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Chevron Discovers Oil In U.S. Gulf Of Mexico

October 23, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corporation today announced a new oil discovery at the Guadalupe prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Keathley Canyon Block 10 Well No. 1 encountered significant oil pay in the Lower Tertiary Wilcox Sands. The well is located approximately 180 miles off the Louisiana coast in...

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First Natural Gas GM Pickups With 5.3L Engines Announced

October 23, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nat G CNG Solutions announced today that it has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3 liter direct injection engine. The 2015 model vehicles were purchased by local Houston company NewTex Plumbing and San Antonio-based Pioneer Energy Services. GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado...

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India Picks Up Pace On Economic Overhaul

October 23, 2014 2:33 am | by Muneeza Naqvi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After months of criticism for not moving aggressively enough on promises of an economic overhaul, India's new prime minister has announced a string of policies designed to kick-start Asia's third-largest economy. Over the past week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled an overhaul of India's...

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China's Manufacturing Fails To Fire In October

October 23, 2014 12:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A gauge of the health of China's manufacturing industry inched higher in October but factory output was at a five-month low in a sign of slowing domestic and foreign demand. HSBC said Thursday the preliminary version of an index based on a survey of factory purchasing managers rose to 50.4 from...

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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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GE Mobile Turbines Help Baja Rebuild After Deadly Hurricane

October 22, 2014 9:47 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When Hurricane Odile hit the Baja California peninsula in mid-September, it quickly became one of the most destructive storms ever to make landfall in Mexico. It killed five people, stranded thousands of tourists, and left almost everyone on the peninsula without power. The beautiful, rugged coastline...

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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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