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Kraft Shareholders To Vote On Heinz Merger As Workers Brace For Cuts

June 4, 2015 10:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Shareholders of Kraft Foods Group are preparing to vote on the proposed merger with H.J. Heinz Co. amid concerns about what the deal could mean for Kraft employees.

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Google Founder Defends Accident Records Of Self-Driving Cars

June 4, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press

Google co-founder Sergey Brin says the Internet company isn't releasing the accident reports involving its self-driving cars to protect the privacy of the other motorists in the crashes.

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U.S. Productivity Fell In First Quarter While Labor Costs Up

June 4, 2015 10:07 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. worker productivity declined more sharply in the first three months of the year than previously thought while labor costs rose more quickly.

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Report: Russian 'Internet Trolls' Behind Louisiana Chemical Explosion Hoax

June 4, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Fabricated reports about a chemical explosion in Louisiana last year appear to stem from a secretive Russian Internet "troll farm," according to a report in The New York Times Magazine.

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Cargill, Morton to Pay Ohio $11.5M in Salt Settlement

June 3, 2015 2:27 pm | by Jennifer Smola, Associated Press

A lawsuit alleged the two companies agreed not to compete with each other to inflate prices over a decade, resulting in Ohio and local governments paying above-market prices for rock salt to de-ice roads, highways and bridges.

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Energy Production From Some U.S. States Competitive With Global Nations

June 3, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

According to the American Petroleum Institute, five U.S. states would rank among the top 35 oil-producing nations, while five would also be among the top 20 natural gas producers.

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Meat Industry, Environmentalists Critique White House Antibiotic Efforts

June 3, 2015 1:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A White House proposal to curb the use of antibiotics in food animals drew concerns from both sides of the issue on Tuesday.

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Coke Unveils First Entirely Plant-Based Plastic Bottle

June 3, 2015 1:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The newest version of "PlantBottle" could enable Coke to distribute its products in containers that are fully recyclable and made completely from renewable material.

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Kraft, Mondelez Seek Dismissal of Price Manipulation Charges

June 2, 2015 3:38 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Kraft and Mondelez asked a federal judge to dismiss two counts in a civil lawsuit over alleged wheat price manipulation.

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Alcoa Invests in Facility to Meet Jet Engine Demand

June 2, 2015 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press

Alcoa Inc. is investing $22 million in a Michigan plant so it can meet demand for jet engines

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U.S. Factory Orders Slump in April; 8th Decline in 9 Months

June 2, 2015 3:05 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

U.S. factory orders tumbled in April, a sign that manufacturers are struggling amid a stronger dollar and cheaper oil.

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May U.S. Auto Sales Likely to Beat Forecasts

June 2, 2015 3:03 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

U.S. auto sales were stronger than expected in May, boosted by Memorial Day promotions and strong demand for new SUVs.

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Lawmakers Seeking Answers From Takata, U.S. On Faulty Airbags

June 2, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press

Lawmakers are seeking answers from the maker of defective air bags and federal regulators as they focus on the biggest auto-safety recall in U.S. history.

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Amtrak CEO Vows to Put Safety Technology Into Operation

June 2, 2015 2:33 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press

An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers Tuesday that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation.

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Blue Bell OKs Deal on Listeria With Alabama Health Officials

June 2, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries says it has entered a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health that includes requiring the company to inform the state whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients.

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Tesla Motors Co-Founder Wants to Electrify Commercial Trucks

June 2, 2015 2:02 pm | by Terence Chea, The Associated Press

Tesla co-founder wants to electrify noisy, gas-guzzling trucks that deliver packages, haul garbage and make frequent stops on city streets.

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Takata Executive Urges New-Design Inflators or Rival-Made Ones

June 2, 2015 1:40 pm | by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press

A top executive says Takata Corp. is encouraging automakers to replace defective air bag inflators with newly designed ones from the company, or with those made by competitors that don't include a volatile chemical.

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Syngenta Preparing for Another Monsanto Takeover Bid

June 2, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta AG believes rival Monsanto could make another bid to acquire the company within a matter of days.

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Chevron Fined $940K for Fatal Gas Well Explosion, Fire

June 2, 2015 10:10 am | by Joe Mandak, The Associated Press

Chevron Fined $940K for Fatal Gas Well Explosion, Fire 

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Takata Halts Use of Volatile Chemical Linked to Deadly Airbags

June 2, 2015 10:04 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

Takata says it will stop using ammonium nitrate as a propellant in its airbags in case the chemical is responsible for the defective bags. 

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