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Elon Musk Announces Mystery New Product Line

March 31, 2015 | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

Elon Musk took to twitter once again to release a cryptic teaser regarding impending new Telsa products — and this time it isn’t a car. 

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Jury Awards $38.5 Million-Plus in Fatal Shooting at Plant

March 31, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

The families of two women killed by a co-worker at a northeast Philadelphia plant 4 1/2 years ago were awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages from a security guard firm.

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Philips Sells Stake in LED Components, Automotive Lighting

March 31, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

Electronics giant Philips says it is selling a majority stake in its LED components and automotive lighting division to a consortium led by investment fund GO Scale Capital in a deal worth up to $2.9 billion.

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Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth for Oil-Producing States

March 30, 2015 3:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. gained 295,000 jobs in February to continue strong hiring patterns from 2014. But newly released estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the global drop in oil prices hindered growth in many of the country's top oil producing states.

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Duke Energy CEO Loses $600K in Pay Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by Emery Dalesio, The Associated Press

Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good saw her pay docked about $600,000 in the aftermath of last year's massive spill of collected coal ash that coated 70 miles of a North Carolina river in sludge containing toxic heavy metals.

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Business Forecasters Boost 2-year Outlook for U.S. Economy

March 30, 2015 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

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Toyota Cuts Price of Automatic Braking Safety Devices

March 30, 2015 10:44 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Those pricey high-tech systems that automatically stop or slow your car if it's about to run into something are getting a lot cheaper. Toyota says it will offer lower-cost versions of the safety features in new Lexus and Toyota SUVs that it's introducing this week at the New York auto show. 

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Personalized Production: The Brilliant Factory Will Match the Right Parts With the Right Tools

March 30, 2015 10:33 am | by GE Reports

GE manufacturing maven Christine Furstoss provides a look inside the technology at work in the "brilliant factory."

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Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory Faces a High-Tech Future

March 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Verenda Dobink, The Associated Press

The Streit's factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that's essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. But, Streit's is planning to shut down its nine-decade-old ovens by year's end and move to a 21st century computerized plant somewhere in the New York area.

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Study: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Benefit U.S. Energy Security

March 30, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. energy market would largely benefit from lifting the current ban on crude oil exports, according to a new report from researchers at Rice University. 

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Report: Auto Industry Must Overhaul Supply Chain Training

March 30, 2015 9:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report recommends that auto companies strengthen industry collaboration, worker training and career opportunities in order to resolve a worsening talent crisis in their supply chains. 

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Mental Exam Ordered for Man Accused in Beheading at Food Processing Plant

March 27, 2015 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press

A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma.

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5 Problems With 3D Printing & How To Fix Them

March 27, 2015 1:31 pm | by Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk

Designers need to solve problems with new solutions, less effort, more results, greater expression, increased reliably and confidence, and good quality.

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Lawmakers Unhappy With New Fracking Rules

March 27, 2015 12:14 pm | by Kevin Freking, The Associated Press

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have something in common: many issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. 

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Feds: Monsanto Fined for not Reporting Idaho Chemical Releases

March 27, 2015 9:59 am | by Keith Ridler, The Associated Press

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

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BMW Recalls Nearly 49K Motorcycles

March 27, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press

BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.

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Poll: Americans Evenly Divided on Fracking

March 27, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent nationwide poll showed Americans are evenly split between support and opposition for hydraulic fracturing in the U.S.

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Steel Industry Gathers Before Congress

March 26, 2015 4:32 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Steel Industry leaders gathered to address Congress yesterday, voicing their concerns about domestic steel procedures, trade policies and plant closures. 

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Picture of the Day: Toyota's New Beginning

March 26, 2015 3:57 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Toyota is putting the past and their sweeping recalls behind them — according to the company it is time to move forward.

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Union Vote Set Next Month at Boeing's South Carolina Plants

March 26, 2015 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press

About 3,000 production workers at Boeing plants in South Carolina will decide next month whether they want representation by the Machinists union.

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Feds Investigate Safety of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde.

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