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Worker Rescued After Getting Stuck In Tank Of Tar

September 23, 2013 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

A worker at a Florida asphalt plant has been rescued after getting stuck in a tank of tar. The Florida Times-Union reports the 45-year-old man was using a steel cutter inside the tank Friday afternoon at Atlantic Coast Asphalt in Jacksonville.

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Unemployment Rates Rise In A Third Of U.S. States

September 23, 2013 9:58 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Employers cut jobs in 20 states last month, suggesting modest improvement in the job market this year is not enough to benefit all areas of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that 29 states added jobs, while Montana showed no net gain or loss in August. Unemployment rates rose in 18 states, fell in 17 and were unchanged in 15.

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Violence Continues Over Pay Hikes In Bangladesh

September 23, 2013 9:56 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas Monday in the third day of clashes with thousands of garment workers demanding better minimum wages amid escalating tension over the country's main export business. Police said the violence mainly took place in the Gazipur and Savar Industrial zones, just outside the capital of Dhaka. 

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President Applauds Auto Mfg Resurgence

September 23, 2013 9:54 am | by Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press

President Barack Obama applauded the resurgence of auto manufacturing Friday at a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City as he urged Congress not to hamper the nation's economic recovery with threats of a partial government shutdown. "We bet on the America worker, we bet on you and now that bet is paying off," Obama said. "You have trouble making (vehicles) fast enough."

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AR Proposed Steel Mill Lining Up Customers

September 23, 2013 9:51 am | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press

Financing for a $1.1 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas expects to be wrapped up by the end of the year, but until then backers will be lining up customers and suppliers. The Big River Steel plant, which is projected to employ more than 500 people, recently was approved for an air quality permit from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, pending resolution of any objections that are due before mid-October.

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Ford To Pump $680M Into Canadian Factory

September 20, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford says it will sink 700 million Canadian dollars ($680 million) into an assembly plant near Toronto to add models and meet increased demand for vehicles around the world. The investment will preserve the Oakville, Ontario, plant's 2,800 jobs and expand its manufacturing capability, the company said Thursday.

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Senate Passes Bill To Avert Helium Shortage

September 20, 2013 2:12 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Break out the balloons. Congress moved a step closer Thursday to averting an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve, a key supplier of the lighter-than-air gas used in a products ranging from party balloons to MRI machines.

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Senator Concerned About Apple's Fingerprint Tech

September 20, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Sen. Al Franken is concerned about Apple's use of fingerprint recognition technology in its new iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S, which went on sale Friday, includes a fingerprint sensor that lets users tap the phone's home button to unlock their phone, rather than enter a passcode.

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$188M Contract Is Welcome News For OH Tank Plant

September 20, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

A deal to upgrade Abrams tanks for Saudi Arabia will be a big boost for the nation's only tank-manufacturing plant, which just a year ago was on shaky footing amid numerous threats to its federal funding. The $188 million contract with Saudi Arabia calls for most of the work to be done at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, about 80 miles south of Toledo.

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Employee Sues MO Utility Over Hazardous Materials

September 20, 2013 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press

An employee of Empire District Electric Co. alleges in a lawsuit that the utility exposed its employees to asbestos and other hazardous materials at a plant in southeast Missouri. The lawsuit, filed last week in Jasper County Circuit Court by Les Rider, of Diamond, seeks class-action status for employees who worked at the utility's Riverton plant. 

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Japan's Nissan In Sunny Plan For Myanmar

September 20, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Japan's Nissan Motor Co. said Friday it will build a car assembly plant in Myanmar to begin manufacturing the Nissan Sunny compact sedan in 2015. The company said the Myanmar Investment Commission approved its application for the joint venture auto plant with Malaysia's Tan Chong Motors on Aug. 15.

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MAPI: Return To Moderate Growth

September 20, 2013 10:57 am | by MAPI

Following a strong pace of production in the first quarter of 2013, manufacturing production eased in the second quarter but should accelerate growth, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation U.S. Industrial Outlook, a report that analyzes 27 major industries.

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Measure Of U.S. Economy's Health Up 0.7 Percent

September 20, 2013 10:09 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

A gauge of the U.S. economy's future health posted a solid gain in August, signaling stronger growth in coming months. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.7 percent in August from July. That followed a 0.5 percent gain in July from June.

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Ex-Halliburton Manager Charged In Gulf Spill Probe

September 20, 2013 10:07 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

A former Halliburton manager was charged Thursday with destroying evidence following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a case that coincides with a guilty plea to a related charge by the Houston-based oilfield services company. Halliburton was BP PLC's cement contractor on the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf in April 2010, killing 11 workers and triggering the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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SEC Moves Toward Mandate On CEO-Worker Pay Gap

September 20, 2013 10:05 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer

Public companies would have to show the difference in pay between their CEOs and ordinary employees under a proposal advanced by federal regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to propose a rule that would compel companies to report that information publicly. Companies would have to report the ratio between their chief executive's annual compensation and the median, or midpoint, pay of employees.

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Japan Automakers Launch Low-Cost Green Cars

September 20, 2013 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Japanese automakers launched their low-cost green cars at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show 2013 that opened Thursday in Jakarta, hoping to capitalize on a new Indonesian government policy that gives tax exemptions for the eco-friendly cars.

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Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce Call Off Venture

September 20, 2013 10:02 am | by Pratt, Whitney, Rolls-Royce, end, joint, venture, engines, aircraft

Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce are ending a joint venture to develop engines for mid-size aircraft, citing in part the current regulatory environment. Pratt & Whitney says it will continue to invest in and develop applications of its engine for powering the next generation of midsize aircraft. That's aircraft designed for about 120 to 230 passengers.

Poet Set To Open IA Plant Early Next Year

September 20, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

South Dakota-based Poet LLC and its Dutch partner say a cellulosic ethanol plant being built in Iowa will open early next year. By next summer, Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels should have any glitches worked out at the $250 million Emmetsburg, Iowa, plant, Steve Hartig, general manager of the joint venture, said Thursday during a biotech conference in Sioux Falls, the Argus Leader reported.

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Klein® Tools Partners With American Cancer Society

September 19, 2013 2:45 pm | by Klein Tools

Klein Tools is proud to  partner with the American Cancer Society in their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Chicago Walk as a flagship sponsor and joins thousands who will participate in the 5K fundraising walk on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Soldier Field, Stadium Green, 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago. 

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Evacuations Ordered After Blasts At OK Plant

September 19, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

Firefighters are battling a fire and officials are ordering nearby areas evacuated after a fire and explosions rocked a manufacturing site northwest of Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City television station News 9 reports early Thursday that police confirm explosions hit a Danlin facility near the town of Thomas.

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