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Japan Dials Back Climate Change Emissions Target

November 15, 2013 9:57 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The new target approved by the Cabinet on Friday calls for reducing emissions by 3.8 percent from their 2005 level by 2020. The revision was necessary because the earlier goal of a 25 percent reduction from the 1990 level was unrealistic, the chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters in Tokyo.

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Official: Tesla Factory Had Previous Violation

November 15, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco Bay Area Tesla factory where three workers were burned by hot metal was previously cited for a safety violation that led to an injury, a state official said Thursday. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined Tesla $2,700 last year for a serious violation at the Fremont factory that was uncovered during an accident investigation.

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For Philippine Relief, China Beat By Ikea, Coke

November 15, 2013 9:45 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

China has pledged less than $2 million in cash and materials, compared to $20 million provided by the United States, which also launched a massive military-driven rescue operation that includes an aircraft carrier.           

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Heinz Closing 3 Plants, Cutting 1,350 Jobs

November 15, 2013 9:42 am | by The Associate Press | News | Comments

The food maker said Thursday that it will close facilities in two states and Canada over the next six to eight months. The cuts total 200 jobs in Florence, South Carolina, 410 jobs in Pocatello, Idaho and 740 employees in Leamington, Ontario, in Canada.

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Fire Damages Detroit Chemical Company

November 15, 2013 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Detroit company that makes adhesives, paint, primers and sealants was heavily damaged Thursday by a blaze that forced authorities to evacuate surrounding homes and a nearby elementary school.  The fire started early Thursday afternoon at Chemical Technology Inc.'s offices and warehouse.

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Kimberly-Clark To Spin Off Health Care Business

November 15, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Corp. said on Thursday that it plans to spin off its health care business into a separate publicly traded company.  Kimberly-Clark's stock jumped 5 percent in after-hours trading following the announcement Thursday.     

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Four Strategies For Tracking Manufacturing Costs

November 15, 2013 9:26 am | by Tom Bonine, President, National Metal Fabricators | Articles | Comments

Whether you are just getting going on your business career or you have been working in the field for years, one thing that always comes back to bite you is costs. How can we alleviate these costs? What are some strategies for tracking manufacturing costs and managing them so that they don't get too far out of hand?

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It’s Wise To Be Proactive: Learn About New Food Safety Regulations Now

November 15, 2013 9:19 am | by Debra M. Strauss, Associate Professor of Business Law | Articles | Comments

Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA  while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.   

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Light Weight Hydraulic Pole Saws

November 15, 2013 9:00 am | by BURNDY | Product Releases | Comments

BURNDY has released a new Hydraulic Pole Saw Light Weight (HPS-LW) series.  This new series is lighter, more ergonomic and robust than previous versions.

Easier Pallet Automation

November 15, 2013 7:27 am | by Fastems IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Fastems FPC is a cost-effective solution to automate horizontal machining centers.  The product family covers pallet sizes from 400 mm to 1250 mm and workloads from 750 kg to 7500 kg.

Portable 600 Watt High Output LED Light Cart

November 15, 2013 7:18 am | by Larson Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-WBC-2X300LED portable LED work area light cart from Larson Electronics is a versatile and powerful lighting system that provides high power illumination in an easy to deploy design. 

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Synthetic Shellac Primer

November 15, 2013 7:11 am | by Rust-Oleum | Product Releases | Comments

Rust-Oleum has introduced a primer and sealer made with synthetic shellac that mirrors the same properties as traditional shellac. Utilizing a first-of-its-kind synthetic shellac, BIN Advanced boasts ultimate stain blocking and superior odor sealing, with excellent adhesion and high hiding features.

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Gov't Fast Tracks New Safety Systems For Cars

November 14, 2013 3:30 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk or aren't buckled properly.                       

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The Vital Signs Of American Manufacturing

November 14, 2013 3:03 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

American manufacturing is in the news these days. A sudden wave of optimism about growth possibilities seems to pervade the media.  But a real assessment of American manufacturing also requires a longer term examination of manufacturing vital signs.

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Google Seeks Patent On New Hands-free Technology

November 14, 2013 1:42 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

With Google Tattoo, users apply a sticky substance on their neck and their voice is transmitted through their throat, allowing them to talk hands-free. Google has applied to patent the technology.               

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Pipeline Explosion In North Texas

November 14, 2013 1:36 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

A pipeline operated by Chevron Corp exploded in rural Milford, Texas, on Thursday and while no injuries were reported residents of the town of 700 were asked to evacuate, said company and emergency officials.            

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Next Generation Of Biofuels Still Years Away

November 14, 2013 1:25 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The failure so far of cellulosic fuel is central to the debate over corn-based ethanol, a centerpiece of America's green-energy strategy. Ethanol from corn has proven far more damaging to the environment than the government predicted, and cellulosic fuel hasn't emerged as a replacement.

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BlackBerry Says $1B Investment Is Complete

November 14, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry said Wednesday that a $1 billion investment by its biggest shareholder and other investors is complete.  Earlier this month the struggling smartphone company announced that it abandoned its bid to sell itself.       

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China Announces VW Recall Of 640,000 Vehicles

November 14, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's government on Thursday announced the second recall of Volkswagen vehicles this year, a setback for the German automaker following a March report by state TV that criticized its quality standards.             

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U.S. Trade Deficit Widens 8 Pct In September

November 14, 2013 12:10 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Exports, which hit a record high in June, slipped for the third straight month, dipping 0.2 percent to $188.9 billion, with sales of commercial aircraft and autos both down. Imports rose 1.2 percent to $230.7 billion, the highest level since November.

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