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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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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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Will Solar, Wind Generate Revolution Or Evolution?

October 21, 2014 4:21 pm | by Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association | News | Comments

Dramatically decreasing capital costs for solar and wind technologies present the prospect of an unprecedented boost for Texas companies. Sweetening the deal is the fact that "fuel" from the sun and the wind is free. Forever. No long-term contracts to negotiate and pay out over...

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Bourbon Makes Mark On KY Economy

October 21, 2014 2:13 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said Tuesday. By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31 — the most distilleries in Kentucky since...

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Verdict: Guardrail Company Defrauded Government

October 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Last week Trinity Industries Inc., a manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails, went to court over allegations it changed its design to save on manufacturing costs — raising safety concerns and never informing authorities of the change. The jury decided the company should have told the government about...

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Unemployment Rates Fall In 31 States

October 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections. Tuesday's data may quickly find its way into late campaign ads and stump speeches. The economy is the top concern for...

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A Cultural Shift Comes To Microsoft

October 21, 2014 1:46 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Satya Nadella says he was wrong to use his own personal experience to answer the question of whether woman should ask for raises. Nadella addresses questions about obstacles to Microsoft's goals and how he will bring about a cultural change...

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Cigarette Maker CEO To Receive Millions After Merger

October 21, 2014 1:40 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Regulatory filings show the CEO of Newport cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. is set to receive more than $44 million following the planned $25 billion merger with Reynolds American Inc. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday, Murray Kessler is one of...

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EU Antitrust Watchdog Eyes DuPont, Honeywell

October 21, 2014 1:35 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. and Honeywell International may be violating antitrust rules in their cooperative venture to supply the only automotive air-conditioning refrigerant that meets European standards for greenhouse gas emissions, regulators said Tuesday. DuPont, based in Wilmington, Delaware, and...

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Alibaba Drives Tesla To Chinese Marketplace

October 21, 2014 11:52 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Tesla Motors has begun taking online orders for the Model S in China through a Tmall.com listing through Alibaba. Tesla offers preconfigured vehicles on Tmall.com, with limited customization. Bloomberg’s Jamie Butters reports on...   

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New Tool Will Help Find 'Gaps' In Global Crop Production

October 21, 2014 11:46 am | by Grant Schulte, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments, and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential...

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McDonald's Faces Problems In The U.S.

October 21, 2014 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Times are getting leaner for McDonald's. McDonald's said Tuesday a key sales figure declined 3.3 percent in the U.S., marking the fourth straight quarter of declines for the world's biggest hamburger chain. By contrast, Chipotle reported a 19.8 percent increase in sales at...

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