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Industrial Mergers Decline at the Outset of 2015

April 29, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Industrial mergers and acquisitions decreased in the first quarter of this year following a robust 2014, according to research firm Mergermarket.

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Justice Department Seeks Charges Against Lumber Liquidators

April 29, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Lumber Liquidators said Wednesday that the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against the Virginia-based company over its imported laminate flooring.

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Tyson Hopes To Rid Chicken of Antibiotics by 2017

April 28, 2015 5:21 pm | by The Associated Press

Tyson Foods says it wants to stop using human antibiotics in its U.S. chicken house by September 2017 and it will explore doing the same in its beef, pork and turkey operations. 

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Report: Manufacturing, Mining Productivity Increased in 2014

April 28, 2015 5:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Labor productivity increased in about three-quarters of manufacturing and mining sectors tracked by federal labor officials last year. 

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Ford Engineer Creates Record-Breaking Hot Wheels Track

April 28, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter

Talk about epic parent-child projects: Ford employee Matt West and his son Blade set up a massive Hot Wheels ramp at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn on the company’s “Take Your Child to Work Day,” breaking a Guinness World Record in the process.

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The Fate of the Export-Import Bank

April 28, 2015 2:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

The charter for the Export-Import bank is nearing its expiration date, but the question remains — will it be renewed?

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Microsoft To End Windows Server 2003 Support

April 28, 2015 2:21 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

This summer, Microsoft will stop patching Windows Server 2003. Manufacturers that don't update their software will be putting their customers and company at risk. 

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EVs Gaining Popularity, But Slowly

April 28, 2015 1:56 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter

Sales of long-range electrical vehicles could reach 466,407 units by the end of 2015, according to a study by Frost and Sullivan about the expansion of the global EV market.

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Applied Materials' Tokyo Electron Deal Ends in DOJ Roadblock

April 28, 2015 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

Applied Materials has called off its $9.4 billion acquisition of Tokyo Electron Ltd. after hitting a regulatory roadblock.

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Report: 'Reshoring' Leads to Net Gain of 10K Manufacturing Jobs

April 28, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. saw a net migration of at least 10,000 manufacturing jobs back to the country this past year, according to the Reshoring Initiative. 

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Tuna Company, 2 Managers Charged in Death of Worker in Oven

April 28, 2015 10:34 am | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press

Bumble Bee Foods and two managers were charged by Los Angeles prosecutors Monday with violating safety regulations in the death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna.

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Amazon Announces ‘Amazon Business,’ Will Close AmazonSupply

April 28, 2015 10:22 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Business, a new marketplace on Amazon.com that, according to a press release from Amazon, “combines the selection, convenience and value customers have come to know and love from Amazon, with new features and unique benefits tailored to businesses.”

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World Safety Day 2015

April 28, 2015 10:17 am | by UL Workplace Health & Safety

Today marks World Safety Day, and in its honor UL Workplace Health & Safety designed an infographic displaying the staggering amount of accidents in the workplace. 

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Safety Agency Seeks Ideas on Getting More Recall Fixes Done

April 28, 2015 9:58 am | by Macy Gordon, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Frustrated that cars recalled for serious safety defects aren't getting fixed quickly enough, the nation's auto safety chief will host a gathering of automakers Tuesday to search for solutions.

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Food Industry Tries To Block Vermont's GMO Labeling Laws

April 28, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press

Food industry lawyers say there's not enough time to implement Vermont's new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them. 

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Drivers Strike at Los Angeles, Long Beach Ports

April 28, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Truck drivers walked off the job Monday at the nation's busiest port complex amid an ongoing dispute over their classifications as independent contractors.

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Q&A: What's Listeria and How Is It Traced to Ice Cream?

April 27, 2015 3:08 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press

As a result of massive ice cream recalls, consumers and investigators alike are beginning to ask questions. Check out the answers to some common questions surrounding the listeria outbreak in ice cream. 

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 90

April 27, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press

Families of at least 90 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the automaker.

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VW Chairman Quits, but Questions Over Future Remain

April 27, 2015 2:16 pm | by David McHugh, The Associated Press

Volkswagen's patriarch has left the building. Does this mean change is coming to the world's No. 2 automaker — in particular, to its high-cost ways of doing business?

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Manufacturers’ Group Knocks Japan Over Currency Manipulation

April 27, 2015 2:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A manufacturing business group criticized Japanese currency policy in a full-page ad in Monday's Washington Post.  

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