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California Accuses BP of Inflating Natural Gas Prices

November 17, 2014 2:12 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new lawsuit alleges that BP and its traders routinely manipulated prices to overcharge California as much as $300 million when it sold natural gas to the state.                         

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Auto Industry Builds New-Look River Region Economy

November 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by Brad Harper, The Montgomery Advertiser | News | Comments

Long reliant on state jobs and military money, Montgomery, AL shifted gears in 2002 when Hyundai announced it would open its first America production plant here.                         

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What Japan's Recession Means for Country, World

November 17, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a surprise, Japan said its economy, the world's 3rd-biggest following the U.S. and China, contracted 1.6 percent at an annual pace in the July-September quarter as consumer and corporate spending failed to regain momentum after a sales tax increase in April.

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Motors Week: Brushes, Sparking, and Machine Maintenance

November 17, 2014 12:04 pm | by M.S. May, Speer Carbon Co. (currently E-Carbon America, a Helwig Carbon Products, Inc. company) | Articles | Comments

The carbon brush is a crucial piece to keep machines operating efficiently. However, “the little brush gets all the blame” is a statement commonly heard in the industry, but the blame is usually misdirected. One common problem is sparking at the brush face, which is usually the first symptom of trouble elsewhere.

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U.S. Factory Output Increases in October

November 17, 2014 10:53 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output grew modestly in October, as autoworkers churned out fewer cars and trucks.                                           

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Expert Series Infared Cameras

November 17, 2014 10:44 am | by Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation launches its highest resolution infrared camera series ever: the Fluke TiX Series Infrared Cameras. 

GM Extends Claims Deadline to Jan. 31

November 17, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawyer hired by General Motors to compensate victims of crashes caused by faulty ignition switches is giving people another month to file claims after the company came under fire because the family of a woman who died in a 2003 crash had not been notified that her crash had been linked to a faulty switch. 

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Cause of Deadly Leak at Texas Plant Still Unknown

November 17, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont officials said Sunday it's still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth.                       

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Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

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Chevrolet Supports Grassland Preservation Program

November 17, 2014 9:52 am | by John Flesher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale crop production, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said.     

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Halliburton Buying Baker Hughes in $34.6B Deal

November 17, 2014 9:43 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a deal that shows just how quickly falling prices can upend the energy industry, Halliburton is buying rival oilfield services company Baker Hughes in a cash-and-stock deal worth $34.6 billion.               

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New York Manufacturing on the Rise

November 17, 2014 9:36 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturers in New York grew at a faster pace in November and their expectations for future growth rose to the highest level in nearly three years.                             

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German Labor Chief Says VW Plant Must Halt Work With Anti-Union Group

November 14, 2014 3:16 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee.                            

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Port Labor Battle Could Slow Holiday Shipments

November 14, 2014 2:57 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

There are growing concerns that a slowdown at one of the country's busiest ports in Long Beach could hit holiday shipments. Business could come to a halt on the West coast, as a battle threatens to stop crucial imports.         

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U.S. Business Inventories Up 0.3 Percent

November 14, 2014 2:52 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added to their stockpiles at a faster rate in September, though sales remained weak.                                           

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Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs with Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                                         

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise on Autos, Online Purchases

November 14, 2014 2:39 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending.                                  

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Duke Announces Plans to Move Coal Ash

November 14, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy is submitting plans to North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from four high-risk plants to other locations, including open-pit clay mines.                      

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First High Cut Resistant Touchscreen Glove

November 14, 2014 10:54 am | by Wells Lamont Industrial | News | Comments

Wells Lamont Industrial, a U.S. manufacturer of hand and arm protection, introduces its Touchscreen Cut Resistant Glove.                                     

Breaking the Lubrication Mentality Barrier

November 14, 2014 10:33 am | by Stacy Heston, Senior Project Manager – Reliability Services at Des-Case | Articles | Comments

When implementing a lubrication program, the Monitor & Control phase can make or break your implementation. This phase provides the necessary verification to ensure goals are being met.                 

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