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Chinese Left Guessing Over Bullet Train Crash

November 22, 2011 3:53 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — The investigation into a bullet train crash in China last summer that killed 40 people has come and gone with no public report on what led to the disaster. The secrecy surrounding the probe, which ended in September, is typical of the sensitivities shown toward wider troubles plaguing the showcase high-speed rail program.

Explosion Damages GE Plant In OH

November 22, 2011 3:51 am | News | Comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — GE Aviation says an explosion damaged a building at its plant in a Cincinnati suburb and caused a fire that was put out fairly quickly. There were no injuries. GE Aviation spokesman Rick Kennedy says no one was in the building when the explosion occurred about 4:30 p.

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'Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview'

November 21, 2011 10:22 am | Videos | Comments

A recently discovered interview with Steve Jobs shows the Apple co-founder right before he rejoined the company in the mid-1990s. Executive producer Robert Cringley speaks with CBS News about his new documentary, which focuses on that once-lost interview. 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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Iceman Portable Chillers

November 21, 2011 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mokon ’s (Buffalo, NY) line of Iceman portable chillers has been expanded to deliver low temperature process fluids as cold as -10 degrees F on models up to 10 tons with both air and water-cooled condensing. The addition of the low temperature portable chillers is in direct response to customer feedback.

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Cut Resistant Gloves

November 21, 2011 9:44 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

For industrial tasks that require protection against cuts, abrasions, and burns, Kimberly-Clark Professional (Roswell, GA) has introduced two new Jackson Safety brand cut-resistant gloves and a cut-resistant sleeve. The new Jackson Safety G60 Level 5 Cut Resistant Gloves with dyneema fiber are coated with polyurethane to offer the highest level of cut resistance and comfort, as well as excellent grip and dexterity.

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Air Cannon System

November 21, 2011 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The BIG BLASTER CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE Air Cannon System from Martin Engineering (Neponset, IL) is a multi-valve air cannon solution that provides up to five application points utilizing a single 60-gallon reservoir. The air cannon system helps protect components and workers from hazardous environments and improves flow efficiency, delivering unsurpassed flexibility and durability.

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Automatic Safety Exhaust Coupler

November 21, 2011 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coilhose Pneumatics (East Brunswick, NJ) has announced the new 5–In–1 Automatic Safety Exhaust Coupler. Downstream air is bled off before the coupler will release the plug (connector), so there’s no chance of creating a dangerous whip effect that could damage surrounding equipment or injure nearby personnel.

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Anheuser-Busch Expanding In NY

November 21, 2011 8:28 am | News | Comments

LYSANDER, N.Y. (AP) — Anheuser-Busch says it's expanding canning capacity at its Syracuse-area plant with the help of a $900,000 state economic development grant. The company says it will spend more than $7 million on the expansion at its Lysander facility, increasing the brewery's production by 30 percent.

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GM Plans $61M TN Investment

November 21, 2011 8:26 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — General Motors says it will begin building its Chevrolet Equinox at a plant in Tennessee next year and plans to begin making a midsized vehicle there in the future. Monday's announcement of the $61 million investment will create nearly 700 jobs at the plant outside Nashville.

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DE Chemical Site Eyed For Renewable Energy

November 21, 2011 8:23 am | by Alex Dominguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Delaware's most troubled environmental sites, the abandoned Metachem site, is being considered by state and federal officials for its potential to produce clean energy. The 65-acre site near Delaware City is being paved over to keep chemicals spilled at the plant from continuing to leach into groundwater.

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Obama Signs Bill To Help Jobless Vets

November 21, 2011 8:18 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heralding a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, President Barack Obama signed into law Monday legislation aimed at helping unemployed veterans find work while putting more cash in the hands of companies with government contracts. The legislation, which creates tax breaks for companies that hire jobless veterans, marks the first proposal from Obama's $447 billion jobs bill to be signed into law.

Global Energy Plans SC Solar Plant

November 21, 2011 8:15 am | News | Comments

BLACKSBURG, S.C. (AP) — Global Energy Franchise says it is opening a solar panel plant in Cherokee County. The Greenville company announced plans Monday to build solar systems in the former TNS Mills textile plant in Blacksburg. Global Energy will initially employ 81 people at the plant.

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KS Plane Maker Says Air Force Bars It From Bid

November 21, 2011 8:11 am | News | Comments

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Air Force has notified Hawker Beechcraft Corp. that its Beechcraft AT-6 has been excluded from competition to build a light attack aircraft, a contract worth nearly $1 billion, the company said. The company had hoped to its AT-6, an armed version of its T-6 trainer, would be chosen for the Light Air Support Counter Insurgency aircraft for the Afghanistan National Army Corps.

Small Business Saturday

November 21, 2011 6:05 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

First, there was Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday. Now, you can continue the shopping festivities with Small Business Saturday. The second annual Small Business Saturday , this year on November 26th, is a day dedicated to small businesses. Sandwiched between two of the busiest shopping days of the year, Small Business Saturday aims to direct consumers to their local small businesses to help fuel their local community.

OH City Home To Jeep Sees Auto Industry Revival

November 21, 2011 4:45 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press | News | Comments

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — This Ohio town that has been churning out Jeeps since World War II, watching its fortunes rise and fall with the well-being of Detroit's automakers, is now finding itself in an enviable position within the car industry. Chrysler and General Motors have promised in recent months to spend more than $800 million on retooling and expanding their factories here.

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GA Worker Fired For Refusing To Wear '666'

November 21, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

B y Greg Bluestein, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia factory worker claims in a federal lawsuit that he was fired after he refused to wear a '666' sticker he feared would doom him to eternal damnation. Billy E. Hyatt claims he was fired from Pliant Corp., a plastics factory in northern Georgia near Dalton, after he refused to wear a sticker proclaiming that his factory had been accident-free for 666 days.

Honeywell Workers Approve Contract, End Strike

November 21, 2011 4:39 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Striking machinists at the Honeywell plant in Kansas City have approved a new contract. The union overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with Honeywell Sunday evening, ending its 42-day walkout. The Kansas City Star reports ( http://bit.ly/tNPoz0 ) that both sides said the contract was essentially the same as one the union rejected Oct.

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Gates Testifies In $1B Lawsuit Against Microsoft

November 21, 2011 4:37 am | by Paul Foy, Associated Press | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Microsoft's Bill Gates took the witness stand Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit accusing the software maker of duping a competitor prior to its rollout of Windows 95. Gates, wearing a gray suit and a yellow tie, was the first witness to testify as Microsoft lawyers presented their case in the trial that's been ongoing in federal court in Salt Lake City for about a month.

China Promises Clean Energy Access

November 21, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson said Chinese officials promised foreign technology suppliers equal access to their booming clean energy industry in trade talks amid pressure to revive global growth. Bryson said Monday that Chinese officials told him the country will invest $1.

Chu Says U.S. Needs To Stay In Solar

November 21, 2011 4:32 am | by Catherine Tsai, Associated Press | News | Comments

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Countries are lining up to supply a huge global market for solar energy, and it's important for the United States to stay in the game, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Friday after touring a Colorado solar facility. Chu's comments came a day after hostile questioning by Republicans in Congress over Solyndra Inc.

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