A whistleblower charged that the company changed the design of caps at each end of the guardrails a decade ago that made...

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U.S. Oversight Increased At Millstone Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is stepping up oversight at Connecticut's nuclear plant following a safety violation, the federal agency said Tuesday. The Millstone Power Station in Waterford was cited for failure to address repetitive problems with a pump that is part of a...

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Staples Investigating Possible Data Breach

October 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Staples is looking into a potential credit card data breach and has been in touch with law enforcement officials about the issue. The office supplies retailer said Tuesday that if it turns up any data discrepancies during its investigation, customers won't be responsible for fraudulent activity on their...

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Boeing 777X Plant Breaks Ground

October 21, 2014 4:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday for its 777X Composite Wing Center at Everett.The new $1 billion, 1 million square foot center is close to the widebody plant where the 777X will be assembled because the wings are the largest Boeing has ever built — 114 feet long and 23 feet...

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