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Bhopal victims hold own Olympics to protest Dow

July 25, 2012 11:41 pm | by RISHI LEKHI - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of survivors of the deadly 1984 Bhopal gas leak held a "Special Olympics" on Thursday with children suffering birth defects in an effort to shame Olympic sponsor Dow Chemical Co. on the eve of the London Games.Survivors say Dow owes them compensation for the world's worst industrial...

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Standard & Poor's lowers Duke Energy rating

July 25, 2012 6:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Standard & Poor's lowered the rating for Duke Energy Corp. Wednesday, citing the utility's lack of transparency in connection with the hiring of a new CEO and the consequences of that decision.The credit-rating agency said the decision to downgrade stems from its view that "abrupt leadership...

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Expanded Health Hazard Alert/CFIA: Certain Gills Onions Brand Fresh Diced Red Onions, Fresh Diced Yellow Onions, and Fresh Diced Celery & Onions May Contain Listeria monocytoge...

July 25, 2012 5:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The public warning issued on July 18, 2012 has been expanded to included additional codes. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Gills Onions brand Fresh Diced Red Onions, Fresh Diced Yellow Onions, and Fresh Diced Celery & Onions described below...

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Calif., federal officials reveal water tunnel plan

July 25, 2012 5:41 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

California's ambitious $24 billion plan for ending the state's water wars was unveiled Wednesday, but standing in its way are unanswered questions and hurdles that will take years to surmount — if that's even possible.With fanfare, Gov. Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar touted a...

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Standard & Poor's lowers Duke Energy credit rating

July 25, 2012 5:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Standard & Poor's says it has lowered the credit rating for Duke Energy Corp., citing the utility's lack of transparency in hiring a new CEO.In a statement issued Wednesday night, Standard & Poor's said the lack of transparency significantly heightens regulatory risk for the company.The company...

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United Tech to sell units to BC, Carlyle for $3.5B

July 25, 2012 5:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

United Technologies Corp. said Wednesday that is selling three industrial-products businesses for $3.46 billion as it seeks to fund its proposed acquisition of aerospace-parts maker Goodrich Corp.The three units of United Technologies' Hamilton Sundstrand division are being bought by...

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Skydiver Fearless Felix jumps from 18 miles up

July 25, 2012 5:21 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

On Wednesday, Felix Baumgartner took another stratospheric leap, this time from an altitude of more than 18 miles—an estimated 96,640 feet, nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners. He landed safely near Roswell, N.M. His top speed was an estimated 536 mph, said Brian Utley, an official observer on site.

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Louisiana lands $550M methanol plant, 130 jobs

July 25, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Methanex Corp., a major producer of the alternative fuel methanol, announced Wednesday that it is moving an idle plant in Chile to Louisiana, creating 130 new jobs for the state.The Vancouver-based company said it would spend $550 million to build on a 225-acre site in Ascension Parish, about...

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Study questions CT scans to rule out heart attacks

July 25, 2012 1:40 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | Comments

If you're having chest pains, an advanced type of CT scan can quickly rule out a heart attack. New research suggests this might be good for hospitals, but not necessarily for you.These heart scans cut time spent in the hospital but didn't save money, the study found. They also prompted more tests...

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Researchers piece together how proteins fold

July 25, 2012 12:52 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

A new method for looking at how proteins fold inside mammal cells could one day lead to better flu vaccines, among other practical applications, say Cornell researchers.

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Newsweek reviewing its future as print weekly

July 25, 2012 12:41 pm | Comments

The head of the company that owns Newsweek says the longtime newsweekly is examining its future as a weekly print magazine.During a conference call with analysts Wednesday, IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller said that while Newsweek's "brand is good" around the world, producing a weekly...

Head of Oregon investment firm pleads guilty in NY

July 25, 2012 11:40 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The head of an Oregon investment research firm pleaded guilty to insider trading charges Wednesday, admitting that he enticed employees of public companies to feed him secrets that he then sold to hedge funds and money managers as if they resulted from legitimate research.John Kinnucan, 55, of...

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Michigan Tech, MSU get $2.3M for biomass genetics

July 25, 2012 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The federal government says it's giving $2.3 million to Michigan Technological and Michigan State universities for genetic research on improving the efficiency of biofuel production.The government said Wednesday that the funds come from the U.S. Agriculture and Energy departments for projects...

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Matheson to partner with SynGest

July 25, 2012 11:27 am | Comments

Matheson and SynGest Inc. announced that the two companies have agreed to enter into a strategic agreement for Matheson to supply 100% of the oxygen and nitrogen for SynGest's worldwide BioAmmonia and BioUrea projects.

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Arcam, ORNL sign cooperation agreement

July 25, 2012 11:18 am | Comments

Arcam and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have signed a cooperation agreement under which the parties will facilitate the introduction of Arcam's EBM technology to U.S. industry through a manufacturing demonstration facility.

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