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SunEdison To Deliver MA $60M in Utility Savings

December 4, 2014 9:58 am | by Business Wire

SunEdison, Inc., a global solar technology manufacturer, announced they have executed power purchase agreements with 16 separate public housing authorities across Massachusetts that is estimated to save these housing authorities an estimated $60 million in avoided electricity costs. 

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It's About Time to Choose a Winner of the Fluke Connect Student Contest

December 3, 2014 3:41 pm | by Fluke Corporation

Fluke Corporation announced the finalists in the Fluke Connect Student Contest, which tests the skills, innovation, and business application of student teams.Final projects from the selected teams are due on December 5th when they will be evaluated by the same panel of judges as well as voted on by the public on Facebook.

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Boeing Conducts World's First Flight with 'Green Diesel'

December 3, 2014 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing has completed the world's first flight using "green diesel," a sustainable biofuel that is widely available and used in ground transportation.                             

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Toyota Seeks Independent, Industry-Wide Joint Testing Initiative for Airbags

December 3, 2014 2:16 pm | by Toyota Newsroom

Toyota today called for a coordinated industry-wide joint initiative to independently test Takata airbag inflators that have been the subject of recent recalls.                         

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Promotions, Gas Prices Boost U.S. Auto sales

December 3, 2014 2:09 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin & Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

American shoppers passed on the malls and headed to the car dealerships over Thanksgiving weekend.                                           

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Hershey Explores Removal of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

December 3, 2014 2:04 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.                                            

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Heinz Opens State-of-the-Art Cereal Factory in China

December 3, 2014 10:37 am | by The Associated Press

H.J. Heinz Company CEO Bernardo Hees joined Chinese Government Officials to celebrate the opening of the Company’s largest infant cereal production plant in the world.                       

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Obama To Discuss Economic Ideas with CEOs

December 3, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is meeting with leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs during his last two years in office.                               

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More Parties Join MS Silicon Plant Lawsuit

December 3, 2014 10:27 am | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press

The legal fight over a silicon metal plant in MS is expanding. Steelmaker Nucor Corp. wants to intervene on the side of those who say the state improperly issued an air pollution permit to MS Silicon.               

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U.S. Productivity Shows Growth in 3Q

December 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. workers' productivity increased in the July-September quarter at a slightly faster pace than previously estimated while labor costs declined for a second straight quarter.                     

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U.S. Companies Added 208K Jobs Last Month

December 3, 2014 10:11 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses hired at a solid pace last month, according to a private survey, a signal that Friday's November jobs report from the government will likely also show strength.                     

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Takata: Evidence Does Not Support National Recall

December 3, 2014 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

A defiant Takata Corp. told a U.S. safety agency that its demand for a nationwide air bag recall isn't supported by evidence, and the government doesn't have authority to tell a parts maker to do a recall.             

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Deflation Looms Over Europe

December 2, 2014 3:03 pm | by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press

But it's not debt — Europe's main economic problem in recent years — that is driving speculation the ECB will switch on the printing press to help the economy; it's deflation.                     

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ISM: Manufacturing Slows Slightly, Remains Strong

December 2, 2014 2:41 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Takata Panel To Audit Air Bag Inflator Production

December 2, 2014 2:25 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is forming a panel to audit its manufacturing and come up with ways to make safe air bag inflators, but the company's response to a U.S. demand for a national inflator recall remains unclear.     

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More U.S. CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

December 2, 2014 2:17 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.                                  

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Rolling Along: RV Industry Maintains Momentum

December 2, 2014 2:12 pm | by Bruce Shreiner, The Associated Press

RV manufacturers have made up more ground since being sideswiped by the Great Recession, and production of the rolling homes is expected to return next year to levels seen before the economic downturn hit.             

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Automakers Expand Passenger Air Bag Recalls

December 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, two automakers are expanding recalls or adding them to fix potentially faulty passenger air bags in high-humidity states.                         

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Chicago City Council To Vote on $13 Minimum Wage

December 2, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press

The Chicago City Council is expected to give final approval to increasing the city's minimum wage to $13 by 2019.                                       

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GM Recalling Vehicles to Fix Headlights

December 2, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors is recalling 316,357 vehicles in North America because their headlights can stop working.                                         

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