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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bringing Tablet 'Magic' To Manufacturing

October 20, 2011 5:40 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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