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New Takata Air Bag Recall Brings Total to Over 33 Million

May 15, 2015 9:50 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

A massive new recall from Honda of vehicles with Takata air bags Thursday has brought the total recalls for the potentially deadly devices to more than 33 million.

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USDA Creates New Government Certification for GMO-Free

May 15, 2015 9:45 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press

The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.

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Brand Finance Releases Top 500 U.S. Brands

May 14, 2015 3:07 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Brand Finance released their annual Brand Finance Top 500 U.S. Brands this week.

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Safety Technology Might Have Prevented Deadly Amtrak Crash

May 14, 2015 2:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen.

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Missouri Appears Unlikely to Enact Right-to-Work

May 14, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Missouri lawmakers this week easily passed legislation that would make it the 26th "right-to-work" state. But the vote totals, if they hold, would be insufficient to override an expected veto from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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72 Dead in Philippines Factory Fire

May 14, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The death toll from a fire at a Filipino footwear factory stands at 72 as officials work to identify victims and investigate the blaze. 

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Apple Nears Settlement Over Talent Poaching Allegations

May 14, 2015 1:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Apple and battery manufacturer A123 appear close to a settlement over allegations that the tech company poached employees for a secret electric car project.

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Senate Agrees to Open Debate on Obama's Trade Agenda

May 14, 2015 10:59 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press

Senators reached a deal Wednesday to move forward on President Barack Obama's trade agenda only one day after Democrats embarrassed him by blocking. 

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GM To Invest $1B in Detroit-Area Tech Center

May 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press

General Motors Co. plans to spend $1 billion on construction and renovations at its Detroit-area technical center, a top-to-bottom overhaul amied at boosting innovation and employee attraction across a 60-year-old campus. 

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Bombardier Says 1,750 Job Cuts Due to Soft Demand for Jets

May 14, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press

Bombardier confirms it will cut more than 1,750 employees in Canada and Northern Ireland over the coming months to adjust for weak demand for some of its business jets.

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Contested Utah Law Could Impact Contact Lens Industry

May 14, 2015 10:02 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press

A law banning price-fixing for contact lenses that took effect this week in Utah is a setback for the nation's largest manufacturers that could have ripple effects across the country amid an increasingly bitter fight with discount retailers.

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USGS Study Shows Wide Chemical Variation in Fracking Wastewater

May 14, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study from the U.S. Geological Survey links the duration of hydraulic fracturing to the concentration of organic compounds in drilling wastewater.

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Report Links State Oil Subsidies, Campaign Donations

May 14, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent report by British newspaper The Guardian said U.S. states awarded millions in oil company subsidies as their governors collected campaign donations tied to the energy industry.

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MAPI Lowers Economic Forecast for 2015

May 14, 2015 9:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation reduced its economic projections for 2015 in light of low oil prices and a strong dollar. 

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Officials Defend Hiring Practices at Iowa Fertilizer Plant

May 13, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa are defending their hiring practices amid criticism from labor leaders.

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What’s Behind The Renaissance of Rolls Royce?

May 13, 2015 2:39 pm | by Bloomberg Business

Rolls Royce North America President Eric Shepherd discusses the company’s new fashion inspired automobile and move to court women auto buyers.

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Japan Defense Export Hopes Dimmed by Latecomer Status

May 13, 2015 2:24 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi & Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

A year after Japan eased a longstanding ban on military exports, barely a trickle of deals has formed for its powerhouse manufacturers who are reckoning with latecomer status in a crowded global industry.

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Slow Wind Might Be the Latest Thing in Sustainable Living

May 13, 2015 2:16 pm | by GE Reports Staff

Sailors know that wind can be a fickle servant and they’ve come up with ingenious ways to trap it in their sails. Wind turbine designers have recently developed their own tricks to beat the doldrums and build efficient wind farms for landscapes caressed with slow-moving wind.

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More Vehicles Recalled for Takata Airbag Inflators

May 13, 2015 2:01 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 6.5 million vehicles.

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Aluminum Plant To Begin Lockout

May 13, 2015 11:02 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Century Aluminum announced plans to lock out hundreds of union workers at its Kentucky smelter beginning Tuesday after members rejected its latest contract proposal. 

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