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Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 17, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Federal officials bestowed the nation's top safety rating on Ford's F-150 pickup truck, which the company said validated its decision to switch from steel to aluminum in model year 2015. 

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Proposed Volvo Manufacturing Plant 'Tremendous Opportunity'

April 17, 2015 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

State and local officials are calling a proposed manufacturing plant that could employ 4,000 workers a tremendous opportunity to bring jobs to Berkeley County. 

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GE Posts $13.6 Billion Loss On Finance Unit Sale

April 17, 2015 2:08 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

The industrial heart of General Electric, the company's new focus, posted lower revenue and earnings in the first quarter amid an enormous overall loss resulting from its recently-announced sale of most of the assets in its finance subsidiary.

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Nissan Expands Air Bag Recall After Louisiana Injury

April 17, 2015 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag.

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Health Advocates, Agribusiness Spar Over Weed Killer

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The decades-long debate over the health risks of a popular weed killer took another turn last month when an international agency classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

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Arizona Restricts Local Plastic Bag Bans

April 17, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Arizona no longer allows its local governments to enact taxes or bans on plastic bags after Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on legislation this week.   

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Emirates To Buy $9.2 Billion Worth of Rolls Royce Engines

April 17, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

The Emirates airline says it will buy $9.2 billion worth of Rolls Royce engines, the largest ever order for the engine maker.

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Jaguar Takes On Virtual Reality

April 16, 2015 2:05 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Jaguar is breaking into an arena that could greatly affect the industrial sector — virtual reality. 

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Environmentalists Kick Up Dust at Fracking Industry in Drought-Stricken California

April 16, 2015 12:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

Is fracking contributing to California's drought? Industry experts say it isn't.

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Manufacturing in Philadelphia Area Rises Slightly in April

April 16, 2015 12:53 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

Factories in the Philadelphia region got a bit busier in April compared to March.

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Powdered Alcohol Creator Tries To Get Ahead of State Bans

April 16, 2015 12:48 pm | by Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press

The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. 

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Officials Find Dozens of Chemicals in Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 12:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Environmental officials in Oregon detected traces of 128 chemicals across all state watersheds, according to a recent report.

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EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 12:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator expressed concerns Tuesday about provisions of a chemical regulations overhaul pending in Congress.

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Apple Invests in Sustainable Solar Project, Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 10:46 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

Apple expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina. 

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Forest Service Examines Long-Expired Nestlé Water Permit

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating Nestlé over a report that the company drew water from drought-ravaged California sing a long-expired permit. 

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Court Rules GM is Shielded From Death Claims by Bankruptcy

April 16, 2015 9:54 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars.

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Exxon: $8.9B Sought in Pollution Case 'Not Real'

April 16, 2015 9:38 am | by David Porter, Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.

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More Americans Sought Unemployment Benefits Last Week

April 16, 2015 9:26 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose for the second straight week yet remained at a low level that is consistent with more hiring.

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GM Drops Price of the Electric Chevrolet Spark

April 15, 2015 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors is the latest automaker to drop the price of an electric car in the face of slow sales.

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Factory Output Rises for First Time Since November

April 15, 2015 2:20 pm

Output at U.S. factories rose last month for the first time since November, pushed up by increased auto production.

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Toyota to Build $1B Corolla Plant in Mexico

April 15, 2015 1:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Toyota announced plans Wednesday to construct a new billion-dollar manufacturing plant in Mexico and alter production at its facilities in Canada.

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