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Whirlpool Reshoring Some Production To Ohio Plant

December 20, 2013 12:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Whirlpool is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Mexico to Ohio. The appliance maker, whose brands include Maytag, Kenmore and its namesake, said Friday that 80 to 100 new jobs will be created in Ohio over the next three years to support the relocation.

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Financing Deal Set On $1B Ind. Fertilizer Plant

December 20, 2013 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

A businessman says he has reached a deal with a Chinese company to finance a proposed southern Indiana fertilizer plant that could cost nearly $1 billion to build.  Ohio Valley Resources president Doug Wilson of Fairfield, Ill., announced Thursday that the Chinese company will provide equity financing for the construction while his company will manage the project near the Ohio River town of Rockport.

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New Mexico AG Sues To Stop Horse Slaughter

December 20, 2013 9:50 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

The move by Attorney General Gary King comes after a federal appeals court rolled back a court order that had kept Valley Meat Co. from starting operations earlier this fall. Owner Rick De Los Santos has been making plans to open Jan. 1, and his attorney said Thursday that those plans haven't changed.

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Air Bag Safety System Tested On World Cup Skiers

December 20, 2013 9:47 am | by Andrew Dampf, AP Sports Writer

Working with the International Ski Federation (FIS), the Italian manufacturer has been collecting information from skiers for four years to find the exact algorithm as to when can the system should go into effect — in other words, at what point in a fall can a racer no longer regain control.

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2 Companies To Invest $28.6M, Add Jobs In Michigan

December 20, 2013 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. said Circuit Controls Corp. and North American Lighting Inc. are getting incentives approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund.  According to the state, the expansions could mean 112 new Michigan jobs.

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FDA Says It Will Delay Proposed Food Safety Rules

December 20, 2013 9:39 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration will delay sweeping food safety rules proposed earlier this year and revise them to better accommodate farmers and businesses who would be affected.                    

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BlackBerry Loses $4.4 Billion In Latest Quarter

December 20, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

BlackBerry is reporting a massive $4.4 billion loss in the third quarter and 56 percent drop in revenue.  The results are the Blackberry's first under new chairman and interim chief executive John Chen.             

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Lockheed Martin Ends Boy Scouts Gifts Over Discrimination

December 19, 2013 1:47 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press

Lockheed Martin spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the company decided it will not support nonprofit organizations that do not align with its corporate policies or commitment to diversity. The company did not disclose how much it has contributed to the Boy Scouts.

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Samsung, LG To Unveil 105-Inch Curved TVs

December 19, 2013 1:42 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

The upcoming premium TVs set will be made of LCD panels packing more than 11 million pixels, 5,120 pixels wide and 2,160 pixels high. But not much video content is available for the ultra-HD TV sets. TV makers hope the launch of the new hardware technology will fuel growth of content.

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Boeing Exec Shuffle Puts 2 In Race To Be Next CEO

December 19, 2013 1:36 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer

Defense chief Dennis A. Muilenburg was promoted to president and chief operating officer, and named as vice chairman of the company.  Raymond L. Conner was also named vice chairman, and will continue to run Boeing's commercial airplanes division.

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Fire Crews Make Progress In Industrial Blaze

December 19, 2013 1:29 pm | by Travis Loller, Associated Press

The fire at Industrial Plastics Recycle, about 45 miles southwest of Nashville, has been burning since Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, firefighters had to stop trying to put out the blaze after they learned that two 1,000 gallon propane tanks were on the property.

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Brazil Chooses Swedish Fighter Jet In $4.5B Deal

December 19, 2013 1:22 pm | by Bradley Brooks, Associated Press

Brazil's government said Wednesday that Sweden's Saab won a long-delayed fighter jet contract initially worth $4.5 billion that will supply at least 36 planes to Latin America's biggest nation.                 

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Daimler, Aston Martin Ink Engine Development Deal

December 19, 2013 11:16 am | by The Associated Press

Daimler AG and British sports car maker Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd have signed a deal that will see the two companies develop engines together and the German company get a stake in Aston Martin.                 

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Boeing Machinists Debate Each Other At Union Hall

December 19, 2013 11:11 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press

Chanting "give us a vote" and holding signs, about three dozen people marched from Boeing Co.'s campus to the local union hall in Everett. The rally came six days after local union leaders said the company's offer was too similar to one that workers rejected last month.

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Decreases Slightly At Year-end

December 18, 2013 2:02 pm | by The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 55.8, a decrease from the November index of 56.9, reflecting industry concerns over uncertainty regarding capital expenditures (capex) and competitive market pressures in 2014, among other issues.

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OSHA Cites Kan. Tyson Plant For Severed Hand

December 18, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that in the last 10 years the plant has had seven serious violations, and that some of the most recent violations were "willful."  OSHA proposed the $147,000 fine for four violations found during its latest inspection.

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Experts: Boeing Plant Move Unlikely For Illinois

December 18, 2013 1:53 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press

Boeing asked for proposals from interested states after union workers in Washington state rejected a new contract offer. At least 22 states responded, hoping to land a plant that would employ up to 8,500 people. Illinois economic development officials sent the proposal last week. 

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Businesses Again Challenge Union Poster Rules

December 18, 2013 1:49 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press

A prominent business group is challenging government rules that require federal contractors to display posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union. The National Association of Manufacturers filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that asserts the Labor Department regulations violate the free speech rights of employers.

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Ex-BP Engineer Convicted On Single Obstruction Charge

December 18, 2013 1:46 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

A federal jury deliberated for more than nine hours over three days before reaching the verdict on Kurt Mix's case. The count of obstruction of justice carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.         

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Ford Calls 2013 One Of Its Best Financial Years Ever

December 18, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford said Wednesday that pretax profit for this year should total about $8.5 billion. The automaker expects 10 percent revenue growth, improved market share in all regions except Europe and stronger cash flow than a year ago.        

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