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Kia To Recall Some Soul SUVs

March 13, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Kia is recalling nearly 209,000 Soul small SUVs because the gas pedals can bend or break.

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Study: Sound Waves Could Locate Dangerous Structural Problems

March 13, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Scottish researchers recently developed a system that could enable the discovery of dangerous structural weaknesses using only sound waves.

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Texas Oil Well Explosion Kills Three Family Members

March 13, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

An explosion at a West Texas oil well killed three workers this week. 

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Lumber Liquidators To Pay for Safety Testing of Flooring

March 12, 2015 3:18 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press

Retailer Lumber Liquidators said Thursday that it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors for customers to help ease concerns.

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Rights Group: Big Brands Should Fight Labor Abuse

March 12, 2015 2:58 pm | by Sopheng Cheang, The Associated Press

Leading clothing retailers such as Gap and H7H need to help alleviate labor abuses at factories in Cambodia that manufacture their products, according to New York-based human right organization Human Rights Watch. 

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Chinese Stores, Websites Selling Apple Watch Knockoffs

March 12, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Just days after Apple unveiled its new smartwatch and more than a month before it officially goes on sale, reports say consumers can already get a fake one from Chinese vendors.

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Jelly Belly to Move Distribution Center From Wisconsin to Tennessee

March 12, 2015 10:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Candy company Jelly Belly will leave Wisconsin after 14 years and shift its distribution to Tennessee, according to reports. 

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United Technologies Says Weighing Possible Sikorsky Spinoff

March 12, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press

United Technologies said Wednesday it is weighing options for its Sikorsky Aircraft division, including a possible spinoff of the maker of Black Hawk and other military and commercial helicopters.

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Honda Running Ad Campaign to Boost Recall Repairs

March 12, 2015 9:59 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Honda is launching an unprecedented U.S. ad campaign urging owners to get vehicles that have been recalled for safety problems repaired.

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Benefits Fall Sharply

March 12, 2015 9:46 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply last week, a sign that strong hiring will likely continue.

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Despite Recent Controversy, California Unlikely to Restrict Fracking

March 12, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Allegations of improper water disposal and lax regulatory oversight have plagued California's oil industry in recent weeks. But unlike New York, the Golden State appears unlikely to ban the practice of drilling for oil using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

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More Turnover at Coca-Cola

March 11, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Another top executive will depart the Coca-Cola Company later this month amid what the company expects will be a "transition year."

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Michigan Paying the Price Now for Tax Plan to Save Businesses

March 11, 2015 2:09 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press

Four years ago the state promised to provide $2.9 billion in tax credits to help upgrade Michigan auto plants. Now, while few are saying the deals were a bad idea the sense of celebration is long gone. The bill for the job rescue — and similar ones in other states that used tax credits aggressively — is now coming due and providing a lesson in the downside of such measures.

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Increase, Sales Sink in January

March 11, 2015 1:29 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in January as sales plunged by the largest amount in six years.

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Report: Robotic Welding to Grow Sharply by 2020

March 11, 2015 12:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released report expects revenues for the robotic welding market to increase by nearly 40 percent as emerging nations gain awareness of its potential benefits. 

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New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater and Converts it into Energy

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

Researchers from the University of Colorado have developed technology they say could cleanse wastewater from oil and natural gs drilling sites while simultaneously generating additional energy. 

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Photo of the Day: A Comeback Story

March 11, 2015 10:54 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

In today's 'Photo of the Day' take a look at a manufacturing facility that has rebounded with great success after a devastating disaster. 

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Toledo Finalizing Incentives Package to Keep Jeep Plant

March 11, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press

Toledo officials are finalizing an incentives package this week in an effort to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the northwest Ohio city.

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Apple Shareholders Float Tesla Purchase

March 11, 2015 10:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the company's annual shareholders meeting this week amid record sales and a soaring stock price. But that wasn't on the minds of a pair of investors however, instead they inquired about the possibility of the tech giant acquiring electric car manufacturer Tesla. 

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Legislation Targets Detergent Packets Following Rash of Child Poisonings

March 11, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Democratic members of Congress hope to make substantial changes to single-load laundry detergent packets amid rising concerns about accidental ingestion by children.

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