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Pfizer Closes Vaccines Purchase Deal With Baxter

December 1, 2014 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer has completed its $635 million purchase from Baxter International Inc. of two vaccines and part of the factory in Orth, Austria, where they're made.                           


Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises To 36

December 1, 2014 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 36 people have died and 44 have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                


A Super Jumbo A380 Gutted In Two Minutes

December 1, 2014 1:02 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Emirates performs a heavy maintenance check on the world's largest passenger plane, the A380. The process took 55 days to complete. Here it is in under two minutes.                         


Chicagoland's Three Floyds Brewery

December 1, 2014 12:56 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Nick Floyd is largely credited as being the man who ignited a Chicagoland area craft beer renaissance. His brewery, which he started in 1996, is growing 30 to 40 percent annually and output is expected to hit 40,000 barrels this year.     


Revolutionary Gadgets Or Just Plain Weird?

December 1, 2014 12:49 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Tech contributor Jennifer Jolly shows off some quirky new tech gadgets. But are they revolutionary or just plain weird?                                     


Now Is The Time For Manufacturers To Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

December 1, 2014 12:39 pm | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Whether a manufacturer’s objective is to optimize tax savings or enhance cash flow — or both — an in-depth analysis of equipment is necessary. Assessing current and future asset needs in the form of a lease vs. buy analysis will help determine whether a lease or loan is the best alternative.


Feds: Mercedes Violated Labor Law At Alabama Plant

December 1, 2014 11:41 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant.               


U.S. Appeals WTO Ruling Against National Meat Labels

December 1, 2014 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from.                         


Black Friday Sales Fall As Sales Start Earlier

December 1, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. shoppers spent $9.1 billion at stores on Black Friday, according to data out Saturday from research firm ShopperTrak. That's a drop of 7 percent compared with the same day last year.                  


Amazon's New Robot Army Is Ready To Ship

December 1, 2014 10:20 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency — and given workers' legs a break — by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots to crisscross the floors of its biggest warehouses and deliver stacks of toys, books and other products to employees.


Intel Buys Password Manager PasswordBox

December 1, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel Corp. said Monday that it bought PasswordBox, a service that saves and remembers passwords so that users can log into different websites without having to remember or type in their passwords.               


Samsung Keeps Mobile Chief Despite Profit Plunge

December 1, 2014 10:09 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung retained the chief of its mobile business in an annual executive reshuffle announced Monday despite a steep decline in mobile profit.                               


Oil Plunge Is Threat And Boon To Global Economies

December 1, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses.


Toyota, Tire Maker Toyo Issue Safety Recalls

December 1, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 30,000 Sienna Minivans worldwide, saying the 2015 models' overhead assist grips can detach when an air bag deploys.                               


MIT Engineers Have High Hopes For Cheetah Robot

December 1, 2014 9:52 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites and ballistic missiles.           


Germany To Require 30 Percent Women On Company Boards

November 26, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies that fail to recruit enough women will be barred from giving vacant seats to men. Norway, Spain, Iceland and France already have similar quota requirements.              


3 Reasons Shoppers Will Spend Cautiously This Season

November 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Anne D'innocenzio, Christopher Rugaber, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion — the highest increase since 2011. But retailers already have had to resort to discounting to get shoppers into stores.      


Woman Cleared in Fatal Wreck After GM Confirms Car Would Have Been Recalled

November 26, 2014 10:01 am | by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press | News | Comments

Candice Anderson was initially charged with criminally negligent homicide because there was no clear explanation at the time why the wreck occurred, according to court documents from the case.          


White House Veto Threat Puts Business Tax Credits On Ice

November 26, 2014 9:45 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Speculation on Capitol Hill focused on a potential agreement to permanently enact tax breaks on business investments in new equipment and R&D, but the White House immediately weighed in with a veto threat.        


NASA's 3D Printer Churns Out First Part In Space

November 26, 2014 9:28 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

While it's still in the testing phase, the space agency hopes to one day use 3D printing to make parts for broken equipment in space.                    



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