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Monsanto Calls Glyphosate 'Safe' After AP Report

October 23, 2013 9:34 am | by Michael Warren, Associated Press

Monsanto Co. is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers, in response to an Associated Press report about concerns that illegal pesticide applications are harming human health in Argentina.

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Amarin Cuts Staff By Half After Negative FDA Panel

October 23, 2013 9:32 am | by The Associated Press

Specialty drugmaker Amarin Corp. is eliminating half of its employees in the wake of an overwhelmingly negative Food and Drug Administration meeting that has put the future of the company's lead product in jeopardy.      

Will U.S. Hiring Accelerate If Economy Doesn't?

October 23, 2013 9:31 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The uncertainty and weakness that hung over the U.S. job market in September before the government shut down aren't going away.                     

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Boeing To Speed Up 787 Production

October 23, 2013 9:29 am | by Joshua Freed, Associated Press

Boeing says it will speed up production of its new 787 as it tries to catch up on a huge backlog of orders for the plane.                      

Minn. Sherco 3 Plant Back In Service After Repairs

October 22, 2013 1:06 pm | by AP

The failure happened Nov. 19, 2011, as the 884-megawatt coal-fired plant near Becker was being returned to service following a maintenance outage. The malfunction caused extensive damage to the unit's steam turbine and generator.    

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Alcoa & Russia’s VSMPO-AVISMA To Form Joint Venture

October 22, 2013 1:04 pm | by Alcoa

Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld and VSMPO Chairman Sergei Chemezov signed a cooperation agreement at a ceremony in Moscow, marking the first step in forming a new joint venture company to meet growing demand for high-end titanium and aluminum products for aircraft manufacturers worldwide.

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United Tech 3Q Profit Up 1 Pct., Trims Sales View

October 22, 2013 1:01 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer

United Technologies Corp.'s third-quarter profit rose just 1 percent, and the aerospace and building systems conglomerate warned Tuesday that weak military aerospace sales are expected to cut into revenue this year.       

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Unemployment Rate Falls To 7.2 Pct.

October 22, 2013 12:58 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

A tight job market has discouraged many Americans from looking for work. The percentage of Americans working or looking for work remained at a 35-year low last month.              

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Chrysler Finally Starts Shipping Jeep Cherokees

October 22, 2013 12:56 pm | by AP

Distribution of the Cherokees had been delayed while the company tinkered with the new nine-speed automatic transmissions to make them shift more smoothly.                

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Forecast: Business Jet Demand Expected To Grow

October 22, 2013 12:54 pm | by AP

Demand will be spurred by new products and innovations, Honeywell said in a report released Sunday in Las Vegas before Tuesday's opening of the National Business Aviation Association's trade show.          

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Seating Business To Bring 510 Jobs To Tenn.

October 22, 2013 10:03 am | by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press

Ergonomic office chair producer 9to5 Seating is moving its manufacturing operations from China to Union City in West Tennessee, bringing 510 jobs to a region that sorely needs them, officials said Monday.        

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OSHA Proposes $280K In Fines Over NH Power Plant

October 22, 2013 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Labor Department's OSHA has proposed more than $280,000 in fines against contractors working on a power plant in Berlin, N.H.                    

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Tentative Deal In Suit Against Neb. Manufacturer

October 22, 2013 9:59 am | by The Associated Press

Twelve former employees have reached a tentative agreement in their lawsuit against Dempster Industries and CEO Wallace Davis.                     

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U.S. To Probe 7 Manufacturers Over Optical Drive Patent

October 22, 2013 9:58 am

The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday it will launch a probe into three Japanese and four other Asian manufacturers and their local arms for alleged patent violations over optical disc drives for computers, DVDs, game condoles and other products.

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Beijing Adopts New Smog Emergency Measures

October 22, 2013 9:56 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

Beijing is seeking to tame the spikes in its infamous smog by preparing emergency measures such as factory shutdowns and traffic limits to kick in when air pollution levels are especially heavy.          

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Intelligrated's Subsidiary Knighted Relocates Headquarters

October 22, 2013 9:53 am | by Intelligrated

Intelligrated®, a North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces the relocation of its software subsidiary company, Knighted® to a new, larger facility in Elmsford, N.Y.        

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Super Smog Hits North China City

October 21, 2013 2:51 pm | by Louise Watt, Associated Press

Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an international safety standard in one northern Chinese city as the region entered its high-smog season.        

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RuMo Group Announces Acquisition Of CECOR

October 21, 2013 2:48 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

CECOR will continue to be headquartered in Verona, Wisconsin and do business under the CECOR brand.                             

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Carlisle Selling Transportation Unit For $375M

October 21, 2013 2:46 pm | by AP

 Carlisle Transportation Products makes and distributes bias-ply and radial tires, stamped and roll-formed steel wheels, and tire and wheel assemblies to non-automotive customers.               

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Japan Delaying Cleanup Of Towns Near Nuclear Plant

October 21, 2013 2:40 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

Radiation cleanup in some of the most contaminated towns around Fukushima's damaged nuclear power plant is behind schedule, so some residents will have to wait a few more years before returning, Japanese officials said Monday.          

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