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Former Toyota Exec Won't Be Charged Following Drug Arrest

July 8, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Japanese authorities will not charge a former Toyota executive following a drug arrest last month, according to media reports.

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Wristbands Detect Exposure To Dozens Of Everyday Chemicals

July 8, 2015 10:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wristbands developed by Oregon researchers detected everyday exposure to a slew of potentially harmful chemicals over the course of one week.

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U.S. Job Openings Stay High, But Actual Hiring Falters In May

July 7, 2015 3:28 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Job openings stayed close to a 15-year high in May. It's a sign that companies are expecting continued economic growth, but the level of advertised jobs hasn't driven the same kind of increase in actual hiring.

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Australia Lures Solar Battery Suppliers

July 7, 2015 3:24 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

It is the sunniest continent on earth and Tesla, LG and Panasonic are some of the big named solar battery suppliers taking an interest in Australia. They're hoping to tap into a growing market. 

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All-Electric BMW Truck Starts Work

July 7, 2015 3:22 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

BMW said it will save 11.8 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually.

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Burt From Burt's Bees Just Died — Here's How He Made His Mark On The Personal Care Industry

July 7, 2015 3:17 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Burt’s Bees brought “all natural” body care products into the big leagues.

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EPA Orders New Restrictions On Insecticide

July 7, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators recently announced increased limits on the use of propoxur, a common insecticide, over its potential effects on human health.

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Inside Hershey's Super Secret Chocolate Lab

July 7, 2015 3:08 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Hershey's Willy Wonka-esque laboratory is where every single product gets dreamed up. Vanessa Yurkevich finds out what the chocolate giant is planning next.

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Horizon Pharma Makes Hostile, $2.1B Bid For Depomed

July 7, 2015 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Horizon Pharma has gone hostile with an all-stock offer for Depomed valued at about $2.1 billion after its target rejected friendly overtures to talk about a deal.

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The Right Software Creates A More Sophisticated Supply Chain

July 7, 2015 11:14 am | by Randy Marble | Articles | Comments

With an increasing number of solutions available, distribution leaders should focus on advanced capabilities to gain improved productivity and profitability in the always-on supply chain.

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Mondelez Spins Off Coffee Brands

July 7, 2015 11:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Snack food giant Mondelez announced plans to spin off its coffee brands, which will combine with the labels owned by D.E Master Blenders 1753 B.V. in a new joint venture.

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1 Dead, 2 Taken To Hospital After Ammonia Leak At Food Company

July 7, 2015 11:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say one person has died and two others have been hospitalized after an ammonia leak at a food company in Fort Erie, Ontario.

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Ingredient Company Highlights Hidden Costs Of Trans Fat Ban

July 7, 2015 10:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A food ingredient supplier touted its range of trans fat alternatives after the federal regulators issued new restrictions last month. But a top official with Corbion said the transition could prove costly for the food industry as a whole.

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Chemists Develop New, Cheaper Process To Make Bioplastic

July 7, 2015 10:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Belgian researchers pioneered a new process that could enable the cheaper and more efficient conversion of plant materials into bio-based plastic.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Widens In May As Exports Struggle

July 7, 2015 10:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in May, reflecting declines in sales of American-made aircraft and machinery as exports continued to suffer from a strong dollar.

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New Honda CEO Promises Company Turnaround, Offers Few Details

July 6, 2015 3:17 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hachigo covered ways he plans to improve Honda's poor company image.

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Southeast Manufacturing Heats Up After A Lethargic Spring

July 6, 2015 3:12 pm | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Southeast manufacturing heats up after a lethargic spring June sees 2.7-point increase based on pickups in new orders and production.

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Death Toll From Defective GM Switches Rises To 121

July 6, 2015 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in General Motors' small cars has risen by two to 121.

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Oreos Get Thin, Going For 'Sophisticated' Air

July 6, 2015 3:04 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for grown-ups that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.

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Bubble Wrap Is Losing Its Pop

July 6, 2015 3:02 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Sealed Air Corp. has revamped its iconic Bubble Wrap. The new product dubbed iBubble Wrap looks like the traditional packaging material, but there's one catch.

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