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BMW: Dismiss EEOC Discrimination Complaint

August 13, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

BMW is asking a federal judge to dismiss an employment discrimination complaint filed against it by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. BMW Manufacturing Co. said in its response to a commission lawsuit filed in June that the automaker did not engage in illegal employment practices on the basis of race at its Greer plant.

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First U.S. Apprentices Graduate From VW Program

August 13, 2013 2:13 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Three years ago, Saul Flores was studying business and uncertain about his career prospects. That's when he heard about the new Volkswagen apprenticeship program being created at the German automaker's Tennessee plant. Flores was among the first class of a dozen apprentices who graduated Tuesday from the program that mixes technical skills with paid experience working in the assembly plant in Chattanooga.

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WI Electronic Recycling Company Builds In AR

August 13, 2013 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

An electronic recycling company will build its first plant in Arkansas because delays in getting permits in Wisconsin are costing it money. Elkhorn-based DP Electronic Recycling has been trying for more than a year and a half to get permits to build in a Whitewater technology park, and it is losing about $1 million in revenue for each month of delay, CEO Dale Helgeson told The Janesville Gazette.

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Camry Will Stay U.S. Top-Selling Car, Says Exec

August 13, 2013 10:05 am | by The Associated Press

A top executive says Toyota intends to keep the Camry as the top-selling car in America this year. Senior Vice President Bob Carter tells industry analysts that it's important to Toyota to have the nation's favorite car.

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'Hyperloop' Would Link LA-SF In 30 Minutes

August 13, 2013 10:03 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press

Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco. On Monday, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled a transportation concept that he said could whisk passengers the nearly 400 miles from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes — half the time it takes an airplane. If it's ever built.

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Air Pollution Takes Toll On China's Tourism

August 13, 2013 10:00 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press

China, one of the most visited countries in the world, has seen sharply fewer tourists this year — with worsening air pollution partly to blame. Numbers of foreign visitors have declined following January's "Airpocalypse," when already eye-searing levels of smog soared to new highs.

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Trial Set In Lawsuit Against NE Manufacturer

August 13, 2013 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

An October trial has been scheduled in the employee lawsuit against Dempster Industries in Beatrice. A dozen former employees sued Dempster and its president and CEO, Wallace Davis, for lost wages and other earnings that total more than $160,000.

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Micron Cuts Jobs After Purchase Of Japanese Firm

August 13, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

Executives with Micron Technology Inc. are taking steps to cut about 5 percent of the company's workforce in offices, fabrication facilities and research labs in Idaho and across the world. The cuts were announced starting Aug. 7 and come in the wake of Micron's acquisition of Japanese competitor, Elpida.

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Salad Mix Production Halted After Stomach Bug

August 13, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

A Mexico processing facility voluntarily suspended production of salad mix that's been linked to the outbreak of a stomach bug in Iowa and Nebraska, a California company announced Monday. Salinas, California-based Taylor Farms said its Mexican branch, Taylor Farms de Mexico, will not resume production and shipping of any salad mix as well as lettuce and other salad mix components without approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In June

August 12, 2013 2:13 pm | by AMT

June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $426.83 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was down 5.8 percent from May and down 5.7 percent when compared with the total of $452.75 million reported for June 2012. With a year-to-date total of $2,538.55 million, 2013 is down 5.7 percent compared with 2012.

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Vehicle-Charging Company Warns About Prospects

August 12, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press

Ecotality Inc., which makes charging systems for electric vehicles, said Monday that it could be forced into a sale or bankruptcy filing "in the very near future" after disappointing sales and suspension of payments from the federal government. The company said that it hired a restructuring adviser to evaluate options including new financing or a possible sale.

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Inventor Musk To Share Plans For High-Speed Travel

August 12, 2013 2:06 pm | by Martha Mendoza, Associated Press

Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that's the mysterious transportation system that inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design plans for Monday. Musk has been dropping hints about his "Hyperloop" system for more than a year during public events.

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Lincoln Brand Introducing Dealers To Luxury Buyers

August 12, 2013 2:01 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

 How to sell a Lincoln in 2013: Make the dealership smell like luxury. And lay out some wine and cheese. After decades of selling hulking Town Cars to retirees, Ford Motor Co. wants the Lincoln brand to appeal to younger, more discerning buyers. Lincoln unveiled the sleek MKZ sedan this spring, and six more models will follow. It purged underperforming dealerships and is prodding the rest to make expensive updates.

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10 Years After Blackout, U.S. Grid Faces New Threats

August 12, 2013 1:59 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, Kantele Franko, Associated Press

The U.S. electrical grid is better managed and more flexible a decade after its largest blackout but remains vulnerable to increasingly extreme weather, cybersecurity threats, and stress caused by shifts in where and how power is produced. Many worry the grid isn't fully prepared for the new and emerging challenges.

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Honda Supplier Plans New Plant In Pell City

August 12, 2013 1:56 pm | by Honda, supplier, reusable, containers, Alabama, Pell, City, AL, build, plant, Trinity Design Group

A company that provides reusable containers for parts at Honda's factory in Alabama says it has plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Pell City. AL.com reported Friday that Trinity Design Group LLC's nearly $1 million facility will initially employ 35 people with plans to increase to more than 70. The company focuses on sustainable packaging and the new facility will cover 32,000 square feet.

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Car Company's Big Plans Haven't Come To Fruition

August 12, 2013 10:21 am | by Holbrook Mohr, Mitch Weiss, Associated Press

It seemed like a win for everyone when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in Mississippi. GreenTech Automotive announced in 2009 production would start in three years and foreign investors who plunked down at least $500,000 for the venture would get the opportunity to live in the U.S. while an impoverished area of Mississippi would get jobs and tax revenues.

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BlackBerry Weighs Putting Itself Up For Sale

August 12, 2013 10:18 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry will consider selling itself. The company said Monday that its board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" in hopes of boosting the adoption of its BlackBerry 10 smartphone. The company said its options could also include joint ventures, partnerships, or other moves.

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Drilling Water Recycling Plant Proposed In WV

August 12, 2013 10:16 am | by The Associated Press

Wheeling planners are considering a company's proposal to open a plant that would recycle wastewater from natural gas drilling. The Wheeling Planning Commission is expected to make a decision on GreenHunter Water's application at a meeting on Monday. Commissioners had declined to consider the project at their June and July meetings, saying they needed additional information about the project.

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U.S. Issues Import Ban On Some Samsung Products

August 12, 2013 10:14 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer

Apple won a partial victory in its long-running patent dispute with Samsung on Friday when a U.S. administrative panel found Samsung in violation of two Apple patents and blocked imports of some Samsung devices. But the U.S. International Trade Commission cleared Samsung on four other patents in dispute.

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Pace Of Layoffs At Paducah Plant Increasing

August 12, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

About 100 employees at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant have been sent layoff notices as the facility moves toward a shutdown. The United States Enrichment Corp., issued the notices Friday. The latest round of notices are separate from the roughly 160 employees whose jobs will be cut Aug. 16. Workers notified on Friday were told their jobs would end between Oct. 14 and Oct. 25.

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