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Take a Ride in Google's Self-Driving Car

May 15, 2014 2:33 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Google's self-driving car makes strides. One technology reporter got a chance to ride in the car and says it drives quite conservatively.                                 

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Fewest Americans in 7 Years Seek Unemployment Benefits

May 15, 2014 2:28 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in seven years last week, a sign the job market is steadily improving.                              

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U.S. Factory Output Retreats in April

May 15, 2014 2:17 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output took a breather in April after two months of strong growth, as manufacturers produced less furniture, machinery and plastics.                               

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Consumer Prices Rise by Most in 10 Months

May 15, 2014 2:10 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Higher food and gas costs pushed up U.S. consumer prices in April by the most in 10 months, evidence that inflation is ticking up from very low levels.                             

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Seattle Wants to Lead Nation to $15 Minimum Wage

May 15, 2014 2:06 pm | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the Seattle mayor is proposing to raise the wage to $15 in the coming years to the highest level in the nation, some activists say that's too slow and are threatening to take the issue to voters.              

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Skills Shortage Threatens Earnings and Growth of U.S. Manufacturers

May 15, 2014 2:01 pm | by Accenture & The Manufacturing Institute | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers may be losing up to 11 percent annually of their earnings as a result of increased production costs stemming from a shortage of skilled workers.                         

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Work Box Survives 1,000 Drops With 50lb Load

May 15, 2014 11:27 am | by Milwaukee Tool | Product Releases | Comments

Features that add to the durability of this box include reinforced corners for impact resistance, recessed latches that are positioned for protection against jobsite abuse, and buttressed hinges that allow falling debris to deflect off the hinge rather than break it upon impact.

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Google Glass Resumes U.S. Sales

May 15, 2014 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest release of Google Glass comes a month after a one-day sale gave U.S. residents their first chance to buy the hottest accessory in geek fashion.                           

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Pet Food Legal Battle Escalates

May 15, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Purina accuses its competitor Blue Buffalo of false advertising, disparagement and unjust enrichment. The counterclaim accuses Purina of some of the same deceits, as well as defamation.                   

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GM Recall Total Hits 8.5M

May 15, 2014 10:16 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors added two recalls Thursday to its growing list for the year, pushing the total number of vehicles called back for fixes in 2014 to more than 8.5 million in the U.S. alone.                   

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Cabela's Recalling Electronic Jerky Blasters

May 15, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cabela's is recalling approximately 600 electronic jerky blasters because of a possible fire hazard.                                            

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Getting Smart with Energy Intelligence

May 15, 2014 10:07 am | by Mary K Burgoon, Manager Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Organizations are realizing that sustainability initiatives alone can’t drive profitability. They’re finding that energy management efforts must be combined with efficient operations to effectively drive long-term financial growth.      

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Agency to Report on Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast

May 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The men who died last year fighting a fire at a Texas fertilizer plant that then exploded have been called heroes, but they have also been called victims of a failed system.                      

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EPA Announces Record $14M Fine for Titanium Waste

May 15, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a cancer-causing chemical in Pennsylvania.                          

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Flooded Florida Panhandle Residents Sue International Paper

May 15, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of one flooded Panhandle neighborhood are blaming International Paper for their property damage.                                         

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Bayer Selling Division to Boston Scientific for $415M

May 15, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's Bayer AG says it's selling its interventional division to the Boston Scientific Corporation for $415 million so that it can focus on growth in other areas.                         

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Acid Leaks Stopped At W.Va. Silica Plant

May 14, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Crews are working to clean up leaks of sulfuric acid and caustic soda at a sand plant in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. An estimated 300 gallons of caustic soda leaked from a tank adjacent to the sulfuric acid tank.     

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Chevron To Pay $875K For Utah Oil Spills

May 14, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators have announced an $875,000 settlement with Chevron related to a pair of Utah oil spills in recent years.                      

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Anti-China Protesters Burn Factories In Vietnam

May 14, 2014 1:27 pm | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mobs burned and looted scores of foreign-owned factories in Vietnam following a large protest by workers against China's recent placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters.           

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Sony Quarterly Losses Sink To $1.3B

May 14, 2014 1:25 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp. sank to a 138 billion yen ($1.3 billion) quarterly loss, hit by costs from selling its personal computer business, and is forecasting more red ink as it struggles to execute a long-promised turnaround.            

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