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Head of UAW Rival: No Close Ties to Anti-Labor Group at VW

May 29, 2015 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press

The head of a rival group to the United Auto Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee says his group doesn't share close links to another outfit that worked against a union election at the factory last year.

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10 Injured in Ammonia Gas Leak at Panhandle Chemical Plant

May 29, 2015 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press

Ten people were taken to hospitals after an ammonia gas leak at a chemical plant in the Texas Panhandle.

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Judge: No Juror Misconduct in Ga. Peanut Trial Convictions

May 29, 2015 2:22 pm | by Russ Bynum, Kate Brumback, The Associated Press

A federal judge Thursday refused to throw out criminal convictions in a salmonella outbreak traced to a Georgia peanut plant after the court investigated defense attorneys' claims of jury misconduct.

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EPA Curbs Ethanol Requirement as USDA Seeks Higher Blends

May 29, 2015 2:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Under a proposal issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the nation’s renewable fuel requirement in gasoline would be reduced by 4 billion gallons this year and 3 billion gallons in 2016.

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By The Numbers: Top Metros for Manufacturing Growth

May 29, 2015 9:59 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

A new study released by Headlight names the fastest and slowest growing cities in manufacturing sector employment.

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Never Mind Peak Oil Supply — Are We Approaching Peak Oil Demand?

May 29, 2015 9:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Despite the recent plunge in crude prices worldwide, most energy industry observers expect a rising population and growing incomes to foster a robust demand for oil over the long-term. 

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U.S. Economy Shrank at 0.7 Percent Rate in First Quarter

May 29, 2015 9:29 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. economy went into reverse in the first three months of this year as a severe winter and a widening trade deficit took a harsher toll than initially estimated.

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Chemists' Discovery Could Lead to Greatly Improved Energy Storage

May 29, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Canadian researchers this week announced the discovery of a battery reaction that could pave the way for the "holy grail of electrochemical energy storage." 

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Study: EPA Could Be Overstating Health Benefits of Air Regulations

May 29, 2015 9:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators could be significantly overstating the public health benefits of air quality rules, according to a recent study by Indiana University researchers.

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Official: U.S. Steel Not Idling Granite City Mill as Planned

May 28, 2015 4:00 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. Steel will not temporarily shut down its Granite City mill as planned but will keep one of its two blast furnaces operating and idle only 80 workers, officials said Thursday.

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Ohio House OKs Ban on Pure Caffeine, Powdered Alcohol Sales

May 28, 2015 2:57 pm | by Ann Sanner, The Associated Press

The legislation would make it a misdemeanor offense to sell products consisting solely or primarily of caffeine that's manufactured into a crystalline, liquid or powdered form.

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Survey: Commercial Laundries Outpace Manufacturing Sector in Safety Improvements

May 28, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Commercial laundries dramatically curbed safety issues at their facilities over the previous five years, according to a survey by an industry group. 

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Volvo App to Connect with Smartwatches

May 28, 2015 2:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Volvo announced Thursday that drivers will soon be able to connect their smartwatches to their cars.

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Automakers, Government To Reveal Models in Expanded Takata Recall

May 28, 2015 2:16 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Automakers and governments are starting to announce the models covered by last week's massive expansion of a Takata air bag recall.

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GM To Offer Android, Apple Systems in Many 2016 Models

May 28, 2015 11:33 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

By the end of the year, nearly every major automaker will begin offering Apple's CarPlay or Google's Android Auto, two systems that effectively turn a car's dashboard screen into a smartphone.

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California Awards $250M to Career Prep Programs

May 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Lisa Leff, The Associated Press

Represented career fields include agriculture, IT and advanced manufacturing.  

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Texas Oil Industry Largely Unaffected by Flooding

May 28, 2015 11:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Severe flooding shut down some oil wells and a Houston-area terminal but spared most of Texas' massive oil industry.

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SpaceX Receives Certification for U.S. Military Launches

May 28, 2015 10:27 am | by Jacob Meister, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX for military space launch.

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Top U.S. Manufacturers View Labor Issues as Increasing Risk

May 28, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nearly all of the nation's largest publicly traded manufacturers cite the labor force as a risk to their businesses, according to a recent report. 

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GM Adding Shift, Upgrading Michigan Plant that Makes Camaro

May 28, 2015 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors Co. says it's returning a second shift and 500 workers to a Michigan plant to build the new Chevrolet Camaro.

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