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Natural Gas Industry Struggling To Keep Up With Demand

March 11, 2014 9:37 am | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

There is concern about whether the natural gas industry can produce all of the gas their old and new customers need, and deliver it to them through a pipeline system that hasn't been able to keep up with the new demand.         

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Flaws Found In Bangladesh Garment Factories

March 11, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, substandard building materials, and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats.                    

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What EPA Overregulation Means For U.S. Manufacturing

March 11, 2014 9:26 am | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc., @ecsgrid | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and competition from other countries, continue to struggle against an old adversary… Washington, specifically the EPA.                    

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A Bad Week For Boeing

March 11, 2014 9:21 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Boeing is no stranger to media coverage, but the past several days have seen this aerospace giant’s name in the news under less-than-positive circumstances.                            

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Stainless Steel Below-Hook Drum Lifter

March 11, 2014 9:09 am | by Morse | Product Releases | Comments

Model 86-SS is another option in Morse's safety-conscious line of hoist attachments.

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Nuclear Test Experts Checking To See If Plane Exploded

March 10, 2014 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the organization that monitors the nuclear test ban treaty says he has asked its experts to see if they detected an explosion at high altitude of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.                

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Top Banana: Chiquita And Fyffes To Merge

March 10, 2014 2:44 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fruit supply companies Chiquita of the United States and Fyffes of Ireland said Monday they had agreed to merge to create the world's biggest banana supplier.                           

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Watch As A Drone Stuns A Man

March 10, 2014 2:24 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Chaotic Moon Studios shows off a drone that can remotely stun a person, but its creators say it has applications beyond law enforcement.                                 

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McDonald's Game Plan To Win Back Customers

March 10, 2014 2:13 pm | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

At a time when chains like Chipotle and smaller players like Five Guys Burgers and Fries are growing, here are a few strategies McDonald's Corp. is focusing on.                          

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Germany Says It Didn't Bow To NSA

March 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany has dismissed a claim by NSA leaker Edward Snowden that it bowed to U.S. demands to water down legal protection for German citizens.                               

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Arkansas Gets $165M Poultry Plant

March 10, 2014 1:49 pm | by Christina Huynh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama-based Peco Foods announced plans Monday for a new poultry plant, hatchery, and feed mill in northeast Arkansas, a $165 million operation expected to create 1,000 jobs in two rural counties.               

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China Auto Sales Rise But Local Brands Struggle

March 10, 2014 1:43 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Global automakers are spending heavily to develop models for Chinese tastes. This is squeezing fledgling domestic brands that lag in technology, as buyers who used to see them as entry-level purchases demand better quality.         

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Group: 1,500 Factories To Be Inspected In Bangladesh

March 10, 2014 1:40 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

About 1,500 factories in Bangladesh are on track to be inspected by the end of August as part of a safety pact signed by more than 150 clothing brands and 20 countries, according to organizers of the pact.              

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Officials Having Trouble Collecting Disabled Workers' Judgment

March 10, 2014 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal and state officials are having trouble collecting the multimillion-dollar judgment a Texas company was ordered to pay for mistreating 32 mentally disabled workers at an Iowa labor camp.                 

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Duke: All Customers Pay For Coal Ash Cleanup

March 10, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Duke Energy's CEO says while the company and its shareholders will pay to clean up a coal ash spill in the Dan River, its customers will shoulder the costs of closing the rest of the utility's coal ash ponds across North Carolina.      

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Boeing 787 Production Delayed Again

March 10, 2014 9:47 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Boeing's much-delayed 787 Dreamliner has hit another production snafu. Hairline cracks have been discovered in the wings of some 787s that are being built.                           

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China's February Exports Plunge

March 10, 2014 9:42 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's exports plunged by an unexpectedly large 18 percent in February, possibly denting hopes trade will help drive the slowing economy while communist leaders push ambitious promised reforms.                

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Texas Tech Firm Had 20 Employees On Missing Plane

March 10, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty employees of an Austin-based technology company on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were en route to a business meeting in China, a spokeswoman for the tech firm said.                   

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Tucson Courting Tesla For 6,500 Jobs

March 10, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

City officials confirmed Sunday that they have made a bid for electric-car maker Tesla Motors to consider Tucson for the site of a massive battery factory that would employ 6,500 people.                   

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Grainger CEO: 'The Battle For Great People Is Just Getting Started'

March 10, 2014 9:29 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Grainger CEO Jim Ryan stressed that the Grainger business model is strong, yet the company still contends with the same widespread issue many distributors do — ensuring recruiting and retention methods keep staff strong.         

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