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DOE Loses $139M On Loan To Electric Car Maker

November 25, 2013 10:02 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Friday it will lose $139 million on a loan to struggling electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. after selling part of the loan to a private investor that immediately took the company into bankruptcy.     

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Judge Considers Closing Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory

November 25, 2013 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Judge Robert O'Brien agreed to consider Irwindale's request for a preliminary injunction to close a factory that residents say is stinking up their Southern California city with spicy smells produced by the manufacturing of the popular hot sauce Sriracha.

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Jury Awards Mo. Worker $28M For Lung Damage

November 25, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Laclede County jury has ordered a company to pay $28 million to a worker who claimed his lungs were damaged at a compressor plant in south-central Missouri.                           

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New Research Aims To Teach Computers Common Sense

November 25, 2013 9:42 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

The system at Carnegie Mellon University is called NEIL, short for Never Ending Image Learning. In mid-July, it began searching the Internet for images 24/7 and, in tiny steps, is deciding for itself how those images relate to each other. The goal is to recreate what we call common sense.

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Guilty Plea In Bird Deaths At Wind Farms A First

November 25, 2013 9:37 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

Until the settlement announced Friday with Duke Energy Corp. and its renewable energy arm, not a single wind energy company had been prosecuted for a death of an eagle or other protected bird. Each death of a protected bird is considered a violation of federal law, unless a company has a federal permit. To this date, not a single wind energy facility has obtained a permit.

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Jury Awards $39M In Fatal Wis. Garage Panel Fall

November 22, 2013 3:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury Thursday found manufacturer Advance Cast Stone mainly responsible for the collapse of a Milwaukee parking garage panel that killed a teenager and injured two others in 2010 and awarded $39 million in damages. The civil jury also found that Advance Cast Stone intentionally concealed and misrepresented a defect or deficiency in its installation of concrete panels.

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Gov't Weighs Permitting Cellphone Calls On Planes

November 22, 2013 2:01 pm | by Joan Lowy and Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are "outdated," and it's time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others.       

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Clemson Dedicates $110 Million Energy Center

November 22, 2013 1:50 pm | by Bruce Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new $110 million energy research center dedicated by Clemson University will not only help develop a new generation of wind energy but will strengthen the grid by which electric power is distributed, U.S. energy and university officials said. 

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U.S. Job Openings, Overall Hiring Reach 5-Year Highs

November 22, 2013 1:33 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. job openings and overall hiring both reached five-year highs in September, signaling steady improvement in the job market.                                   

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Climate Talks Near End Without Clarity On Targets

November 22, 2013 1:12 pm | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.N. climate talks are likely to run overtime with more than 190 countries arguing over the building blocks for a new pact to slow global warming. A draft text presented Friday, the last scheduled day of the two-week conference in Warsaw, gave only vague direction on when countries should present their targets for restricting carbon emissions.

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Network Of Electric Car Chargers Stalled In Calif.

November 22, 2013 1:05 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey energy company required by an unusual legal settlement to build an extensive network of electric car chargers throughout California has delivered just 10 percent of what it promised in the first year.           

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Be Proactive About New Food Safety Regulations Now

November 22, 2013 10:43 am | by Debra M. Strauss | Articles | Comments

Familiarizing yourself now with these regulations may prompt you to give your input to the FDA  while they are still in the “comment” phase rather than wait until they are final rules and more difficult, if not impossible, to challenge.    

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In Securing Your Supply Chain, Don’t Forget To Lock The Back Door

November 22, 2013 10:25 am | by Tim Garcia, CEO, Apptricity | Articles | Comments

Over time, business has gotten a lot smarter when it comes to protecting enterprise technology from the hackers and viruses that are constantly fighting to get in. At the same time, though, we sometimes forget to account for a key vulnerability in the security perimeter — the many data links maintained with suppliers and service providers. The oversight is potentially serious.

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Apple's Wild Future Headquarters

November 22, 2013 10:12 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Perhaps one of the last major ideas to come from Steve Jobs, Apple's future headquarters will be a sweeping reinvention of corporate office space.                             

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Ford's Hinrichs Sees Slower Growth In Auto Sales

November 22, 2013 9:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Joe Hinrichs was named Ford Motor Co.'s president of the Americas one year ago, after a three-year stint as head of Ford's Asian operations. Here's what Hinrichs told The Associated Press on the sidelines of the Los Angeles Auto Show this week:

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Honda's Accord Line Wins 'Green Car' Of Year Award

November 22, 2013 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda's line of Accords won the 2014 "Green Car of the Year" award from an auto industry magazine Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.                                 

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New Calif. Chemical Flame Retardant Rules Adopted

November 22, 2013 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California on Thursday adopted new flammability standards for furniture and other products that would allow manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants.                         

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GMA: Contributions Reported In Food-Label Fight

November 22, 2013 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An industry group that contributed heavily to defeat a measure that would have required labeling genetically engineered foods says it reported its activity to state watchdogs and hopes to resolve a lawsuit alleging it violated Washington's campaign finance laws.

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U.S.: 3 Agree To Plead Guilty In Parts Price Fixing

November 22, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three executives in Japan's automotive parts industry have agreed to plead guilty to a price-fixing conspiracy and two more have been indicted in the U.S. investigation, the government said Thursday.               

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Jury Orders Samsung To Pay Apple $290M

November 22, 2013 9:21 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million.         

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