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Alternative-Energy Funds Are Better At Absorbing Oil's Spill

August 7, 2015 1:57 pm | by Stan Choe, AP Business Writer

It's an unexpected bright spot because alternative-energy stocks have long been known as some of the riskiest in an area that's already prone to big swings.


Oil Refinery Input At Record High Levels

August 7, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Energy Information Administration reported on Friday that gross inputs to refineries eclipsed 17 million barrels per day in each of the last four weeks, which amounted to a rolling four-week average that's the largest since EIA began tracking weekly data in 1990.


Groundbreaking For Natural Gas Power Plant In Loudoun County

August 7, 2015 12:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials say the plant, called Stonewall Energy Center, will be among the cleanest gas-fueled power plants in the country.


Survey: Manufacturers Lag In Data Security Planning

August 7, 2015 10:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The poll, which surveyed 250 chief financial officers of middle-market companies, also found that 11 percent of manufacturers in the analysis reported a data breach at their respective companies.


Oreo-Maker Latest 'Big Food' Company Targeted For Shakeup

August 7, 2015 10:48 am | by Cansdice Choi & Michelle Chapman, Associated Press

The maker of Oreo cookies may again be the target for a shake-up as "Big Food" companies scramble to transform amid changing tastes.


SEC Requires Companies To Reveal CEO-vs-Worker Pay Gap

August 7, 2015 10:41 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer

The 3-2 vote, with the two Republican commissioners dissenting, culminated years of heated public debate over one of the most controversial rules the agency has put forward in recent years.


Female Engineers Use Hashtag To Promote Diversity

August 7, 2015 10:07 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

Engineering, manufacturing, and industrial work are not generally considered traditional "female" career paths, so the hashtag campaign aims to illustrate the diversity of workers in the industry.


Manufacturing Group Knocks Trump Ahead Of GOP Debate

August 7, 2015 8:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Trump continues to lead in recent Republican polls despite a series of controversial remarks on the campaign trail.


Keurig To Lay Off Hundreds As Sales Plunge

August 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The layoffs, Keurig officials said, comprise part of a cost-cutting effort designed to save $300 million over the next three years.


Automakers Trying To Prevent Hackers From Commandeering Cars

August 6, 2015 2:21 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

When researchers at two West Coast universities took control of a General Motors car through cellular and Bluetooth connections in 2010, they startled the auto industry by exposing a glaring security gap.


16 States Ask Obama Admin To Halt Power Plant Rules

August 6, 2015 1:57 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press

The EPA and the White House both said they have no plans to delay the plan.


U.S. Carbon Pollution From Power Plants Hits 27-Year Low

August 6, 2015 12:55 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

A big factor was the long-term shift from coal to cleaner and cheaper natural gas.


Kellogg To Eliminate Artificial Flavors, Colors

August 6, 2015 12:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Kellogg hopes to eliminate them entirely by 2018.


Tesla To Launch Model X In September

August 6, 2015 12:37 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor

Tesla also released its second-quarter earnings.


Mazda Recalls 206K SUVs To Fix Front Suspension

August 6, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press

Mazda is recalling its biggest SUV to fix suspension parts that can rust and come loose, causing a loss of steering control.


Blue Bell Gets Approval To Resume Alabama Plant Production

August 6, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press

Blue Bell underwent an extensive cleaning and decontamination process at its plants following the recall.


Coke Bottlers In Western Europe To Merge

August 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The new Coca-Cola European Partners would be the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler based on net revenues, and would market to more than 300 million people across 13 countries.


U.S. Trade Gap Widens 7 Percent In June As Imports Jump

August 6, 2015 10:04 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturers have been held back this year by the strong dollar, which makes their products more expensive overseas.


GE Announces Cloud System For Industrial IoT

August 6, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The system will enable asset connectivity, machine data support and industrial-grade security and compliance while utilizing GE's existing IT and operational expertise. 


Ford Aims To Spider-Proof Its Cars

August 6, 2015 9:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

While drivers might be more concerned about a spider sneaking inside their cars, Ford engineers hope to avoid the same spider-caused problems that eventually sparked recalls at Toyota and Mazda.


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