The families believe smokestacks from Whirlpool's huge washing machine plant in Clyde sent a chemical compound suspected of causing cancer into the neighborhoods of several children who were among the first diagnosed. Whirlpool, based in Benton Harbor, Mich., has maintained that there is no scientific or medical fact to back up the allegations.
Top executives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, AOL, LinkedIn and Twitter published a joint statement and sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama and members of Congress. The coalition urges changes that would include a government agreement not to collect bulk data from Internet communications.
A $16 million upgrade of a manufacturing facility in Shreveport means new jobs in north Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Lubrication Technologies Inc. CEO Chris Bame announced the project Monday. They say the project will create 75 new jobs with an average annual salary of more than $41,400 per year.
Washington suspended the benefits last June, two months after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka that killed 1,129 people. The disaster put a grim spotlight on low wages and lax safety in the impoverished nation's lucrative apparel business that exports nearly $5 billion annually to the U.S.
U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles in December at the slowest pace since last summer, another sign that the economy lost some momentum at the end of 2013. The Commerce Department says wholesalers boosted stockpiles by 0.3 percent in December from November, smallest gain since July.
A Northern California slaughterhouse has voluntary halted operations after recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products. The recall, which began Jan. 13, was expanded on Saturday to include just over a year's worth of meat products processed by Rancho Feeding Corp. in Petaluma.
Leading cancer experts say Europe's antiquated drug regulatory system is stopping children from getting life-saving medicines and are calling for changes that would remove a loophole that allows companies to skip developing medicines for children already approved for adults.
A flavoring manufacturer in Oakdale has been cited by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a fire last year severely burned a worker. OSHA on Monday cited Carol Callahan, doing business as Natural Advantage, for 19 serious violations at the facility. Proposed penalties total $91,000.
Swiss food and drink giant Nestlé and French cosmetics company L'Oréal have approved a deal to transfer ownership of Swiss dermatology pharmaceuticals company Galderma. The companies say L'Oréal will buy 48.5 million of its own shares, or 8 percent of its share capital, from Nestlé and give Nestlé its 50 percent stake in Galderma, which has been a 50/50 joint venture between them.
Growth has marched steadily downward over the past two years as Beijing clamped down on a spending boom that analysts worry has pushed debt to dangerous levels. That has meant less Chinese demand for imported goods from copper and cement to factory machinery and earth movers.
Monday afternoon's blast at the New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc. plant in Peterborough is being investigated but all indications were that it was an industrial-related incident, said Peterborough Fire Department spokesman Eric Bowman. There didn't appear to be any environmental damage.
Metrics are often derived or calculated from a multitude of measures or from data. Metrics give us a progress report or a status level of some type of performance. Data is a raw output of a process or a test or an experiment. Most times data is not useful until it is turned into some form of information by an analysis of some kind.
There is still a far greater emotional response to a factory closing than to an engineering firm opening. It’s not that plant closings are trivial, or that engineering is somehow superior. But there may be a problem with our focus on factories in that it takes energy away from aggressively developing more advanced services.
State Senate Speaker Pro Tem Bo Watson in a news conference in Chattanooga on Monday called the United Auto Workers campaign at the plant "un-American." He said a vote in favor of the union would lead the wide GOP majorities in the state Legislature to take a dim view of future incentives aimed at expanding production.
Beechcraft Corp. is calling its first year since emerging from bankruptcy protection a success. The company says it saw a 64 percent increase in deliveries, with 205 planes delivered in 2013 compared with 125 the previous year.
A water sample taken Monday, two days after the spill was discovered, was four times higher than the maximum level for people to have prolonged contact, such as swimming, the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said.
Communist Party leaders pledged in November to open state-dominated industries wider to private competition and ease limits on foreign investment in what could be China's most significant economic overhaul in at least two decades.
Nokia Corp. says it has settled all pending patent litigation with HTC. The Finnish company says it has signed a patent and technology collaboration agreement with Taiwan's HTC Corp. The deal should help strengthen Nokia's licensing offering.
Beer drinkers up and down the East Coast know Yuengling as a 185-year-old family-owned Pennsylvania brewery whose lager flows from taps in countless bars and restaurants. What they might not realize is that Yuengling used to make ice cream, too, starting in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition.
Court filings show a California manufacturer is seeking to buy assets of a defunct New Mexico peanut giant for $18.5 million. Sunland closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October after it was involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak.
With an eight-year turnaround from research to yield, Cargill's expansion in Fort Collins will reach into the next generation of oils to meet consumer needs including Omega 3 for brain and eye development, said Lorin DeBonte of Cargill Specialty Seeds & Oils.
Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tazreen Fashions Ltd., and his wife surrendered to authorities Sunday after being charged with culpable homicide in December. The case is the first of its kind against an owner in Bangladesh's powerful garment industry, which has a huge influence in the country's affairs from politics to sports.
A bankruptcy judge had rejected Hybrid's plan to use $75 million it claims it is owed as Fisker's senior secured lender on the bid. He capped Hybrid's credit bid at $25 million, setting up a competitive auction with Chinese auto parts conglomerate Wanxiang Group Corp.
Toyota's announcement, which will result in the loss of around 2,500 jobs, was widely anticipated, coming just two months after General Motors Co. said it would end production in Australia by 2017. Ford Motor Co. announced in May that it would cease Australian production in 2016.
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