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Study: Wasted Meat Accounts For More Emissions Than Vegetable Waste

August 17, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A June study from Johns Hopkins University valued the amount of food wasted by Americans at $161.6 billion annually.

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GM Recalls Chevrolet Cobalts For Defective Air Bag Wiring

August 14, 2015 3:42 pm | by The Associated Press

The recall is unrelated to last year's recall of millions of Cobalts for defective ignition switches, which could stall the vehicle and turn off the air bags.

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Wyoming Brings Out The Big Guns For Coal Hearing

August 14, 2015 3:38 pm | by Ben Neary, Associated Press

Gov. Matt Mead and all three members of the state's congressional testified that the federal government itself is crippling the coal industry through environmental regulations.

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U.S. Producer Prices Up Just 0.2 Percent In July

August 14, 2015 3:22 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said Friday its Producer Price Index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach the consumer, increased 0.2 percent in July compared to June when prices had risen 0.4 percent.

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OSHA Cites Case Farms For 55 Safety Violations

August 14, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied 55 total citations against Case Farms following a February inspection of an Ohio plant. The penalties would total $861,500.

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Fisker To Start Making Cars Again

August 14, 2015 11:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Company namesake and co-founder Henrik Fisker — who resigned in 2013 — said up to 20 of his original designers are working for the revamped company, although he said he isn't sure what, if any, role he would have.

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Firefighter Rescued From Blast Zone In China's Tianjin Port

August 14, 2015 11:26 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

A rapid succession of explosions late Wednesday — one equal to 21 tons of TNT — killed at least 56 people, injured more than 720 and left several firefighters missing.

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Volkswagen Recalls 420K Vehicles For Air Bag Issue

August 14, 2015 11:20 am | by The Associated Press

Volkswagen is still developing a fix for the problem. 

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U.S. Factory Output Climbed In July, Lifted By Auto Production

August 14, 2015 11:05 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The gains suggest that manufacturers are adjusting to the obstacles of a stronger dollar, tepid economic growth abroad and lower oil prices, which have led energy firms to slash their orders for equipment and pipelines.

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ExxonMobil Fined Following Probe Into Refinery Explosion

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

The explosion was caused by vapor leakage from a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit into an electrostatic precipitator, according to Cal-OSHA. The FCC refines gasoline.

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Refinery Shutdown Wreaks Havoc On Midwest Gas Prices

August 14, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The shutdown could last a month and potentially remove up to 240,000 barrels of crude production per day from the regional market during peak driving season.

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Study: New Ethanol Standards Would Lead To Increased Carbon Emissions

August 14, 2015 9:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new study by Illinois researchers estimates that reduced federal gasoline blending standards would produce the same impact on carbon emissions as nearly one million additional passenger vehicles.

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Tesla To Raise Around $500M In Public Offering

August 13, 2015 3:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer

Tesla could make up to $566.5 million if the underwriters exercise their option to buy additional shares.

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Beer Of Champions? Wheaties Teams Up With Brewery

August 13, 2015 3:20 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

It's not exactly clear what makes it Wheaties beer, besides being made from wheat.

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Syngenta To Expand Minnesota Research Facility

August 13, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The new building will be five times the size of the current institute, and will house high-tech laboratories, treating and performance areas and a training facility, along with warehouse and office space.

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U.S. Steel Industry Issues Warning About Chinese Currency

August 13, 2015 2:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

China on Tuesday devalued its currency by 1.9 percent compared to the dollar, and the rate fell again on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Tuna Company Agrees To $6M Settlement In Worker Oven Death

August 13, 2015 1:43 pm | by Brian Melley, The Associated Press

District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the settlement is the largest payout in a California workplace-violation death.

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DOE Enters Labor Group To Create Jobs Under The Clean Power Plan

August 13, 2015 1:31 pm | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter

The DOE will use the partnership to provide technical expertise and assistance to the participating unions and any other group who wishes to examine how energy technologies and policies can develop jobs in the energy sector.

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Monthly Average Of U.S. Jobless Claims Falls To 15-Year Low

August 13, 2015 10:56 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

More people sought U.S. unemployment aid last week, but the average for the past month fell to the lowest level in 15 years, a sign that few employers are cutting jobs.

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HTC To Cut 15 Percent Of Workforce

August 13, 2015 10:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The cuts will be part of a "strategic realignment" after the company projected a net loss for the current quarter.

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