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BlackBerry Faces Class Action Shareholder Lawsuit

October 7, 2013 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

A class action lawsuit has been filed against BlackBerry by a shareholder claiming the company misled investors about its future, including how the BlackBerry 10 smartphone line would fare against competitors.       

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Darling Buying Vion Holding Unit For $2.17B

October 7, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Food recycling company Darling International Inc. is buying a unit of Vion Holding N.V. for about 1.6 billion euros ($2.17 billion).                    

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Government's Work Stacking Up A Week Into Shutdown

October 7, 2013 9:21 am | by Connie Cass, Associated Press

Across America the government's work is piling up, and it's not just paperwork. It's old tires and red Solo cups littering a stretch of river in Nebraska. Food poisoning microbes awaiting analysis in Atlanta. The charred wreckage of a plane in California, preserved in case safety investigators return.

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Worker Dies Of Head Injury At W.Va. Coal Mine

October 7, 2013 9:11 am | by The Associated Press

An unidentified worker died of a head injury Friday at CONSOL Energy's McElroy mine in Marshall County, and the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said it was investigating.         

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JAL Makes First Purchase From Airbus, Not Boeing

October 7, 2013 9:09 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Japan Airlines is buying its first-ever jets from Airbus in a deal with a list value of 950 billion yen ($9.5 billion). The purchase of 31 A350 planes deals a blow to U.S. rival Boeing, which had been JAL's star supplier for decades.   

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Exciting Plans For IMTS

October 4, 2013 4:58 pm | by IMTS Exhibitions Department

Plans are well underway to make 2014’s premier manufacturing event, the 30th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, a must-attend event for manufacturing professionals from around the world. IMTS will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13, 2014.

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Lockheed Martin To Furlough 3K Workers

October 4, 2013 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press

Lockheed Martin says it will furlough 3,000 employees on Monday due to the government shutdown. The defense company said Friday that the number of employees put on furlough will increase weekly if the shutdown continues.       

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Daimler's Mercedes Has Record Sales Month

October 4, 2013 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Daimler AG's luxury brand Mercedes-Benz sold a record number of cars in September. The Stuttgart-based automaker said Friday it sold 142,994 vehicles during September, up 15.9 percent on the same month a year before.         

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Officials In CA City Endorse Apple Campus Plan

October 4, 2013 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

Apple Inc.'s plans for a massive new campus in Silicon Valley that former CEO Steve Jobs likened to a spaceship are moving forward. The planning commission in Cupertino, where Apple's current headquarters is also based, endorsed the estimated $5 billion project this week, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

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Cummins Filtration To Close Lake Mills Operations

October 4, 2013 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press

About 80 workers are expected to lose their jobs over the next 15 months as Cummins Filtration closes down its operations in the northern Iowa city of Lake Mills. Cummins Inc. spokesman John Mills says employees will receive severance and outplacement services.

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Floor-Covering Company To Expand GA Plant

October 4, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced a floor covering manufacturer is planning to expand its plant in Morgan County and create more than 200 new jobs. Deal announced Thursday that Mannington Mills is planning to create 219 new jobs as it expands its Plant in Madison — about 30 miles south of Athens. Deal says the company is planning to invest $50 million in the expansion.

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Emerson Acquires Enardo For Undisclosed Sum

October 4, 2013 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

Emerson Electric Co. said Friday that it has acquired Enardo LLC, a maker of safety equipment for the oil and gas industry. Terms were not disclosed. The St. Louis-based company said that the addition of Enardo will boost its portfolio of regulator technologies held under its process management business.

OH Drug Company Closing, 1,100 Jobs To Be Lost

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press

A northeast Ohio company that manufactured cancer drugs is closing, and more than 1,000 jobs will be lost. Ben Venue Laboratories Inc. said Thursday it will stop production by the end of this year. The Bedford company says all 1,100 jobs will be phased out starting this month and continuing into next year.

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Boeing Plane Deliveries Accelerate In 3Q

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing Co. said it delivered 170 commercial planes during the third quarter as deliveries accelerated for three of its most important planes. Compared to the same period last year, deliveries sped up for its smaller, workhorse 737, its long-range best-seller 777, and its new 787.

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Cerberus Interested In BlackBerry

October 4, 2013 1:05 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Private equity firm Cerberus is interested in taking a look at BlackBerry's books as a prelude to a possible bid for the troubled smartphone company. Cerberus is looking to sign a confidentiality agreement with BlackBerry that would allow it to access the company's private information, an official familiar with the situation said Wednesday on condition of anonymity. 

U.S., Japan To Deploy New Radar, Drones In Next Year

October 4, 2013 1:05 pm | by Lolita C. Baldor, Matthew Lee, Associated Press

The United States and Japan moved Thursday to modernize and expand their defense alliance to counter new 21st century challenges including the continuing threat from nuclear-armed North Korea and potential aggression from China over disputed territory.

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Ford Recalls Focus Electric, C-Max To Fix Chime

October 4, 2013 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling about 24,000 cars because a chime won't sound if the driver's door is opened while the key is inside the car. The recall in the U.S. and Canada affects Ford Focus electric cars from 2012 and 2013, and the C-Max hybrid from the 2013 model year. The cars have push-button starting mechanisms.

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With No Jobs Report, What's An Economist To Do?

October 4, 2013 1:05 pm | by Paul Wiseman, Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writers

The latest victims of the government's partial shutdown: policy wonks, politicians and TV talking heads who are losing their monthly opportunity to dissect the jobs report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It happens the first Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. Except this Friday.

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Bentley Extends SAC's Leadership With Acquisition Of MOSES

October 3, 2013 4:16 pm | by Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, announced that it has acquired the MOSES software business from Ultramarine, Inc. Used around the world, MOSES is a premier analysis and simulation software for complex projects involving the transportation and installation of offshore structures.

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Tesla Says Car Fire Began In Battery After Crash

October 3, 2013 2:27 pm | by Mike Baker, Tom Krisher, Associated Press

A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle's battery pack, officials said Wednesday, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames. Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said the fire Tuesday was caused by a large metallic object that directly hit one of the battery pack's modules in the pricey Model S. 

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