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Jobs: A Vengeful Man

November 7, 2011 6:58 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

When is the world going to stop talking about Steve Jobs?” “I don’t know, as soon as Christians stop talking about Jesus?” The untimely passing of the techno-icon has led to a deluge of skepticism, criticism, praise, and wonderment for the most influential man this world has lost in some time.

Turning Over A New Leaf

November 7, 2011 5:53 am | Blogs | Comments

B y Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing The recent Jensen Farms Listeria outbreak has killed dozens of consumers unlucky enough to pick up contaminated cantaloupe from their grocers’ shelves. Since the outbreak, well over one hundred cases have been identified, and over two dozen people have died.

US Cellular: We Turned Down iPhone

November 7, 2011 4:38 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Cellular Corp., the country's sixth-largest cellphone company, on Friday said it had the opportunity to carry the iPhone but turned it down because the phone is too expensive. It's the first U.S. carrier to acknowledge turning down the phone. Consumers pay $200 for the base model of the iPhone 4S, but Apple charges carriers about $600 for it.

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General Dynamics To Buy Force Protection For $360M

November 7, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — General Dynamics said Monday it has agreed to buy Force Protection Inc., which makes armored vehicles, in a deal worth about $360 million. Force Protection, which is based in Summerville, S.C., will become a part of General Dynamics Land Systems, the defense contractor's Sterling Heights, Mich.

Japan Unions Demand Lower Auto Taxes

November 7, 2011 4:35 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Surrounded by dozens of cardboard boxes packed with 4 million petition signatures, the presidents of major Japanese automakers demanded Monday the end of what they called exorbitant taxes on cars that threaten to hollow out manufacturing and wipe out jobs. The plea from the heads of Toyota Motor Corp.

Ford To Upgrade Glitch-Prone MyFord Touch

November 7, 2011 4:32 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — Ford Motor Co., stung by falling quality ratings because of its glitch-prone MyFord Touch system, is planning a major upgrade that it hopes will fix the problems — and repair its own reputation. Early next year, Ford is sending flash drives with a software upgrade to approximately 250,000 U.

Most Unemployed No Longer Receive Benefits

November 7, 2011 4:30 am | News | Comments

B y Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America's unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits. Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent — a shift that points to a growing crisis of long-term unemployment.

GM Recalls 38,000 Pontiac G8s Over Air-Bag Issue

November 7, 2011 4:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is recalling 38,400 Pontiac G8 models made in Australia to reprogram the front-passenger air-bag module. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday that the air-bag modules for the 2008 and 2009 models might not comply with federal standards for head injury protection.

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Are You Prepared?

November 4, 2011 9:50 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Every fall, I try to get in a horrible zombie movie. During the movie, the characters are never prepared, and are always without a shotgun, a chainsaw, and an Oldsmobile Delta-88 with which to escape. How could they possibly survive a zombie apocalypse? My first stop in just such an event would be Westlake Ace Hardware, complete with their Zombie Preparedness Center .

The Dirt On Shop Towels

November 4, 2011 9:32 am | Videos | Comments

Each day, shop towels are delivered to manufacturing facilities across the United States. A study by Gradient, an environmental and risk consulting company, found that even after being laundered, "clean" shop towels can contain high levels of heavy metals. 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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The Truth And Nothing But The Truth

November 4, 2011 9:30 am | by James A. Kosch | Articles | Comments

The term “environmental fraud” calls to mind unconscionable acts of brazen deceit. For example, a rogue company hides a catastrophic discharge of toxic chemicals as executives falsify reports, lie to regulators and skulk around in a Watergate-style cover-up. But while environmental fraud (as opposed to, say, shoddy compliance) does require intentional deceit, even well-intentioned companies sometimes run the risk of...

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Textainer 3Q Profit Rises 50 Percent

November 4, 2011 9:21 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Textainer Group, which leases shipping containers, reported that its third-quarter net income jumped nearly 50 percent as the size of its fleet, the percentage of containers it leased and the rates it charged all increased. The Bermuda company posted earnings of $45.

India Reviews Bids In $11B Fighter Jet Deal

November 4, 2011 9:19 am | by Ashok Sharma, Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Defense Ministry has begun reviewing competing bids from Eurofighter and Dassault for the purchase of 126 multi-role combat aircraft worth about $11 billion. Ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said officials met with representatives of the European competitors on Friday and are expected to take six to eight weeks to pick the winning bidder.

Court Tosses $43M Award Against Ford

November 4, 2011 9:17 am | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press | News | Comments

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed a jury's $43 million award against Ford Motor Co. for a fiery crash near Granite City that killed a man and disfigured his wife. John and Dora Jablonski in July 2003 were headed home to Florissant, Mo., when they were hit from behind.

Obama: Economic Recovery Is Too Slow

November 4, 2011 9:15 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

CANNES, France (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. economy is growing "way too slow" but that leaders at a world summit have made progress at getting their countries on a firmer footing. "Put simply, the world faces challenges that put our economic recovery at risk," Obama said in a news conference at the meeting of the 20 major developed and emerging economies as he promoted a jobs theme central to his re-...

AT&T Extends Closing Date Of T-Mobile Deal

November 4, 2011 9:13 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says the deal to buy T-Mobile USA may take until the middle of next year to close, three months later than originally envisioned, as it fights antitrust regulators. AT&T announced the $39 billion acquisition in March, saying it hoped to complete it in a year.

DuPont Must Prove No Contamination From WV Site

November 4, 2011 9:11 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Environmental regulators want DuPont to submit plans for determining whether seepage and runoff from the site of a former zinc-smelting plant in north-central West Virginia are contaminating groundwater or streams. A resident who lives near the former smelter in Spelter went to the state Department of Environmental Protection earlier this year with concerns about both new seeps she spotted at the site...

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Whisker-Reinforced Ceramic Insert

November 4, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

The WG-700 from Greenleaf Corporation (Saegertown, PA) is a completely new whisker-reinforced ceramic insert and is the most sophisticated ceramic insert developed by Greenleaf. WG-700‘s substrate benefits from an optimized whisker load, which improves its crack- and wear-resistance while increasing its overall strength.

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Akro-Grid Containers

November 4, 2011 6:27 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) has announced the expansion of its Akro-Grid series with the new 33223 model container. Now available in nine sizes and three colors, the Akro-Grid line of versatile work-in-process transfer containers is designed with a divider system that allows subdivision of the containers down to a 1-1/8 inch square compartment size.

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Relio R1420

November 4, 2011 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Relio R1420 from Sealevel (Liberty, SC) is a small, rugged embedded computer that operates without fans or moving parts for the most reliable operation possible. Designed for harsh industrial and commercial environments, the Relio is perfect for mobile applications, embedded control, and measurements.

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