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French Leader To CEOs: Invest More To Get Tax Cut

January 21, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies in France pay the highest payroll taxes in Europe. A promised 30 billion-euro ($41 billion) payroll tax cut is a centerpiece of Hollande's new bid to keep the economy from sliding back into recession and bring down nearly 11 percent unemployment.

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Judge To Sentence Ex-Halliburton Manager

January 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anthony Badalamenti, of Katy, Texas, was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey. Badalamenti pleaded guilty in October to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence and faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

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Legislation Proposed In WV To Regulate Chemicals

January 21, 2014 9:20 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tomblin, the Democratic governor, urged passage of a chemical storage regulatory program. The bill aims to address shortcomings that allowed 7,500 gallons of coal-cleaning chemicals to seep into the Elk River on Jan. 9. Freedom Industries, which owned the plant that leaked the chemicals, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday.

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VW Distances Itself From Auto Club's Poll

January 21, 2014 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe's largest car maker Volkswagen says it won't use the ranking of its "Golf" model as Germany's favorite car in its advertising, after it came to light the country's main automobile club fudged figures in its poll.         

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Cause Of Deadly Omaha Plant Explosion Unknown

January 21, 2014 9:13 am | by Josh Funk, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a blast caused much of an Omaha manufacturing plant to collapse, some workers found themselves buried in debris and others scrambled for their lives. Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said.

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Investments In MIS On The Rise

January 21, 2014 9:00 am | by John Tertin, Director of MIS, ESE, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Food safety. Quality standards. Yield management. Waste control. Cost containment. The list goes on. With so many competing requirements, manufacturers’ need for more timely and accurate process data is accelerating both the interest and demand for Manufacturing Information Systems.

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Ergonomic Lift For 5-Gallon Pails

January 21, 2014 8:47 am | by Lift'n Buddy | Product Releases | Comments

The innovative Pail Partner lifter/transporter from Lift’n Buddy makes back strain from lifting and transporting heavy 5-gallon pails a thing of the past, says the company. The Pail Partner’s special yoke securely holds a plastic or metal pail just below its rigid collar.

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Industrial Rolling Dog Box

January 21, 2014 8:41 am | by Snap-On Industrial | Product Releases | Comments

The new Dog Box from Snap-on Industrial is a rolling tool box that makes moving tools across a hangar, tarmac, or facility a breeze. Available in three sizes, these Dog Boxes allow technicians to load up all the necessary tools into a tool box that’s positioned onto a frame with casters, and pull it out to the jobsite.

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UN: More Than 200M Jobless Last Year

January 20, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Nations' labor agency says the number of unemployed people around the world rose above 200 million last year as job opportunities failed to grow at the same pace as the global workforce. That's 4.9 million more than the previous year.

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Iowa Workers Have Shots At Regaining Tyson Jobs

January 20, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 60 workers who lost their jobs at the Tyson plant in northwest Iowa's Cherokee could return if business were to pick up and more production were needed. After Friday's layoff, the plant still employs about 500 people. The plant produces deli meats.

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14 Companies Bid To Destroy Syria Chemicals

January 20, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says 14 private sector companies have submitted bids to destroy chemicals removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle Damascus' poison gas and nerve agent program.

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New Infrared Imaging Technology

January 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by Fluke Corporation | Videos | Comments

A lot is at stake when you're relying on images that are out of focus. Never again question your infrared image with Fluke's LaserSharp Auto Focus which gives you consistently in-focus images, every single time, says the company.      

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Transition Teams Handling Beechcraft Sale Details

January 20, 2014 11:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The sale of Beechcraft to Cessna Aircraft's parent company, Textron, is expected to close in the first half of this year, pending government approvals.                             

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Horse Slaughter Blocked By Federal Law

January 20, 2014 11:49 am | by Barry Massey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the U.S. was blocked Friday as President Barack Obama signed a budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections of the slaughtering process.            

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ABInBev Repurchases Oriental Breweries

January 20, 2014 11:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

InBev never really wanted to part with the leading South Korean brewer, but decided to sell it in 2009 to KKR and Affinity Equity Partners for $1.8 billion, as part of a strategy to reduce debt during the financial crisis. The deal has proved highly lucrative for the private equity firms.

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Life Sentence For China Dumpling Poisoner

January 20, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a former food plant worker to life in prison for poisoning frozen dumplings that sickened 10 people in Japan in 2008 and strained relations with Tokyo just months before the Beijing Olympics.       

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Peugeot Citroen Close To Chinese Investment Deal

January 20, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Out with General Motors Co., in with China's No. 2 automaker: PSA Peugeot Citroen is moving closer to a partnership with Dongfeng Motor. Spokeswoman Antonia Krpina at the capital-hungry French automaker said Monday its supervisory board has reached "cohesion" in talks announced last month involving Dongfeng.

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Malaysia Eases Auto Curbs To Woo Foreign Carmakers

January 20, 2014 10:35 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Malaysia unveiled a new auto policy Monday, offering incentives and easing curbs on the production of small, energy-efficient cars to vie for investment with neighboring rivals Thailand and Indonesia.               

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Government Ending Jeep Investigation

January 20, 2014 9:41 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The government is closing its investigation into older-model Jeeps with fuel tanks that could rupture and cause fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it has "no reservations" with Chrysler Group's plans to recall the vehicles.

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Company Files For Bankruptcy After W.Va. Spill

January 20, 2014 9:30 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company blamed for a chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe drinking water filed for bankruptcy Friday, temporarily shielding it from dozens of lawsuits, many by businesses that were forced to shut down for days.   

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