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Bill on West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast. 

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Toeboard Links for Grating and Deck Plate

August 7, 2014 9:34 am | by Intrepid Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Intrepid Industries Inc. announced immediate availability of Toeboard Links (T5), enabling engineers, fabricators and end-users a more economical way to encircle pipe penetrations in grating and deck plate. 

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Samsung, Apple To Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 2:54 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers.              

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AB InBev Brewery Cited For Serious Violations

August 6, 2014 2:50 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch is facing fines of $92,400 after one of its breweries was found in breach of eight “serious safety violations” by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.             

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Toyota Pledges $1M Toward Detroit Bankruptcy Deal

August 6, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota has pledged $1 million toward the Detroit Institute of Arts' goal to raise $100 million to prevent the sale of art in Detroit's bankruptcy and help city pensioners.                       

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Chrysler Q2 Profit Up

August 6, 2014 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group says its second-quarter net profit rose 22 percent, fueled by rising sales in the U.S.                                           

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China: No Evidence Spoiled Meat Made It To Japan

August 6, 2014 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An ongoing investigation into the food safety scandal that hit several popular fast food chains last month has uncovered no evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, Chinese food safety regulators told their Japanese counterparts.     

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Former GM Site Sold To Aircraft Maintenance Company

August 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former General Motors facility in Washtenaw County has been sold to aircraft maintenance company International Turbine Industries.                                 

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Mondelez Lowers Forecast As Sales Fall Short

August 6, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Oreo, Cadbury and Trident cited the challenging market conditions in scaling back its outlook for core sales growth to 2 to 2.5 percent. It had previously forecast growth of 3 percent.               

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Fiat Shares Plunge Over Chrysler Merger Worries

August 6, 2014 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat shares have been suspended temporarily after an excessive drop due to investor concerns that a planned merger with Chrysler may be blocked.                               

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Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Trucks In Mexico

August 6, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unidentified attackers have burned four Coca-Cola Co. delivery trucks in an area of Mexico's southern state of Guerrero known for drug gang turf battles.                           

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China Probes Automakers, Tech Firms

August 6, 2014 10:08 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.             

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A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 5, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country.                  

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BMW, Clemson Develop New Vehicle And Manufacturing Model

August 5, 2014 10:35 am | by Clemson University | Videos | Comments

BMW Manufacturing Co and Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research have a long history of collaboration. Together they have created Deep Orange 4 — a truly transformative vehicle and a unique manufacturing model.     

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Manager Of Gunmaker Sentenced For Failing To Report Missing Firearms

August 5, 2014 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say Brinkerhoff initially failed to report 23 missing firearms to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.                                  

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GM Says It's Making Progress To Fix Recall Website

August 5, 2014 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government said that GM's vehicle identification number look-up system has been incorrectly telling some owners that their cars aren't being recalled.                          

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Manufacturer Limits Employee Bathroom Breaks

August 5, 2014 10:11 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Union employees for a Chicago faucet company file a complaint about 6 minute bathroom breaks.                                             

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Apple This Close to New All-Time High

August 5, 2014 10:04 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Remember when everyone hated Tim Cook and Apple's stock was in the iDoldrums? Apple's shares have come roaring back and a new record of above $100 is in reach.                           

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U.S. Gov't Had Role in Ebola Drug Given to Aid Workers

August 5, 2014 9:54 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year.                

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Autos And Construction Fuel U.S. Job Growth

August 5, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a month when auto plants usually shut down to retool for next year's models, the sector added a solid 14,600 jobs, according to the government's employment report released Friday.                   

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