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Suits Filed Against Ky. Glass Plant Operators

December 3, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press

One lawsuit alleges the plant operators "illegally, recklessly or negligently" dumped hazardous substances outside the boundaries of the property. The lawsuit also said contamination spread through at least a 5-mile radius around the facility, exposing people to increased risk of cancers, kidney failure and damage to the central nervous system.

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Volvo To Test Self-Driving Cars

December 2, 2013 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press

Swedish-based Volvo Car Group has joined the race to develop self-driving cars, saying it plans to build 100 such vehicles in a pilot project. The Chinese-owned automaker said Monday it will test its "autonomous" cars on 30 miles (50 kilometers) of selected roads in the Swedish city of Goteborg, starting in 2017.

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Dow Chemical Looking To Spin Off, Sell 40 Plants

December 2, 2013 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Dow Chemical is looking to spin off or sell about 40 manufacturing plants from its business as it continues to move away from cyclical commodity products.The company said Monday that it expects those deals to happen within the next one to two years. Almost 2,000 workers will be affected by the moves.

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Amazon Sees Delivery Drones As Future

December 2, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

Amazon.com is already cracking same-day delivery. Next up: getting your package delivered quicker than a pizza? The online retailer is working on a way to get customers their goods in 30 minutes or less — by drone.Amazon.com said it's working on the so-called Prime Air unmanned aircraft project in its research and development labs.

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Worker Found Dead At Inter-Korean Factory Park

December 2, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press

A South Korean man was found dead Saturday at a jointly-run factory park in North Korea, officials said. The 55-year old worker from a South Korean company that manufactures leather products and mobile phone accessories was found dead earlier that day, South Korea's Unification Ministry told reporters at a briefing.

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Saab Is Back: First Cars Produced Under New Owners

December 2, 2013 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

For the first time in two and a half years, a new Saab sedan has rolled off the production line in Trollhattan in south-west Sweden.National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the Hong Kong-based company that bought Saab out of bankruptcy in September last year, on Monday presented its new 9-3 Aero.

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OSHA: Sentencing In Gunpowder Case Justified

December 2, 2013 1:58 pm | by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

Dr. David Michaels said, "[Craig] Sanborn recklessly ignored basic safety measures that would have protected their lives. His criminal conviction and sentence won't bring these men back to life, but it will keep him from putting workers' lives in peril."

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ThyssenKrupp Sells U.S. Steel Plant Biz For $1.55B

December 2, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Following extended speculation over the deal, ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. said Friday they will jointly acquire the ThyssenKrupp Steel USA. The steel processing plant is based in Alabama.          

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Nixon Calls Special Session For Boeing Incentives

December 2, 2013 10:01 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press

Nixon on Friday called a special legislative session to begin Monday in order to approve an economic incentives package of up to $150 million annually that he said must be completed quickly before Boeing decides where to the build the new commercial airplane.

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Ex-BP Engineer Who Deleted Texts Heads To Trial

December 2, 2013 9:54 am | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press

Nearly a year after energy giant BP cut a deal to a resolve a criminal investigation of its role in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a jury is set to hear the Justice Department's case against a former company employee accused of trying to stymie the federal investigation.

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GM Says Head Of China Unit Will Retire

December 2, 2013 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

The company said Friday Matthew Tsien will replace Socia. Tsien, 53, is in charge of planning and program management for GM China and GM Consolidated International Operations and Strategic Alliances for China.            

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7 Killed In Chinese-Run Factory In Italy

December 2, 2013 9:44 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press

A fire early Sunday swept through an illegal, makeshift dormitory in a Chinese-run garment factory in Tuscany, killing seven, firefighters said. The blaze, which partially collapsed the factory's roof, broke out in a loft where 11 people were sleeping, said fire inspector Stefano Giannelli.

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Lawsuit Seeks $30M For Failed Mamtek Plant

December 2, 2013 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Construction on the factory stopped in August 2011 when Mamtek failed to make a required bond payment. Since then, more than a dozen lawsuits have been filed to assign blame for bondholder losses, including a criminal case pending against former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole.

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Ex-Nokia Engineers Launch New Smartphone

November 27, 2013 11:44 am | by The Associated Press

A team of ex-Nokia engineers is launching a smartphone based on the former world No. 1 cellphone maker's old software, hoping to grab a share of a highly competitive market.  The Jolla handset's Sailfish operating platform is based on MeeGo software, which Nokia abandoned in 2011 when it switched over to using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system.

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Ammunition Company To Open Plant In Wyo.

November 27, 2013 11:41 am | by The Associated Press

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead announced Tuesday that Maverick Ammunition, which is also known as Ammo Kan, intends to employ more than 50 people at its Laramie plant.                          

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Nippon Steel In Talks To Acquire U.S. Auto Steel Sheet Plant

November 27, 2013 11:40 am | by The Associated Press

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. is in talks to acquire a German company's U.S. automobile steel sheet plant jointly with ArcelorMittal S.A. for around 200 billion yen, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.         

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Peugeot Citroen Chief's $28.5M Pension Criticized

November 27, 2013 11:35 am | by The Associated Press

 France's Socialist government is criticizing plans to award a 21 million-euro ($28.5 million) pension pot to the outgoing CEO of struggling French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen.                   

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FAA Rule Requires Airlines To Avoid Certain Storms

November 27, 2013 11:14 am | by The Associated Press

Airlines that operate some Boeing Co. 787s and 747s will be required to steer clear of some very large thunderstorms under a new rule from the Federal Aviation Administration.                     

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Cheap Motorola Smartphone Available In U.S. Early

November 27, 2013 11:09 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer

Motorola will start selling a cheap smartphone in the U.S. more than a month ahead of schedule. The company says it was able to produce the Moto G phones faster than expected. The U.S. launch was initially planned for January. But it is going on sale Tuesday.

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Toy Recalls Down, But Hazards Remain

November 27, 2013 9:30 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press

Several toys with high lead levels or toys that could cause young children to choke were found at major retailers and discount stores in the last few months, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group said Tuesday. The consumer safety group analyzed 50 toys for its annual report. Violations were found in fewer than a dozen, including a Captain America toy shield and play jewelry.

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