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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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Louisville to Host 3D Printing Training Center

May 12, 2015 3:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Illinois-based safety company UL and the University of Louisville on Tuesday announced a new 3D printing training facility that will be located adjacent to the university's campus. 

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U.S. Job Openings Fall, Hiring Rises in Mostly Positive Report

May 12, 2015 2:57 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of available jobs in the U.S. fell in March, though companies filled more of their open positions in a sign they are still confident enough to hire.

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How Visual Aids Can Improve Workplace Safety

May 12, 2015 2:48 pm | by Magnatag Insight

Implementing and maintaining a safety program in your work environment can be a challenging task, but it is necessary for your company. Check out the infographic to find the shocking workplace injury statistics and how to prevent them by using visual aids.

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Retail Group Presses Senators Ahead of Trade Authority Vote

May 12, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The National Retail Foundation is pressuring Senate leaders to authorize Trade Promotional Authority ahead of an initial vote on the provision.

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Gas Prices Still Look Low for Summer Even After Spring Surge

May 12, 2015 2:41 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

Drivers who have seen a steady rise in the price of gasoline can relax: They will almost certainly be paying far less for gas this summer than they have in at least six years.

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Tyson to Curb Antibiotics in Poultry for Schools, Hospitals

May 12, 2015 10:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The country's largest meat producer recently announced plans to limit the use of antibiotics in poultry destined for institutions such as schools and hospitals.  

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Reshoring Initiative Encourages American Manufacturing

May 12, 2015 9:36 am | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter

Harry Moser, the former president of machine tool company GF AgieCharmilles, is on a mission to bring manufacturing back to the United States. 

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U.S. Settles With New York Coke Plant for $12M Over Pollution

May 12, 2015 9:21 am | by Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press

A coal-burning industrial plant that a federal official called an "environmental outlaw" has agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims that it polluted the air and water with harmful chemicals. 

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Obama Administration Conditionally Approves Offshore Arctic Drilling

May 12, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Obama administration officials on Monday signed off on a proposal from Shell to drill in arctic Alaskan waters.

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Drones Could Enhance Safety at Chemical Plants

May 12, 2015 9:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Dow Chemical hopes drones could eventually provide crucial safety services at its plants and take employees out of harm's way. 

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Oregon Teenager Pioneers Oil Spill Cleanup Method

May 12, 2015 8:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized a Portland high school student for his development of a new method to clean oil spills.

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Most Mid-Size SUVs Crash During IIHS Testing

May 12, 2015 8:50 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

During the most recent round of safety testing on midsize SUVs — conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit funded by auto insurers — only three of the seven cars performed well enough to earn an acceptable or above rating during a crash test.

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Chemists Discover Molecules To Harness Solar Energy

May 11, 2015 2:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Research by a Danish graduate student may pave the way for a breakthrough method of capturing energy from sunlight. 

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Ex-Oklahoma City Dayton Tire Factory Taken Down, Recycled

May 11, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

A former tire factory in Oklahoma City has been dismantled, cut up and sent to reyclers. 

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Death Toll From GM Ignition Switches Rises to 100

May 11, 2015 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press

Families of at least 100 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get payments from the automaker.

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Noble Energy Gobbles Up Rosetta Resources in $2.1B Deal

May 11, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Two Houston-based energy companies on Monday announced the first large merger in the U.S. oil industry since prices collapsed late last year.  

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