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Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:10

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense says it has awarded multimillion contracts to two Dayton-area companies.

A Dayton research firm has landed a $45 million contract from the Air Force to develop stealth technologies. Another Dayton company has gotten a $24 million logistics contract from the Marine Corps to manage equipment.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1fjO5FQ ) reports that Matrix Research Inc. has the Air Force contract until 2020. It was awarded by The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, the state's largest military installation.

The Marine Corps contract with Lion-Vallen Industries will have the company providing logistics service for one year. The Defense Department said the work will take place at Marine Corps bases in Arizona, California, North and South Carolina, Hawaii and Japan.

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Facebook CEO reaps $3.3 billion gain from stock options PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:07

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reaped a $3.3 billion gain last year by exercising stock options in the social networking company that he founded in a Harvard University dorm room.

The windfall saddled Zuckerberg with a huge tax bill, even though he limited his Facebook salary to just $1, according to regulatory documents filed Monday.

It marks the second straight year that Zuckerberg has realized a huge gain on the holding that he has accumulated in Facebook Inc. since he started the company in 2004. In 2012, Zuckerberg made $2.3 billion off his stock options.

Zuckerberg, 29, now has exhausted his supply of stock options after exercising 60 million of them last year a price of 6 cents per share. He then sold 41.35 million shares for $55.05 apiece in December, primarily to pay for his tax bill on the gains.

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, also donated 18 million Facebook shares to a Silicon Valley nonprofit. The December gift, then valued at nearly $1 billion, landed the couple at the top of The Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual list of the most generous Americans.

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Exxon: Highly unlikely world limits fossil fuels PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:10

NEW YORK (AP) — On the same day the world's scientists issued their latest report on climate change and the risks it poses to society, the nation's biggest oil and gas company said the world's climate policies are "highly unlikely" to stop it from selling fossil fuels far into the future.

Exxon Mobil issued a report Monday on the risks that climate change policies could pose to the value of its assets and future profitability, by coincidence on the same day as the latest paper by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a Nobel Prize-winning United Nations group assembled to assess the science and risks of climate change.

Both Exxon and its critics used IPCC research to bolster their cases.

Exxon's report was in response to the contentions of some shareholders and environmental activists that the assets underpinning the value of Exxon and other fossil fuel companies will be worth less as society restricts consumption of fossil fuels to fight climate change.

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Syrup makers go high tech with wireless monitoring PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press LISA RATHKE, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 06:05

MILTON, Vt. (AP) — Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks.

The tubes that draw sap from trees straight to sugar houses often get pulled down or bent by falling limbs or chewed by critters, meaning sugar makers spend hours and sometimes days stomping through snowy woods to find and fix problems — a big timewaster in a sugaring season that lasts just a few weeks.

But now sugar makers are harnessing new technology to keep the precious sap flowing.

Meadowbrook Maple Syrup installed a monitoring system in January that is already paying off. Designed to help mid-to-large scale syrup producers keep an electronic eye their sap vacuum lines, the Tap Track system consists of solar battery-powered radio units strapped to trees, with each unit monitoring the pressure on a half-dozen lines. The data is transmitted to a computer or smartphone, where it shows up as a map with green dots indicating lines with good sap flow and red dots indicating leaks. Users even can get text messages alerting them to problems.

"I think it's the thing of the future. I really do," owner Donnie Richards said.

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