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New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts To Pittsburgh Staff

April 15, 2014 12:53 pm | Comments

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn't signal a plan to move the company's headquarters.      

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N.Y. Updating Oil Spill Preparedness Plans

April 15, 2014 12:28 pm | Comments

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it's working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to revise and update its plans for preventing and responding to spills.    

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Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 11:59 am | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                

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Consumer Prices Up Slightly In March

April 15, 2014 11:21 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent in March, after scant 0.1 percent increases in the previous two months.                 

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Police: Drone Hindered Medical Chopper

April 15, 2014 10:50 am | Comments

A man is facing charges after deputies say he was flying a video camera-equipped drone that hindered the landing of a medical helicopter at an accident scene.                     

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FAA Says Hawaiian Didn't Inspect Plane Properly

April 15, 2014 10:21 am | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights.                

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Zebra Buying Motorola Business For $3.45B

April 15, 2014 9:49 am | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical.                

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Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of West Anniversary

April 15, 2014 9:22 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended Monday that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.        

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Big Boy Steam Locomotive Coming Back To Life

April 15, 2014 8:38 am | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press | Comments

In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah.            

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NSA Coverage Gets Pulitzer Prize

April 15, 2014 8:27 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | Comments

Coverage of the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on matters of secret intelligence.          

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Altria Sells N.C. Cigarette Plant For $68.5M

April 15, 2014 8:19 am | Comments

In 2009, Altria closed the factory that employed 2,500 and moved all of its cigarette manufacturing to its Richmond plant to bring its capacity in line with falling demand for cigarettes industrywide.          

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Fuji Heavy Considering New Plant To Make Parts For Boeing 777X

April 15, 2014 8:15 am | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets, company officials said Tuesday.              

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Robotic Sub Aborts First Mission

April 15, 2014 7:58 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | Comments

A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean.        

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Google Buys Drone Maker

April 15, 2014 7:49 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.               

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Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 7:44 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.               

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USMTO: Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In February

April 14, 2014 5:07 pm | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology | Comments

 This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 6.6% from January and down 6.2% when compared with the total of $377.82 million reported for February 2013. With a year-to-date total of $733.82 million, 2014 is down 0.6% compared with 2013.

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Japan Mulls Reducing Corporate R&D Tax Breaks

April 14, 2014 3:21 pm | Comments

The government is considering reducing tax breaks for corporate research and development if the corporate income tax rate is cut as sought by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.               

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Lawsuit: Georgia Factory Is Polluting Altamaha River

April 14, 2014 2:50 pm | by Ray Henry, Associated Press | Comments

An environmental group is suing a factory in southeast Georgia, accusing the company of discharging colored waste and odors in the Altamaha River.                   

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Couple Gets $1.3M Wind Turbine Settlement

April 14, 2014 2:10 pm | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | Comments

The construction and operation of what has become the Kingdom Community Wind project generated fierce opposition from a number of people who claimed the project marred the pristine ridgeline for no environmental benefit.         

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Herbalife Denies Criminal Probe Report

April 14, 2014 1:00 pm | Comments

The company said in a statement that it has no knowledge of any ongoing investigation by the DOJ or the FBI. It also said that it has not received any request for information from either agency.           

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