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Siemens Board Member Charged With Millions In Bribes

June 14, 2011 8:51 am | News | Comments

Ex-Siemens manager charged in bribery case  BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have filed charges against a former member of Siemens AG's board over millions of dollars in alleged bribe payments in Argentina. Munich prosecutors said the former manager is charged with three counts of breach of trust.

A Musician May Have Solved The U.S. Energy Crisis

June 14, 2011 8:06 am | Videos | Comments

One Pennsylvania-based musician thinks he has the (right) solution to the country's energy crisis. Soon after Brandon Hollinger managed to turn his old Saab into an electric vehicle, he developed a business to transform other gas-guzzling vehicles into eco-friendly transportation options. 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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Why Intellectual Property Is Protected By The U.S. Constitution

June 14, 2011 8:04 am | by William Gindlesperger, Chief Executive Officer, e-LYNXX | Articles | Comments

The Constitution of the United States (Article I, Section 8, Clause 8) grants to Congress the powers to promote "the progress of science and useful arts" by providing inventors the limited but exclusive right to their discoveries. This applies to copyrights and patents, with trademarks similarly protected by Congress under the Commerce Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3).

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Greg's Corner — Life's Circle of Fun

June 14, 2011 7:58 am | by Greg Harris , Vice President of Marketing, Jameco Electronics | Articles | Comments

Life has a way of coming full circle. As kids, our focus is all about fun. At some point, however, most of us turn serious. In fact, we turn on people who have too much fun and think of them as "immature." By the time we become seniors many will shed their seriousness, and while some could be labeled as "eccentric," most are just having fun.

Magnets Filter Better

June 14, 2011 6:13 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Eco-Mag high-intensity magnetic filter, from Magnetic Products, Inc. (MPI; Highland, MI), improves filtration efficiency by using high-power neodymium Rare Earth magnets to remove ferrous and para-magnetic contamination. According to the company, it is effective with machine tool oils, coolants, and hydraulic fluid machinery systems.

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High-Tech Blowers

June 14, 2011 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kaeser Compressors, Inc. (Fredericksburg, VA) has lunched two additions to its Com-paK Plus family of blower packages. The EB 291C and EB 421C models offer side-by-side installation, plus low noise and vibration. They also use the company’s tri-lobe blowers, and have an enhance airflow design that improves both efficiency and heat removal.

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Picking Made Easier, Faster

June 14, 2011 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dematic (Grand Rapids, MI) has launched its RapidPick System, which uses a “goods to person” design that delivers split case items to an operator in a configuration that allows pick rates up to 1,000 line items per hours. According to the company, it offers high pick accuracy because only one SKU is presented to the operator at a time, in the desired sequence.

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Breathe Easy And See Better

June 14, 2011 6:11 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Jackson Safety (Roswell, GA), a Kimberly-Clark Professional brand, is now offering the R60 Airmax Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR), which features a NIOSH-approved HE filter for particulate contaminants that can be easily set and locked into place. It comes with fully-adjustable headgear and a welding helmet, which has a W40 series variable auto-darkening filter.

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AP Survey: Economists Warn Against More Fed Action

June 14, 2011 4:54 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The best cure for the economy now is time. That's the overwhelming opinion of leading economists in a new Associated Press survey. They say the Federal Reserve shouldn't bother trying to stimulate the economy — and could actually do damage if it did. The economists are lowering their forecasts for job creation and economic growth for the rest of this year, mainly because of high oil prices.

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German Authorities Investigate Fatal Goodyear Blimp Crash

June 14, 2011 4:51 am | by Melissa Eddy, Associated Press | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — The pilot of a Goodyear blimp screamed "I crashed the airship" before it burst into flames, a passenger who leapt to safety says. Photographer Joachim Storch told media that the blimp — The Spirit of Safety — missed its designated landing spot at Reichelsheim airfield in central Germany on Sunday evening, causing its engine to slam into the ground.

HP Shuffles Execs Before 'Another Tough Quarter'

June 14, 2011 4:50 am | News | Comments

PALO ALTO, California (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. is streamlining its executive ranks to improve its focus on customers rather than administration and put more operations directly under CEO Leo Apotheker's control. The world's largest maker of personal computers said Monday that it is eliminating its chief administrative officer position, meaning that Pete Bocian is leaving HP immediately.

Nokia Wins Patent Suit Against Rival Apple

June 14, 2011 4:40 am | by Jari Tanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — Nokia Corp. on Tuesday notched a valuable win against rival Apple Inc., with the U.S. company agreeing to pay the Finnish handset maker a one-time sum to settle long-standing patent disputes as well as royalties for current licenses. Espoo-based Nokia said that the deal "will result in settlement of all patent litigation between the companies, including the withdrawal by Nokia and Apple of their respective complaints to the US International Trade Commission.

Obama Turns Back To Job Creation

June 14, 2011 4:36 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Beset by a grim employment picture, President Barack Obama on Monday pledged to ease the way for businesses to expand hiring and offered assurances to an anxious public that he is focused on creating jobs — the top political issue heading into the 2012 election and the Achilles heel of his presidency.

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Honda: Profits To Fall 63.5 Percent Amid Shortages

June 14, 2011 4:34 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Honda's profit for the fiscal year through March 2012 is expected to plunge 63.5 percent as vehicles sales slipped amid a parts shortage caused by the quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. Honda Motor Co. gave the forecast Tuesday, more than a month later than usual. Like other Japanese automakers, the maker of the Odyssey minivan and the Fit compact needed more time to assess the aftermath of the March 11 disaster.

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Analysts: Solar Manufacturing Industry Burning Up

June 13, 2011 8:01 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Solar shares rose Monday, with one analyst saying that demand is accelerating and that the sector is ripe for mergers and acquisitions. Rather than fewer orders for solar panels as has been feared because of declining subsidies and a poor economy, Brean Murray Carret & Co.

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Ford Loses $2 Billion Lawsuit Against Aggravated Dealers

June 13, 2011 7:53 am | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ford Motor Co. shares sank Monday after an Ohio judge said the automaker had to pay nearly $2 billion in damages to thousands of dealerships who participated in a 2002 class-action lawsuit. Ford has said it would appeal. THE SPARK: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Peter Corrigan in Cleveland issued the ruling based on a Feb.

VF Corp. Buys Timberland Co. For $2.2 Billion

June 13, 2011 7:44 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Clothing and footwear maker VF Corp., whose brands include Wrangler, Nautica and The North Face, said Monday it will buy boot and clothing maker Timberland Co. for more than $2.2 billion as it seeks to expand its outdoor offerings. VF plans to make Timberland part of its outdoor and actions sports business, and it said Timberland's headquarters will remain in Stratham, New Hampshire.

Honeywell Buys EMS Technologies For $506 Million

June 13, 2011 6:57 am | News | Comments

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Honeywell International Inc. said Monday that it had agreed to buy EMS Technologies Inc., which supplies communications equipment to the aerospace, defense and trucking industries, for about $506 million. Honeywell, the industrial conglomerate, is paying $33 per share in cash, a 33 percent premium to EMS's Friday closing price.

Obama Takes On Hiring With Manufacturing Tours

June 13, 2011 6:49 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged Monday to push business-friendly policies on issues including free-trade agreements and worker pension funds as he sought to make good on promises to grow the economy and jobs by boosting competitiveness. "We know this is something we're going to have to work with everyone on, labor and business," Obama said as he sat with his jobs and competitiveness council, which met at an energy-efficient lighting plant in Durham, N.

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More Japanese Nuclear Workers Exceed Radiation Limits

June 13, 2011 6:45 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Six more workers at Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant may have exceeded the radiation exposure limit, bringing the total to eight, the government said Monday. The health and labor ministry released the preliminary results of tests on how much radiation they had been exposed to as they worked at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

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