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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.          

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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.                             

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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.                 

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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.                         

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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.         

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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.                    

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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.  

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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.                  

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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.                 

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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.                  

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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.                   

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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.                      

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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.                    

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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.

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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.

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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.                   

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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.       

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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.            

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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.         

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$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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