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Manufacturing Tech Orders Decline Again In May

July 15, 2015 2:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Orders for manufacturing technology equipment fell again in May according to numbers compiled by the Association for Manufacturing Technology.

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Study: LEDs Could Prevent Foodborne Bacteria

July 15, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study suggests that LED lighting could serve as an alternative to chemical preservatives in preventing foodborne illness.

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EPA Fines Four Companies Over Chemical Violations

July 15, 2015 2:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Four companies in Washington State reached settlements with federal regulators over chemical storage violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week.

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Subaru Recalls 32,400 Cars To Fix Airbag Problem

July 15, 2015 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press

Subaru is recalling 32,400 Impreza compact cars in the U.S. to fix a problem that can stop the front passenger airbag from inflating in a crash.

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Manufacturing In New York State Expands Slightly In July

July 15, 2015 2:38 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Manufacturing activity in New York state picked up slightly in July, though remained at a low level, suggesting that factory output remains subdued.

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Iran Deal Could Provide Opportunity For U.S. Businesses

July 15, 2015 11:02 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The proposal could provide significant benefits to American businesses, who would be able to enter a huge export market that's been essentially closed off for decades.

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Safety Group Calls For Workplace Policies On Painkillers

July 15, 2015 11:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A workplace safety group on Monday called for employers to develop policies regarding workers' use of prescription opioid painkillers.

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Rise In June

July 15, 2015 10:57 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

Prices for the producers of goods and services rose modestly in June, a sign that broader inflation is being kept in check. But an outbreak of avian influenza caused the cost of eggs to nearly double, as prices soared at the fastest pace ever recorded.

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Volvo Buys Polestar In Effort To Raise High-Performance Profile

July 15, 2015 10:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Volvo will market its high-performance cars under the Polestar name after announcing the acquisition of its fellow Swedish company on Tuesday.

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FCA CEO, Union Agree That Two-Tier Wages Should Go

July 15, 2015 10:53 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams agree on at least one thing: getting rid of the two-tier wages for hourly workers in the company's U.S. plants.

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New Mondeo Helps Push Ford Sales Higher In Europe

July 14, 2015 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford's European business is seeing stronger demand for its cars and SUVs as the continent's auto market continues to recover.

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Kraft Heinz Hopes To Secure Tax Break While Cutting Jobs

July 14, 2015 2:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Local officials in Columbia, Missouri last week took steps to approve to a tax break that would ultimately lead to the elimination of 150 positions at the city's Kraft Heinz plant.

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'Accidental' Blasts Rock Chemical Plant

July 14, 2015 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Two explosions have rocked a chemical plant near Marseille Provence Airport in southern France.

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Electrical Engineer Seeks Gov't Probe Of Lexus Acceleration

July 14, 2015 2:43 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

An electrical engineer with a doctorate degree from Stanford University has asked U.S. safety regulators to investigate low-speed unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus automobiles.

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Canada Could OK Low Levels Of GMOs In Food Imports

July 14, 2015 2:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Canadian officials hope that the proposal will facilitate trade.

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GM To Announce Big Expansion Of Texas SUV Plant

July 14, 2015 10:52 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors will announce Tuesday that it's spending more than $1 billion on a huge expansion of its SUV factory in Arlington, Texas.

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U.S. Retail Sales Fall In June As Consumers Stay Cautious

July 14, 2015 10:51 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Americans cut back their spending at stores and restaurants last month, a sign that they remain cautious despite robust job growth in the past year.

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Second Company Probed For Airbag Inflator Malfunctions

July 14, 2015 10:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The problem of exploding airbags could be widening beyond Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp.

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Chemists Develop New Material That Gives Graphene Competition

July 14, 2015 10:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

German scientists developed a new ultra-thin material that could provide another option for replacing silicon in electronic devices.

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Obama Announces New Initiative To Increase Solar Access

July 14, 2015 10:43 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor

The new initiative will also work to expand the number of jobs in the solar industry.

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