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Immigration Officials Prepare For Haitian Influx

January 19, 2010 3:38 am | by Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. authorities are readying for a potential influx of Haitians seeking to escape their earthquake-wracked nation, even though the policy for migrants remains the same: with few exceptions, they will go back. So far, fears of a mass migration have yet to materialize. However, conditions in Haiti become more dire each day and U.

Coca-Cola Moves To Ban Film Claiming Human Rights Abuses

January 19, 2010 3:32 am | by Cassandra Szklarski | News | Comments

TORONTO — It seems that a documentary critical of soft-drink giant Coca-Cola has left a bitter taste with the company. The multinational corporation has told a university film network planning to screen "The Coca-Cola Case" in several cities that the movie contains inaccuracies and violates a confidentiality agreement.

FDA To Big Tobacco: What's In Your Cigarettes?

January 19, 2010 3:30 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is working to lift the smokescreen clouding the ingredients used in cigarettes and other tobacco products. In June, tobacco companies must tell the FDA their formulas for the first time, just as drugmakers have for decades. Manufacturers also will have to turn over any studies they've done on the effects of the ingredients.


Cadbury Agrees To $19.5b Kraft Takeover

January 19, 2010 3:18 am | by Robert Barr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British candy company Cadbury agreed to a fattened $19.5 billion takeover offer from U.S. food group Kraft in a deal that would create the world's biggest chocolate maker. The board of Cadbury PLC, maker of Creme Eggs and Dentyne gum, gave up a four-month fight to remain independent and on Tuesday recommended shareholders take Kraft's offer of 840 pence ($13.


Keep Vibrations Out

January 18, 2010 9:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Vibro-Curb from the Thybar Corporation (Addition, IL) has integral vibration-dampening spring isolators for mounting with rooftop HVAC units, allowing roofing to be completed after HVAC installation without disturbing the unit. In addition, the 9” counter-flashing provides a weather seal while permitting easy access to the isolators, which provide a minimum of 90 percent isolation efficiency.


Filtering Out Discomfort, Illness

January 18, 2010 9:16 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Filtered Diffuser from Comfort First Products (Santa Ana, CA) is designed to eliminate drafts from overhead diffusers and reduce the illness and allergies caused by ductwork pollution. The diffuser allows users to adjust the angle the air enters the room on all four sides, helping to eliminate drafts or hot and cold spots.


Stay Flexible In Tight Situations

January 18, 2010 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new line of continuous-flex, interconnect motor cables are now available from igus (East Providence, RI), harnessed in accordance with leading manufacturers, including Siemens, Rexroth, Fanuc, and Allen Bradley. These interconnects are ideal for continuous-flexing applications in an Energy Chain cable carrier.


Get In The Groove

January 18, 2010 9:15 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Victaulic (Easton, PA) announces the extension of its line of Advanced Groove System (AGS) couplings for faster and easier installation of large-diameter piping systems. Rigid and flexible couplers with AGS technology are now available in sizes up to 60” in diameter.


Easy As Grip And Go

January 18, 2010 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stafford (North Reading, MA) has developed the Grip & Go Handle, which is designed to replace a standard socket cap screw in a one-, two-piece, or hinged shaft collar to permit wrench-free adjustment without sacrificing holding power. The handle features a knurled surface for simple hand-tightening, and is ideal for any non-rotary application requiring frequent repositioning along a shaft.


Making Machining 'COOL'

January 18, 2010 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

MAG (Sterling Heights, MI) now offers a wide range of CYCLO CUT cutting tools and CYCLO COOL metalworking fluids designed and blended for machining. The tools and fluids can increase material removal rates in titanium structures by as much as 300 percent, according to the company, resulting in faster cycle times, 33 percent cost-per-part reductions, and increased tool life.


Washdown-Friendly, Loves The Heat

January 18, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Enviro checkweigher bench scales from Hardy Instruments (San Diego, CA) meet the needs of food and chemical manufacturers for sanitary electronics that withstand high-pressure, high-temperature washdown environments. The Enviro is made out of 304 stainless steel and features an IP69K-rated instrument, making it easy to clean and sanitize.


Intel Brings Brains And Brawn

January 18, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE Intelligent Platorms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the CT12 6U CompactPCI single board computer, based on the latest 2.53 GHz Intel Core i7 processor technology. The new Intel chip is designed to deliver high performance with low power consumption and heat dissipation, and is future-proof, allowing for further processor upgrades as new chips become available.


Benefits Of Real-Time Traceability, Cradle-To-Grave

January 18, 2010 6:27 am | by Linda Bryan, CEO, Tamlin Software | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing companies are increasingly under more pressure to be compliant. Whether mandated by the government, customers, third-party auditors or quality standards such as ISO, companies must prove their ability to track and trace inventory, goods and other items in order to remain compliant and competitive in the local and global marketplace.


A New Era of Loading Dock Safety

January 18, 2010 6:20 am | by Michael Brittingham, manager, 4Front Engineered Solutions | Articles | Comments

For years the focus on the loading dock has been on two issues — stopping energy loss and dock accident protection. With rising concerns about product quality, processing plant management has a new question to ask — how well does the dock protect against the invasion of airborne contaminants? According to Bruce Paulson with Evapco, Inc.


Rival Pirates Have Shootout Aboard Combustible Oil Tanker

January 18, 2010 4:03 am | by Malkhadir M. Muhumed, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two rival groups of Somali pirates had a shootout just before a ransom was delivered to free a supertanker loaded with combustible crude oil, prompting the pirates onboard to call the anti-piracy force for help, a European Union naval spokesman said Monday. Helicopters dispatched from a warship ended the standoff that could have caused a catastrophic explosion aboard the Maran Centaurus, which is carrying about 2 million barrels of crude oil that was destined for the United States.

N.H. Leaders Rally Against New Pollution Regulations

January 18, 2010 3:50 am | News | Comments

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Some New Hampshire business leaders say proposed new federal air pollution regulations could put more than half the state in violation of clean air laws. Michael Licata of the Business and Industry Association tells the New Hampshire Union Leader members should be concerned by the proposal, which was announced Jan.


Updated Chevy Aveo, Ford Focus Steal Spotlight In Detroit

January 18, 2010 3:46 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — More than any auto show in recent memory, the new cars rolled out this week out at the Detroit auto show will redefine what we drive in the future. As the show opened to the public on Saturday, small cars that push the previous limits on gas mileage, performance, quality and looks took the spotlight.

Montana Seeks Emergency Grant For Smurfit-Stone Workers

January 18, 2010 3:41 am | News | Comments

FRENCHTOWN, Mont. (AP) — Montana labor officials are applying for a federal emergency grant to help businesses and workers affected by the closure of the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. linerboard plant in Frenchtown. Montana Department of Labor program manager Kathy Yankoff says the grant would protect the state's dislocated worker funds from being depleted.


Fisker Raises $115 Million For High-Tech Hybrids

January 18, 2010 3:38 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Fisker Automotive, a high-tech startup company, said Friday it has raised $115.3 million to develop high-end hybrid cars, bringing it closer to accessing a government loan it won last year. Fisker spokesman Russell Datz said the money brings the company close to being able to tap a $528.

Tyson Sued, Loses For "Raised Without Antibiotics" Farce

January 18, 2010 3:37 am | News | Comments

BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — A judge has given preliminary approval to a settlement in a lawsuit that involves the nation's largest poultry producer, Tyson Foods Inc. The company would pay consumers $5 million in refunds to settle a lawsuit accusing the company of falsely claiming that its chickens were "raised without antibiotics.


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