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New Wrench Engineered to Prevent Injuries

November 4, 2013 10:29 am | by Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has developed a new wrench aimed at preventing serious and costly injuries among gas-meter technicians.  In some cases, the injuries have required shoulder surgery and have resulted in up to $100,000 in medical bills and lost work days according to researchers.  

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Kellogg To Cut Jobs, Lowers Outlook

November 4, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press

Kellogg says it plans to trim its global workforce by 7 percent, with the breakfast foods maker citing weaker-than-expected sales for the year.  According to FactSet, Kellogg has 31,000 employees, suggesting the company plans to cut about 2,170 jobs.

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Suit Claims Fire Caused By NH-Made Light Bulb

November 4, 2013 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

A lawsuit that alleges a defective light bulb manufactured in New Hampshire caused a fire at a Kimberly-Clark de Mexico paper mill in Mexico has been moved from state to federal court.                   

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Court Must Revisit Harley Davidson's E. Pa. Taxes

November 4, 2013 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

The state Commonwealth Court says a lower court must determine whether a Harley-Davidson plant in eastern Pennsylvania is owed a refund on its local property taxes.                         

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Bombardier, Gulfstream Fighting For Top Business Jet Maker

November 4, 2013 10:02 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

Bombardier and Gulfstream are in a dogfight that could decide which plane maker flies highest this year in terms of business jet sales.  At the end of the third quarter, Gulfstream was ahead of Montreal-based Bombardier, which has been the global leader each year since 2005.

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Bangladesh To Raise Garment Workers' Minimum Wage

November 4, 2013 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

A government-appointed panel in Bangladesh voted Monday to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers to about $66 a month — still the lowest in the world and well below what workers have been seeking.

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Temporary Order Against Horse Slaughter Expires

November 1, 2013 1:43 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

Attorneys for the Humane Society of the United States and other groups suing the Department of Agriculture over its permitting procedures for the plants filed a motion Friday seeking an extension of the restraining order.      

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AB InBev 3Q Profits Up 31 Percent

November 1, 2013 1:37 pm | by Toby Sterling, AP Business Writer

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, says its third-quarter profits rose as the takeover of new brands and higher selling prices offset the impact of lower sales volumes. The gain largely reflects the company's $20 billion purchase of the remainder of Mexico's Grupo Modelo.

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Expert: Shutdown Hurt Midwest Business Conditions

November 1, 2013 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press

The stalling of the federal government contributed to worsening business conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a monthly economic report issued Friday.                       

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Ex-CEO Pleads Guilty In $5M Fire Fraud

November 1, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press

The former CEO of a company that made fire-resistant building blocks has pleaded guilty to scamming nearly $5 million from people who lost their homes in two wildfires. The Santa Barbara News-Press reports 64-year-old Penny Estes entered her plea to 28 counts on Thursday. She could face nearly 40 years in prison when she's sentenced.

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U.S. Manufacturing Expands At Best Pace In 2½ Years

November 1, 2013 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. factory activity expanded in October at the fastest pace in 2½ years, suggesting that the 16-day partial shutdown of the government had little effect on manufacturers.Instead, overseas demand and healthy U.S. auto sales appear to be supporting factory output.

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Ford Recalls Ambulances Because Engines Can Stop

November 1, 2013 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press, Reuters

Ford is recalling about 3,100 F-Series ambulances because the engines can stop unexpectedly. The F-350, F-450 and F-550 "Super Duty" ambulances have 6.7-Liter diesel engines. They're from the 2011 and 2012 model years.         

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Judge Denies City’s Bid To Close Sriracha Plant

November 1, 2013 10:21 am | by John Rogers, The Associated Press

A judge refused Thursday to order an immediate halt to production of the internationally popular hot sauce Sriracha at a Southern California factory that local residents say is stinking up their neighborhoods with pepper and garlic fumes.   

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No Contamination Near Ohio Cancer Cluster

November 1, 2013 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

Whirlpool Corp. says extensive soil tests show no evidence of illegal dumping or widespread contamination in an area of northern Ohio where children were among dozens of people who have been sickened in a cancer cluster.         

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Lowe, Father Of IBM Personal Computer, Dies At 72

November 1, 2013 10:11 am | by Tammy Webber, Associated Press

William C. Lowe had a bold idea: IBM should develop a personal computer that could be mass marketed, expanding the company's reach beyond businesses and into people's homes.      

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Boeing To Speed Up 737 Production

November 1, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

Boeing Co. is speeding up production of its 737 again as it aims to cut down a huge backlog of the jets.                                         

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Nissan Cuts Profit Outlook, Revamps Management

November 1, 2013 10:05 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

Ghosn attributed the weaker than expected performance to a variety of troubles, chief among them weakness in many emerging markets and painfully expensive recalls. He announced a management reshuffle that will make the company's chief operating officer, Toshiyuki Shiga, a vice chairman and appoint three other executives as COOs.

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Wal-Mart Announces Plans For Georgia Shoe Plant

November 1, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press

Executives with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. say they plan to move production of some shoes from overseas to a manufacturing plant in south Georgia, which they say will create 250 jobs in the state. The retailer on Thursday announced plans for the facility in Hazelhurst, about 100 miles west of Savannah.

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IST Acquires Oldham from Industrial Scientific Corporation

October 31, 2013 4:38 pm

Battery Ventures portfolio company Industrial Safety Technologies (IST) has completed the acquisition of the Oldham fixed-point gas detection business from Industrial Scientific Corporation.                  

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FDA: Imported Spices Have Double Salmonella Risk

October 31, 2013 2:17 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

In a report released Wednesday, the FDA says testing of imported spices between 2007 and 2010 showed that spices were twice as likely as other inspected foods to be contaminated with the pathogen.  More than 80 different types of salmonella were detected.

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