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FDA: Scope Manufacturer Waited Years to Report Problems

August 18, 2015 2:57 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

The infections reported to the company involved a bacterial strain called pseudomonas, which can cause pneumonia, severe sickness and death in hospital patients.

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Software Could Help Manufacturers, Distributors Cope With New OT Rules

August 18, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The rules, proposed by the Labor Department in June, would raise the salary threshold that exempts managers and other professionals from overtime pay requirements from nearly $24,000 per year to more than $50,000.

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Government Investigating Headlight Failure In Ford Sedans

August 18, 2015 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press

The government is investigating reports of headlight failure in older Ford and Mercury sedans.

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Cargill Acquisition Hopes To Capitalize On Growing Fish Farm Industry

August 18, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

If cleared by regulators, the transaction would be Minnesota-based Cargill's second-largest in its history.

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ExxonMobil Knocks Proposed Phthalate Bans

August 18, 2015 8:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

ExxonMobil's chemical division is a major producer of plasticizers.

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GM To Build Auto Industry Archive, Research Center In Flint

August 18, 2015 8:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The next phase of the renovation is expected to begin early next year and wrap up in 2017.

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Audi, Samsung, LG To Collaborate On All-Electric SUV

August 18, 2015 8:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The proposed SUV comes as electric car maker Tesla plans to launch its Model X SUV. 

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Shipper Hopes Google Glass Will Improve Warehouse Operations

August 18, 2015 8:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The wearable devices tell workers where to find products in warehouses and are capable of reading bar codes.

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GE Unveils New Laundry Operation

August 18, 2015 1:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The investment in the new topload washer exceeds $100 million; the design enables users to fill the washer with the precise level of water needed and secured "Energy Star" certification from the government.

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Report: Lagging Oil Prices Could Hurt Chemical Industry In Coming Years

August 17, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A continued glut of oil could keep crude prices below their trend levels for more than 10 years. 

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Fiat Chrysler Recalling 85,816 Chrysler 200 Sedans

August 17, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler says it's unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall.

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U.S. Steel Idling Alabama Mill; About 1,100 Jobs Affected

August 17, 2015 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

In a statement from U.S. Steel, CEO Mario Longhi said the shutdown was needed to improve the efficiency and cost structure of the company's rolled-steel segment.

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Captain Morgan Parent Sues Supplement Maker Over Logo

August 17, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Diageo North America alleged that Captain Amsterdam's grinning, mustachioed mascot too closely resembles its trademark rum label and caused "irreparable injury" to the brand.

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New York The Latest State To Ban Powdered Alcohol

August 17, 2015 1:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The product -- known as palcohol -- is packaged in small pouches and designed to be added to water, juice or soda.

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Apple Said To Show Interest In Automotive Testing Facility

August 17, 2015 11:14 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

Adding fuel to rumors that Apple is working on designs for a car, local officials say engineers for the giant tech company recently made inquiries about a former navy base that's been converted into a testing ground for self-driving cars and other cutting-edge vehicles.

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Critics Of Carbon Regulations Using Mine Spill To Skewer EPA

August 17, 2015 11:07 am | by Michael Biesecker, Associated Press

EPA and contract workers accidentally unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater as they inspected the idled Gold King mine on Aug. 5, just two days after Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan during an event at the White House.

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Chamber Head: Coal Plant Closing Should Have Been Expected

August 17, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press

Entergy Arkansas announced Aug. 7 that it is proposing to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it phase out coal use at the plant by 50 percent in 2027 and 100 percent by 2028 in response to a 1999 Regional Haze Rule passed by Congress that was intended to improve visibility at national wildlife areas.

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China Blast Zone Blocked Over Contamination Fear; 112 Dead

August 17, 2015 10:42 am | by Paul Traynor, Associated Press

New small explosions continued to rock the locked-down disaster zone over the weekend.

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Seafood Company Pleads Guilty After Mislabeling Imported Shrimp

August 17, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Alphin Brothers Inc., based in Dunn, pleaded guilty to one felony count of making or submitting false records under the terms of a plea agreement finalized last week.

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Manufacturing In New York Shrinks By Most Since 2009

August 17, 2015 10:08 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturers have been struggling with a variety of headwinds, including weak overseas economies in Europe and China, that have cut into exports. 

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