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Lumber Liquidators to Provide Air Tests Following '60 Minutes' Report

March 16, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Lumber Liquidators will provide air testing supplies to consumers in the wake of a report that its laminate flooring contained high levels of formaldehyde.

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Toyota Wants Price of Hydrogen Vehicle to Match Diesel Cars

March 16, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Toyota's new hydrogen-powered car already costs far less than analysts' original forecasts, but reports suggest the Japanese automaker hopes to make it affordable to most car buyers in the next five to seven years. 

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Report: Zinc Company Overlooked Warning Signs Ahead of 2010 Explosion

March 16, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal investigators this week attributed a July 2010 Pennsylvania zinc refinery explosion to drainage problems and suggested workers overlooked several warning signs leading up to the disaster.

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Chemist's 3D Printer Could Revolutionize Drug Development

March 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A 3D printer designed by a University of Illinois chemist could, he believes, potentially revolutionize the development of new medications.

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GE Launches Global Research, Technology Innovation and Manufacturing in Saudi Arabia

March 16, 2015 10:15 am | by GE

GE announced $100 million of new programs in Saudi Arabia that will further the company’s localization efforts, build innovation capacity, and create jobs in advanced manufacturing and software analytics.

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House to Vote on EPA Research Guidelines

March 16, 2015 9:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on bills that would overhaul the standards for research cited by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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New York Manufacturing Index Slows in March

March 16, 2015 9:44 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a slightly slower pace in March, dragged by weaker shipments and new orders.

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Oil Is On its Way Down Again; Will Gasoline Prices Follow?

March 13, 2015 2:41 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

The price of oil is on yet another ride down as swelling global supplies overwhelm rising but still relatively weak demand.

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Coke CEO Gets $18.1M After Company Fails to Meet Targets

March 13, 2015 2:28 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent was given a pay package worth $18.1 million last year after the world's biggest beverage company failed to meet its own growth targets.

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Top 10 ‘Ugliest’ Cars List

March 13, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Auto industry experts at Cars.com has released its subjective list of the Top 10 ugly cars from the U.S. market over the past 30 years.

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GM to Alter Chevrolet, GMC Warranties

March 13, 2015 11:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

General Motors will make a series of changes to its vehicle warranty and maintenance programs after they failed to generate more interest among car buyers. 

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Tesla Announces Job Cuts in China

March 13, 2015 10:34 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

After selling only half of projected vehicle sales, Tesla has reported that it will be cutting jobs in China. 

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California Car Battery Recycler To Close in Deal with Feds

March 13, 2015 9:52 am | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press

A battery recycling plant that violated hazardous waste laws and spewed toxic emissions for decades on the outskirts of Los Angeles will close and spend $50 million to clean the site and surrounding neighborhoods, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

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Kia To Recall Some Soul SUVs

March 13, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Kia is recalling nearly 209,000 Soul small SUVs because the gas pedals can bend or break.

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Study: Sound Waves Could Locate Dangerous Structural Problems

March 13, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Scottish researchers recently developed a system that could enable the discovery of dangerous structural weaknesses using only sound waves.

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Texas Oil Well Explosion Kills Three Family Members

March 13, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

An explosion at a West Texas oil well killed three workers this week. 

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Lumber Liquidators To Pay for Safety Testing of Flooring

March 12, 2015 3:18 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, The Associated Press

Retailer Lumber Liquidators said Thursday that it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors for customers to help ease concerns.

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Rights Group: Big Brands Should Fight Labor Abuse

March 12, 2015 2:58 pm | by Sopheng Cheang, The Associated Press

Leading clothing retailers such as Gap and H7H need to help alleviate labor abuses at factories in Cambodia that manufacture their products, according to New York-based human right organization Human Rights Watch. 

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Chinese Stores, Websites Selling Apple Watch Knockoffs

March 12, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Just days after Apple unveiled its new smartwatch and more than a month before it officially goes on sale, reports say consumers can already get a fake one from Chinese vendors.

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Jelly Belly to Move Distribution Center From Wisconsin to Tennessee

March 12, 2015 10:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Candy company Jelly Belly will leave Wisconsin after 14 years and shift its distribution to Tennessee, according to reports. 

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