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East, West Coast Ports Import Volume Now Nearly Equal

April 8, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Ports on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. nearly matched their Pacific Coast counterparts in imported cargo traffic as western ports wrapped up a months-long labor dispute.

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U.S. Agency Denies Request to Probe Fiat Chrysler Minivans

April 8, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators have denied a New Jersey man's request to investigate Fiat Chrysler minivans because they can stall after refueling.

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Summer Gas Prices Expected to be 32 Percent Lower This Year

April 8, 2015 10:19 am | by Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press

Drivers will see the lowest summer gasoline prices in about 6 years, according the Energy Department. 

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Tesla Boosts Range, Power and Price of Low-End Model S

April 8, 2015 10:09 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model.

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Shell Looks to Acquire BG Group in $70B Deal

April 8, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to acquire U.K.-based BG Group in one of the largest deals ever in the oil and gas sector.

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Report Highlights Role of Supply Chains in Health Care Industry

April 8, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new analysis by Frost & Sullivan suggests companies in the health care industry can gain a competitive advantage by placing a greater emphasis on their supply chains.

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Is Fracking Responsible for Earthquakes in Oklahoma?

April 7, 2015 2:35 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Oklahoma has recently stolen the title of the nation’s earthquake capital from California. And as the frequency of earthquakes continue to increase, it has people beginning to question just what is responsible. 

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BMW’s Crash-Proof Car

April 7, 2015 1:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

With constant news about ignition switches and exploding gas tanks, it’s nice to hear that BMW is taking a step toward accident avoidance. 

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Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 7, 2015 1:51 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Manufacturing executives are more optimistic about the U.S. economy than at any point in nearly 10 years, according to the latest quarterly survey from PwC US. 

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U.S. Again Leads in Petroleum and Natural Gas Production

April 7, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. led the world in petroleum and natural gas production for a third consecutive year in 2014, according to a new report from the federal Energy Information Administration. 

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U.S. Job Openings Surge, Yet Employers Slow to Hire

April 7, 2015 1:35 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month.

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Obama Presents Climate Change as Health Hazard

April 7, 2015 10:17 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press

President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health.

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Commodity Supplies Send Food Prices Sliding

April 7, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

United Nations officials estimated that global food prices are at their lowest levels in nearly five years, and commodities traders believe that trend isn't likely to wane anytime soon. 

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Choosing the Right Chemical Label

April 7, 2015 9:50 am | by Graphic Products

Since OSHA announced its HazCom 2012 standards for GHS compliance, there have been a lot of questions on proper labeling of chemicals. This simple flowchart will help you decide how to label chemicals in your facility for safety and compliance. 

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Groups Seek Ban on Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 7, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A coalition of consumer safety groups asked federal officials to ban the use of flame retardant chemicals in consumer products. 

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Government Investigating Nissan Versa

April 7, 2015 9:26 am | by The Associated Press

The government is investigating the Nissan Versa and Versa Note subcompact cars because the driver's foot can allegedly get caught in the trim panel that holds the carpet.

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North Dakota to Join Lawsuit Against Federal Fracking Rules

April 6, 2015 2:13 pm | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press

North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process when it's used on U.S. government lands.

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Sam's Club Pulls all Blue Bell Ice Cream Products

April 6, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press

One of the country's largest retailers has decided to pull Blue Bell Ice Cream from its shelves as a precautionary measure after Blue Bell announced it was temporarily closing an Oklahoma production plant.

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Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline in Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest monthly estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that manufacturing jobs declined slightly in March.

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Analysts Upgrade Lumber Liquidators Following Flooring Tests

April 6, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Financial analysts improved their forecast for embattled Lumber Liquidators after tests showed the company's hardwood flooring sealed in most potentially harmful chemicals.

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