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Senate Agrees to Open Debate on Obama's Trade Agenda

May 14, 2015 10:59 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press

Senators reached a deal Wednesday to move forward on President Barack Obama's trade agenda only one day after Democrats embarrassed him by blocking. 

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GM To Invest $1B in Detroit-Area Tech Center

May 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press

General Motors Co. plans to spend $1 billion on construction and renovations at its Detroit-area technical center, a top-to-bottom overhaul amied at boosting innovation and employee attraction across a 60-year-old campus. 

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Bombardier Says 1,750 Job Cuts Due to Soft Demand for Jets

May 14, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press

Bombardier confirms it will cut more than 1,750 employees in Canada and Northern Ireland over the coming months to adjust for weak demand for some of its business jets.

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Contested Utah Law Could Impact Contact Lens Industry

May 14, 2015 10:02 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press

A law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that took effect this week in Utah is a setback for the nation's largest manufacturers that could have ripple effects across the country amid an increasingly bitter fight with discount retailers.

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USGS Study Shows Wide Chemical Variation in Fracking Wastewater

May 14, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study from the U.S. Geological Survey links the duration of hydraulic fracturing to the concentration of organic compounds in drilling wastewater.

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Report Links State Oil Subsidies, Campaign Donations

May 14, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent report by British newspaper The Guardian said U.S. states awarded millions in oil company subsidies as their governors collected campaign donations tied to the energy industry.

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MAPI Lowers Economic Forecast for 2015

May 14, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation reduced its economic projections for 2015 in light of low oil prices and a strong dollar. 

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Officials Defend Hiring Practices at Iowa Fertilizer Plant

May 13, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa are defending their hiring practices amid criticism from labor leaders.

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What’s Behind The Renaissance of Rolls Royce?

May 13, 2015 2:39 pm | by Bloomberg Business

Rolls Royce North America President Eric Shepherd discusses the company’s new fashion inspired automobile and move to court women auto buyers.

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Japan Defense Export Hopes Dimmed by Latecomer Status

May 13, 2015 2:24 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi & Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

A year after Japan eased a longstanding ban on military exports, barely a trickle of deals has formed for its powerhouse manufacturers who are reckoning with latecomer status in a crowded global industry.

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Slow Wind Might Be the Latest Thing in Sustainable Living

May 13, 2015 2:16 pm | by GE Reports Staff

Sailors know that wind can be a fickle servant and they’ve come up with ingenious ways to trap it in their sails. Wind turbine designers have recently developed their own tricks to beat the doldrums and build efficient wind farms for landscapes caressed with slow-moving wind.

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More Vehicles Recalled for Takata Airbag Inflators

May 13, 2015 2:01 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 6.5 million vehicles.

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Aluminum Plant To Begin Lockout

May 13, 2015 11:02 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Century Aluminum announced plans to lock out hundreds of union workers at its Kentucky smelter beginning Tuesday after members rejected its latest contract proposal. 

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Monsanto Vows To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

May 13, 2015 10:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Monsanto Company this week announced a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its crop protection operations by 22 percent by 2020. 

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Illinois Auto Parts Company Fined $114K for Safety Lapses

May 13, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press

A Peoria auto parts manufacturer has been fined $114,100 for federal workplace safety violations the government says put workers at risk of amputation and other injuries.

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CA Panel Recommends Warning Labels for BPA

May 13, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal Digital Reporter

A California scientific panel recommended that the state add bisphenol-A to its list of harmful chemicals that must be disclosed by companies.

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Survey: Cloud Systems Boost Manufacturing Productivity, Quality

May 13, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new survey of manufacturers found that nearly two-thirds saw improved plant productivity after implementing a cloud-computing system.

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Apple Steps Up Efforts to go Green in China

May 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

Apple says it's boosting efforts to go green in China by partnering with conservationists to promote sustainable forestry for paper production.

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5 Things To Know About Self-Driving Cars

May 13, 2015 9:59 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

A small fleet of self-driving cars is maneuvering through traffic in California using an array of sensors and computing power. Here are some things to know about these cars of the future. 

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Outgoing CEO of BMW Warns That China is 'Losing Momentum'

May 13, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

The departing CEO of automaker BMW has cautioned that China's economy is "losing momentum."

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