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Ex-BP Executive Fighting Gulf Oil Spill Charges

December 4, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorneys for a former BP executive facing an obstruction charge in the 2010 Gulf oil spill asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the two criminal counts as his trial approaches in March.                 

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Google Buys 12 Acres in Los Angeles

December 4, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is expanding its presence in Los Angeles with the $120 million purchase of a dozen acres of vacant land in the Playa Vista area on the city's west side.                          

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Microsoft Shareholders Approve $84M CEO Pay

December 4, 2014 2:27 pm | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft shareholders gave a lukewarm vote of approval Wednesday for CEO Satya Nadella's $84 million pay package, after an investor advisory group said the company was paying him too much.                 

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Orion Launch Scrubbed by NASA Due to Valve Failure

December 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

NASA's first attempt to launch Orion, a new exploration capsule, was scrubbed Thursday after numerous delays. The ultimate goal for Orion is to take astronauts to Mars, but that won't happen until at least the 2030s.          

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Meet Amazon’s New Robot Army

December 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Amazon Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations Dave Clark discusses the company’s army of Kiva robots that help box and ship products.                                 

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Germany Boosts Funding to Cut Greenhouse Gases

December 4, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany announced a cash boost for measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, in a bid to meet its ambitious climate target for 2020.                                 

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FluidSafe Flourescent Additive

December 4, 2014 10:52 am | by Alerton International | Product Releases | Comments

FluidSafe fluorescent additive from Alerton International quickly detects hydraulic leaks in fluid power system hoses, fittings, seals and other components, which can help save money by reducing operating costs.

U.S. Issues Anti-Discrimination Rule for Employers

December 4, 2014 10:29 am | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department issued a rule to protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.                            

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Brainstorm: Manufacturing

December 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Chris Marchand, Manufacturing Engineer, East Coast Precision Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm, industry leaders share their ideas on the continuous and future integration of robots in manufacturing, as well as the ways robotics may change the way we design and create in the future.     

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Obama Tells CEOs He Wants to Work on Wage Growth

December 4, 2014 10:20 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing 60-year high corporate profits, President Barack Obama told CEOs Wednesday he wants to engage them on "some tricky questions" about how to overcome stagnant wages in the face of business successes and a rising stock market.     

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Air Bag Maker Balks at Coast-to-Coast Recall

December 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin & Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.     

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall to 297K

December 4, 2014 10:09 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prior week for the first time in nearly three months.                   

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Airgas To Build New Plant in KY

December 4, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airgas, Inc., one of the nation’s suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, announced plans to build a liquid hydrogen plant in Calvert City, KY.                    

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SunEdison To Deliver MA $60M in Utility Savings

December 4, 2014 9:58 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

SunEdison, Inc., a global solar technology manufacturer, announced they have executed power purchase agreements with 16 separate public housing authorities across Massachusetts that is estimated to save these housing authorities an estimated $60 million in avoided electricity costs. 

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It's About Time to Choose a Winner of the Fluke Connect Student Contest

December 3, 2014 3:41 pm | by Fluke Corporation | News | Comments

Fluke Corporation announced the finalists in the Fluke Connect Student Contest, which tests the skills, innovation, and business application of student teams.Final projects from the selected teams are due on December 5th when they will be evaluated by the same panel of judges as well as voted on by the public on Facebook.

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Boeing Conducts World's First Flight with 'Green Diesel'

December 3, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing has completed the world's first flight using "green diesel," a sustainable biofuel that is widely available and used in ground transportation.                             

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8 Reasons You Have Unmotivated Employees

December 3, 2014 2:35 pm | by HR Resource Force | Blogs | Comments

According to a recent poll, only 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work. If you want to entice your employees, incentives will only work when the individual places a high value on the allurement.           

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Germany Might Not Keep its Promise of a Million Electric Cars on Road by 2020

December 3, 2014 2:28 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Germany is set to fail in its ambitious plan to put a million electric cars on the road by 2020. An expert panel has warned that only half the target number will be achieved unless the government spends millions to make electric cars more attractive.

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'Smart Guns' To Bring Transparency to Police Shootings

December 3, 2014 2:22 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Law enforcement in California is testing smart pistols equipped with technology that alerts police dispatchers whenever their gun is unholstered or fired. The experimental technology is meant to protect police and provide detailed insight into officer involved shootings.

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Toyota Seeks Independent, Industry-Wide Joint Testing Initiative for Airbags

December 3, 2014 2:16 pm | by Toyota Newsroom | News | Comments

Toyota today called for a coordinated industry-wide joint initiative to independently test Takata airbag inflators that have been the subject of recent recalls.                         

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