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Drugmaker Amgen Laying Off At Least 2,400

July 30, 2014 9:29 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Biologic drugmaker Amgen said Tuesday that it will lay off 12 to 15 percent of its worldwide workforce and close four sites, even as it reported stellar second-quarter results that trounced Wall Street expectations.             

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McDonald's Could Be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's is coming under intensifying pressure for labor practices at its U.S. restaurants.                                              

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Suzuki Recalling Nearly 26K Cars

July 29, 2014 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.                                 

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Full Appeals Court Upholds Labels on Meat Packages

July 29, 2014 2:20 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.                    

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Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 2:15 pm | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry specifically, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling.                 

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Providing 3D Printing to the Masses

July 29, 2014 2:02 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of Shapeways, a 3D printing company that lets consumers dream up products and sell them on-demand, says that a manufacturing revolution is coming.                          

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FAA Proposes $12M Fine for Southwest Airlines

July 29, 2014 1:52 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.                

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$1,000 Pill Now Treatment of Choice

July 29, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.                    

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Ocean Spray Worker Dies in Fall Through Skylight

July 29, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a Nevada man is dead after falling through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center where he worked.                                 

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Integrated Production Control System Upgrades

July 29, 2014 10:04 am | by Yokogawa Electric Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces the release of CENTUM VP R5.04, an enhanced version of the company’s flagship integrated production control system. This new CENTUM release features enhanced alarm and batch functions. 

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Smith & Wesson Paying $2M To Settle Bribery Charges

July 29, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business.                    

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U.S. Companies Increasingly Look for Growth Overseas

July 29, 2014 9:49 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The intensifying international focus extends beyond technology. Century-old companies such as Coca-Cola Co. and Ford Motor Co. also are hoping to make more money in countries including China and India.              

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Amazon Offers 3D Printed Products

July 29, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The moves come as organizations ranging from libraries to retailers adopt quickly evolving 3D printing technology. Recently eBay launched its own 3D printing store via an iPhone app called eBay Exact.              

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1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up.                        

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Ford Raising F-150 Prices

July 29, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford is raising the price of its new aluminum-sided pickup truck, but still trying to stay competitive with rivals.                                        

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Clinton Impeachment Shadows GOP Lawsuit

July 29, 2014 9:28 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help explain why Speaker John Boehner and the current GOP leadership want no part of such talk now, although conservatives increasingly clamor for it.               

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28 Years of Windows in 60 Seconds

July 28, 2014 1:59 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

A look back at Microsoft's Windows operating system from 1985 to today.                                                    

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Samsung Postpones Launch of Tizen

July 28, 2014 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS.             

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Lawmakers Push for Airline Safety Devices

July 28, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anti-missile devices include onboard lasers, warning systems, flares and infrared countermeasure systems, costing from $1 to $2 million per plane.                              

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RPM Agrees To $797.5M Deal on Asbestos Claims

July 28, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RPM International plans to spend nearly $800 million as part of a preliminary deal to fund a trust that resolves asbestos personal injury claims tied to a business owned by its Specialty Products Holding Corp.            

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