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Top News Links: Monday, Dec. 17

"Full Crisis Mode" at ThyssenKrupp, analyst says

Business Insider investment analyst describes conditions at ThyssenKrupp as "full crisis mode," with expectations that the company, which has already posted a $6 billion loss, may face more difficulties. — Business Insider

New Euro steel plant headed to Southern coast?

As ThyssenKrupp tries to unload its money-losing steel mills in Alabama, an Austrian steel firm whispers about plans for a new-technology mill in an unidentified Southern U.S. coastal city. — Fox Business

JHSV is late and over budget

The U.S. Navy is pleased with Spearhead joint high speed vessel built at Austal USA in Mobile, but the vessel was $31 million over budget and 8 months late. — Defense News

VictoryLand gambling without drinking?

National headlines for VictoryLand's plans to reopen before Christmas. — Washington Post

Attorney General tries to prevent liquor license for VictoryLand. — al.com 

UAB scientist helps with tumor identifier

Research by UAB scientist Harald Sontheimer has helped create a new technique that uses scorpion toxin to distinguish brain tumors from surrounding healthy tissue, a processed now refined by West Coast scientists. — Technology Review

Drummond predicts increased Colombian coal output

Drummond predicts that its Colombian coal exports will hit 31 million tons next year, compared to 26 or 27 million this year. — Reuters

Mercedes-Benz sees record output in 2012

Mercedes-Benz expects to produce 1.34 million vehicles this year, a new record for the German company with major facilities in Alabama. — Automotive Business Review

Cotton, soybeans, peanuts see record years

Alabama row crops, especially cotton, soybeans and peanuts, are aiming at record totals this year with higher-than-usual prices, too. — Anniston Star

Alabama firms win defense contracts

Huntsville's Johnson Controls BAS has been awarded a share of a $315 million security and control system contract for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Birmingham's Kaiser Aircraft Industries Inc. earned a $32 million contract to work on UH-60A aircraft. — Huntsville Times

Manufacturing innovation to be topic of Huntsville hearing in January

A military-industrial-government conference on innovation in manufacturing, one of a series around the nation, will be conducted in Huntsville in January. — Huntsville Times

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