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By The Numbers: The State Of Women In Manufacturing

July 31, 2015 | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

A recent study shows that women still aren't equally represented in manufacturing, with respondents noting that their industries don’t do an adequate job of recruiting, retaining, and advancing women.

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Study: Modified Rice Sharply Curtails Methane Emissions

July 31, 2015 12:07 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Researchers are looking to combat harmful methane emissions from traditional rice production. A study found that modified rice produced less than 10 percent of the methane from conventional plants in a laboratory and in field tests.

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Ontario And Ottawa Putting Up $100M For Toyota Expansion In Southern Ontario

July 31, 2015 10:57 am | by The Canadian Press

The money will be used for a new light metal stamping line at the Woodstock plant and improvements in the Cambridge plant where the next generation of Lexus vehicles will be produced.

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Honda Records 20 PCT Profit Rise On Yen, Despite Recalls

July 31, 2015 10:53 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

The Tokyo-based maker of the Accord sedan and Odyssey minivan has been the hardest hit among automakers from the costs related to a global recall of Takata Corp.'s air bags that can explode.

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Report: U.S. Proposes Currency Manipulation Discussions Outside Of TPP

July 31, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Although the forum would include top finance officials from those countries, the effort would be separate from negotiations over the 12-nation trade pact.

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Brilinta? Brintellix? FDA Warns Of Drug Name Mix-Ups

July 30, 2015 3:49 pm | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer

The FDA says it's not aware of any patients who took the wrong drug, but the agency says it has received 50 reports of medication errors, including cases where doctors prescribed the wrong drug or pharmacies dispensed the wrong one.

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Shell Icebreaker Retreats After Showdown With Protesters

July 30, 2015 3:20 pm | by Steven DuBois, Associated Press

Protesters on St. Johns Bridge and kayakers on the Willamette River below have been blocking the icebreaker from heading to the Arctic for a drill operation.

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Hercules Recalling 90,000 SUV Tires

July 30, 2015 3:05 pm | by Associated Press

Citing tread separation issues, the Findlay, OH, company says dealers will replace the tires with a newer version that has a full nylon cap. The recalled tires have a partial nylon cap.

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Startup Hopes To Revolutionize Construction With 3D Printing

July 30, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Chattanooga, TN-based Branch Technology uses a technique called cellular fabrication to print matrices that serve as the internal structure for buildings.

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Report: Amazon Working On Drive-Thru Grocery Store

July 30, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The company's Amazon Fresh program already delivers online grocery orders to customers' homes in select markets, but analysts said that a physical pickup location could ease the complexities and added costs of shipping to individual households.

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Boeing Chairman: Company Looking at Relocating Over Export-Import Bank

July 30, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Some Republican critics believe that the bank interferes with the free market and noted that only a handful of companies — Boeing among them — receive the vast majority of its loans.

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Fiat Chrysler Raises Outlook as Q2 Profits Jump 70 Percent

July 30, 2015 10:34 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer

The rosy results come as the carmaker could be required to pay billions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls.

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Shell To Cut Jobs To Cope With Long Period Of Cheap Oil

July 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press

Shell expects to eliminate 6,500 staff and contractor positions this year as it seeks to reduce operating costs by 10 percent.

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Amazon Plans Drone Sky Highways

July 30, 2015 10:20 am | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter

Amazon has a plan to create highway lanes in the sky for drones, geofencing different models depending on their abilities to sense and interact with the drones around them.

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ConAgra Removes BPA From Cans

July 30, 2015 10:11 am

As of July 30, all ConAgra Foods canned foods made in its U.S. and Canadian facilities will be packaged in cans with non-BPA liners.

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U.S. Agency Denies Request For Fiat Chrysler Investigation

July 29, 2015 10:53 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

U.S. auto safety regulators have rejected a request from an advocacy group to investigate power system failures in almost 5 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles that potentially could cause stalling and other problems.

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Average U.S. Vehicle Age Hits Record 11.5 Years

July 29, 2015 10:52 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today's vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession.

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Danone Reports Higher Sales, Will Sell Formula Line

July 29, 2015 10:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Danone last week announced strong numbers for the second quarter of 2015, along with its decision to cut ties with its embattled Chinese infant formula line.

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NTSB: Company Should Have Prepared For Human Error

July 29, 2015 10:47 am | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press

The developer of the commercial spacecraft that broke apart during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert last year failed to protect against human error, federal investigators said Tuesday.

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Future Unsure For Troubled New Mexico Green Chile Production

July 29, 2015 10:41 am | by Russell Contreras, Associated Press

Green chiles have defined New Mexico for generations, gaining fans and fame around the globe. However, as this year's harvest begins, labor shortages, shrinking acreage, drought and foreign competition have hurt production in the state.

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Belgium's Solvay To Buy U.S. Cytec For $5.5B

July 29, 2015 10:35 am | by The Associated Press

Belgium's chemical group Solvay has announced it will buy U.S.-based Cytec for $5.5 billion, making it the second biggest company in the aerospace composite materials market.

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