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Photos Of The Day: UPS Worldport At A Glance

September 25, 2014 12:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

Besides all the automation, Worldport houses an army of sorters, flight technicians and directors, pilots, and even a team of meteorologists to keep logistics moving in the wee hours of the morning ...        

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1 Injured In Plastic Manufacturing Plant Explosion

September 25, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say one employee is injured after an explosion at a plastics manufacturing business in Nevada.Capt. John Gately of Mesquite Fire and Rescue says the person was burned and was being airlifted to Las Vegas after the blast Wednesday at Primex Plastics Corp. in Mesquite. The person's condition...

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Rise To 293K

September 25, 2014 9:51 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago. Despite the rise, the level of applications remains near pre-recession levels, a sign that hiring will likely remain healthy. Weekly unemployment benefit applications rose...

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India Releases Image Of Mars Craters

September 25, 2014 8:45 am | by Katy Daigle - Associated Press | Comments

India's space agency released a blurry image of Mars pockmarked with giant craters, taken by the nation's first interplanetary spacecraft after it began orbiting the red planet. The image released Thursday was taken while the Martian Orbiter Mission, or MOM, was about...

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Durable Goods Fell 18.2 Percent In August

September 25, 2014 8:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods fell by a record amount in August, dragged lower by a plunge in demand for commercial aircraft. But orders in a key category that tracks business investment plans posted a gain. The Commerce Department says that orders for durable goods fell...

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India Launches Campaign To Boost Manufacturing

September 25, 2014 7:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

India's prime minister has launched a campaign to entice investment and promote the country as the world's next cheap labor economy. The "Make in India" campaign is as much a slick marketing campaign as it is a promise to streamline bureaucracy and make India investor friendly. Prime Minister...

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Ford To Add 1,200 Workers At MO Plant

September 25, 2014 12:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van. The Transit arrived at dealerships in June, but so far only 2,085 have been sold through August, according to Autodata Corp. However, demand has been gradually...

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2 Killed In Shooting At UPS Facility

September 24, 2014 5:24 pm | by Kim Chandler and Jay Reeves, Associated Press | Comments

Two longtime UPS employees killed in a shooting at a package-processing facility in Alabama were supervisors who had worked for the shipping giant for years, the company said Wednesday. Business manager Brian Callans, 46, of Birmingham, and driver supervisor Doug Hutcheson, 33, of Odenville, were the men killed...

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GreenTech Automotive Completes New Production Plant

September 24, 2014 5:08 pm | by Entertainment Close-Up | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA) reported that construction is complete on its new production facility in Tunica, Miss."GTA has made significant progress toward our engineering, production, hiring, and industry partnership goals in recent months," said...

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Businesses Won't Return BP Spill Payments

September 24, 2014 5:03 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | Comments

BP wants its money back — hundreds of millions of dollars of it — but a federal judge said Wednesday that the oil giant must keep its promises to the companies it compensated for losses they blamed on the 2010 Gulf oil spill. BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled many businesses to...

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Man Injured In Natural Gas Explosion Tuesday Has Died

September 24, 2014 4:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

One of four men injured in a blast at a western Wyoming natural gas storage tank has died, a Salt Lake City hospital official confirmed Wednesday. Marissa Villasenor, a spokeswoman for the University of Utah Hospital, said the worker injured in Tuesday's explosion died overnight at...

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EPA Presents First Sustainable Materials Management Award To Sprint

September 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Yesterday, Sprint was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the first-ever Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge Champion Award for its leadership in collecting and responsibly managing electronics waste. Sprint was one of only... 

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4 Injured In Oil Well Explosion

September 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Police say four people have sustained severe burns in an explosion at an oil well in northwestern Germany. The explosion at the drilling site in Osterbrock, near the Dutch border, happened Tuesday evening following a gas leak. Police said Wednesday that...

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GM Says China Sales This Year To Top 3.1M

September 24, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors Co. expects its sales in China this year to top 3.1 million vehicles and sees no impact on business from an anti-monopoly probe of the industry, the president of the automaker's China unit said Wednesday. Sales growth for GM and its Chinese partners should be...

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L.A. Looks To The Wind For Electricity

September 24, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | Comments

The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has proved challenging. An alliance of four companies say...

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Natural Gas Storage Tank Explosion Injures 4

September 24, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | Comments

An explosion at a natural gas storage tank injured four workers on Tuesday in western Wyoming, authorities said. The blast occurred as a maintenance crew was cleaning out the tank in the desert about 30 miles northwest of Green River, Lincoln County Sherrif's Office...

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Delphi Acquires Antaya, Expands Automotive Business

September 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

Delphi Automotive PLC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Antaya Technologies Corp., a leading provider of proprietary on-glass connectors, enhancing the company's portfolio in the rapidly growing automotive electrical connectors business. Antaya is the largest manufacturer of on-glass connectors for the...

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Aleris To Add Capabilities To KY Aluminum Rolling Mill

September 24, 2014 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Aleris announced today that it will invest $350 million to upgrade capabilities at its aluminum rolling mill in Lewisport, Kentucky.  The investment positions Aleris to meet anticipated significant growth in North American automotive demand as the industry pursues broader aluminum use for the production of...

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GE To Give Penn State $10M For Gas Drilling Center

September 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Kevin Begos, The Associated Press | Comments

Penn State University said Wednesday that General Electric Co. will give the school up to $10 million to create a new center for natural gas industry research. Penn State President Eric Barron said in a statement that the center will produce tangible benefits to the industry, to communities that are affected by...

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Panasonic Manufactures Robot For Eldercare

September 24, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Panasonic Corp. said Wednesday that it has developed a nursing-care robot that helps the elderly walk or get out of bed. Osaka-based Panasonic said it plans to start the sale of the robots to hospitals and nursing-care facilities in... 

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