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Software Worth Its Value In Platinum: South African Smelter Embraces Big Data

August 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Africa’s economic expansion was largely driven by commodities over the last decade. But today, satisfying demand involves more than just pulling ore and minerals from the ground faster. Companies like South Africa’s platinum producer Lonmin are ...

U.S. Factory Orders Rise 1.1 Percent In June

August 5, 2014 10:30 am | by Josh Boak - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories increased in June, led by demand for aircraft, industrial machinery and computers and electronics. Orders rose a seasonally adjusted 1.1 percent compared to the previous month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Factory orders ...

Coal Struggle Endures With Mine Layoff Plans

August 5, 2014 9:03 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal giant Alpha Natural Resources revealed plans to shed 1,100 workers at 11 West Virginia surface mines and related operations by mid-October. In Boone, where about 2,400 people work in coal mining, two mines employing 462 people could be shuttered.

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SpaceX To Build Rocket Launch Site In South Texas

August 5, 2014 8:27 am | by Christopher Sherman - Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX will build the world's first commercial site for orbital rocket launches in the southernmost tip of Texas. The state of Texas added $15.3 million in incentives to the geographic value of a location east of Brownsville that will allow ...

Ind. Man Laid Off Twice Finds New Purpose At 52

August 5, 2014 8:22 am | by Tim Vandenack, The Elkhart Truth | News | Comments

The Great Recession battered Elkhart County and, in some ways, many are still feeling the aftershocks of the downturn, five years after it ended. But it's made others, like Bumpus, leaner, forcing them to improvise and forge a new trail lest they wither on the vine.

Toyota Profit Up Nearly 5 Percent

August 5, 2014 8:18 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan.                   

'Gluten-Free' Labeling Standards Kick In

August 5, 2014 8:14 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting this week, "gluten-free" labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten-free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.          

Vendors, Military Buyers Meet At N.C. Trade Show

August 5, 2014 8:04 am | News | Comments

About 100 North Carolina businesses are showing off their robots, bomb-sniffing dogs and shooting-range construction skills at one of the state's largest gathering of military contractors.              

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Xiaomi Beats Samsung In Chinese Smartphone Market

August 5, 2014 8:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Xiaomi, a Chinese handset maker little known in the West, overtook tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. to become China's top-selling smartphone brand in the second quarter, a market research company sai.               

P&G To Slim Down Product Lineup

August 5, 2014 7:57 am | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest consumer products maker said it will jettison more than half its brands around the globe over the next year or two, leaving it with about 70 to 80 of its top performers when the nips and tucks are complete.            

GM Canada Agrees To Restore Retirement Benefits

August 5, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

General Motors of Canada Ltd. has agreed to pay $9 million to nearly 3,300 salaried and executive retirees and restore most of their post-retirement benefits to pre-financial crisis levels, the Toronto Star reports.                 

Autos And Construction Fuel U.S. Job Growth

August 5, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

In a month when auto plants usually shut down to retool for next year's models, the sector added a solid 14,600 jobs, according to the government's employment report.                 

McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain said in a regulatory filing that there's been "significant negative impact" in China, Japan and other affected markets. These regions make up about 10 percent of McDonald's Corp.'s revenue.           

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China To Ban All Coal Use In Beijing

August 5, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.                 

Report: Nigeria, Shell Not Cleaning Oil Pollution

August 5, 2014 7:43 am | by Maram Mazen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday.           

Official Says Mechanical Failure Caused Food Lab Blast

August 5, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                 

Allergan Sues Valeant

August 5, 2014 7:38 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox and eye-drug maker Allergan is suing a Canadian drug maker and a hedge fund over their hostile takeover attempt, alleging insider trading and other fraud before their plan became public.           

Agency Says Confusion Caused Missed Nuke Dump Checks

August 5, 2014 7:35 am | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators say a federal agency charged with reviewing the safety of mines failed to conduct required inspections at the government's troubled underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico.               

Real-Time Oil & Gas Data In The Cloud

August 4, 2014 4:49 pm | by John Parsons, President & CEO of PML Exploration Services | Articles | Comments

When drilling oil or natural gas wells, employee safety and the integrity of the well are the primary concerns. To enhance safety and increase productivity, PML analyzes the rock cuttings and gases from the drilling fluid to ascertain information ...

HP To Pay $32.5M To Settle Postal Service Dispute

August 4, 2014 2:46 pm | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle allegations it overcharged the U.S. Postal Service for products over more than eight years.                       

Japan, China Eye Meeting Over Food Safety

August 4, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month following a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said Monday.

USDA Overhauls 50-Year-Old Poultry Inspections

August 4, 2014 11:29 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.             

U.S. Auto Sales Sizzle In July

August 4, 2014 11:24 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Chrysler all saw double-digit sales gains. General Motors' sales were up 9 percent compared with last July, while Hyundai's rose 1.5 percent. Of major automakers, only Honda and Volkswagen saw declines.           

Harley Recalls Bikes For Ignition Switch Problem

August 4, 2014 10:52 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business.                           

Gov't: GM Owner Site Was Faulty

August 4, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

The government and General Motors are warning vehicle owners that GM's recall Web site may not be listing all the cars that need recall repairs.                   

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