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Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The International Association of Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials. 

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Jaguar Takes On Virtual Reality

April 16, 2015 2:05 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Jaguar is breaking into an arena that could greatly affect the industrial sector — virtual reality. 

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Environmentalists Kick Up Dust at Fracking Industry in Drought-Stricken California

April 16, 2015 12:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

Is fracking contributing to California's drought? Industry experts say it isn't.

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Manufacturing in Philadelphia Area Rises Slightly in April

April 16, 2015 12:53 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

Factories in the Philadelphia region got a bit busier in April compared to March.

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Powdered Alcohol Creator Tries To Get Ahead of State Bans

April 16, 2015 12:48 pm | by Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press

The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. 

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Officials Find Dozens of Chemicals in Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 12:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Environmental officials in Oregon detected traces of 128 chemicals across all state watersheds, according to a recent report.

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EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 12:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator expressed concerns Tuesday about provisions of a chemical regulations overhaul pending in Congress.

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Apple Invests in Sustainable Solar Project, Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 10:46 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

Apple expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of "sustainable" timberland in Maine and North Carolina. 

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Forest Service Examines Long-Expired Nestlé Water Permit

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating Nestlé over a report that the company drew water from drought-ravaged California sing a long-expired permit. 

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Court Rules GM is Shielded From Death Claims by Bankruptcy

April 16, 2015 9:54 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars.

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Exxon: $8.9B Sought in Pollution Case 'Not Real'

April 16, 2015 9:38 am | by David Porter, Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.

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More Americans Sought Unemployment Benefits Last Week

April 16, 2015 9:26 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose for the second straight week yet remained at a low level that is consistent with more hiring.

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GM Drops Price of the Electric Chevrolet Spark

April 15, 2015 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

General Motors is the latest automaker to drop the price of an electric car in the face of slow sales.

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Factory Output Rises for First Time Since November

April 15, 2015 2:20 pm

Output at U.S. factories rose last month for the first time since November, pushed up by increased auto production.

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Toyota to Build $1B Corolla Plant in Mexico

April 15, 2015 1:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Toyota announced plans Wednesday to construct a new billion-dollar manufacturing plant in Mexico and alter production at its facilities in Canada.

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Apple Watch’s Debut Shows Growing Importance of China

April 15, 2015 1:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The simultaneous debut of the Apple Watch in the U.S. and China exemplifies the increasing importance of the world's most populous country to top American retailers, according to consulting firm Tompkins International.

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U.S. Probes Complaints About Subaru Air Bag Seat Sensors

April 15, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press

 U.S. safety regulators are investigating problems with the air bag sensors in the seats of Subaru Impreza compact cars.

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Toyota Building Plants in Mexico, China; Seeks Growth Again

April 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota is building two new auto plants, one in Mexico and the other in China, ending a 3-year hiatus from such ambitions that the Japanese automaker voluntarily imposed on itself after massive recalls.

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Researchers Testing Air Pollution over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal researchers are taking to the skies over the country's largest shale oilfields in hopes of measuring potential air pollution generated by fracking. 

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Cycle Gear Recalling Toys for Excessive Lead Levels

April 15, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press

Cycle Gear Inc. is recalling about 155 semi-truck and motorcycle toys because of excessive lead levels.

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