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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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Jury Orders Chrysler to Pay $150M in Jeep Fire Death

April 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee exploded into flames after being rear-ended three years ago. The jury said Chrysler, the maker of Jeeps, must pay nearly the full amount.

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Nestlé Hopes To Boost Chocolate Brand, Weather Russian Downturn

April 6, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nestlé officials recently detailed plans to steer the world's largest food company through an uncertain chocolate market and weakness in the Russian economy.

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Autonomous Car Completes 3,400-Mile U.S. Road Trip

April 6, 2015 9:43 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

An autonomous car's recent 3,400-mile U.S. road trip proves there's at least one thing computers do better than humans: Follow the speed limit. 

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U.S. Hiring Slowdown Hit Most Industry Sectors

April 6, 2015 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

The deceleration of hiring last month hit nearly all parts of the job market as U.S. employers grew wary about the health of the economy.

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Volkswagen Expands Tennessee Plant

April 6, 2015 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen is seeking to add to a planned expansion announced last year to produce a new sport utility vehicle in Tennessee.

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Do the Math: Fracking by the Numbers

April 2, 2015 2:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor

Recent analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency provides new estimates about the number of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Here’s a rundown of the report’s key findings. 

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U.S. Factory Orders Break Six Month Slump

April 2, 2015 2:23 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press

Factory orders rose 0.2 percent in February, which was the first increase since July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. 

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'Cards Against Humanity' Theme Pack to Benefit Women in STEM

April 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor

Recipients of the Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years. “Science Pack” co-creator Zach Weinersmith talks about the game and why supporting women in STEM matters.

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