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Ex-Halliburton Manager Pleads Guilty

October 15, 2013 1:47 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

Anthony Badalamenti, 62, of Katy, Texas, faces a maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine after his guilty plea in U.S. District Court to one misdemeanor count of destruction of evidence.          


100 Years As Engine Plant, Kenosha Acquires Land

October 15, 2013 1:45 pm | by AP

The city of Kenosha is acquiring the property that is the centerpiece of the community's auto manufacturing history.                             


NY Factory Activity Grows More Slowly In October

October 15, 2013 1:44 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Factory activity in the New York region expanded more slowly in October, a sign that the partial government shutdown may be weighing on the economy.                 


ESA Showcases Printed Metal Parts Fit For Space

October 15, 2013 1:43 pm | by AP

In recent years three-dimensional printing has become commonplace in manufacturing. But so far this method has largely been limited to making plastic objects.                         


High Court Will Review EPA Global Warming Rules

October 15, 2013 1:38 pm | by AP

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in developing rules aimed at cutting emissions of six heat-trapping gases from factories and power plants.         


Senators Closing In On Deal To Reopen Government

October 15, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

Senate leaders are closing in on an agreement to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on U.S. obligations.                    


Pa., W.Va. Landowners Sue FirstEnergy Over Waste

October 15, 2013 9:49 am | by Vicki Smith, Associated Press

More than 50 West Virginia and Pennsylvania property owners are suing FirstEnergy Corp. over groundwater pollution, soggy yards and foundation damage they blame on a leaking coal ash impoundment and the 7-mile waste pipeline that feeds it.  


Retiree Trust Assets Grow On Chrysler Value

October 15, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

A health care trust for Chrysler retirees saw an 18 percent gain in the value of its assets thanks to the rising value of its stake in Chrysler.                  


Alcatel-Lucent Chief Warns Company May Collapse

October 15, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

The chief executive of Alcatel-Lucent SA is warning that the telecommunications equipment maker could go under if it doesn't slash costs — and jobs.                 


Conair Recalls 570K Infiniti Pro Hair Dryers

October 15, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

Conair is recalling approximately 570,000 of its Infiniti Pro by Conairâ hair dryers because they can short out and start a fire or burn someone.                  


Frito-Lay Plant Has 30th Anniversary Next Year

October 15, 2013 9:41 am | by Shelley Ridenour, Casa Grande Dispatch

As the plant nears its 30th anniversary next year, Manufacturing Plant Director Jason Gray says everyone is prepping for the celebration.                   


Germany Dodges Tougher EU Car Emission Limits

October 14, 2013 2:22 pm | by AP

Germany has managed to delay tougher European Union car emission rules amid fears they could harm its automotive industry.                      


Tire-Maker Hankook To Build $800M Plant In Tenn.

October 14, 2013 2:21 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

South Korean tire-maker Hankook announced Monday that it will build its first North American plant in Tennessee, creating 1,800 jobs.                    


Default Looming: Day 14 Of Shutdown With No Solution

October 14, 2013 2:20 pm | by Donna Cassata, Associated Press

The United States moved perilously closer to an economy-rattling default and a partial government shutdown entered its 14th day as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises facing the nation.


Poll: Half Of Older Workers Delay Retirement Plans

October 14, 2013 2:18 pm | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press

Older Americans appear to have accepted the reality of a retirement that comes later in life and no longer represents a complete exit from the workforce. Some 82 percent of working Americans over 50 say it is at least somewhat likely they will work for pay in retirement.


Eurozone Industrial Output Rebounds In August

October 14, 2013 2:15 pm | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press

Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said industrial production rose 1 percent. The increase was roughly in line with market expectations.                   


Auto Parts Supplier Opening $110M Plant

October 14, 2013 2:10 pm | by AP

French company Plastic Omnium plans a ribbon-cutting Tuesday for the Inergy Automotive Systems facility, located in Wayne County near New Boston. The facility will produce about 1.5 million plastic fuel tanks a year.       


Daimler Trucks Won't Build New Headquarters In S.C.

October 14, 2013 9:15 am | by The Associated Press

When South Carolina gave Daimler Trucks $2 million to buy land in York County five years ago, the hope was the vehicle-maker would move its company's headquarters to the region.            


China Reports Unexpected Drop In September Exports

October 14, 2013 9:14 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer

China's exports suffered an unexpectedly sharp decline in September amid weak global demand but imports grew. Exports fell 0.3 percent to $185.6 billion, a customs official said at a news conference.         


$120M Lawsuit Over Ind. Factory Moves Ahead

October 14, 2013 9:12 am | by The Associated Press

The Indiana appeals court has decided against stopping a lawsuit filed by a Detroit-based construction company against the German company that stopped building a new transmission factory in central Indiana five years ago.     



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