KOLONTAR, Hungary (AP) — Police say Hungary's top investigative agency is taking over the inquiry into the toxic sludge reservoir that burst, flooding several towns in western Hungary and killing at least four people. Police spokeswoman Monika Benyi tells The Associated Press that the decision Wednesday by National Police Chief Jozsef Hatala reflects the importance and complexity of the sludge disaster.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner stepped up pressure on China to make more progress in moving toward flexible exchange rates. Geithner said Wednesday that it is particularly important to see appreciation in countries where the currency is significantly undervalued. Geithner never mentioned China, but the speech was clearly aimed at the world's second-largest economy.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An agreement has been reached that could keep "the vast majority" of the Hawker Beechcraft general aviation jobs in the Wichita, Gov. Mark Parkinson said late Tuesday. Parkinson said he brokered a "long-term deal" with the company and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The mother of a West Virginia State University student is suing Bayer CropScience and the school over her son's death in 2008. Portia Gray's lawsuit claims her 19-year-old son, Ra'Sean Gray, died as a result of exposure to substances released during an explosion at Bayer's Institute plant.
NEW YORK (AP) — Frito-Lay hopes to quiet complaints about its noisy SunChips bags by switching out the biodegradable bags for the old packaging on most flavors. The company is switching back to original packaging, which is made of a type of plastic, for five of the six varieties of the chips.
TOKYO (AP) — Sales of Toyota's Prius hybrid in Japan dropped for the first time in 17 months as government subsidies for green cars expired, an auto industry group said Wednesday. Despite the lower sales, the gasoline-electric hybrid was the top-selling car in Japan for the 17th straight month in September, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association said.
The InSight Ultra Clear Bins from Akro-Mils (Akron, OH) are made from autoclavable polycarbonate material and are available in four sizes to provide maximum visibility to users in a sleek design. The InSight bins’ “lock-in-place” design allows bins to be stacked, even with lids in place, and the molded rear hanger lip easily hooks the bins onto rails or louvered panels.
Promess, Inc. (Brighton, MI) has launched a new family of Motorized Torque Assembly & Test Systems for assembly and test applications requiring cranking, twisting, turning, ratcheting, or pre-loading of the products being produced. The product offers in five standard torque capacities: 5 Nm, 20 Nm, 50 Nm, 100 Nm, and 200 Nm, with standard rotational speeds up to 1,400 rpm.
Continental Fan (Buffalo, NY) has introduced a new line of CPB Cast Aluminum Blowers, which are available 8” to 15”, with capacities to 3,410 cfm. The CPB Blowers have cast aluminum radial bladed wheels, are ideal for exhaust systems where air is laden with dust or grit, and can be used to supply high-pressure air for cooling applications and conveying systems.
A new series of 70 wire rope isolators from Advanced Antivibration Components (AAC — New Hyde Park, NY) feature multiaxial shock and vibration protection, corrosion-resistance, and maintenance-free operation. The cable itself is made from stainless steel in a variety of sizes (1/16", 3/32", 1/8", 5/32", 3/16", 1/4”, 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", and 7/8" diameter), and the mounting plates are made of aluminum.
While software and technology providers are experts on their respective offerings, it’s the customers who are the experts when it comes to their respective needs and wants. When it comes to new technology, I’m hardly a bandwagon-jumper. I still don’t own a BlackBerry, iPhone, or even a high-definition television.
With the ever increasing demands of our daily jobs, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of pest management details that can make a big difference during a third-party audit, especially with the current focus on the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). That’s why Orkin Commercial Services and NSF International teamed up on myauditprep.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran claimed Tuesday that a computer worm found on the laptops of several employees at the country's nuclear power plant is part of a covert Western plot to derail its nuclear program. Iranian officials have suggested in recent days that the Stuxnet worm that has affected computers of employees at the Bushehr nuclear power plant could be a conspiracy to damage Iran's nuclear activities.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is pairing its little known housing business with its expertise in green cars to sell computer systems that link homes, utilities and vehicles to reduce energy use. The world's biggest automaker said Tuesday the launch of its home smart grid system in Japan will coincide with its plug-in hybrid cars going on sale in early 2012.
GREER, S.C. (AP) — BMW Manufacturing Co. says it will hire an additional 600 workers at its Greer plant to work as they are needed to assemble the company's vehicles. BMW told multiple media outlets on Monday it will hire the new employees at job fairs Oct. 13 and Oct. 20 at Spartanburg Community College's Tyger River Campus.
As the White House stages a first-of-its-kind community college summit Tuesday, the Obama administration is proposing that stronger partnerships between two-year public colleges and big-name U.S. employers such as McDonald's and The Gap will help better match workers with jobs during the economic recovery and beyond.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's economic stress eased slightly in August thanks to lower foreclosure rates in the hardest-hit states, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of conditions around the country. But the improvement was meager, and it added to evidence of sluggish economic growth.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department is outlining changes Tuesday to the U.S. government's 5-Star Safety Rating System that will make it more difficult for new cars and trucks to earn top scores. Only two of the first 34 vehicles tested under the new program — the 2011 BMW 5 Series and a version of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata — received the top grade of five stars.
Melmor Associates Inc. (Niles, OH) has added a new product line, which includes platform trucks, direct drive portable blowers, chrome wire shelving and carts, casters, bulk containers, and more. The new products include the Prohanger, which is a plastic cradle that holds, hangs, and organizes extra-long parts in service trucks used by technicians.
Knaack LLC (Crystal Lake, IL) Jobsite storage products are now manufactured using a new powder paint process, which now offers improved corrosion resistance, abrasion resistance, scratch resistant, and paint film thickness. According to the company, corrosion resistance is now five times better than the company’s previous liquid enamel paint, and abrasion resistance is 2.