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Navy Uniforms Bring Textile Welding To U.S.

October 8, 2014 6:43 am | by Jennifer Mcdermott - Associated Press | Comments

Welding isn't just for aircraft carriers anymore. The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger, and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility is a success, it could help bring...

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National Steel Car CEO's Trial Date Set

October 8, 2014 5:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The trial of a Canadian business executive in north Alabama has been rescheduled for April. Gregory Aziz of Hamilton, Ontario, had been scheduled for trial this week in Tuscumbia on securities fraud charges. Colbert County Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hatcher delayed the trial at the request of the...

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Army Awards Company $80M Contract Despite Federal Inquiry

October 8, 2014 12:43 am | by Richard Lardner - Associated Press | Comments

The Army has awarded $80 million in helicopter contracts to Wall Street executive Lynn Tilton even as the Justice Department is investigating whether she played by the rules to win earlier military work. Tilton is the founder of the private equity firm Patriarch Partners, which owns MD...

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Defense Contractor Forks Over $13.7M In Settlement

October 7, 2014 7:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Justice Department says a Virginia-based defense contractor has agreed to pay $13.7 million to settle allegations it knowingly overbilled the government for work performed by people without proper job qualifications. According to the....

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Meeting Held To Harmonize U.S., Canada Regulation

October 7, 2014 5:25 pm | by Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Comments

About 400 people will gather this week to work on a plan to more closely harmonize Canadian and American industrial regulations across a wide range of sectors.Industry groups and government regulators from both countries will meet Wednesday in...

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Snack Food Manufacturer Expands, Creates Jobs

October 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Snack food manufacturer Calbee North America will set up a factory in a former BMW warehouse in Senatobia, Mississippi. Officials say the company will invest $51.1 million and will create 254 jobs over the next five years, with 67 to be hired in the first year. Workers will make...

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Global Growth Concerns Push U.S. Stocks Lower

October 7, 2014 5:17 pm | by Steve Rothwell, AP Markets Writer | Comments

Worries about weakening global growth drove the stock market lower Tuesday. The U.S. economy may be strengthening, but the outlook elsewhere is far less encouraging. On Tuesday the International Monetary Fund trimmed its forecast for global...

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Circle Distributing Chooses Epicor Distribution Software

October 7, 2014 5:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, and services organizations, today announced that Circle Distributing, an automotive replacement parts distributor based in Indianapolis, Ind., will...

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Syria Declares 4 More Chemical Weapons Facilities

October 7, 2014 3:51 pm | by Cara Anna - Associated Press | Comments

Syria has declared four chemical weapons facilities it hadn't mentioned before, a special representative of the U.N. secretary-general told the Security Council on Tuesday. The news heightened concerns that the Syrian government hasn't been fully open about...

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Boeing, Airbus At Odds Over Black Box Debate

October 7, 2014 3:39 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The world's two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers are at odds over equipping planes with deployable black boxes that would be easier to find in the event of an ocean crash. Airbus' chief product security officer, Pascal Andrei, told a government...

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Century-Old Company Forced To Close, Lay Off Workers

October 7, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Store Kraft Manufacturing officials say the nearly 100-year-old company is closing and has laid off about 100 workers. The company, which opened in 1920, started as a manufacturer of display cases but recently shifted its focus to electronic kiosks...

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Union Members Plan Rally At EPA Headquarters

October 7, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is organizing a rally against proposed stricter federal pollution regulations for coal-burning power plants.The union march and rally is scheduled for Tuesday outside the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters...

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Amazon's Tax Practices Under Investigation

October 7, 2014 2:14 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | Comments

The European Union's competition authority on Tuesday opened an investigation into Amazon's corporate income tax practices on suspicion the online retailer is benefiting from an illegal rebate to stash away most of its profits made ...   

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Mercedes-Benz Posts Best Quarter In Company's History

October 7, 2014 1:49 pm | by Daimler | Comments

Mercedes-Benz posted the strongest sales month in the company’s history to date in September and the first month with customer deliveries of more than 160,000 vehicles (162,746 units, +13.8%). Moreover, with sales from July to September...

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Sabra Opens Doors To Expanded Production Facility

October 7, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sabra Dipping Company, makers of the country's best-selling hummus, opened the doors to its expanded hummus production facility in Chesterfield County, VA today. With the expansion, Sabra is doubling production capacity to meet continued...

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Mobile Revolution Shakes Up Silicon Valley

October 7, 2014 12:12 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to...

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Governor Announces Expansion To Help Create Jobs In New York

October 7, 2014 11:58 am | by U.S. Official News | Comments

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Advanced Atomization Technologies, the joint venture between Parker Aerospace and GE Aviation, will expand and update its manufacturing facility and office building to accommodate an increased demand for...

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Scientists Behind Blue LED Breakthrough Win Nobel

October 7, 2014 11:51 am | by Karl Ritter and Malin Rising, The Associated Press | Comments

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens, and smartphones...

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KS Supreme Court Rules On FedEx Ground Drivers

October 7, 2014 11:46 am | by Leonard Carder | Comments

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a class of approximately 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. FedEx faces liability to these drivers for...

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GE Selects Location For Advanced Manufacturing Facility

October 7, 2014 11:23 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

GE Oil & Gas, a division of Fortune 500 company General Electric, has selected Jacksonville for its advanced manufacturing facility for the design, engineering, and manufacturing of GE’s Mooney regulators and Becker control valves, among other... 

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