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Asbestos Pushed In Asia As Product For The Poor

August 12, 2014 3:26 am | by Katy Daigle - AP Environment Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at a conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people. Their product? Asbestos. Outlawed in much of the developed world, it...

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Liberian Doctors To Get Experimental Ebola Drug

August 11, 2014 10:28 pm | by Jonathan Paye-layleh - Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia announced Monday that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to two sick doctors, making them the first Africans to receive some of the scarce treatment in a spiraling outbreak. The U.S. government confirmed that ...

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Maryland Man Convicted Of Exporting To Iran

August 11, 2014 6:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maryland man has been convicted on charges of exporting American manufactured industrial products to Iran. Prosecutors said Monday that a federal grand jury convicted 34-year-old Ali Saboonchi of Parkville after a two-week trial. Saboonchi conspired ...

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CEO: Glass-Making Plant For Apple Nears Production

August 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A large factory in the Phoenix metro area is reportedly close to starting production of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for Apple cameras and other devices. The Arizona Republic reports that GT Advanced Technologies CEO Tom Gutierrez told investment analysts last week ...

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GM Gets Claims In 63 Death Cases

August 11, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sixty-three death claims have been filed so far with the lawyer handling payments for those involved in wrecks caused by faulty General Motors ignition switches. A spokeswoman for compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg says he ...   

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Manufacturing Day Events Expected To Top 1,500

August 11, 2014 1:21 pm | News | Comments

More than 1,500 manufacturing events across the country are estimated to mark the third-annual Manufacturing Day taking place Friday, Oct. 3, according to event co-producers. Manufacturing Day is designed to ...       

Survivor: Engine Out Before Iranian Airplane Crash

August 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by Amir Vahdat, Associated Press | News | Comments

The crash in the Islamic Republic comes as its airlines fly aging aircraft and have trouble getting replacement parts, even though an interim deal on its contested nuclear program has ...          

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U.S. Agency Moves Slowly On Investigation Requests

August 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

People are waiting longer than they should for an answer when they petition the government to open an investigation into what could be serious safety problems. The Associated Press reviewed all 15 petitions filed by ...     

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FDA Rules May Jeopardize Black & Mild Cigar Name

August 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild. Under the Food and Drug Administration proposal ...        

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Carbon Dioxide 'Sponge' Could Ease Transition To Cleaner Energy

August 11, 2014 1:01 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A sponge-like plastic that sops up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) might ease our transition away from polluting fossil fuels and toward new energy sources, such as hydrogen. The material — a relative of the plastics used in food containers — could ...

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Watch Boeing's CEO Trash Talk Airbus

August 11, 2014 12:54 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney says his Dreamliners are superior to anything in Airbus' fleet, but says the A330neo 'will be an improvement' from its current model ...                

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GE & Pivotal Pioneer New Approach To Industrial Data

August 11, 2014 12:18 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE and Pivotal said they built the first industrial-scale “data lake” system that could supercharge how companies store, manage and glean insight from information harvested from machines connected to ...         

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Judge Rejects $324.5M Settlement In Tech Wage Case

August 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging ...              

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Engineering Newswire: Robo-Shipbuilder Suit Gives Workers Superhuman Strength

August 11, 2014 11:57 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re exploring the ocean in a private submarine, translating vibrations into audio signals, and gaining superhuman strength ... with the help of a robotic exoskeleton ...        

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GM Issues 6 More Recalls Covering 312,000 Vehicles

August 11, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is issuing six more recalls totaling more than 312,000 vehicles as the company cleans up past safety issues. The recalls in North America pushed GM's total for the year to ...           

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Spanish Ebola Patient Gets Experimental Drug

August 11, 2014 6:28 am | by By Ciaran Giles - Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain has imported a U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest who was evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for the killer virus. The Health Ministry announced Monday that the ZMapp drug, made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego, was...

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Old-Fashioned Food Company Courts The Web

August 11, 2014 2:25 am | by John Magsam - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Associated Press | News | Comments

At the House of Webster, it's all about the jams, jellies, apple butter, syrups, mustard and relish — all things that can be packaged in a Mason jar. The privately held company turned 80 this year and is ...         

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Crash Of Iranian-Built Plane Brings Production Into Question

August 10, 2014 1:28 pm | by Ali Akbar Dareini - Associated Press | News | Comments

A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions. The plane was based on a ...

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Florence Losing 65 Jobs Amid Company Restructuring

August 9, 2014 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A welding equipment company with a plant in South Carolina is restructuring and that means the loss of about 65 jobs in Florence. Area media outlets report that ESAB Welding and Cutting Products announced Friday that the restructuring is ...

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State Seeks Training For Manufacturing Jobs

August 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Stephen Singer - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A low-cost state loan to train manufacturing workers is drawing support from business groups that say Connecticut is ill-prepared for an increase in aerospace and other high-tech factory work, but some economics are dismissing the complaint as ...

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