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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Increase, Sales Sink in January

March 11, 2015 1:29 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in January as sales plunged by the largest amount in six years.

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It's Getting Easier to Get a Job

March 11, 2015 1:10 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

There are 1.7 job seekers for every one opening. At the height of the recession, it was nearly 7. Plus, more people are saying "take this job and shove it," a sign of confidence in the labor market.

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Dunkin' Donuts Dropping Chemical in Powdered Sugar

March 11, 2015 1:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Dunkin' Donuts is removing titanium dioxide from its dougnuts after being pressured by an activist group.

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Report: Robotic Welding to Grow Sharply by 2020

March 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report expects revenues for the robotic welding market to increase by nearly 40 percent as emerging nations gain awareness of its potential benefits. 

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New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater and Converts it into Energy

March 11, 2015 11:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Colorado have developed technology they say could cleanse wastewater from oil and natural gs drilling sites while simultaneously generating additional energy. 

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Photo of the Day: A Comeback Story

March 11, 2015 10:54 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

In today's 'Photo of the Day' take a look at a manufacturing facility that has rebounded with great success after a devastating disaster. 

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Toledo Finalizing Incentives Package to Keep Jeep Plant

March 11, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toledo officials are finalizing an incentives package this week in an effort to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the northwest Ohio city.

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Apple Shareholders Float Tesla Purchase

March 11, 2015 10:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the company's annual shareholders meeting this week amid record sales and a soaring stock price. But that wasn't on the minds of a pair of investors however, instead they inquired about the possibility of the tech giant acquiring electric car manufacturer Tesla. 

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Legislation Targets Detergent Packets Following Rash of Child Poisonings

March 11, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Democratic members of Congress hope to make substantial changes to single-load laundry detergent packets amid rising concerns about accidental ingestion by children.

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China Approves New Nuclear Reactors in Industry Revival

March 11, 2015 9:30 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China is reviving growth of its nuclear power industry with approval of its first new project in two years.

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Is the Worst Over For GM and Mary Barra?

March 10, 2015 3:31 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

GM shares rise on news of a big stock buyback and are near a 52-week high. The company has bounced back from the worst of its 2014 recall woes.

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10 Often Forgotten ERP Implementation Faux Pas

March 10, 2015 3:26 pm | by Daniel Erickson | Articles | Comments

ERP software implementation disasters are the result of assorted smaller, and seemingly unrelated, actions that converge in a monumental event. This costs a company money in labor, delays, downtime, productivity and equipment. 

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U.S. Job Openings Reach a 14-Year High, and More Workers Quit

March 10, 2015 3:21 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised the most jobs in 14 years in January, and more workers quit — both signs of a steadily strengthening job market.

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Why Cheap Oil Doesn't Stop the Drilling

March 10, 2015 3:15 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

If oil rigs lead to new wells, fewer rigs should lead to less oil, right? Not necessarily.

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Colorado Powdered Alcohol Ban Stalls in Legislature

March 10, 2015 3:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Efforts to add Colorado to the list of states with restrictions on powdered alcohol ran aground in the state Legislature last week. 

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Spate of Derailments Deepens Fear of Oil Train Disaster

March 10, 2015 3:01 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four trains hauling crude oil have derailed in the U.S. and Canada since mid-February. The derailments have deepened safety concerns that if an oil-train accident were to occur in a populated area, the results could be disastrous.   

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Study: U.S. Manufacturers Paid More for Pollution Control

March 10, 2015 2:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

American manufacturers faced $24.6 billion in pollution abatement costs last year, a total far higher than the amount in many competing nations, according to a recent analysis.

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Industrial IoT in 2015: Sensors, Software and Breaking Down Barriers

March 10, 2015 11:29 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Although the level of IoT implementation lags far behind its ever-increasing notoriety, 2015 is poised to be a big year for the industrial internet of things. 

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Delivery of Stealthy Destroyer to Navy Delayed

March 10, 2015 11:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The complexity of the stealthy Zumwalt destroyer will delay delivery of the first two ships. 

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OCMA-500 & OCMA-550

March 10, 2015 11:05 am | by Paul N Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Horiba has released a new OCMA-500 & OCMA-550. This instrument can be utilized across a wide variety of applications such as drain monitoring & quality control of components.

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