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Tesla Says It Will Take Orders For Cheaper Car In March

September 3, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

In a tweet Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the Model 3 will start at $35,000, or about half the starting price of its current Model S sedan.

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Chinese Railcar Company To Break Ground On U.S. Plant

September 3, 2015 11:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation won a $566 million contract to build railcars for Boston's subway system.

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Colorado Mine Spill Prompts Changes In Warning System

September 3, 2015 10:52 am | by Dan Elliott, Associated Press

In the future, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will warn downstream states as well, department spokesman Mark Salley said.

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General Mills Selling Green Giant, Le Sueur For $765M

September 3, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press

The food company said Thursday that it plans to use net proceeds from the deal to lower debt and buy back stock.

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Egg Group Scrambled Over Eggless Mayo Maker

September 3, 2015 10:39 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

Publicly, the American Egg Board has sought to downplay Hampton Creek as just another egg substitute and has avoided referring to it by name, but emails showed the board was troubled by the media attention being showered on Hampton Creek.

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Small Fastener Fails Result In Serious Damage

September 2, 2015 3:53 pm | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor

These examples show the importance of the attention to detail in maintenance practices, because even the smallest of fastener fails can end up being catastrophic.

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China Chemical Factory Blast Toll Rises To Five

September 2, 2015 3:47 pm | by The Associated Press

The factory that produces adhesive materials exploded on Monday night in Lijin county in Shandong province.

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Federal Lab Moves Closer To Solar Fuel

September 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

If technology advances to make it more efficient — a prospect that could be several years away — the process might pave the way for hydrogen to replace fossil fuels altogether.

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Dutch Trains To Run On Wind By 2018

September 2, 2015 3:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Officials from Dutch energy companies said that the agreement will dramatically reduce the industry's carbon dioxide emissions while providing a model for other sectors to follow.

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Manufacturing Productivity Up, Labor Costs Down In Second Quarter

September 2, 2015 2:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Manufacturing productivity rose 2.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted annual basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday.

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Texas Regulator Clears Oil And Gas Company Of Causing Quakes

September 2, 2015 10:49 am | by The Associated Press

Commission investigators concluded that a well where Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy pumps millions of gallons of the wastewater likely didn't cause the quakes, but also said there wasn't enough evidence to demonstrate the earthquakes were naturally occurring.

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Court Revives Dispute Over Energy Leasing's Climate Impacts

September 2, 2015 10:21 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press

The Montana Environmental Information Center, WildEarth Guardians and Earthworks' Oil and Gas Accountability Project want the government to force companies to take steps to reduce emissions of methane from oil and gas fields.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Hired At Steady Pace In August

September 2, 2015 10:05 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 190,000 jobs last month, up from 177,000 in July, but below a six-month high in June of 231,000.

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India SUV Maker Rides Into U.S. Market ... On A Scooter

September 2, 2015 9:56 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

If buyers like it, Mahindra could use the GenZe as a springboard into the car market, just as Honda made the leap from motorcycles to cars here in the 1970s.

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Survey: Auto Industry Slow To Embrace Recall Analytics

September 2, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The online poll, conducted in June, found that just 8 percent of auto industry executives used predictive analytics regarding vehicle recalls.

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Research Shows Wind-Turbine Farms Could Offer Diminishing Returns

September 1, 2015 3:34 pm | by University of Kansas

When a substantial number of turbines are installed over a small area, the amount of electricity generated is no longer governed by simple multiplication, according to the researchers.

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California Forest Helps Offset Volkswagen Emissions

September 1, 2015 3:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

VW hopes to reduce its passenger vehicle emissions by 90 percent by 2050, while curbing its production emissions by about 40 percent between 2010 and 2020.

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U.S. Factories Grow In August At Slowest Pace Since May 2013

September 1, 2015 3:22 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

The report suggests that a strong dollar and slowing growth in China and other foreign markets may be taking a toll on U.S. manufacturers and perhaps the overall American economy. 

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U.S. Stocks Fall Sharply On Bleak Chinese Manufacturing Report

September 1, 2015 3:11 pm | by Ken Sweet, AP Business Writer

The Chinese economy has been a key focus for investors all summer, and the concerns have intensified in the last three weeks. 

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Report: Manufacturing Mergers Remain Active In First Quarter

September 1, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest Capital M&A Review & Outlook from accounting firm BDO said that mergers and acquisitions in the first quarter of 2015 declined modestly compared to the same period last year.

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U.S. Fines Triumph Motorcycles Up To $2.9M

September 1, 2015 11:02 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. government has fined Triumph Motorcycles up to $2.9 million for violating safety reporting requirements.

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