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Elevator Company Cited In 49ers Stadium Death

December 12, 2013 11:07 am | by The Associated Press

California safety officials have issued $54,000 in fines against an elevator company whose employee was killed while working at the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara.  Mechanic Don White, 63, was killed June 11 by an elevator counterweight.

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Machinists Give Boeing 777X Proposal For Wash.

December 12, 2013 11:05 am | by The Associated Press

On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Wednesday it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company's new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region.

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Judge Rejects Mistrial Motion For Ex-BP Engineer

December 11, 2013 1:54 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

A federal judge has refused to declare a mistrial in the case of former BP drilling engineer charged with obstruction of justice following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.                    

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Forecast: Moderate Growth From A Deep Recession

December 11, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation

Manufacturing production is expected to fare better than the overall economy, with anticipated growth of 3.1 percent in 2014 and 4.1 percent in 2015. The 2014 forecast is a slight decrease from the 3.2 percent predicted in the September forecast; the 2015 projection is unchanged.

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FDA Targets Antibiotics In Meat

December 11, 2013 1:39 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is taking new action to help phase out the use of antibiotics in meat.  The agency announced Wednesday that it will ask pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop marketing drugs that are important for treating human infection for use in animal production.

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Survey: 80 Pct. Don't See Supply Chain As Strategy Enabler

December 11, 2013 1:30 pm | by Hitachi Consulting

Spanning nine European countries, Hitachi Consulting’s survey aimed to identify the extent to which supply chain management activities and priorities are aligned with a strategic transformation agenda. The survey found that over half of the respondents do not regard their business’s supply chain as a fundamental source of business value.

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Deal Will Keep Ohio Tank Plant Running

December 11, 2013 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. Senate and House negotiators are planning to provide as much as $90 million to keep the production line running at an Ohio tank manufacturing plant.  The money for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is included in the defense bill, which could get congressional approval as early as this week.

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Budvar Claims Win Over AB InBev In Portugal

December 11, 2013 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press

The Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision prohibiting its rival, Anheuser-Busch InBev, from using the Budweiser name in the country.                   

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Deublin Company Launches New Website

December 11, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Deublin Company

A new website is now available from Deublin Company, a global manufacturer of rotary unions used in a variety of equipment and process industries. The new website includes hundreds of products available for purchase via secure credit card transaction, along with detailed specifications and application information.

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GM To Stop Making Cars In Australia By 2017

December 11, 2013 10:01 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.The decision could spell the end of car manufacturing in Australia as the industry will be too small for supporting businesses such as parts makers to remain economic.

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GOP, Obama Line Up Behind Modest Budget Deal

December 11, 2013 9:57 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

The deal to ease those cuts for two years is aimed less at chipping away at the nation's $17 trillion national debt than it is at trying to help a dysfunctional Capitol stop lurching from crisis to crisis. It would set the stage for action in January on a $1 trillion-plus spending bill for the budget year that began in October.

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Bell Helicopter Announces New Assembly Facility

December 11, 2013 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

Texas-based Bell Helicopter says it is building a helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette to assemble the company's new line of SLS — Short Light Single — helicopters. The project, announced Tuesday by Gov. Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison, will bring the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility to Lafayette Regional Airport.

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Mo. Governor To Sign $1.7B Boeing Incentive Plan

December 11, 2013 9:45 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation that would offer up to $1.7 billion in tax breaks to Boeing Co. over more than two decades to entice the aerospace company to bring the production of its 777X jetliner to the state. 

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Quick Sale In Fisker Bankruptcy Remains On Track

December 11, 2013 9:34 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

A judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to failed electric-vehicle maker Fisker Automotive's description of its proposed bankruptcy plan, despite expressing concerns that the bankruptcy case was moving too rapidly.         

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Pay Gains For Young Women; Inequality Still Seen

December 11, 2013 9:28 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press

About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

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Dutch Bus Drivers To Test Fatigue Warning Tech

December 10, 2013 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press

A Dutch luxury bus company is testing technology — already used in the mining industry and Caterpillar — that monitors whether a driver is becoming drowsy.                           

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Tech Firms Vie To Protect Personal Data, Profits

December 10, 2013 1:23 pm | by Marcy Gordon & Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writers

Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.              

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Grow 1.4 Pct. In October

December 10, 2013 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. wholesale businesses boosted their stockpiles in October by the most in two years as their sales rose sharply, encouraging signs for economic growth in the final three months of the year.  Wholesale stockpiles grew 1.4 percent in October, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

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EU Fines Pharmaceutical Giants $22M

December 10, 2013 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press

The European Commission has fined pharmaceuticals giants Johnson & Johnson and Novartis a combined $22 million for colluding to delay the entrance of a cheap generic form of a pain killer to the Dutch market.           

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Defense Seeks Mistrial For Former BP Engineer

December 10, 2013 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press

In a filing Tuesday, Kurt Mix's attorneys argued a prosecutor's questioning of a witness on Monday amounted to injecting unsupported accusations of misconduct against Mix.                       

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