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Report Accuses Food Industry Of Tobacco-Style Tactics

July 1, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report by an environmental advocacy group accuses the food industry of using "tobacco-style" tactics in an effort to protect their market share from organic products.

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Tractor-Trailer Hitches Could Be Faulty, 6K May Be In Use

July 1, 2015 9:26 am | by Tom Krisher & Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

On June 9, the NHTSA began investigating a potentially high rate of trailer separations for a hitch involved in a crash — the "Ultra LT" made by Fontaine Fifth Wheel of Trussville, Alabama.

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Car Tech - 2015 Ford F-150 Platinum EcoBoost

June 30, 2015 2:58 pm | by CNET | News | Comments

America loves its trucks, so it's important that the Ford F-Series, America's best-selling truck for 38 years running, continues to update and innovate.

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How Does Improving MRO Inventory Management Reduce Maintenance Cost?

June 30, 2015 2:55 pm | by Wally Wilson | Articles | Comments

Controlling the cost for equipment repairs requires careful management of the Maintenance, Repair and Operational (MRO) spare parts inventory.

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Consumer Reports Finds Some Newer Cars Burn Too Much Oil

June 30, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Newer cars aren't supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines — mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru — require an extra quart as often as once a month.

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Cisco Unveils New IoT System

June 30, 2015 2:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Cisco Systems this week unveiled a new framework designed to ease businesses' entry into the industrial Internet of Things.

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ConAgra To Sell Store-Brand Food Business

June 30, 2015 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to sell its faltering business that makes store-brand packaged food just two years after spending $5 billion to beef it up by buying the private-label foodmaker Ralcorp.

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NSC Predicts Deadliest 4th of July Weekend in Seven Years

June 30, 2015 2:09 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | News | Comments

Yesterday, the National Safety Council (NSC) released itssafety forecast for the coming July 4th holiday weekend — and it’s anticipated to be a deadly one.

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Coalescing Filters

June 30, 2015 10:40 am | by MFD Pneumatics | Product Releases | Comments

MFD Pneumatics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bimba, announced the addition of coalescing filters to its line of high-value air preparation equipment.

4 Forklifts and Lifting Equipment Safety Tips: A Workplace Safety Primer

June 30, 2015 10:33 am | by Adam Robinson, Marketing Director, Cerasis | Blogs | Comments

Forklifts are great tools for businesses that need them. But, they can also be very dangerous. Safety is the primary concern around these heavy machines, so understand when they need to be inspected and fixed.

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Airbus Wins $1.3B Deal

June 30, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea said Tuesday that it has decided to buy four military airborne refueling tankers from European aerospace giant Airbus Defense and Space for $1.3 billion.

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New York Formalizes Ban on Fracking, Ending Seven Year Review

June 30, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York has formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas after a seven-year environmental and health review.

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Now Comes the SpaceX Rocket Whodunit: A Complex Mystery

June 30, 2015 10:20 am | by Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A rocket's dead, blown to bits in public view. Now it's time for "Rocket Science CSI."

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Obama Administration Unveils New Overtime Pay Standards

June 30, 2015 10:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Monday unveiled long-anticipated rules that would make millions of additional workers eligible for overtime pay.

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GOP Spending Proposals Would Thwart Labor Rules

June 30, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Congressional Republicans hope to enact a spending bill that would, in part, stop a trio of controversial labor standards.

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Report: Blue Bell Pulled Products Weeks Before Listeria Recall

June 30, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries quietly pulled the company's ice cream from retailers and large institutions weeks before issuing a recall over listeria contamination, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.

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Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises to 119

June 29, 2015 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in General Motors' small cars has risen by two to 119.

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Report: IoT Presents New Opportunities for Manufacturers’ Post-Sale Revenue

June 29, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report expects that the increase in Internet-connected devices over the next several years will also spark substantial growth in manufacturers' service-related revenue.

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Hyundai Sees Green Future in Hydrogen-Powered Cars

June 29, 2015 2:36 pm | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. said Monday it believes hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the future for eco-friendly cars despite challenges of limited infrastructure and slow sales.

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SpaceX Rocket Destroyed On Way To Space Station, Cargo Lost

June 29, 2015 2:29 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, the third cargo mission to fail in eight months.

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