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Brewers Look To Capitalize On Hard Root Beer Trend

July 23, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A novel alcoholic beverage created by a small Midwestern brewer two years ago could represent the leading edge of a big new trend in the industry.

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GM Tops 2Q Profit Forecasts On Trucks, SUVs

July 23, 2015 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press

Big profits from trucks and SUVs helped General Motors overcome a sales slowdown in China, economic problems in Venezuela and payments to ignition switch crash victims.

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Defense Department Chooses Rochester For Photonics Center

July 23, 2015 2:14 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press

The Department of Defense has picked Rochester as the location for a sought-after manufacturing hub focused on the field of integrated photonics, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday, ahead of an official announcement.

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Smoke From New Jersey Warehouse Fire Visible From Space

July 23, 2015 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

A large warehouse fire fueled by plastics, autos and household goods sent plumes of black smoke into the air Wednesday that were visible from space.

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Idle Plant In Grant Parish To Reopen As Ammonia Facility

July 23, 2015 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press

A Lithuania-based company plans to spend $265 million to reopen an idle biofuels refinery in Grant Parish as an ammonia manufacturing plant.

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Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Chemical Spills

July 23, 2015 11:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A trio of environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a lack of regulations for chemicals released by industrial facilities.

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Bill Would End Ban On USPS Shipments Of Alcoholic Beverages

July 23, 2015 11:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Postal Service could be able to ship beer, wine and liquor for the first time in more than a century under the provisions of a forthcoming bill in Congress.

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Sony To Enter Drone Market

July 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Sony on Wednesday announced plans to enter the rapidly expanding market for drones.

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After 2 Deaths, Ikea Warns Of Risks With 27M Dressers

July 23, 2015 11:09 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer

A year after Ikea chests tipped over and fatally injured two boys, the Swedish furniture giant and safety regulators say consumers should keep the furniture away from children unless the products are mounted to a wall.

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Aid Plummet To 42-Year Low

July 23, 2015 11:06 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in nearly 42 years, evidence that employers are holding onto their staffs and likely hiring at a steady pace

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CSX Provides Update On W.Va. Oil Train Derailment Cleanup

July 22, 2015 3:16 pm | by John Raby, Associated Press

CSX is continuing to closely monitor the environmental impact of a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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Scientists Study The Carbon Footprint Of Almond Farming

July 22, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Reports in the Journal of Industrial Ecology suggest that modest changes in almond production in California could further reduce the industry's already-low carbon emissions levels.

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Nestlé Launches Global R&D Center In Ohio

July 22, 2015 2:54 pm | by Nestlé Research and Development

Nestlé celebrated the grand opening of its new Nestlé Research & Development Center in Solon, Ohio, and marked the completion of a $50 million, two-year project to establish this global center dedicated to transforming the way the world enjoys frozen and chilled foods.

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New Chemical Structures Could Improve Fuel Gases, Carbon Capture

July 22, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Researchers from Stockholm University developed chemical structures that are uniquely capable of removing carbon dioxide from gas mixtures.

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Food Industry Groups Call On House To Support GMO Labeling Program

July 22, 2015 2:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Hundreds of food industry groups called on lawmakers Tuesday to pass legislation that would pre-empt states’ GMO labeling requirements.

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Higher Prices Bring In More Profit For Coca-Cola

July 22, 2015 11:16 am | by The Associated Press

Coca-Cola said its profit rose in its second quarter as it raised prices, cut costs and benefited from a gain related to its purchase of a stake in energy drink maker Monster Beverage.

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MillerCoors Aims For More Consistent Marketing

July 22, 2015 11:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

MillerCoors' new marketing chief plans a more consistent messaging approach in an effort to simultaneously grow two of the company's flagship beers.

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Fiat Chrysler Exec Now Working For Apple

July 22, 2015 11:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Apple's long-rumored electric car project could be quickly moving toward the development stage following the hires of top auto industry veterans.

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EU Authorities Clear Cargill-ADM Chocolate Deal

July 22, 2015 11:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

European regulators last week approved Cargill's acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's chocolate business provided Cargill sells off a German ADM chocolate plant.

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Obama Renewing Call To Reauthorize Export-Import Bank

July 22, 2015 11:05 am | by The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is ramping up pressure on Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

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