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Nuclear Waste Facility Planned For Idaho

August 6, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

The company contracted by the federal government to run an eastern Idaho nuclear complex has awarded a $34 million subcontract to another company to build a disposal facility for low-level nuclear waste.                 

Samsung, Apple To Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 8:07 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers.             

Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Trucks In Mexico

August 6, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

While local distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in southern Mexico, multinational firms have seldom been attacked.                    

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Microsoft Hires Qualcomm Exec To Make Deals

August 6, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market.                       

Bill On West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 6, 2014 7:47 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The prospect of Texas strengthening fire safety codes or enforcing tougher standards on companies with volatile quantities of hazardous chemicals has become murky 16 months after the disaster.              

China Probes Automakers, Tech Firms

August 6, 2014 7:41 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.           

The Internet Of Things, Robotic Manufacturing, And The End Of The World

August 5, 2014 4:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area: manufacturing. The term Internet of Things ...

Nevada No Lock For Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 5, 2014 1:40 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is ...   

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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.

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.

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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.              

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.           

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.           

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