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Large Explosion Rocks Southeast Missouri Aluminum Plant

August 5, 2015 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press

A massive explosion rocked a southeast Missouri aluminum plant Tuesday, injuring some workers and creating a plume of smoke that could be seen for miles.

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Wisconsin Manufacturer Cited Following Partial Amputations

August 5, 2015 1:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

In total, OSHA announced eight citations against Kapco for safety violations. Total fines could amount to $207,600.

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Kellogg's U.S. Breakfast Business Shrinks Again

August 5, 2015 11:15 am | by The Associated Press

Kellogg says its U.S. breakfast foods division saw another decline in quarterly sales but that trends in the cereal category were improving.

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Robotic Lettuce Factory Under Development In Japan

August 5, 2015 10:47 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter

The new factory is designed to be responsive to water and food shortages caused by extreme weather and the increasing global population, and its environmentally friendly measures include recycled water, LED lighting and optimized air conducting.  

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GM To Invest $877M To Upgrade Oldest Assembly Plant

August 5, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press

Construction is expected to begin in early 2016 and finish in 2018.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 185K Workers In July

August 5, 2015 9:39 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

Low oil prices weighed on the manufacturing sector, which added just 2,000 jobs last month.

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ConAgra Removes BPA From Canned Foods

August 5, 2015 8:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Ardagh began providing new BPA-free cans earlier this year and ConAgra announced the complete transition in late July.

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Survey: U.S. Companies Budget Slightly More For Pay Raises

August 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Analysts said reports of an improving U.S. economy did not to translate into additional competition in the labor market.

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Giving Robots A More Nimble Grasp

August 4, 2015 3:02 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office

Engineers at MIT have now hit upon a way to impart more dexterity to simple robotic grippers: using the environment as a helping hand.

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PwC: Industrial Manufacturing M&A On A Steady Climb

August 4, 2015 2:47 pm | by PwC US

With $28.2 billion in announced deals, second quarter totals exceeded the $20.5 billion raised in the first quarter this year but were well below the near-record $60.4 billion set in the same quarter last year.

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Clock Winds Down on Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

August 4, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The 12 nations could be left with only weeks to get trade pact terms in place before the 2016 elections begin interfering with the issue in Congress.

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Investor Poll Shows Support for Monsanto-Syngenta Talks

August 4, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

St. Louis-based Monsanto, which long targeted Syngenta as a potential avenue to reduce its U.S. tax burden, twice this year submitted takeover offers to Syngenta, which responded in turn with strongly worded rejections.

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Smaller Ports Suffer As Cargo Ships Expand

August 4, 2015 1:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Shipping lines are now ordering new vessels that carry twice as much cargo as ships from 10 years ago, and as a result, more companies are bypassing smaller ports such as Portland, Oregon, because it is too shallow, too far inland and too rife with delays to accommodate those ships.

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Fire Sale On Stuff That Burns: Oil, Natural Gas, Coal Down

August 4, 2015 10:58 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer

Prices for coal, natural gas, oil and the fuels made from crude such as gasoline and diesel are all far less expensive than they have been in recent years.

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FDA Clears First 3D Printed Prescription Drug

August 4, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press

 An agency spokeswoman confirmed the new drug is the first prescription tablet approved that uses the process.

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Why The Shale Industry is Slamming Obama's Climate Plan

August 4, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The requirements — should they survive an inevitable court challenge from opponents — would hamper the nation's already embattled coal industry, but they would also aim to maintain the current percentage of energy derived from natural gas.

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Meat Industry Braces For Report On Possible Cancer Link

August 4, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The International Agency for Research on Cancer is expected to issue its report in October after beginning efforts to identify the connection between red and processed meats and cancer last year.

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ExxonMobil To Expand U.S. Domestic Crude Processing Capacity At Beaumont Refinery

August 4, 2015 9:38 am | by ExxonMobil

The increase in capacity at the Beaumont refinery is made possible in large part by abundant, affordable supplies of U.S. light crude from shale.

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GM Ignition Switch Deaths, Injuries Total 398

August 3, 2015 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Victims' families are being offered compensation of at least $1 million each.

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Extended Slump In Oil Taking Toll On Industry, Economy

August 3, 2015 2:54 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer

Low oil and gas prices are good for the overall economy because they reduce costs for consumers and business, but with oil prices down around 50 percent from last year, major oil companies are cutting back, offsetting some of this good news.

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