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CEO: Nissan Will Be Ready With Autonomous Driving by 2020

May 18, 2015 10:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Nissan Motor Co. will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said Monday.

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Minnesota Lawmakers Strike Deal on Flame Retardant Ban

May 18, 2015 9:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Minnesota is one step closer to enacting the nation's strictest ban on fire retardant chemicals.

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Listeria Problems Cause 1,450 Blue Bell Workers to Lose Jobs

May 18, 2015 9:53 am | by Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries will lay off more than a third of its workforce following a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream that prompted a nationwide recall of all its products, the Texas company announced.

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U.S. Industrial Output Falls for 5th Month

May 18, 2015 9:46 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

A plunge in energy-related drilling and sluggish manufacturing sent U.S. industrial output down for a fifth straight month in April.

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New Chevy Camaro Slims Down

May 18, 2015 9:41 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The new Chevy Camaro, the sixth generation of the car, is going to be outfitted with a four-cylinder engine making it slimmer and more efficient than its predecessors. 

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Latest Self-Driving Google Car Heading To Public Streets

May 15, 2015 3:15 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

The latest version of Google's self-driving car will make its debut on public roads this summer. Google's mission is to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

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Post Consolidates Cereal-Making Business in Minnesota

May 15, 2015 2:45 pm | by Jim Suhr, The Associated Press

Post Holdings will merge two of its cereal businesses, headquarter them in Minnesota and close a New Jersey office as it separately grapples with a widening bird flu outbreak.

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Stubborn GE Scientist Creates New Fuel-Saving Material

May 15, 2015 2:30 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

For nearly three decades Krishan Luthra stubbornly labored away in a General Electric research lab on a long-shot effort to cook up a new type of ceramic that few consumers will ever see or use.

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Report: China leads U.S., European Nations in Industrial IoT Adoption

May 15, 2015 10:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new survey says China leads other top manufacturing nations when it comes to joining the industrial Internet of Things.

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Senate Advances Trade Authority Bill

May 15, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to move forward with legislation that would give the White House greater authority over new trade agreements.

U.S. Cites DuPont over Gas Leak That Killed 4 Workers

May 15, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

Federal work-safety agents have cited DuPont for 11 safety violations relating to a toxic gas leak last November that killed four workers at a Houston-area plant.

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Why U.S. Economic Growth has Disappointed this Year

May 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press

Like an underachieving student, the U.S. economy isn't living up to the high hopes it began the year with.

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Manufacturing in New York State Up Slightly in May

May 15, 2015 9:54 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

Factory activity in New York increased slightly in May, as manufacturers are beginning to adapt to the challenges caused by a stronger dollar, lower oil prices and restrained consumer spending.

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New Takata Air Bag Recall Brings Total to Over 33 Million

May 15, 2015 9:50 am | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

A massive new recall from Honda of vehicles with Takata air bags Thursday has brought the total recalls for the potentially deadly devices to more than 33 million.

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USDA Creates New Government Certification for GMO-Free

May 15, 2015 9:45 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press

The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.

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Brand Finance Releases Top 500 U.S. Brands

May 14, 2015 3:07 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Brand Finance released their annual Brand Finance Top 500 U.S. Brands this week.

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Safety Technology Might Have Prevented Deadly Amtrak Crash

May 14, 2015 2:25 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen.

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Missouri Appears Unlikely to Enact Right-to-Work

May 14, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Missouri lawmakers this week easily passed legislation that would make it the 26th "right-to-work" state. But the vote totals, if they hold, would be insufficient to override an expected veto from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

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72 Dead in Philippines Factory Fire

May 14, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The death toll from a fire at a Filipino footwear factory stands at 72 as officials work to identify victims and investigate the blaze. 

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Apple Nears Settlement Over Talent Poaching Allegations

May 14, 2015 1:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Apple and battery manufacturer A123 appear close to a settlement over allegations that the tech company poached employees for a secret electric car project.

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