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Labor Group Sees Progress At Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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Machinists Give Boeing 777X Proposal For Wash.

December 12, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Wednesday it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company's new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region.

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Sriracha Maker Says Calif. Put Hold On Its Sauces

December 12, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha has been told it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauce to food distributors until next month because the state Department of Public Health is enforcing stricter guidelines that require a 30-day hold on the product.

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Liquor Producers Experiment With Exclusive Booze

December 11, 2013 3:35 pm | by Michelle Locke, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's something different about the gin and tonics they mix at Rickhouse bar on San Francisco's Kearny St. And it tastes a lot like... exclusivity. Its real name is Quinetum, but its game is selling customers on the idea of seeking out bars that serve up cocktails with hard-to-find ingredients.

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FDA Targets Antibiotics In Meat

December 11, 2013 3:31 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration moved Wednesday to phase out the widespread use of antibiotics in animals processed for meat.                       

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Final Uranium Fuel From Russia Arrives In U.S.

December 11, 2013 3:28 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and Russia are marking the end of a 20-year program to convert highly enriched uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear weapons into fuel for U.S. power plants.                     

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Budvar Claims Win Over AB InBev In Portugal

December 11, 2013 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision prohibiting its rival, Anheuser-Busch InBev, from using the Budweiser name in the country.                   

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MakerBot Launches 3D Print Services

December 11, 2013 3:14 pm | by BusinessWire | News | Comments

MakerBot is launching a 3D print service in its MakerBot retail stores located in New York, Boston and Greenwich, Conn.                                     

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Infor Launches Implementation Accelerators

December 11, 2013 3:05 pm | by Infor | News | Comments

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, has announced the availability of its Infor Implementation Accelerators for Infor M3 Country Versions for the UK and US.          

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The Internet Of Things: Brooms Come To Life

December 11, 2013 10:30 am | by Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

In short, an inert object is “activated” to supplement human limitations. It is not hard to see the analogy with IoT. Isn’t it, after all, about converting an everyday thing, heretofore lifeless, into something which can communicate and possibly work some kind of task, however minute, assigned to it?

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5 Quick Questions: Globalization And The Supply Chain

December 11, 2013 10:25 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Globalization has created both the opportunity and challenge of creating and balancing global, regional and local demand. The resulting demand volatility of that complex mix has pushed forecasting accuracy to its effective limits; and, therefore, is forcing greater execution agility to make up for planning’s shortcomings.

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The Auto Industry's First Female CEO

December 11, 2013 10:17 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

In choosing Mary Barra to succeed retiring CEO Dan Akerson, General Motors will become the first American automaker with a woman at the helm. Barra has been with the company since 1980, and her appointment makes GM the biggest company in America ever to be headed by a woman. 

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GOP, Obama Line Up Behind Modest Budget Deal

December 11, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top Republicans and President Barack Obama are lining up behind a modest but hard-won bipartisan budget agreement that seeks to replace a portion of tough spending cuts facing the Pentagon and domestic agencies.           

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Deal Will Keep Ohio Tank Plant Running

December 11, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Senate and House negotiators are planning to provide as much as $90 million to keep the production line running at an Ohio tank manufacturing plant.                           

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Bell Helicopter Announces New Assembly Facility

December 11, 2013 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas-based Bell Helicopter says it is building a helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette to assemble the company's new line of Short Light Single helicopters.                           

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Quick Sale In Fisker Bankruptcy Remains On Track

December 11, 2013 9:32 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to failed electric-vehicle maker Fisker Automotive's description of its proposed bankruptcy plan, despite expressing concerns that the bankruptcy case was moving too rapidly.         

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Pay Gains For Young Women; Inequality Still Seen

December 11, 2013 9:24 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.   

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GM To Stop Making Cars In Australia By 2017

December 11, 2013 9:19 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.                 

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EU Fines Pharmaceutical Giants $22M

December 10, 2013 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Commission has fined pharmaceuticals giants Johnson & Johnson and Novartis a combined $22 million for colluding to delay the entrance of a cheap generic form of a pain killer to the Dutch market.           

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Dutch Bus Drivers To Test Fatigue Warning Tech

December 10, 2013 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch luxury bus company is testing technology — already used in the mining industry — that monitors whether a driver is becoming drowsy.                               

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