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ACC Report: Global Chemical Production Slows In July

August 31, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The industry group's Global Chemical Production Regional Index showed a 0.1 percent increase across a three-month moving average.

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Boeing’s New Folding-Wing Jet Hits Design Milestone

August 28, 2015 2:53 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter

Six different airline customers have ordered a total of 320 airplanes from the 777X series so far. Production is expected to begin in 2017.

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McDonald's, Tyson Cut Ties With Farmer Tied To Abuse Video

August 28, 2015 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press

McDonald's and its supplier Tyson Foods say they've cut ties with a chicken farmer after an advocacy group released a video taken with a hidden camera that the group said showed abusive practices at its farm.

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Tech Startups Want To Change The Way You Drive

August 28, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

It's no secret that technology is changing the car industry. Here are six startups that want to change the way you drive. 

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MAPI Report Tempers Expectations For U.S. Manufacturing Sector

August 28, 2015 1:52 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The research arm of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation expects manufacturing production to grow by 2.1 percent this year and 3.4 percent in 2016, down from 2.5 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively, in its May forecast.

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Study: Fair Trade Labels Linked To Higher Cost Threshold, Better Taste

August 28, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The study showed that consumers believed foods labeled as fair trade tasted better than foods with no such label — even though scientists said that the products in the study were identical and that the differences in taste were "pure imagination."

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Silicon Valley To Host Latest Federal Institute On Flexible Electronics

August 28, 2015 11:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The institute is the fifth of six efforts to be led by the Defense Department, which believes that advancing techniques in flexible devices and high-precision printing will make dramatic impacts on both the consumer economy and the military.

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Report: Union Elections Proceeding More Quickly Following NLRB Rule

August 28, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Although elections are taking place more quickly, NLRB officials could not tell the Journal whether they are more successful under the new policy.

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Philadelphia Pilot Program Helps Reduce Supermarket Waste

August 28, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The process could help alleviate the massive amount of food wasted in the U.S. and offer a potential solution to the nation's "food deserts."

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Study Shows Improved Solar Charging Of Lithium Batteries

August 28, 2015 9:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The study could eventually contribute to cleaner transportation and homes, researchers said.

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Report: California Farmers Post Record Revenue Despite Drought

August 27, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The analysis by the Oakland-based Pacific Institute said that California crop revenue hit a record $34 billion in 2013 and only narrowly failed to match that level last year.

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Settlement Reached In Lawsuit Over Decade-Old Gulf Oil Leak

August 27, 2015 2:52 pm | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press

Environmental groups led by the New York City-based Waterkeeper Alliance sued Taylor Energy in 2012, accusing it of withholding information about the leak's potential impact on the Gulf ecosystem. 

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China Detains 11 Over Deadly Warehouse Explosion

August 27, 2015 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press

The responsible parties "failed to take strong measures in response to the Ruihai company's illegal and unregulated actions, did not assiduously carry out their duties and issued business permits in violations of rules," the prosecutor's notice said.

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Investigation: EPA, State Missed Potential For Mine Blowout

August 27, 2015 1:58 pm | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press

An EPA internal investigation determined federal and state regulators mistakenly concluded water pressure inside the mine near Silverton was not high enough to cause an accident.

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Kraft Heinz Recalls More Than 2M Pounds Of Turkey Bacon

August 27, 2015 11:28 am | by USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

The US. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said that it has received reports of illness tied to individuals eating the items.

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Syngenta Cites Market Volatility, Unanswered Questions In Rejecting Latest Monsanto Offer

August 27, 2015 11:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Syngenta confirmed that its board unanimously rejected the latest bid from Monsanto and reiterated prior concerns about regulatory hurdles and a price that undervalued the company.

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Food Groups: White House Budget Shouldn't Include Fee Increases

August 27, 2015 10:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The administration will officially submit its full budget request to Congress early next year.

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Google Technology Could Help Drivers Avoid Potholes

August 27, 2015 10:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The proposal would pair the GPS in vehicle navigation systems with a vertical movement sensor, which could identify when the car is jolted by damaged pavement.

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U.S. Bottled Water Sales Could Surpass Soda By 2017

August 26, 2015 3:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Since 2000, Americans more than doubled their annual per capita intake of bottled water from 16.74 gallons to just over 34 gallons.

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Army Awards $6.7 Billion Tactical Vehicle Contract To Wisconsin Firm

August 26, 2015 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press

The $6.7 billion contract is expected to support thousands of jobs.

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