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MAU industrial job fair is set for Wednesday


Augusta-based staffing agency MAU will hold a job fair Wednesday for 88 industrial positions in the Augusta-Aiken area.

The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hampton Inn & Suites, 4081 Jimmie Dyess Parkway in Augusta.

MAU will be recruiting for Prayon, Newman Technology, TTX and Trantech.

Applicants must have a minimum of six months of related work experience and a clean background and must submit to a drug screening.

Job applicants also can apply online for jobs at

Ousted HP boss could get $40 million check

SAN FRANCISCO --- Whatever Mark Hurd did that cost him his job as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest technology company, it wasn't enough to cost him a payday that could top $40 million.

With little still known about why an actress and HP contractor threatened Hurd with a sexual-harassment lawsuit, stockholders took a $9 billion hit Monday, and HP's 300,000 workers were left to wonder about its future.

HP insisted that the problems it uncovered with the CEO's behavior were limited to falsified expense reports for his dinners and other meetings with Jodie Fisher, who helped organize HP events from 2007 to 2009 and greeted executives at gatherings.

Hurd has settled with Fisher for an undisclosed sum, and both parties have said the relationship was not sexual.

High prices make gold tough to keep up with

MILWAUKEE --- Law enforcement and local governments are scrambling to shut down a shadow industry that has grown up around the booming cash-for-gold business nationwide: Thieves are snatching jewelry, then selling it at the shops.

Thousands of shops have opened to take advantage of high gold prices and hard economic times, and police in some cities have noticed an uptick in burglaries and thefts.

"Law enforcement is just swamped," said Maureen Walter of the State Police in Maryland. "Business is booming. I guess that's a good indication of how bad the economy is; for the most part these dealers are very, very busy."