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Wilson to Purchase Louisville Slugger

March 24, 2015 10:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

One of the most iconic brands in baseball is changing hands for the first time in its more than 130-year history.

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Train Derailments In Texas, Colorado Cause Leaking Chemicals, Dumped Coal

March 23, 2015 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press

While a crew worked Sunday to clean up the scene in Central Texas where the derailment of about a dozen train cars resulted in an industrial solvent leaking from one tanker, a train jumped its tracks in northern Colorado, dumping coal from more than two dozen cars.

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Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM

March 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math.

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American, Russian Leave Earth This Week For Year In Space

March 23, 2015 3:29 pm | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press

An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are moving into the International Space Station this week and staying for an entire year.

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Branson: Virgin Teams ‘Working on Electric Cars’

March 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

This week, Branson, the billionaire founder of the sprawling Virgin Group, suggested a battle on the highways with Musk's Tesla electric car company could be forthcoming.

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Study: Electric Cars Could Alleviate Urban Heat

March 23, 2015 11:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released study finds electric cars could help alleviate heat concentrated in large urban areas.

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VW May Replace Toyota as World's Largest Automaker

March 23, 2015 11:06 am | by Kyodo News International

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it expects global sales of its group to slightly fall in 2015 amid weak demand in emerging economies and Japan, a development that could lead the company to lose the title of the world's biggest automaker to Germany's Volkswagen AG.

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Caterpillar Moving 2 Joliet Production Lines to Mexico

March 23, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press

The latest move is part of a series of cuts at the factory, where 770 workers are currently employed, compared with 7,000 in the late 1970s.

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Chinese State Company Agrees to Buy Italy's Pirelli

March 23, 2015 10:51 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

China's biggest state-owned chemical company said Monday it plans to buy Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, adding to a string of high-profile Chinese corporate purchases in Europe.

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Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week

March 20, 2015 2:49 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

After a full week of news, Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week have been decided. The winning title goes to a company for inventing a product that will benefit the manufacturing community, while the loser was forced to issue a recall of their product due to safety concerns.

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Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut in Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 20, 2015 2:08 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press

President Barack Obama will order the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40 percent, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.

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FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples as Safe

March 20, 2015 1:59 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Keith Ridler, The Associated Press

Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to grocery store aisles. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."

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Europe is Using so Much Solar Power That Today’s Eclipse Could Test its Grid

March 20, 2015 1:24 pm | by GE Reports

Europe’s solar power installations now total around 90 gigawatts of capacity. Experts had predicted almost 34 gigawatts will gradually disappear from the system if Friday turns out to be a clear day. 

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English Researchers Help To Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 20, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The world's multi-billion dollar chocolate market relies on a fragile plant and faces volatile global economic factors.

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Tesla Announces Charging System, Auto-Steering Feature

March 20, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Company officials said the update’s Range Assurance application would communicate with Tesla Superchargers and other charging stations and automatically calculate when vehicles require a charge.

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GM CEO Barra To Be Questioned in Ignition-Switches Lawsuit

March 20, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be questioned this fall by lawyers suing GM over its defective ignition switches.

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Study: Additives Don't Cause Plastics to Degrade

March 20, 2015 9:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent analysis by Michigan State University researchers cast doubts on the effectiveness of compounds intended to promote biodegradation in plastics. 

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Graco Fined for Delayed Reporting of Seat-Buckle Complaints

March 20, 2015 8:57 am | by The Associated Press

Graco has agreed to pay a $3 million fine for delayed reporting of consumer complaints about difficulty opening car seat buckles.

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Manufacturing in Philly Area Grows at Slightly Slower Pace

March 19, 2015 2:39 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region expanded more slowly in March than the previous month as new orders slipped.

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Tesla Updating Model S to Ease Range Anxiety, Improve Safety

March 19, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press

Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers' worries about running out of battery charge

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