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China Halts Bullet Train Manufacturing After Deadly Collision

August 11, 2011 9:03 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China has frozen approval of new railway projects and halted some bullet train manufacturing, stepping up an overhaul of its controversial high-speed network after a July collision that killed 40 people. The crash, along with delays on a new Beijing-Shanghai line blamed on equipment failures, embarrassed the communist government and fueled public anger at a bullet train network that critics say is dangerous and too costly.

A123 Will Make GM Electric Vehicle Batteries

August 11, 2011 9:02 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. said Thursday that battery maker A123 Systems Inc. will produce batteries to be used in future electric vehicles being sold in select global markets. The Detroit-based automaker said the battery packs will be built at A123 Systems' Livonia facility.

NAM Urges Admin to Stop New Ozone Standards

August 11, 2011 8:59 am | News | Comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, 35 state manufacturing associations joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in asking President Obama not to move forward with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The state associations cautioned the President that this proposal will create more uncertainty for manufacturers and increase compliance costs for each state, which will hurt job growth.


Fired Worker Injures Coworkers At NY Plant

August 11, 2011 8:57 am | News | Comments

MALTA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a man fired from his job at an upstate New York computer chip plant construction site has been charged with assaulting four former co-workers, including one hit in the face with a fire extinguisher. The Saratoga County Sheriff's Office tells local media that 42-year-old Eddie Robinson Jr.


U.S. Trade Deficit Widens To $53B

August 11, 2011 8:55 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — American producers sold fewer industrial engines, electric generators and farm products to the rest of the world in June, pushing the trade deficit to the highest level since 2008 and dealing another blow to an already struggling economy. The deficit rose 4.4 percent to $53.


Talk And Tech At MoMA

August 11, 2011 6:26 am | Videos | Comments

The new exhibit ''Talk to Me'' at New York's Museum of Moden Art highlights ways objects and technology have become an integral part of communication. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


USMTO: Manufacturing Tech Orders Up

August 11, 2011 6:24 am | Articles | Comments

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $459.39 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 15.3% from May and up 91.

Backpacking Or Fracking

August 11, 2011 6:22 am | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, | Blogs | Comments

Which do you think of when you hear "state park"? Both backpacking and fracking are associated with previously protected state lands. Ohio recently passed a bill legalizing drilling on all state land, including land that has been designated as a state park. Senate's approval of  Bill 133  hit home for me as a native Ohioan who has spent a great deal of time enjoying the state's parks.


Additional Shares Purchased In Tognum Takeover

August 10, 2011 9:37 am | News | Comments

Stuttgart/London – Daimler AG and Rolls-Royce Group plc have acquired additional shares in Tognum AG equivalent to 0.83 percent of its equity. Upon completion of the public tender offer, the two companies will have acquired at least 95 percent of Tognum’s shares through their joint venture, Engine Holding GmbH.

Harman Fiscal 4Q Proft Falls

August 10, 2011 9:34 am | News | Comments

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Speaker and headphone maker Harman International Industries Inc. said Wednesday its fiscal fourth-quarter profit fell to a fraction of what it was a year ago on tough comparisons to a prior-year period boosted by a $115.4 million profit from discontinued operations.

Aberdeen Plant Humming 24 Hours A Day

August 10, 2011 9:30 am | by Jacob Jones | News | Comments

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — Little more than a low hum sounds from the tangle of steel pipes in the production area of the Imperium Grays Harbor biodiesel facility in Aberdeen, but the plant is churning around the clock. Workers in bright safety vests hustled to direct trucks during a recent visit.


Pfizer Ending Manufacturing At TN Facility

August 10, 2011 9:28 am | News | Comments

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Pharmaceutical company Pfizer Global Supply is ending manufacturing and logistics operations at its Bristol, Tenn., facility, but the plant will continue its commercial and support operations. Pfizer is looking to consolidate plants after purchasing Bristol-based King Pharmaceuticals.


Job Openings Rose In June

August 10, 2011 9:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers posted more job openings in June and layoffs fell, a sign that hiring could improve a bit in the coming months. The number of available jobs rose to 3.1 million, up from 3 million in May, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the highest total since March.

Raytheon Gets $32M U.S. Navy Contract

August 10, 2011 9:25 am | News | Comments

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — Defense contractor Raytheon Co. said Wednesday it received a $32.2 million contract from the U.S. Navy to design and develop a GPS-based system that coordinates a variety of systems on Navy ships. The program will support real-time positioning, navigation, and timing data services, including weapons, combat systems, and other command, control, communications and intelligence systems, Raytheon said.

Is The Iris Scan The New Fingerprint?

August 10, 2011 8:05 am | Videos | Comments

CNN's Debera Feyerick reports on a new technology being used by some law enforcement to ID people by their eyes. The iris scan is can be used much like a fingerprint, but reads 235 specific identifying marks in each eye. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Nissan Motor Beats Expectations

August 10, 2011 7:57 am | Videos | Comments

Nissan beats analysts' expectations by posting an operating profit of $2 billion for the April-June quarter and outlines aggressive China expansion plans to stay ahead of rivals. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


America's Relative Strength

August 10, 2011 7:56 am | Videos | Comments

The debt debate may have hurt the U.S. global reputation, but analysts say America's standing is safe until something better comes along. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.


Machine Turns Air Into Water

August 10, 2011 7:55 am | Videos | Comments

A Texas man has invented a machine that can make drinkable water out of air. The "drought master" can make five to seven gallons of pure water in a day. Making a gallon only costs four cents in electrical charges and building one only takes two hours. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Robotic Seals Soothe Tsunami Victims

August 10, 2011 7:54 am | Videos | Comments

Robotic seals help elderly tsunami victims in Japan recover from mental and emotional scars. Two seals were donated to the home by their Japanese manufacturer and normally cost around $155 US per month to lease. Residents say the seals help them feel safe and are good substitutes for live animals. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Singapore Air Orders 8 Boeing Jets

August 10, 2011 5:41 am | News | Comments

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore Airlines Ltd. says it has ordered eight Boeing jets for $2.3 billion to help bolster expansion plans. The carrier said in a statement Wednesday that the eight Boeing 777-300ERs are scheduled to be delivered in its 2013-2014 financial year and will be operated on medium- and long-haul routes.


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