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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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Report: BlackBerry Could Cut Workforce 40 Percent

September 19, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry could cut its workforce by up to 40 percent by the end of the year, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Citing unidentified people familiar with the matter, the newspaper said that the Canadian company plans to make the cuts through layoffs that will occur in all of its departments, potentially affecting several thousand people.

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Haslam: VW Tax Credits Not Contingent On Union Status

September 19, 2013 2:07 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Tennessee has not made economic incentives for Volkswagen contingent on the German automaker rejecting the United Auto Workers union at its Chattanooga assembly plant, Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday. A top Democrat in the state House last week alleged that Haslam was trying to use economic incentives to sway Volkswagen against working with the UAW.

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Court Upholds CA's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

September 19, 2013 2:06 pm | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press

A panel of federal judges on Wednesday upheld California's first-in-the-nation mandate requiring fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected arguments from fuel makers that California's "Low Carbon Fuel Standard" discriminated against out-of-state producers.

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GE Plans To Move NY Capacitor Work To FL

September 19, 2013 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press

General Electric Co. says it plans to close an electrical components plant in upstate New York and move the work to Florida. Local media outlets report that the Fairfield, Conn., company gave union workers in Fort Edward notice on Wednesday it could close by September 2014.

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Boeing To End C-17 Airlifter Production In 2015

September 19, 2013 2:02 pm | by Robert Jablon, Associated Press

Boeing Co. announced Wednesday that it will end production of its C-17 Globemaster III military cargo jet and close the final assembly plant in Long Beach in 2015, putting as many as 3,000 jobs at risk as orders plunged in the fragile world economy.

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Klein Tools Enters Australian Market, Partnership With Mumme Tools

September 18, 2013 2:41 pm | by Klein Tools

Klein Tools, a top hand tool choice of professional electricians in the United States, today announced its entry into the Australian market through a significant financial investment and strategic partnership with Mumme Tools, Australia’s leading mining tool manufacturer.

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