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igus Wins 2014 'Leadership in Engineering' Award

December 4, 2014 5:07 pm | by igus Inc.

igus Inc., a manufacturer of motion plastics, has been named the winner of the annual Leadership in Engineering Award in the mechanical engineering category.                           

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EU Makes Move to Let Participating States Block GM Crops

December 4, 2014 3:03 pm | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc.         

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Ex-BP Executive Fighting Gulf Oil Spill Charges

December 4, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press

Attorneys for a former BP executive facing an obstruction charge in the 2010 Gulf oil spill asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the two criminal counts as his trial approaches in March.                 

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Google Buys 12 Acres in Los Angeles

December 4, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press

Google is expanding its presence in Los Angeles with the $120 million purchase of a dozen acres of vacant land in the Playa Vista area on the city's west side.                          

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Microsoft Shareholders Approve $84M CEO Pay

December 4, 2014 2:27 pm | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

Microsoft shareholders gave a lukewarm vote of approval Wednesday for CEO Satya Nadella's $84 million pay package, after an investor advisory group said the company was paying him too much.                 

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Germany Boosts Funding to Cut Greenhouse Gases

December 4, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press

Germany announced a cash boost for measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, in a bid to meet its ambitious climate target for 2020.                                 

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U.S. Issues Anti-Discrimination Rule for Employers

December 4, 2014 10:29 am | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press

The Labor Department issued a rule to protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.                            

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Obama Tells CEOs He Wants to Work on Wage Growth

December 4, 2014 10:20 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press

Citing 60-year high corporate profits, President Barack Obama told CEOs Wednesday he wants to engage them on "some tricky questions" about how to overcome stagnant wages in the face of business successes and a rising stock market.     

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Air Bag Maker Balks at Coast-to-Coast Recall

December 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin & Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press

Japan's Takata Corp. rejected federal regulators' demand Wednesday for an expanded, nationwide recall of millions of air bags, setting up a possible legal showdown and leaving some drivers to wonder about the safety of their cars.     

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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall to 297K

December 4, 2014 10:09 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prior week for the first time in nearly three months.                   

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Airgas To Build New Plant in KY

December 4, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Airgas, Inc., one of the nation’s suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, announced plans to build a liquid hydrogen plant in Calvert City, KY.                    

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SunEdison To Deliver MA $60M in Utility Savings

December 4, 2014 9:58 am | by Business Wire

SunEdison, Inc., a global solar technology manufacturer, announced they have executed power purchase agreements with 16 separate public housing authorities across Massachusetts that is estimated to save these housing authorities an estimated $60 million in avoided electricity costs. 

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It's About Time to Choose a Winner of the Fluke Connect Student Contest

December 3, 2014 3:41 pm | by Fluke Corporation

Fluke Corporation announced the finalists in the Fluke Connect Student Contest, which tests the skills, innovation, and business application of student teams.Final projects from the selected teams are due on December 5th when they will be evaluated by the same panel of judges as well as voted on by the public on Facebook.

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Boeing Conducts World's First Flight with 'Green Diesel'

December 3, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing has completed the world's first flight using "green diesel," a sustainable biofuel that is widely available and used in ground transportation.                             

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Toyota Seeks Independent, Industry-Wide Joint Testing Initiative for Airbags

December 3, 2014 2:16 pm | by Toyota Newsroom

Toyota today called for a coordinated industry-wide joint initiative to independently test Takata airbag inflators that have been the subject of recent recalls.                         

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Promotions, Gas Prices Boost U.S. Auto sales

December 3, 2014 2:09 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin & Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

American shoppers passed on the malls and headed to the car dealerships over Thanksgiving weekend.                                           

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Hershey Explores Removal of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

December 3, 2014 2:04 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.                                            

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Heinz Opens State-of-the-Art Cereal Factory in China

December 3, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press

H.J. Heinz Company CEO Bernardo Hees joined Chinese Government Officials to celebrate the opening of the Company’s largest infant cereal production plant in the world.                       

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Obama To Discuss Economic Ideas with CEOs

December 3, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is meeting with leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs during his last two years in office.                               

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More Parties Join MS Silicon Plant Lawsuit

December 3, 2014 10:27 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press

The legal fight over a silicon metal plant in MS is expanding. Steelmaker Nucor Corp. wants to intervene on the side of those who say the state improperly issued an air pollution permit to MS Silicon.               

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