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Semiconductor Company Cutting 1,350 Jobs

August 26, 2014 11:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia — about 15 percent of its total workforce — to reduce costs. The company said Monday that it will close facilities in ...       

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Amazon Acquires Twitch For $970M

August 26, 2014 11:24 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it ...                

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Blade From Power Saw Impales Worker

August 26, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Houston construction worker has been hospitalized after he was impaled in the chest by a circular blade that became detached from a power saw. Houston fire spokesman Kenyatta Parker says the man was ...        

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Draconian Responses To Gremlin Problems

August 26, 2014 9:57 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Gremlins are wicked little mythological creatures that delight in causing mischief. Some of the problems we try to solve at work seem like gremlins. Just when we think we have one caged and harmless, two more appear and things are ...    

Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears In Scotland

August 26, 2014 9:49 am | by Martin Benedyk & Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly. It's said that Scotch tastes of the place where it is made, so Reavey's ...             

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Guilty Plea In California Meat-Recall Case

August 26, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge. Robert Singleton, who co-owns the Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered his plea ...

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U.S. Durable Goods Orders Surge To Record High

August 26, 2014 9:29 am | by Martin Crutsinger - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July but much of the strength came from a huge surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders actually fell. Orders for durable goods ...

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China Deploys Armed Drone To Multinational Drills

August 26, 2014 5:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's air force says it deployed an armed drone to multinational anti-terrorism drills, underscoring its rapid progress in developing unmanned aerial vehicles. Air force spokesman Shen Jinke was quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency as saying ...

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Automotive Component Plant Begins Expansion

August 26, 2014 5:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A northeast Missouri manufacturing plant that makes components for motor vehicles has begun a $17 million expansion. The Mexico Ledger reports ( http://bit.ly/1BWgXyc ) the 68,000-square-foot addition at Spartan Light Metal Products will more than ...

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Ashley Furniture Official: No Plans For Layoffs

August 25, 2014 9:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ashley Furniture has no plans for any layoffs and instead plans to add jobs, an official of the Wisconsin-based company told the state's business lobby after a published report saying Ashley Furniture sought $6 million in state tax credits on condition the company ...

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Navy Awards $100M Contract To Maine Shipyard

August 25, 2014 8:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Maine's Bath Iron Works has ended a partnership in which it helped to produce the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship in 2010. But that doesn't mean it's out of the program altogether. The shipyard announced Monday that the Navy has awarded the shipbuilder ...

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Cabinet Manufacturer To Add 80 West Virginia Jobs

August 25, 2014 8:32 pm | by Jonathan Mattise - Associated Press | News | Comments

A prominent kitchen cabinet manufacturer plans to add 80 jobs and invest $30 million at its West Virginia facility. American Woodmark Corporation announced Monday it will expand its South Branch manufacturing center ...      

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Ford Adds Workers, Investment To Back MKC Output

August 25, 2014 8:32 pm | by Bruce Schreiner - Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Monday it has beefed up its workforce and investment at a Kentucky plant to support production of its new Lincoln SUV as the automaker looks to reinvigorate its luxury brand. The company added 300 workers and invested another ...

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Expert Calls For Nuke Plant Closure

August 25, 2014 1:52 pm | by Michael Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from ...       

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2 Killed And More Injured In Plant Explosion

August 25, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say two people are dead and more are injured after an explosion at a recycling plant in southern Illinois. Granite City police tell television stations KMOV and KTVI that the bomb squad ...       

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Ford To Unveil New Hybrid Cars In 2018

August 25, 2014 1:33 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Ford plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018. The model will be compact and is a dedicated hybrid unlike the current Fusion. Ford wants to take on Toyota's best-selling hybrid, the Prius ...         

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CA Hot Sauce Plant's Tour Offers Whiff Of Excitement

August 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Southern California hot sauce plant that came under fire for its spicy odors is throwing open its doors to the public, offering a whiff of excitement and perhaps a breath of fresh air in its relations with its neighbors. As many as 3,000 people are ...

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Tesla Building I-80 Supercharger Station

August 25, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. is building a supercharger station in the Sierra Nevada north of Lake Tahoe where drivers of the company's electric cars can recharge along Interstate 80, a newspaper says. Tesla officials previously announced plans to build ...

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Advocacy Group Asks For Chrysler Investigation

August 25, 2014 1:21 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

An auto safety advocacy group has asked the U.S. government to investigate power system failures in Chrysler vehicles that could cause them to stall while being driven. The Center for Auto Safety ...         

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CA Earthquake Shakes Famed Wine Country

August 25, 2014 1:14 pm | by Ken Sweet & Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake. The earthquake couldn't have come at a worse time for the region, which has ...      

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