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Worker At Goodyear Plant Died Of Heart-Related Problems

July 20, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Shawnee County coroner says an employee at the Goodyear plant in Topeka who died Tuesday had heart-related problems that contributed to his death. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the worker was identified as 45-year-old Darrell Wayne Davis of Netawaka.

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Locked Out Union Workers Reach Deal

July 20, 2011 8:58 am | by Jim Suhr, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The union representing about 230 workers at a key southern Illinois plant that makes nuclear fuel has reached a tentative three-year deal with the company that locked them out more than a year ago in Superman's adoptive hometown, both sides confirmed Wednesday. Terms of the deal involving Honeywell's Metropolis plant were not released, pending a vote by the union's members after bargainers first resolve how to transition the workers back to their jobs at the nation's only plant that begins refining uranium for eventual use in nuclear power plants.

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Competition Heats Up To Re-Launch America's Space Program

July 20, 2011 7:10 am | Videos | Comments

As the final U.S. space shuttle lands for the last time, Mark Strassmann, CBS, reports on the privately owned companies racing to re-launch America's manned space program. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Storing Hydrogen Safely To Fuel Cars

July 20, 2011 6:51 am | Videos | Comments

A new way of safely storing hydrogen, by capturing the gas in tiny plastic beads which behave like a liquid, could allow it to be more widely used as a carbon-free petrol alternative. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Ballard Gets Order For Fuel-Cell Stacks

July 20, 2011 5:22 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Ballard Power Systems said Tuesday that Plug Power Inc. committed to buy at least 3,250 of Ballard's fuel-cell stacks to power forklift trucks. The deal was made under an existing agreement between the companies that runs through 2014. Plug Power said some companies such as Kroger Co.

Locked-Out Union Workers Near Deal

July 20, 2011 5:20 am | News | Comments

METROPOLIS, Ill. (AP) — A labor dispute that's dragged on for more than a year at a southern Illinois plant that makes nuclear fuel may soon be over. Honeywell and the union representing about 230 locked-out workers at the uranium-conversion plant say both sides have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year deal.

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Man Dies While Working At Goodyear Plant

July 20, 2011 5:18 am | News | Comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An employee at the Goodyear plant in Topeka has died after collapsing while at work. Authorities say 45-year-old Darrell Wayne Davis of Netawaka died Tuesday after being taken from the plant. WIBW reports that some of Davis' co-workers say he was not feeling well and took a break.

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More Americans Are Buying Harleys

July 20, 2011 5:15 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time since the Great Recession, more Americans are buying Harleys. Harley-Davidson Inc.'s U.S. sales rose almost 8 percent and its profit more than doubled in the second quarter, the first time since the end of 2006 that domestic sales have increased for the motorcycle maker.

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Ford Recalls Pickup Trucks, SUVs

July 20, 2011 5:10 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 20,000 pickup trucks and SUVs because a defective switch can cause the turn signal, tail lights and brake lights to fail. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday on its website that the recall affects certain 2004 through 2011 Ranger pickups, 2002 through 2005 Excursion SUVs, and 2002 through 2007 F-250, 350, 450 and 550 trucks.

American Airlines Buys 460 Planes From Airbus, Boeing

July 20, 2011 5:08 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is buying at least 460 new planes over the next five years in what it calls the biggest airline order in history. And in a victory for Airbus, it's splitting the work between the European plane maker and Boeing. American said Wednesday it will buy 260 planes from Airbus and 200 from Boeing Co.

Flying Orb Goes Where Humans Can't

July 19, 2011 11:58 am | Videos | Comments

It's called the "futuristic circular flying object" and it can hover, tumble, and soar. CBSNews.com's Nick Dietz reports on the unprecedented aircraft designed to aid in search and recue operations. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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German Scientists Develop Thought-Controlled Car

July 19, 2011 11:53 am | Videos | Comments

German scientists are developing technology which allows a person to steer and drive a car using brain power alone. Using a cap fitted with sensors and an onboard computer, the researchers are able to control their experimental Volkswagen, just by thinking about it. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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New IAWP-7.3 Platform

July 19, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new IAWP-7.3 from Absolute E-Z Up (Charleston, SC) is the smallest in its line of self-propelled industrial aerial work platforms. Measuring at 43”L x 30”W x 59”H, the IAWP-7.3 has a maximum capacity of 397 lbs. Combined with a zero inside and 39 in. outside turning radius and at 965 lbs.

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T9000 Series of I/P And E/P Transducers

July 19, 2011 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild (Winston Salem, NC) has launched the T9000 Series of I/P and E/P transducers for high accuracy and the capability to customize the product for the user’s exact application. The basic T9000 Electro-Pneumatic transducer attains accuracy of 0.5 percent or better and has an LCD display screen with a keypad user interface.

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3200 Series iDrive Belt Conveyor

July 19, 2011 11:43 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The 3200 Series iDrive belt conveyor from Dorner (Hartland, WI) offers increased weight capacity and indexing capabilities. The iDrive series integrates the motor, gearbox, and motor controller all within the frame of the conveyor for a space-saving design. Designed for heavy-duty industrial and packaging applications, the 3200’s frame and motor can carry more weight (up to 120 lbs), operate at faster speeds (up to 171 FPM), and is available in larger sizes.

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Sprite Roamer Intensive Care Unit

July 19, 2011 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Sprite Roamer™ Intensive Care Unit (ICU) from Azima DLI (Woburn, MA) is a portable, online monitoring system. Typically used by facilities with no online monitoring system that need more than monthly data collection, the system is also used on problematic machines to gather frequent, consistent data.

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Hershey Plans To Sell Original Plant

July 19, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey Co. is selling off part of its original chocolate plant at the sweet price of nearly $58 million. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Monday that the company wants to sell a part of the century-old building that's being used for office space.

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Plans For Plant Under Scutiny In NC

July 19, 2011 9:06 am | News | Comments

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — Plans for a $95 million sulfur processing plant at the port in Morehead City, N.C. is drawing fire from some coastal-area residents who have scheduled a meeting to discuss details of the project. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at the Crystal Coast Civic Center.

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Former Michigan Governor To Plug Electric Cars

July 19, 2011 9:03 am | News | Comments

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Michigan governor is in North Carolina to plug electric cars and job creation from clean energy. Ex-governor Jennifer Granholm speaks in Raleigh on Tuesday at the start of a four-day conference for the electric car industry. Granholm is now an adviser to the Pew Charitable Trusts and she'll be visiting the Plug-in 2011 convention.

Solar Cell Plant Will Hire 250

July 19, 2011 8:59 am | News | Comments

HENDERSON, N.C. (AP) — A small North Carolina company with big backers plans to build a solar cell manufacturing plant employing more than 250 people after getting a promise of up to $18 million of tax breaks and other incentives. Gov. Bev Perdue's office on Tuesday announced Durham-based Semprius Inc.

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