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California Bill Aims To Warn Consumers About Recording TVs

August 21, 2015 2:59 pm | by Julia Horowitzh, Associated Press

Readers who scanned the user manual for a new Samsung smart TV may have been surprised to learn their household conversations could be recorded without their knowledge.

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Key Chinese Manufacturing Index Falls To 77-Month Low

August 21, 2015 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press

China's manufacturing contracted this month adding to signs of economic weakness.

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Analysis Puts Coke Ahead Of Pepsi In Water Conservation

August 21, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent analysis by Fortune magazine says that Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage company, is also ahead of PepsiCo in water conservation.

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Walmart Partners With Group To Offer Reshoring Assistance

August 21, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The world's largest retailer introduced a website called the Jobs in U.S. Manufacturing Portal as part of its pledge to spend $250 billion on products that support U.S. jobs by 2023.

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U.S. Senators Urge Takata To Recall All Cars With Its Air Bags

August 21, 2015 10:06 am | by Scott Dixon

The faulty air bags have been linked with at least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries.

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Coke To Disclose Details On Its Health Efforts

August 21, 2015 9:53 am | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

The Atlanta-based company came under fire after a New York Times story on Aug. 9 that detailed how Coca-Cola Co. gave $1.5 million to help start the Global Energy Balance Network.

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4 New Fires Erupt In China's Tianjin Port Disaster Area

August 21, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

The fires were spotted in a car parking lot and at three other locations within a 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) evacuated area, the official Xinhua News Agency said. 

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Helium Crisis Averted? Scientists Pinpoint Potential New Reserves

August 21, 2015 9:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Scientists from the University of Durham in England discovered the process by which helium moves into underground cavities, and they say an evaluation of prehistoric geography could provide critical clues about the whereabouts of additional sources.

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Won't Bug Off: Study Shows Lice Developing Resistance To Chemical Treatments

August 21, 2015 8:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Research conducted by Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville biologist Kyong Yoon found that 104 of 109 lice samples showed gene mutations associated with resistance to pyrethroids. 

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China Port Explosion Owner Also On Board Of Company Conducting Investigation

August 20, 2015 3:15 pm | by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press

The principal owner of the warehouses at the center of deadly blasts in Tianjin also is on the board of a state-owned company that is controlled by the same powerful entity investigating the explosions. 

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rises To Still-Low 277K

August 20, 2015 3:09 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The sharp fall in layoffs in the past two years means Americans are enjoying solid job security.

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Colorado Brewery Out With Another Batch Of Count Chocula Beer

August 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Brewers used the cereal to make small batches of a beer called "Cerealiously," which previously featured fellow General Mills cereals Golden Grahams, Reese's Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

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Compounds Could Offer Alternative Alcoholism Treatment

August 20, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

If things go according to plan, UWM chemist James Cook believes a drug could be ready for the market in five to six years.

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Labor Talks Bog Down In Steel Industry

August 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Union officials anticipated difficult talks at the onset of negotiations earlier this summer. 

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Sir Kensington's Raises $8.5M In Effort To Reach More Consumers

August 20, 2015 11:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The company, which labels its ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and other products as "all-natural" and verified by the Non-GMO Project, will use the funding to further expand its market reach.

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China Clearing Blast Site, Military Checking Storage

August 20, 2015 10:51 am | by The Associated Press

​The explosions that rocked the port city of Tianjin were among China's worst industrial accidents in recent years and the deadliest on record for the country's firefighters, who accounted for 102 of the 179 total dead and missing.

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Oil Drillers Hammered As U.S. Crude Supplies Continue To Climb

August 20, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press

Crude prices fell to their lowest levels in more than six years.

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Man Working On Tesla Charging Station Found Dead

August 20, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

A Tesla spokesman wrote in an email that there had been an accident involving an electrical contractor. 

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Chemical Industry Corruption, Safety Violations Preceded Deadly Chinese Explosion

August 20, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

State media said Ruihai operated for months without proper government approval and stored far more than the legal limit of sodium cyanide in the Tianjin warehouse.

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Coke Officials Defend Research Practices Following NYT Article

August 20, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Critics suggested that Coke was attempting to shift the blame for health problems in part attributed to sugary drinks, which led to increased political pressure and sliding soft drink sales in recent years.

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