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EU Investigating Illegal Apple Tax Benefits

September 30, 2014 1:38 pm | by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple risks having to repay Ireland tax rebates worth billions of dollars after the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday the company appears to be benefiting from illegal tax deals there.
             

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Decrease in September

September 30, 2014 3:41 pm | by Martin Crutsinger | News | Comments

U.S. consumer confidence deteriorated in September after hitting the highest level in nearly seven years in August. But economists said the fall appears to be a temporary slip that shouldn't dampen consumer spending in the coming months.

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CA Governor Expected To OK Plastic Bag Ban

September 30, 2014 3:31 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated that he is likely to sign a bill imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags as a way to address litter, primarily in waterways.               

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Belarus, GM To Set Up Assembly Plant

September 30, 2014 1:57 pm | by Interfax News Agency | News | Comments

Belarus has reached an agreement with General Motors to set up an assembly plant in the country with the capacity to produce 20,000 to 25,000 cars per year, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich said.               

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3 Tips for Fortifying Your Network

September 30, 2014 1:44 pm | by Dan McGrath | Articles | Comments

Many industrial operations are struggling to find the right approach to protect their assets. Many opt for a technique referred to as “security through obscurity” — which mistakes subterfuge for security. Instead, here are three ways industrial operations can fortify their network architectures.  

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China Manufacturing Growth Low in September

September 30, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity in September held steady at the previous month's low level, indicating the world's second-largest economy faces risks to growth, a survey showed Tuesday.                    

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Ford Lowers European Outlook, Shares Drop

September 30, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford shares tumbled Monday after the automaker said it will fall short of its full-year profit goals.                                           

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Top 5 Ways Virtualization Will Improve Lifecycle Management

September 30, 2014 1:17 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

Here are the top five capabilities virtualization can enable over the extended lifecycles of MES.                                           

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U.S. Facing Shortage of Technical Skilled Labor

September 30, 2014 12:21 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The U.S. is facing a shortage of technical skilled labor. Many of the positions require training but pay well.                                        

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Navistar Engine Expands Production Capacity

September 30, 2014 10:45 am | by India Automobile News | News | Comments

Navistar International Corporation announced today that Anhui Jianghuai Navistar Diesel Engine Co., Ltd., the company's joint venture with Chinese truck maker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd., has begun engine production at its new facility in Hefei, China.

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Lenovo Plans Expansion After IBM Acquisition

September 30, 2014 10:37 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lenovo Group has received U.S. and European approval to complete its acquisition of IBM Corp.'s low-end server business and plans to use it to grow faster outside its personal computer business, Lenovo's chairman said Monday.        

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9 Critical Steps for Successful RMP Implementation

September 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Clay Calk | Articles | Comments

To simplify the process of RMP implementation, this article provides the nine critical steps necessary for building a world class Reliability Maintenance Program.                         

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Cleaner/Protectorant

September 30, 2014 10:07 am | by Solvent Kleene Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Solvent Kleene Inc. is proud to announce Kleeneze 408; a cleaner/protectorant from that offers one-step cleaning, film lubrication and rust protection.  

Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Increases to 23

September 30, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals on Monday. Feinberg says he has received 153 death claims since August. Of those, 23 have been deemed eligible for compensation payments, up from 21 last week.

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GE To Build Oil and Gas Plant in Jacksonville

September 30, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016.                             

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Biden Announces $450M Grant for Community Colleges Working on Job Training

September 30, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training.                               

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DHL Set To Use Drones in Delivery Project, Beating Amazon and Google

September 29, 2014 3:00 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Logistics company DHL is using a drone to fly parcels to a German island, beating Amazon and Google to the punch. DHL, owned by Germany's Deutsche Post, will start delivering medicine and other urgent goods to Juist, a German island in the North Sea.

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Where Are the Jobs?

September 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Joe Poole describes his job as a petrochemical process operator at Chevron Phillips Chemical in Houston.                                          

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Managing Accruals: Why ERP Systems Are not Enough

September 29, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joe Alphonse | Articles | Comments

To gain control over accruals, companies must take a hard look at their current processes, and if necessary, implement a solution to address the gaps that ERP systems leave behind.                     

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Texas Beef Packer Recalls 12 Tons Of Meat

September 29, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A meat packer in the Texas Panhandle has recalled nearly 12 tons of beef trimmings products due to possible E. coli contamination.                                   

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Safety Agency Studying Toyota Acceleration Problem

September 29, 2014 2:08 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. safety agency is looking into a consumer's petition alleging that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes.                           

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