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FDA: J&J Delayed Reporting Insulin Pump Problems

January 11, 2012 2:12 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators said J&J could face fines for selling faulty insulin pumps and delaying disclosures of serious injuries to diabetics who used them.

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Why Does The Camry Remain The Top Seller?

January 11, 2012 1:58 pm | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

There are three thrifty reasons why the best-selling car in the United States for the past 10 years is likely to stay on top.

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An American Manufacturing Movement: Talent

January 11, 2012 12:58 pm | Articles | Comments

Federal, state, and local governments along with high schools, universities, community colleges, national laboratories, and industry should prioritize Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and push for greater integration of community colleges in the innovation pipeline. Congress should implement immigration reform to ensure the world’s brightest talent innovate and create opportunities in the United States.

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Top 10 Employee Handbook Updates For 2012

January 11, 2012 12:40 pm | by Daniel Kaufman, Partner at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP | Articles | Comments

The New Year is a great time for employers to review and update their employee handbooks. It is especially important this year because of several changes to existing laws, as well as new challenges that employers may not have previously addressed in their handbooks, such as workplace bullying. Here are the top ten areas that employers should consider updating in their employee handbooks for 2012.

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Ford Recalls 450,426 Minivans And SUVs

January 11, 2012 12:06 pm | News | Comments

One of the two vehicles recalled is the model 2001-2002 Escape SUV, which are plagued by leaking brake fluid that could lead to a fire.

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Pepsi To Pay $3.1M For Racial Discrimination

January 11, 2012 11:58 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EEOC says Pepsi refused to hire those who had been arrested, even if they were never convicted, which disproportionately excluded black applicants.

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Whitman Brings Ex-eBay Exec To HP

January 11, 2012 9:59 am | News | Comments

Henry Gomez, who was on the leadership team of Whitman's failed 2010 California gubernatorial bid, will become HP's chief communications officer.

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Valero Won't Appeal Texas Tax Break Rejection

January 11, 2012 9:57 am | News | Comments

The energy giant had hoped for a $92 million tax exemption for equipment installed at the refineries to remove sulfur dioxide from crude oil.

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France Probes Competition Complaint Against Oracle

January 11, 2012 9:54 am | News | Comments

The complaint claims that Oracle is attempting to squeeze HP by making future versions of its database software incompatible with processors in HP servers.

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Amateur Marketing

January 11, 2012 9:46 am | by Greg Harris, Vice President, Marketing, Jameco Electronics | Articles | Comments

Consumers understand that many advertising claims are exaggerated or just plain untrue. This skepticism has changed the face of good marketing.

EPA To Test Sites In Ohio Child Cancer Cluster

January 11, 2012 9:46 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators plan to test soil, air and water samples at manufacturing sites just south of Lake Erie, where at least 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer.

Ex-Mace President Guilty In Unsafe-Waste Case

January 11, 2012 9:42 am | News | Comments

Jon Goodrich, a former president of operations for the tear gas company, will pay a $100,000 fine for storing hazardous waste without a permit.

Food Facility Audits Largely Ignore FDA Guidance

January 11, 2012 9:24 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators looking into an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe linked to 30 deaths last year found that third-party auditors were severely lacking.

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Prius Is Japan's Top-Selling Car For Third Year

January 11, 2012 9:23 am | News | Comments

The Prius gas-electric hybrid was Japan's top-selling vehicle in 2011 for the third straight year, underlining how the ecological car has scored a big hit.

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GM: Opel Is Not For Sale

January 11, 2012 9:21 am | News | Comments

General Motors Co. Vice Chairman Steve Girsky says the company will not sell Opel, its struggling European brand.

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Boeing Hits 737 Production Target

January 11, 2012 9:19 am | News | Comments

Boeing hit its target of producing 35 of its 737-model aircraft in a month and is preparing to further speed up the assembly line in the next two years.

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Great Wooden Boats

January 11, 2012 9:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

This video from Philip Bloom takes a look into the Great Lakes Boat Building Company, the life's work and passion of one Mike Kiefer.

Motorola To Use Intel Chips In Smartphones

January 11, 2012 9:10 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel has struggled to bring down the power consumption of its chips so that they can be used in phones without draining the battery in a matter of hours.

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Animal Rights Group Takes Credit For Calif. Arson

January 11, 2012 9:08 am | News | Comments

Authorities are looking into animal rights activists' claims that they caused the fire that destroyed big-rig tractors and trailers at the state's biggest beef processor.

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Hostess Files For Bankruptcy

January 11, 2012 9:07 am | News | Comments

Hostess is filing for bankruptcy, blaming troubles with its pension and medical benefits obligations, increased competition and tough economic conditions.

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