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Group Sues Kingsport Army Ammunition Plant Over Pollution

November 18, 2014 1:37 pm | by Travis Loller, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing a Kingsport ammunition plant for dumping an explosive into local drinking water.                                     

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Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers Plan $100M Kansas Plant

November 18, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas.                                         

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Honda Will Quietly Replace Air Bags Nationwide

November 18, 2014 10:44 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is quietly offering to replace potentially defective air bag parts across the U.S., even though its latest recall only covers cars in 13 high-humidity states and territories.                    

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150 Watt Adjustable Pole Top Slip Fit Mounted LED Light Fixture

November 18, 2014 10:38 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics continues its commitment to providing high grade lighting equipment to specialty markets with the release of a 150 watt LED explosion proof pole top slip fitter light.

Top Misconceptions About Fall Protection

November 18, 2014 10:25 am | by Mike Cameron | News | Comments

When it comes to preventing falls, breaking bad habits and dispelling misconceptions can help reduce accidents and save lives.                                   

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NYC Adds $140M for Transforming Brooklyn Navy Yard

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is getting a $140 million infusion of city money to upgrade a massive building from storage space to a workplace for 3,000 employees at companies ranging from a medical diagnostic laboratory to a motorcycle design startup, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

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McDonald's Refuses to Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 18, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — hasn't.                   

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Solar Energy Co. SunEdison Buying Wind Power Co.

November 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Solar energy company SunEdison is adding some wind-fueled power to its business with a deal worth up to $2.4 billion.                                      

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U.S. Producer Prices on the Rise

November 18, 2014 9:48 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork, pharmaceuticals and electric power.                             

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Ford Recalls Fusions for Ignition Problems

November 18, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is recalling about 65,000 Fusion midsize cars in North America because the ignition keys can be removed if the transmission is not in park.                               

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U.S. Pension Insurer Ran Record $62B Deficit in 2014

November 17, 2014 3:06 pm | by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans saw its deficit nearly double in the latest fiscal year. The agency said the worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans mainly caused the increased deficit.   

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Unilever Tweaks Site in 'Mayonnaise' Spat

November 17, 2014 2:58 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

After suing a small California company for calling its product "Just Mayo" because the product is made without eggs, it was discovered that Unilever had tweaked its website to make clear that some of its own products are "mayonnaise dressing," rather than mayonnaise.

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Kelley Blue Book Reveals 2015 Best Car Buys

November 17, 2014 2:43 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

According to Kelley Blue Book, nearly 17 million vehicles could be sold in the U.S. next year. Kelley Blue Book is trusted for researching and assessing the value of automobiles. Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for KelleyBlueBook.com, reveals which cars made the list.

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Actavis To Spend $66B on Allergan

November 17, 2014 2:29 pm | by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Actavis will pay $66 billion to buy fellow drugmaker Allergan in a deal that could finally end a months-long takeover push from Valeant Pharmaceuticals for the Botox maker.                       

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Whiskey Fungus Lawsuit Gets Second Life

November 17, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit claiming vapors from Jefferson County bourbon warehouses are causing a black fungus to form on nearby houses, businesses and vehicles.                   

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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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