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Safety Chief Wants To Cap Big Rig Speeds to Fix Tire Problem

April 10, 2015 12:12 pm | by Meghan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The nation's highway safety chief says his agency will push for quick action on a regulation requiring electronic speed limiters on big rigs. It may also contact states about speed limits that are higher than commercial truck tires are designed to handle. 

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Mitsubishi Sets Sights on Niche in Aircraft Sector

April 10, 2015 12:04 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press

At a tightly guarded factory in central Japan, Mitsubishi, a maker of the Zero fighter planes of World War II, is launching its MRJ regoinal jet and aiming to fulfill Japan's long-cherished ambitions to regain status as a major aviation power. 

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Women in Manufacturing Files as Trade Association

April 10, 2015 10:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

National networking group Women in Manufacturing this week announced its reorganization as a trade association. 

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Photo of the Day: NC State Engineers Print a Titanium Football

April 10, 2015 10:27 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Engineers from Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) recently presented NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson with a very unique gift — a titanium football manufactured by advanced 3D printing technology.

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Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Activists in Oregon hope to organize a ballot initiative that would eliminate the state's ability to pre-empt local ordinances. 

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U.S. Safety Agency May Reopen Jeep Fire Investigation

April 10, 2015 9:50 am | by Megan Barr, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The U.S. government's highway safety agency may reopen an investigation into Jeep gas tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end crashes, the agency's top official said Thursday.

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GE Pares Off Financial Unit and Returns to Industrial Roots

April 10, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press

General Electric is getting out of the lending business, a major profit generator, as it focuses more on its industrial business and sheds a massive financial unit that had its own set of risks.

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GM to Suspend Volt Production for 4 Weeks This Summer

April 9, 2015 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors will stop making the Chevrolet Volt for four weeks in June and July due to slow sales and to deal with the change to an all-new version of the gas-electric hybrid car.

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Number of People Sickened by Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press

An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities. 

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Critics Call for Halt to Currency Manipulation in Pacific Trade Pact

April 9, 2015 1:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Labor groups hope to turn up the pressure on Congress to address currency manipulation in a potential trade pact with Pacific Rim nations.

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Bacardi to Lay Off 10 Percent of North American Workforce

April 9, 2015 1:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Bermudan spirits giant Bacardi indicated it would lay off about 10 percent of its employees in North America this week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. 

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Analysts: Could Oil Industry Consolidation Mirror 1990s?

April 9, 2015 10:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Energy sector observers expect that the $70 billion proposed deal between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group should be just the first in a wave of oil industry consolidation.

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Study: Wild Lettuce Could Serve as Rubber Source

April 9, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Researchers from Washington State University believe a pesky weed could hold the key to developing a new source of rubber.

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rise but Still at Low Level

April 9, 2015 10:26 am | by Christopher Rubager, The Associated Press

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications for jobless aid overall remain low — a reassuring sign after hiring slowed last month.

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Photo of the Day: Bad News for Sabra

April 9, 2015 10:17 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

By all accounts Sabra Dipping Co., the leading hummus manufacturer in the United States, has been having a good year. However, today marks some bad news for the successful food manufacturer. 

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EPA Announces Moratorium on Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Declines

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week indicated it would likely suspend approving new permits for pesticides that contain neonicotinoids, which critics say contribute to declining populations of honeybees and other pollinators.

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Is the Pace of FAA Drone Regulation Approval Too Slow?

April 8, 2015 3:05 pm | by Bloomberg Business

32 Advisors Founder and CEO Robert Wolf discusses the future of commercial and industrial drones. 

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California Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 8, 2015 2:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

In response to a historic drought affecting nearly all of California, Gov. Jerry Brown last week announced the state's first-ever limits on water use. 

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Stronger U.S. Economy and Dollar Tighten Latin American Ties

April 8, 2015 2:25 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press

Across Latin America, companies increasingly are looking north for business. The prospect of tighter commercial ties across the Americas has handed the United States a chance to reclaim some of the regional economic and political clout it lost to a surging China over the past decade. 

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China's 'Hell on Earth' Mineral Refineries

April 8, 2015 2:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The seemingly exponential advance of technology easily conjures visions of a cleaner, more advanced future. But according to reports, those visions are largely built upon the work at a "dystopian and horrifying" industrial ecosystem deep within China's interior.

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