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U.S. Economy Shrank at 0.7 Percent Rate in First Quarter

May 29, 2015 9:29 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. economy went into reverse in the first three months of this year as a severe winter and a widening trade deficit took a harsher toll than initially estimated.

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Chemists' Discovery Could Lead to Greatly Improved Energy Storage

May 29, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Canadian researchers this week announced the discovery of a battery reaction that could pave the way for the "holy grail of electrochemical energy storage." 

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Study: EPA Could Be Overstating Health Benefits of Air Regulations

May 29, 2015 9:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators could be significantly overstating the public health benefits of air quality rules, according to a recent study by Indiana University researchers.

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Official: U.S. Steel Not Idling Granite City Mill as Planned

May 28, 2015 4:00 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. Steel will not temporarily shut down its Granite City mill as planned but will keep one of its two blast furnaces operating and idle only 80 workers, officials said Thursday.

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Ohio House OKs Ban on Pure Caffeine, Powdered Alcohol Sales

May 28, 2015 2:57 pm | by Ann Sanner, The Associated Press

The legislation would make it a misdemeanor offense to sell products consisting solely or primarily of caffeine that's manufactured into a crystalline, liquid or powdered form.

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Survey: Commercial Laundries Outpace Manufacturing Sector in Safety Improvements

May 28, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Commercial laundries dramatically curbed safety issues at their facilities over the previous five years, according to a survey by an industry group. 

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Volvo App to Connect with Smartwatches

May 28, 2015 2:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Volvo announced Thursday that drivers will soon be able to connect their smartwatches to their cars.

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Automakers, Government To Reveal Models in Expanded Takata Recall

May 28, 2015 2:16 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Automakers and governments are starting to announce the models covered by last week's massive expansion of a Takata air bag recall.

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GM To Offer Android, Apple Systems in Many 2016 Models

May 28, 2015 11:33 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

By the end of the year, nearly every major automaker will begin offering Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto, two systems that effectively turn a car's dashboard screen into a smartphone.

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California Awards $250M to Career Prep Programs

May 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Lisa Leff, The Associated Press

Represented career fields include agriculture, IT and advanced manufacturing.  

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Texas Oil Industry Largely Unaffected by Flooding

May 28, 2015 11:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Severe flooding shut down some oil wells and a Houston-area terminal but spared most of Texas' massive oil industry.

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SpaceX Receives Certification for U.S. Military Launches

May 28, 2015 10:27 am | by Jacob Meister, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX for military space launch.

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Top U.S. Manufacturers View Labor Issues as Increasing Risk

May 28, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nearly all of the nation's largest publicly traded manufacturers cite the labor force as a risk to their businesses, according to a recent report. 

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GM Adding Shift, Upgrading Michigan Plant that Makes Camaro

May 28, 2015 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. says it's returning a second shift and 500 workers to a Michigan plant to build the new Chevrolet Camaro.

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Report Calls for Public Investment in 3D Printing

May 28, 2015 10:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recently released report calls for "thoughtful" state and federal investments to bolster 3D printing technology in local manufacturing clusters. 

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UAW Rival at VW Represented by 'Union Avoidance' Expert

May 28, 2015 9:59 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press

The rival group to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee brands itself as local, independent and free of outside influence or political agenda.

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Amtrak To Install Long-Sought Cameras In Locomotives

May 27, 2015 4:20 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

Amtrak said it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, a move that follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the train engineer's actions before the crash.

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Drilling Cutbacks Drag Down Job Growth in Oil Patch

May 27, 2015 4:17 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota.

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FTC Approves Reynolds' Purchase of Cigarette Rival Lorillard

May 27, 2015 3:59 pm | by The Associated Press

Reynolds, the maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, is creating another competitor by selling its Kool, Salem, Winston, and Maverick brands to the U.K.'s Imperial Tobacco for $7.1 billion. To get the deal done, Reynolds is also selling Lorillard's dominant Blu e-cigarette brand to Imperial in addition to a Greensboro, North Carolina plant.

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Kansas City Sausage To Open Plant, Create 177 Jobs

May 27, 2015 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Officials say Cumberland County leaders have helped Kansas City Sausage partner with swine powerhouse Smithfield Foods to open a sausage production plant that will create 177 jobs in Sampson County.

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