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State May Ban Tesla Selling Practices

October 20, 2014 | by USA Today | Comments

Tesla is facing a ban that would prevent the electric car maker from directly selling its vehicles in the state of Michigan. A bill was introduced in May that sought to prevent franchised dealers from imposing random fees on customers...

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Kimberly-Clark To Cut Up To 1,300 Jobs

October 21, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient. The consumer products company has 58,000 workers worldwide, according to its website. Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Tuesday that it anticipates...

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Chevron Invests $20M In PA Workforce

October 21, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chevron Corp. is spending $20 million to launch its Appalachia Partnership Initiative, which is meant to improve schools and workforce development in 27 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. Chevron is working with...

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GE, Honda Join To Power Legacy Cessna Jets

October 21, 2014 9:44 am | by GE Reports | Comments

GE engineers helped inventor and aircraft designer Bill Lear create the business jet market in the 1960s, when they converted a fighter jet engine into propulsion for the first Learjet. But the company has been largely absent from the space since...

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Tragic Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories

October 21, 2014 9:35 am | by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for gross safety and labor violations, and seized 33,427 sewing machines that were not up to code. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name...

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SKF To Expand, Relocate Facility

October 21, 2014 5:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A company that makes industrial lubrication systems could receive state and local incentives to build a new manufacturing plant in the St. Louis area. Sweden-based SKF plans to relocate its facility from St. Louis city to St. Louis County while retaining 388 jobs and creating an additional 73...

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Organic Standards Hazy For Nonfood Items

October 21, 2014 3:33 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona...

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CEO Of Total Oil Dies In Moscow Plane Crash

October 20, 2014 9:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Russia's Tass news agency says the CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo airport. Airport officials told Tass that the collision occurred at 11:57 p.m. Moscow time Monday, killing Total CEO...

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Judge To Rule Against Ameren In Power Line Case

October 20, 2014 6:33 pm | by David A. Lieb, The Associated Press | Comments

A judge said Monday that he will rule against a subsidiary of Ameren Corp. in a legal fight over whether it needs state regulators' permission to build a high-voltage power line across northern Missouri. Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green said he's inclined to reject Ameren's request for a...

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Illegal Drones A Growing Issue At Sporting Events

October 20, 2014 3:45 pm | by Rob Harris, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Long after drones became a key tool for military and spy agencies, authorities now realize the threat they can pose to sports events. It's not multimillion-dollar military-grade drones prompting concerns, but remote controlled contraptions costing just a few hundred dollars that can be sent...

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WTO Rejects U.S. Meat Label Requirements

October 20, 2014 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Learning where the meat in your grocery store came from might get harder.In a ruling Monday, the World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised, and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements...

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American, U.S. Airways Complete Cargo Combination

October 20, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

American Airlines and US Airways say they have finishes combining their cargo operations. American Airlines Group Inc. said Monday that it was the first time that operating divisions at the two carriers have become fully combined. The combined cargo unit will have annual revenue of more than...

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Huron Capital's Bloomer Plastics Acquires Blown Film Manufacturer

October 20, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Huron Capital Partners announced today that its portfolio company, Wisconsin-based Bloomer Plastics, Inc., has acquired Delaware, Ohio-based Optimum Plastics. Bloomer Plastics is a leading producer of custom engineered cast embossed films for the industrial, medical and packaging...

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Can Paid Internships Help To Bridge The Gap In Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 1:58 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant, IIE | Comments

Trevor Fischer, a 23 year old enrolled at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, Washington, admits he never held much interest in pursuing a career in manufacturing. He believes young people don't consider a career in manufacturing because the idea of working at a big industrial plant can be...

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U.S. Safety Regulators Warn Car Owners To Heed Recalls

October 20, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately. The warning issued Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers vehicles from multiple manufacturers that date to 2002....

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Toyota Adds 247K Vehicles To Air Bag Recall Tally

October 20, 2014 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall posed Monday by U.S. safety regulators covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla and Matrix, the 2002 to...

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General Motors' Legal Chief Stepping Down

October 20, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors' chief lawyer Michael Millikin, who withstood withering criticism from lawmakers for his department's handling of an ignition switch recall, is retiring early next year. GM says in a statement that the 66-year-old Millikin will stay on until a replacement is on the...

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HP Delivers Security To Academic Institutions

October 20, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

HP today announced that academic institutions including Loyola University Chicago, California's Irvine Unified School District, and Illinois' Collinsville Community Unit School District 10 are leveraging HP TippingPoint network security solutions to help prevent...

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Federal Reserve Chair Greatly Concerned By Widening Inequality

October 20, 2014 10:05 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.The growing gap between the rich and everyone else narrowed slightly during...

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Survey: Pay Remains Stagnant Despite Strong U.S. Hiring

October 20, 2014 9:57 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months. A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics found...

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iRobot Receives $7.6M Order From U.S. Navy

October 20, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

iRobot Corp., the leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, has received a $7.6 million order from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. The order calls for upgrades and spares for 46 Man Transportable...

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