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Huge Thermal Plant Opens As Solar Industry Grows

February 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Brian Skoloff and Michael R. Blood, Associated Press

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles (13 sq. kilometers) of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opens Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants.

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Humanoid Robots Could Soon Replace Store Employees

February 13, 2014 9:06 am | by CBS News

Inventors say robots could soon replace people at grocery stores, airports, and sports stadiums. Lucy McDonald came face to face with one in Southwest England.                            

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Report: Majority Of Americans Want More Food Safety Oversight

February 12, 2014 2:26 pm

Food recall announcements have become something of a news cycle staple in the past few years. From spinach and peanut butter to chicken and pet foods, there seems to be little left in the U.S. food supply that should not be viewed with at least a modicum of suspicion.

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Lexus Tops 2014 Vehicle Dependability List

February 12, 2014 2:16 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Owners of three-year-old vehicles are reporting more problems than they did a year ago, according to J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey of vehicle dependability. It's the first time since 1998 that the average number of problems per vehicle has increased.

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down 11.7 Pct. In December

February 12, 2014 2:12 pm | by AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology

December U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $138 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total was down 11.7 percent from November’s total and down 3.9 percent from December 2012.

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Ford China Strong Out Of Gate, Sales Up 53 Pct.

February 12, 2014 2:05 pm | by Ford Motor Company

Ford China gallops into the Year of the Horse with record January sales, posting 53 percent growth and sales of 94,466 wholesale vehicles, compared to 61,567 in January 2013.                      

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Airbus Gets Order For 20 Superjumbo A380s

February 12, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Airbus announced its second major aircraft order of the Singapore Airshow with a deal Wednesday to deliver 20 of its superjumbo A380s to leasing company Amedeo. The 20 planes are worth about $8.3 billion but list prices are often discounted for big buyers.

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Sinkhole Collapses Part Of Corvette Museum In Ky.

February 12, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging eight cars but not shutting down the building. Six of the cars were owned by the museum and two — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — were on loan from General Motors.

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Industry Group Says Indiana Added 960 Solar Jobs

February 12, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press

Indiana's solar power industry added nearly 1,000 jobs last year, an employment surge that boosted the industry's Hoosier job force by 178 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by a solar advocacy group.            

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Deere Sees Farm Slowdown, Projects Sales Decline

February 12, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press

High crop prices have put money into farmers' pockets and driven a boom in demand for Deere's tractors and other motorized farm gear. But Deere says demand for farm equipment is "moderating."                  

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W.Va. Coal Prep Plant Spills Slurry Into Creek

February 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press

A pipeline ruptured at a coal-processing plant Tuesday, sending 108,000 gallons of coal slurry into a Kanawha River tributary, about 18 miles upstream from where a large chemical spill at a different plant tainted drinking water for 300,000 people a month ago.

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GOP's Corker Urges Rejection Of UAW At Volkswagen

February 12, 2014 9:53 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

About 1,500 Volkswagen workers are eligible to cast ballots in a three-day election beginning Wednesday. They'll decide whether the plant becomes the South's first foreign automaker to unionize. But it wouldn't be the UAW's first foray into the state.

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Chinese Villagers Attack Polluting Factory, Police

February 12, 2014 9:49 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press

Villagers in southwestern China infuriated by a factory that was polluting the environment smashed its offices and equipment, and later clashed with police, underscoring the potential for such concerns to trigger violent unrest.       

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Toyota Recalls 1.9M Prius Cars For Software Glitch

February 12, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. said that 997,000 Prius cars in Japan, some 713,000 in North America, another 130,000 in Europe and the rest in other regions are being recalled for a problem in the software to control the hybrid system.        

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Graco Recalling Nearly 3.8M Child Car Seats

February 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can be trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. The recall covers 11 models sold from 2009 through 2013.                      

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Auto Parts Maker Shiloh Adding 145 Indiana Jobs

February 11, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says auto parts supplier Shiloh Die Cast Midwest will expand two of its northern Indiana plants, creating about 145 new jobs by 2018.                       

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Nestlé Exchanges Stake In L'Oreal For Galderma

February 11, 2014 2:14 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press

Nestle said Tuesday it would take full ownership of Swiss dermatology pharmaceuticals company Galderma, which had been a 50/50 joint venture with L'Oreal. It will use Galderma's management to form a new unit called Nestle Skin Health SA.   

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Plan Aims To Elevate Michigan As Logistics Hub

February 11, 2014 2:02 pm | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The newly established Commission for Logistics and Supply Chain Collaboration, which holds its first meeting Feb. 11, aims to develop a statewide strategy featuring a partnership between government and industry in the pursuit of raising the international profile of Michigan’s logistics capabilities.

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Calif. Plant Halts Operations Following Beef Recall

February 11, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

A Northern California slaughterhouse has voluntary halted operations after recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products. The recall, which began Jan. 13, was expanded on Saturday to include just over a year's worth of meat products.  

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U.S. Trade Protest Over India Solar Energy Program

February 11, 2014 1:45 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press

The U.S. brought a trade complaint against India over a solar energy program it says discriminates against American manufacturers, adding another wrinkle to a bilateral relationship strained by the recent arrest and strip-search of an Indian diplomat.

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