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Senate Committee To Hold Takata Air Bag Hearing

November 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Tom Krisher | News | Comments

Add a U.S. Senate committee hearing to the growing list of troubles facing Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp.                                        

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October Budget Deficit Rises to $121.7B

November 14, 2014 10:03 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government started the new budget year with a higher deficit in October than a year ago, but the increase reflected quirks in the calendar rather than a deterioration in the government's budget outlook.           

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GM: 13 Families Notified in Ignition Switch Deaths

November 14, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it now has contacted the families of the original 13 people whose deaths GM linked to faulty small-car ignition switches to tell them about its compensation program.                   

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Price of Oil Takes Another Sharp Drop

November 14, 2014 9:46 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The price of oil took another sharp tumble as it appeared increasingly unlikely that OPEC members will cut production to reverse a plunge that is entering its fifth month.                    

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Cold Front Helps Wake up Wheat and Corn Prices

November 14, 2014 9:40 am | by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wheat prices are surging this week as temperatures plunge in the U.S. Plains states and after a government report showed domestic supplies slipped.                             

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Baker Hughes Talks About Possible Merger With Halliburton

November 14, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oilfield-services provider Baker Hughes Inc. said it is in talks with rival Halliburton Co. about a potential merger.                                    

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This Car Has a Jet Engine

November 13, 2014 1:58 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The 1963 Chrysler Turbine car has a jet engine under its hood. In its heyday, it represented the future of automobiles. We blast off in this retro dream car.                           

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Honda Widens Air Bag Recall

November 13, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. expanded its recalls related to defective air bags on Thursday, saying a driver in Malaysia died in an air bag-linked accident earlier this year.                    

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Monsanto To Pay Pacific Northwest Wheat Farmers

November 13, 2014 1:44 pm | by Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat.                             

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Dutch to Test Solar Panels on Bicycle Path

November 13, 2014 1:33 pm | by Toby Sterling, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets underway in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam.     

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U.S. Companies Hire at Fastest Pace in 7 Years

November 13, 2014 1:21 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. companies ramped up hiring in September, and more Americans were confident enough to quit their jobs — two signs of a steadily improving economy. The number of available jobs declined but remained at a healthy level.         

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Senate Democrats End Block on Keystone XL Vote

November 13, 2014 1:14 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

After being blocked for six years by Senate Democrats, the House votes today on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project. Democratic leaders thought giving Sen. Mary Landrieu something she has been demanding for years might boost her chances of winning a runoff back home.

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November/December 2014: A Picture of Growth

November 13, 2014 12:30 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the November/December 2014 issue of IMPO, we visit the innovative Optimation Technology, explain the top misconceptions about fall protection, discuss the merits of equipment acquisition, and help you stay informed on OSHA’s 2015 agenda.

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U.S. Drivers Should Get Used to Cheap Gas

November 13, 2014 10:53 am | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.                                                

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Thin Plate Pure Lead Batteries

November 13, 2014 10:48 am | by EnerSys | Product Releases | Comments

EnerSys, a company that specializes in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, recently introduced NexSys 12NXS120 and 12NXS158 Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) batteries. 

China Must Change Economy to Meet Climate Targets

November 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Jack Chang, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese leaders pledged for the first time to cap the country's decades-long growth of greenhouse gas emissions. Fulfilling its pledge, however, will require China to transform a booming economy that still largely depends on polluting industries such as steel production and manufacturing.

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Virgin Galactic Pilot Unaware Co-Pilot Unlocked Brake

November 13, 2014 10:00 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert didn't know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked its brakes, though protocol for the test flight required the co-pilot to announce the step, federal investigators said.

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NC Employers Avoid More Federal Unemployment Taxes

November 13, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina businesses won't have to pay even higher unemployment insurance taxes beyond what's required while the state still owes the federal government money to pay jobless benefits during the Great Recession.          

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 4.6 Percent in September

November 13, 2014 9:46 am | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

September U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176.5 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology.                         

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Company Fined $47K for Exposing Workers to Amputation, Electric Shock Hazards

November 13, 2014 9:38 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures.                 

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