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Alcoa sells some Texas assets

August 15, 2012 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alcoa Inc. has agreed to sell property, water rights and other assets at its Rockdale, Texas, site to the Lower Colorado River Authority.The sale will include 34,000 acres, surface and groundwater rights, some plant and equipment assets and Alcoa's power contracts with Texas energy provider...

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32nd NH patient diagnosed with hepatitis C

August 15, 2012 12:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Another New Hampshire patient has been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C carried by a medical technologist accused of stealing drugs and contaminating syringes that were used on patients.A total of 32 former Exeter Hospital patients have been diagnosed since the investigation began...

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Hepatitis C outbreak could boost regulation bill

August 15, 2012 12:41 pm | by HOLLY RAMER - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The case of a traveling medical technologist suspected of infecting dozens of patients with Hepatitis C could give momentum to federal legislation requiring medical imaging and radiation therapy workers to meet standards so that hospitals can receive Medicare reimbursements.David Kwiatkowski...

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News Summary: Pension agency admits United error

August 15, 2012 12:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

PENSION RAISES: The federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. says 18 percent of United Airlines retirees are owed bigger pensions.HOW MUCH BIGGER? Not much. Less than 1 percent. The biggest raises are $33.68 per month on average for pilots, because their pensions were reduced the most. Flight...

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Starbucks to open bigger juice plant for Evolution

August 15, 2012 12:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Starbucks Corp. will open a bigger juice factory in Southern California to fuel the growth of its Evolution Fresh bottled drinks.The Seattle-based company said Wednesday the plant will be operational late next year and will more than quadruple its production and distribution capacity. The 120...

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Earnings Preview: Gap to report 2Q results

August 15, 2012 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Gap Inc. is expected to report fiscal second-quarter results after the stock markets close Thursday that should show signs of a continued turnaround in its business.WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Investors will want to know more details about what shoppers are buying and how Gap's moves to improve its...

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Caterpillar: Tentative deal OK'd in Joliet strike

August 15, 2012 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Caterpillar Inc. has reached a tentative six-year deal with the union representing almost 800 striking workers at an Illinois plant that makes components for trucks, tractors and other machines, the company said Wednesday.Peoria-based Caterpillar said in a statement that the deal with workers...

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Roll-to-roll press prints organic electrochemical cells

August 15, 2012 12:05 pm | Comments

Scientists in Sweden report they have produced organic light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) using a roll-to-roll compatible process under ambient conditions. They say the innovation proves that LECs can be produced as inexpensive and thin, large-area light-emitting devices for informative displays and, at a later stage, lighting applications.

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Unmanned U.S. military hypersonic craft failed

August 15, 2012 11:42 am | Comments

A faulty control fin prevented the X-51A Waverider from starting its exotic scramjet engine and it was lost Tuesday shortly after being launched. Though data showed the right conditions were achieved for engine ignition, the subsystem failure sent it plummeting into the Pacific Ocean. One Waverider remains.

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LRO spectrometer detects helium in moon's atmosphere

August 15, 2012 11:24 am | Comments

Scientists using the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project spectrometer aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have made the first spectroscopic observations of the noble gas helium in the tenuous atmosphere surrounding the moon. These remote-sensing observations complement in situ measurements taken in 1972 by the Lunar Atmosphere Composition Experiment deployed by Apollo 17.

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Rev. Sun Myung Moon hospitalized with pneumonia

August 15, 2012 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Unification Church founder the Rev. Sun Myung Moon is being treated in an intensive-care unit at a hospital in Seoul for pneumonia.Douglas Burton is a U.S.-based spokesman for the church. He says he received a memo about Moon's hospitalization early Wednesday. The memo says the 93-year-old Moon...

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Dallas approves aerial spraying to fight West Nile

August 15, 2012 10:41 am | by SARAH KUTA - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on Wednesday declared the city's recent West Nile virus outbreak to be a state of emergency and authorized the first aerial spraying of insecticide in the city in nearly 40 years.Dallas and other North Texas cities have agreed to the rare use of aerial spraying from...

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News Summary: Probe looks for refinery spark

August 15, 2012 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

IGNITION SOURCE: Investigators probing the cause of a blaze at Chevron's Richmond refinery in Northern California are looking at heaters and responding emergency vehicles as possible ignition sources for the huge vapor cloud that spewed from a leaky pipe.PAST CULPRITS: Diesel-powered trucks and...

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Range Rover: Luxurious and rugged

August 15, 2012 10:41 am | by ANN M. JOB - For The Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Well-heeled car buyers who haven't had enough of all things British — last year's royal wedding, this year's queen's jubilee and the recent Olympics in London — don't need to be deprived.The 2012 Land Rover Range Rover, which is the quintessential, large British sport utility vehicle that has...

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US agency says raises owed to some United retirees

August 15, 2012 10:40 am | by JOSHUA FREED - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A long-running dispute over pensions at United Airlines will end with small raises for some retirees.The federal agency that took over United's pensions in 2005 during its bankruptcy said Wednesday that 8,247 United retirees — about 18 percent of pensioners — will get small raises of 1 percent or...

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