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Southwest Hopes New Planes Will Help Profitability

September 7, 2011 9:44 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines Co. expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 next March and get 25 of the new, larger planes next year to help boost its financial results. Southwest chief financial officer Laura Wright said Wednesday that the company expects to eventually own 100 of the 737-800s.

Experimental Plane Reaches 13,000 MPH

September 7, 2011 6:07 am | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense's innovations arm, known as DARPA, has released test-flight video of its experimental hypersonic aircraft traveling at a speed of Mach 20, about 13,000 miles per hour. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Virtual Reality Allows Users To See A New Look

September 7, 2011 6:05 am | Videos | Comments

Computer technologists in London have developed a virtual reality mirror that offers people who are unhappy with their looks an opportunity to have a peek into an alternative future. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Print A New Liver

September 7, 2011 6:04 am | Videos | Comments

The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory.

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What Happens When Two Chatbots Chat?

September 7, 2011 6:03 am | Videos | Comments

Scientists have spent a lot of time, money, and effort to create chatbots that are life-like and able to have meaningful conversations with other humans. What happens when you let two bots have a conversation? A team from Cornell University decided to find out ... If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Turning Words Into Speech

September 7, 2011 6:02 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses a new piece of technology invented to help people with dyslexia. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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CO Baking Soda Maker Doubling Capacity

September 7, 2011 5:36 am | News | Comments

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — North America's second-largest producer of baking soda is working to boost production at its Colorado plant while it looks to research how to commercially develop oil shale in the state. Natural Soda Inc., a subsidiary of Natural Resources USA Corp., mines sodium bicarbonate in Rio Blanco County from what the company says are one of the largest known deposits of nahcolite in the world.

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Lockheed Martin Wins $100M Air Force Contract

September 7, 2011 5:34 am | News | Comments

Bethesda, Md. (AP) — Lockheed Martin Corp. said Tuesday that it received a $100.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for production of a new laser guided bomb guidance system, the paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb GBU-12. The award is most of an initial $134 million contract for the bomb system procurement.

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Springfield To Vote On Regulating Unlawful Hires

September 7, 2011 5:32 am | News | Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield residents will vote on a controversial bill that would require businesses to check the status of workers before hiring them. The City Council voted 4-4 Tuesday against the ordinance. The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://bit.ly/pUBH6B ) that under the rules governing initiative petitions, the tie vote sends the ordinance to voters, either in February or March.

Toyota Stops Exporting Camrys To North America

September 7, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota says it's no longer exporting Camry sedans from Japan to North America, where the best selling car is also manufactured — a decision that makes financial sense for the automaker as the yen soars against the dollar. Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's No. 1 automaker, exported only about 1,700 Camry cars from Japan last year, and only when demand was so great that North American production couldn't keep up.

Getting Back To Even On Jobs Divides U.S. Leaders

September 7, 2011 5:26 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's sickly economy can be healed with jobs, jobs and more jobs. On that, everyone agrees. Figuring out how to produce them is what is stumping everyone. Other than letting time take its course, Washington lacks a clear answer on how to create permanent new jobs on a national scale.

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Cash-Strapped Saab Files For Bankruptcy

September 7, 2011 5:23 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The owner of cash-strapped car maker Saab filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to salvage a brand crippled by production stoppages, withheld salary payments and mounting debt. Swedish Automobile, formerly known as Spyker Cars, said the move would buy it time to receive funding from Chinese investors, currently awaiting regulatory approval, and avoid bankruptcy.

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Silgan Closes On Nestle Purina Steel-Can Buyout

September 6, 2011 9:17 am | News | Comments

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Packaging-products supplier Silgan Holdings Inc. has closed on its $25 million purchase of Nestle Purina PetCare Co.'s steel can-making assets for its pet food products. "This transaction enhances our market-leading position in food cans, allowing us to further leverage our broad manufacturing platform to continue to provide competitive advantage to customers such as Nestlé," Silgan President and CEO Tony Allott said in a statement.

NC Aviation Firm Plans Expansion

September 6, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

WALLBURG, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina company that keeps commercial airliners flying plans to shift its manufacturing operations to a recently opened facility in Davidson County. The News & Record of Greensboro reports (http://bit.ly/nPukHU ) that privately-owned TIMCO Aviation Services plans to start shifting jobs to its Wallburg facility shortly.

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Utah To Lose 1,300 Jobs When Munitions Sites Close

September 6, 2011 9:12 am | News | Comments

TOOELE, Utah (AP) — After 15 years of incinerating the nation's largest single stockpile of chemical weapons, the U.S. Army's job in Utah's west desert is nearly done. But closing down facilities responsible for storing and incinerating the weapons of mass destruction will mean the loss of more than 1,300 jobs over the next two years, the Deseret News reported (http://bit.

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Congress Returns Amid Sour Mood Over Economy

September 6, 2011 9:09 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still bruised by the summer battle over the debt ceiling, Congress reconvenes this week for what could be an equally painful confrontation over how to put Americans back to work. Lawmakers returning to Washington after a monthlong recess are in accord on at least one thing: Jobs policy must be at the top of the agenda.

Service Firms Growth Too Weak To Help Economy

September 6, 2011 9:07 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Service firms that employ 90 percent of the U.S. work force expanded at a slightly faster pace in August. But the sector remains too weak to help an economy that is barely growing and struggling to create jobs. The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its index for service companies rose to 53.

Sprint Files Antitrust Suit To Block AT&T

September 6, 2011 9:04 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sprint Nextel Corp., the No. 3 wireless carrier in the U.S., on Tuesday filed an antitrust lawsuit that seeks to block AT&T Inc. from buying T-Mobile USA. The Justice Department last week filed a similar suit in the District of Columbia, and Sprint's parallel filing gives it an opportunity to influence that case.

Taking Product Testing To An Independent Third Party

September 6, 2011 7:43 am | Articles | Comments

In addition to testing data storage system products, global technology and solution provider Dell supplements this with external testing to assure conformance to the industry's latest standards through membership in a variety of consortiums at an independent, third-party testing laboratory.

Metrics Provide Strategic Roadmap To Overcoming Risks

September 6, 2011 7:40 am | by Tony Petrucciani, CEO, Single Source Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

It’s a battle out there. Market conditions for many industries are still plagued with lurking economic hazards. Global competition continues to encroach on eroding territorial claims. Technology increasingly threatens to turn product distinctions into generic commodities.

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