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Why I Hate The Word 'Plan'

October 21, 2011 5:20 am | by Joe Flach, Consultant, Safe Harbor Consulting LLC | Articles | Comments

My consulting plan is -- avoid the word "plan" -- and, be more precise by stating what you want that word to mean.

EPA To Regulate Fracking Wastewater Disposal

October 21, 2011 4:46 am | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators will develop national standards for the disposal of polluted wastewaters generated by a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing.


Judge Dismisses Antitrust Suit Against Mattel

October 21, 2011 4:40 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against Mattel Inc. brought by the makers of Bratz dolls.


The Amphibious Aircraft

October 21, 2011 4:15 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

The FAA intended for these two changes to help make recreational flying more accessible and safer for consumers passionate about flying.

Photo Of The Day: Bike Recall

October 20, 2011 4:10 pm | News | Comments

About 91,000 'Next' bicycles are being recalled because the chain can break, which could cause the rider to lose control and fall.

Ford: UAW Contract Raises Costs Minimally

October 20, 2011 10:03 am | News | Comments

The four-year deal will raise costs by $280 million this year and around $80 million per year after that.


Chemical Fire Engulfs Ark. Fake Fingernail Factory

October 20, 2011 9:48 am | News | Comments

The Onyx Laboratories plant in Maumelle is burning, forcing the evacuation of the plant and nearby buildings.


First Mexican Truck To Enter US Interior Within Days

October 20, 2011 6:03 am | by Julie Watson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents say allowing Mexican trucking companies to deliver goods rather than transfer them to U.S. haulers at the border will put American jobs at risk.


Fed: Regional Banks Saw Growth In Manufacturing

October 20, 2011 5:56 am | by Martin Crutsigner, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve's 12 regional bank districts all grew in September and early October, helped by strength in car sales and manufacturing.


Satellite Pieces May Hit Earth Over Weekend

October 20, 2011 5:52 am | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

Parts of the satellite, which is the size of a minivan, will burn up during re-entry but up to 30 fragments could strike anywhere on the planet.


AT & T Sees 3Q Slowdown In iPhone Activations

October 20, 2011 5:46 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The country's largest telecommunications company said it activated the lowest number in a year and a half despite the new iPhone 4S.


Calif. Company Recalls Bagged Salad

October 20, 2011 5:43 am | News | Comments

Taylor Farms Retail Inc. is voluntarily recalling 3,265 cases of various bagged salad blends that have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.


Unemployment Applications Dip, But Still Elevated

October 20, 2011 5:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Weekly applications dropped by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 403,000, but need to fall consistently below 375,000 to signal sustainable job growth.


Bringing Tablet 'Magic' To Manufacturing

October 20, 2011 5:40 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

Tablets are small enough to be mobile, powerful enough to chew through ever-increasing amounts of data, and are making big strides in manufacturing.

Senators Challenge Concussion-Safe Helmet Maker

October 20, 2011 5:34 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers and medical professions say companies like Riddell are misleading consumers because the claims are not justified by scientific evidence.


China Rare Earths Supplier Suspends Production

October 20, 2011 5:34 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's biggest producer of rare earths is suspending production for one month in hopes of boosting slumping prices of the exotic minerals.


Calif. Poised To Finalize 'Cap-And-Trade' Plan

October 20, 2011 5:31 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting in 2013, the plan places emissions allowances on power plants and other of the worst polluting facilities.


Outokumpu To Cut 1,300 Jobs

October 20, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

Finnish metals group Outokumpu Oyj says it will lay off 1,300 workers worldwide to cut costs and improve profitability.


Amgen Laying Off About 380 In R & D

October 20, 2011 5:25 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amgen Inc. said it is laying off about 380 employees in research and development, nearly 6 percent of its R&D staff, as it restructures those operations.


Thai Flood Delays Sony Cameras, Headphones

October 20, 2011 5:19 am | News | Comments

Sony had planned to market two new models of its single-lens reflex cameras on Nov. 11, but the launch date for the products is now up in the air.



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