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French Authorities Investigate Two More E. Coli Cases

June 17, 2011 8:53 am | by Cecile Brisson, Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — French authorities are investigating two new suspected cases of E. coli linked to hamburger patties that have already sickened seven children, the health minister said Friday. Health authorities have ordered a recall of 10 tons of the frozen beef patties produced in France and sold by the German supermarket chain Lidl, but say there is no link to a deadly outbreak of the virus in neighboring Germany.

Lawyers Prepare Defense In Xcel Criminal Case

June 17, 2011 8:02 am | News | Comments

DENVER (AP) — The criminal trial over the deaths of five workers at a Colorado hydroelectric plant has reached the half-way point. Federal prosecutors rested their case against Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy and a subsidiary on Thursday, allowing company lawyers to begin presenting their case Friday.

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GM To Invest $65 Million In N.Y., Tenn. Plants

June 17, 2011 7:59 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will invest $65 million in two plants and create or retain 163 jobs at those sites so it can make more four-cylinder engines. GM will add capacity at its Tonawanda, NY, plant to make engines for its Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers. It will invest $33 million there and create or retain 100 jobs.

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Manufacturing To Lift Economy Out Of Slump

June 17, 2011 7:57 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A private research group said the economy is rebounding from its spring slump and should grow modestly through the fall. The Conference Board said Friday that its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.8 percent last month. That's an improvement from April, when the index dropped 0.

CAT To Expand Texas Plant With $130 Million Investment

June 17, 2011 7:55 am | News | Comments

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. says it will expand its hydraulic excavator plantcurrently under construction in Victoria, Texas, and add 100 more jobs to the original plans for 500 employees. Caterpillar announced the $130 million, 850,000 square foot plant in August.

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Gauging The War On NASA, Science

June 17, 2011 7:30 am | Videos | Comments

Republican presidential candidates are certainly showing their disdain toward NASA, so MSNBC sat down with Neil deGrasse Tyson, legendary astrophysicist, to talk about the larger implications of cutting science funding, even in troubling economic times. Tyson says that abandoning all big science projects will prevent our country from achieving the kind of “zeitgeist” that swept America up in the 1960’s, which will in turn prevent future innovation.

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Thermal Imaging For The Industry

June 17, 2011 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke (Everett, WA) has developed new thermal imagers specifically for industrial and electrical applications: the Ti27, Ti29, and Ti32. All three imagers have improved thermal sensitivity and spatial resolution, combined with a high-definition display, which helps users make sharper images.

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The Solar Power Revolution

June 17, 2011 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA) has recently completed the installation of a one megawatt (MW) rooftop solar panel system, and the system is now supplying half of the manufacturer’s energy needs. According to NewAge, the project was financed in part by a $1 million solar energy grant from Pennsylvania, plus additional federal incentives.

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Linear Actuators For Any Application

June 17, 2011 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

The linear actuator line from Exlar (Chanhassen, MN) has been expanded to include the new K Series Universal rod style linear actuators. According to the company, the K Series has options to mount any type of motor, permitting operators to choose the configuration best suited for a specific application.

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Keep Track Of Your Speed

June 17, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems (Fribourg, Switzerland) has added a velocity sensor to its Vibro-Meter product line, which works with all condition and health monitoring systems. The PV 102 is a 100 mV/inch/second piezoelectric velocity sensor, and the certified version has ATEX, IEC, and CSA hazardous area certifications.

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Plastic Manufacturer To Invest $6 Million In Va. Plant

June 17, 2011 5:03 am | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Plastics manufacturer Presto Products Co. is expanding its operations in Halifax County, creating 22 jobs over the next three years. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that the company will invest $6 million to add five new manufacturing lines. Presto is a supplier of products ranging from private label food and disposer bags to packaging closures, soil stabilization materials and specialty stretch films.

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HP Sues Oracle In Friend-Turned-Foe Scenario

June 17, 2011 4:50 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. has sued its friend-turned-foe Oracle Corp. in another sign of how badly the relationship between the information technology big shots has frayed. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court, accuses Oracle of behaving illegally in deciding that future versions of its database software won't support a particular line of HP servers.

Kentucky Jobless Rate Drops Below Double Digits

June 17, 2011 4:20 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's jobless rate in May dipped below double digits for the first time since early 2009, but high gas and food prices coupled with supply disruptions from Japan that hit manufacturing "weighed down" the job market, a state labor official said Thursday. The unemployment rate fell to 9.

RIM Earnings Down As Blackberry Fails To Compete

June 17, 2011 4:13 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd.'s quarterly results on Thursday provided fresh evidence of the company's struggles to come up with a device to compete with the iPhone and smartphones running Google's Android operating system. The Waterloo, Ontario, company reported a nearly 10 percent drop in its fiscal first-quarter net income.

Bunk Beds Recalled After Boy Dies In Accident

June 17, 2011 4:12 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 30,000 bunk beds have been recalled because of the threat of children becoming entrapped in the bed, a federal consumer agency said Thursday. A 3-year-old Iowa boy died after such a mishap in March 2010. Big Lots of Columbus, Ohio, issued the voluntary recall of the metal futon bunk beds, which can entrap a child when the futon and its metal frame are lowered to a flat position.

Toyoda Promises Full Recovery, A Revived Automaker

June 17, 2011 4:06 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — President Akio Toyoda promised shareholders a revived Toyota despite the production disruptions from the earthquake and tsunami that decimated northeastern Japan on March 11, and first offered his prayers for those killed. The disaster dominated Friday's annual shareholders at Toyota Motor Corp.

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United Tech. Exec: Boeing Will Win Labor Dispute

June 16, 2011 9:37 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The chief financial officer of United Technologies Corp. said Thursday that Boeing Co. will ultimately prevail in its battle with the National Labor Relations Board over the plane-maker's decision to build a non-union production line in South Carolina. At an investor analyst conference, Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes said unions and their political allies are on the losing side of the argument.

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Terex Ups Offer For Demag To $1.38 Billion

June 16, 2011 9:33 am | News | Comments

WESTPORT, Connecticut (AP) — Machinery products manufacturer Terex Corp. raised its offer for Demag Cranes AG on Thursday by more than 9 percent to $1.38 billion, and the German company indicated it expects to be able to recommend that its shareholders accept it. Terex's German unit is now offering euro45.

Unemployment Data Offers Hope Of Spring Slump Recovery

June 16, 2011 9:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber and Derek Kravitz, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week and builders broke ground on more homes in May. The latest data offered some hope that the economy may be improving after hitting a slump in late spring. Unemployment benefit applications fell to a seasonally adjusted 414,000, the Labor Department said.

BMW To Add New Shift At S.C. Plant

June 16, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — BMW in South Carolina is adding a new shift of workers in October to increase production by at least 20,000 more vehicles. BMW president of manufacturing Josef Kerscher says the Greer plant is at capacity after a $750 million expansion. Kerscher says he wants to move from 240,000 vehicles to more than 260,000 vehicles annually.

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