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U.S. Factory Output Climbed In July, Lifted By Auto Production

August 14, 2015 11:05 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The gains suggest that manufacturers are adjusting to the obstacles of a stronger dollar, tepid economic growth abroad and lower oil prices, which have led energy firms to slash their orders for equipment and pipelines.

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ExxonMobil Fined Following Probe Into Refinery Explosion

August 14, 2015 10:52 am | by The Associated Press

The explosion was caused by vapor leakage from a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit into an electrostatic precipitator, according to Cal-OSHA. The FCC refines gasoline.

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Refinery Shutdown Wreaks Havoc On Midwest Gas Prices

August 14, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The shutdown could last a month and potentially remove up to 240,000 barrels of crude production per day from the regional market during peak driving season.

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Study: New Ethanol Standards Would Lead To Increased Carbon Emissions

August 14, 2015 9:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new study by Illinois researchers estimates that reduced federal gasoline blending standards would produce the same impact on carbon emissions as nearly one million additional passenger vehicles.

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Tesla To Raise Around $500M In Public Offering

August 13, 2015 3:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Tesla could make up to $566.5 million if the underwriters exercise their option to buy additional shares.

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Beer Of Champions? Wheaties Teams Up With Brewery

August 13, 2015 3:20 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

It's not exactly clear what makes it Wheaties beer, besides being made from wheat.

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Syngenta To Expand Minnesota Research Facility

August 13, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The new building will be five times the size of the current institute, and will house high-tech laboratories, treating and performance areas and a training facility, along with warehouse and office space.

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U.S. Steel Industry Issues Warning About Chinese Currency

August 13, 2015 2:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

China on Tuesday devalued its currency by 1.9 percent compared to the dollar, and the rate fell again on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Tuna Company Agrees To $6M Settlement In Worker Oven Death

August 13, 2015 1:43 pm | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press

District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the settlement is the largest payout in a California workplace-violation death.

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DOE Enters Labor Group To Create Jobs Under The Clean Power Plan

August 13, 2015 1:31 pm | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter

The DOE will use the partnership to provide technical expertise and assistance to the participating unions and any other group who wishes to examine how energy technologies and policies can develop jobs in the energy sector.

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Monthly Average Of U.S. Jobless Claims Falls To 15-Year Low

August 13, 2015 10:56 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

More people sought U.S. unemployment aid last week, but the average for the past month fell to the lowest level in 15 years, a sign that few employers are cutting jobs.

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HTC To Cut 15 Percent Of Workforce

August 13, 2015 10:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The cuts will be part of a "strategic realignment" after the company projected a net loss for the current quarter.

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Damages In Colorado Mine Spill Will Take Years To Tabulate

August 13, 2015 10:35 am | by Matthew Brown and P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said her agency took full responsibility for the spill.

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At Least 50 Dead As Huge Warehouse Blasts Hit Chinese Port

August 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

 The National Earthquake Bureau said the first blast was the equivalent of 3 tons of TNT, and the second 21 tons.

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Company Cited For Exposing Migrant Workers To Asbestos

August 13, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued 31 citations to Kehrer Brothers Construction and executive Joseph Kehrer, including 16 egregious safety violations, nine willful violations and six serious violations.

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Report: Labor Board Decision Could Mean Big Changes For Temp Workers, Contractors

August 13, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The decision could particularly damage the restaurant industry — which relies on thousands of individual franchises to operate chains — but the manufacturing, construction and financial sectors could also be impacted.

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Shell Seeks Modified Permit For Arctic Offshore Drilling

August 12, 2015 3:30 pm | by Dan Joling, The Associated Press

Arctic offshore drilling is strongly opposed by environmental groups. 

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Report: IoT To Generate Increase In Demand For Predictive Data

August 12, 2015 12:22 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The analysis by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan expects demand for predictive solutions from connected devices to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 57 percent between 2014 and 2021.

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Oil Price Slumps To Lowest Level In More Than Six Years

August 12, 2015 12:09 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer

U.S. crude has been declining since reaching a high this year on June 10.

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ERP Giant Infor To Acquire Software Company GT Nexus

August 12, 2015 12:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Infor officials said that businesses increasingly require a common cloud to coordinate between different companies as contract manufacturing becomes more prevalent. 

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