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Cartels Stealing Billions From Oil Industry

September 29, 2014 | by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are...

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Man Accused In OK Beheading Is Awake

September 29, 2014 4:20 pm | by Tim Talley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives Saturday. Alton Nolen, 30, remains...

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Airlines Look For An Edge With Weather-Radar Systems

September 29, 2014 4:13 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them.Then, looking at the display on a new weather-radar system, the pilots...

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Consumer Spending Up In August

September 29, 2014 4:03 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year. Consumer spending in August rose 0.5 percent from the previous month after...

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Underwater Robot For Port Security

September 29, 2014 3:52 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform...

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Thousands Attend Willie Nelson And Neil Young Performance, Anti-Pipeline Gathering

September 29, 2014 3:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on...

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8 Tips For Maintenance Efficiency

September 29, 2014 3:35 pm | by Scott McNeill | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing companies operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial to profitability. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. In addition, unplanned...

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DHL Set To Use Drones In Delivery Project, Beating Amazon, Google

September 29, 2014 3:24 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Logistics company DHL is using a drone to fly parcels to a German island, beating Amazon and Google to the punch. DHL, owned by Germany's Deutsche Post, will start delivering medicine and other urgent goods to Juist, a German island in the North Sea...

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Brose Celebrates Opening New Michigan Plant

September 29, 2014 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brose North America celebrated the grand opening of its new facility in New Boston, Michigan, today. The facility will support increased growth with Brose's domestically located OEM partners while making a positive impact on Michigan's economy. The opening...

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GE To Build Oil And Gas Plant In Jacksonville

September 29, 2014 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016. Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Gov. Rick Scott announced the new plant Friday. The company will...

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Foster Farms Recalls Nearly 40K Pounds Of Chicken For Possible Listeria Contamination

September 29, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.The frozen Chicken Breast Grilled Strips product was...

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Biden Announces $450M Grant For Community Colleges Working On Job Training

September 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training. Linking training to industry demand is key to the Obama administration's strategy for improving wages and...

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GE Introduces Largest And Most Efficient Gas Turbine In The World

September 29, 2014 1:28 pm | by GE Report | News | Comments

Anyone who’s met her will tell you that Harriet is not like other house guests. When she arrived from France in Greenville, SC, earlier this year, her hosts at a local GE gas turbine factory had to build a new train turntable just to get her settled in her quarters. They also erected a gas plant to...

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Solaris Acquires Loadcraft Site Services, Purchases Manufacturing Facility

September 29, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure LLC announced two transactions today: the acquisition of the assets of Loadcraft Site Services LLC and the purchase of a manufacturing facility in Early, Texas. The Early manufacturing facility will be dedicated to...

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Ford Recalls 850K Cars

September 29, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 850,000 cars and SUVs because of a problem that could stop the air bags from working in a crash.The recalled models include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max compact, Fusion midsize, Escape SUV, and the Lincoln MKZ Luxury car, all sold in...

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Safety Agency Studying Toyota Acceleration Problem

September 29, 2014 12:03 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a consumer's petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes.The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million of the...

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HoneyBaked Ham To Hire 10K Employees

September 29, 2014 11:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It may only be September, but HoneyBaked is already gearing up for the holiday season. The company is preparing for the annual rush on its signature Honey Baked Hams, Turkey Breasts, and full assortment of premium products by providing part-time jobs for more than...

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Enana Buying Athlon Energy For $5.93B

September 29, 2014 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and natural gas company Encana is buying Athlon Energy Inc. for $5.93 billion in an effort to boost is oil production by tapping into Texas's booming Permian Basin. Canada's Encana Corp. will also assume $1.15 billion in debt, bringing the...

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6 Things You Need To Know About STEM

September 29, 2014 11:37 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

STEM — the acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math — has sparked a nationwide debate about education, gender, immigration, and the future of the United States economy. This video covers six important things you need to know about STEM...

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OH Facility Named Finalist In 2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants Competition

September 29, 2014 11:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies' Fluid Power Automotive Lead Center in Findlay, Ohio has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 IndustryWeek Best Plants competition. The competition annually recognizes the best manufacturing facilities in...

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Infor Modernizes San Antonio Water System

September 29, 2014 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 73,000 customers, today announced that San Antonio Water System (SAWS), which services more than 1.6 million consumers in the greater San Antonio metropolitan area, has...

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