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Photo of the Day: The Newest Car To Be Made in China

April 23, 2015 10:56 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

In today's "Photo of the Day," see what automotive company is preparing to export cars from China to the U.S. for the first time in the history of their company. 

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U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Stay Low, a Sign of Few Layoffs

April 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits was little changed last week, evidence that employers are cutting few jobs.

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U.S. Postal Service Considering Drone Fleet

April 23, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Postal Service could be looking to add drones to its delivery fleet in coming years.

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VW Official: Automaker May Revive 'Bus'

April 23, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A member of Volkswagen's board recently disclosed that the German automaker is working on an electric version of its iconic "bus" that could revive the model for the first time since 2013.

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Belgian Brewery Turns Food Waste into Beer

April 23, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A Belgian microbrewery is selling beer that utilizes unsold bread from supermarkets.

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Drivers Want New Safety Technology, But it Will Cost Them

April 22, 2015 3:14 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

Drivers want more collision-prevention technology in their cars, but there is a limit to how much they will pay.

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Obama Administration, Tech Companies Hope to Bring Environmental Data to the Cloud

April 22, 2015 3:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Obama administration is teaming up with a slew of tech giants in an effort to bring the government's vast collection of environmental information to the cloud. 

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Senate Panel To Back Fast-Track Trade Bill

April 22, 2015 10:31 am | by Charles Babington, The Associated Press

A Senate panel is poised to advance one of President Barack Obama's top trade initiatives despite strong opposition from labor unions and other left-leaning groups. 

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Boeing Tops 1Q Profit Forecasts, Airplane Deliveries Rise

April 22, 2015 10:24 am | by David Koenig, The Associated Press

Boeing Co. delivered more airliners in the first quarter, offsetting sluggish results in the defense side of its business and pushing its first-quarter earnings up 38 percent. 

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Chrysler Uses 3D Printing to Improve Axles

April 22, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

3D printing is helping Chrysler engineers gain a better understanding of its vehicle component designs.   

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Report Details Potential Uses of Drones in Disaster Relief

April 22, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report commissioned by the American Red Cross detailed the many potential benefits of drones to first responders and emergency personnel. 

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Federal Report Calls for Billions in Energy Infrastructure Upgrades

April 22, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A U.S. Energy Department report says the country's sprawling system for delivering electricity needs substantial upgrades in order to accommodate rapid changes to the energy market.

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Report: Hybrid, Electric Car Drivers Increasingly Switching to SUVs

April 21, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Falling gas prices might be leading more drivers to switch from fuel-efficient vehicles to SUVs, according to a report from automotive website Edmunds.com.

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Texas One Step Closer to Prohibiting Local Fracking Bans

April 21, 2015 2:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Texas House late last week approved legislation that would pre-empt local government restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

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The Impossible to Describe Chevrolet-FNR Concept Car

April 21, 2015 1:56 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

General Motor’s unveiled its Chevrolet-FNR concept car at their Shanghai GM Gala Night. Designed by GM’s Shanghai-based Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture, the Chevrolet-FNR is an autonomous electric concept vehicle that offers a glimpse at future mobility.

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Low Wages, Trade Deals Luring Auto Plants and Jobs to Mexico

April 21, 2015 1:52 pm | by Tom Krisher, Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press

Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the U.S. and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers.

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Unemployment Falls in Just 23 U.S. States as Hiring Slows

April 21, 2015 10:42 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in 23 U.S. states last month and rose in 12 as employers pulled back on hiring and a slowdown in oil and gas drilling caused big job losses in some states.

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Blue Bell Creameries Issues Recall of all Products

April 21, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

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U.S. Business Group in China Urges More Transparency

April 21, 2015 9:57 am | by The Associated Press

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.

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Some Farmers Look to Capitalize on Non-GMO Market

April 21, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Amid record harvests of corn and soybeans last year, some farmers are turning to an unlikely source to increase their bottom lines: non-GMO seeds. 

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