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China Port Explosion Owner Also On Board Of Company Conducting Investigation

August 20, 2015 3:15 pm | by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press

The principal owner of the warehouses at the center of deadly blasts in Tianjin also is on the board of a state-owned company that is controlled by the same powerful entity investigating the explosions. 


Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rises To Still-Low 277K

August 20, 2015 3:09 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The sharp fall in layoffs in the past two years means Americans are enjoying solid job security.


Colorado Brewery Out With Another Batch Of Count Chocula Beer

August 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Brewers used the cereal to make small batches of a beer called "Cerealiously," which previously featured fellow General Mills cereals Golden Grahams, Reese's Puffs and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.


Compounds Could Offer Alternative Alcoholism Treatment

August 20, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

If things go according to plan, UWM chemist James Cook believes a drug could be ready for the market in five to six years.


Labor Talks Bog Down In Steel Industry

August 20, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Union officials anticipated difficult talks at the onset of negotiations earlier this summer. 


Sir Kensington's Raises $8.5M In Effort To Reach More Consumers

August 20, 2015 11:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The company, which labels its ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise and other products as "all-natural" and verified by the Non-GMO Project, will use the funding to further expand its market reach.


China Clearing Blast Site, Military Checking Storage

August 20, 2015 10:51 am | by The Associated Press

​The explosions that rocked the port city of Tianjin were among China's worst industrial accidents in recent years and the deadliest on record for the country's firefighters, who accounted for 102 of the 179 total dead and missing.


Oil Drillers Hammered As U.S. Crude Supplies Continue To Climb

August 20, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press

Crude prices fell to their lowest levels in more than six years.


Man Working On Tesla Charging Station Found Dead

August 20, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

A Tesla spokesman wrote in an email that there had been an accident involving an electrical contractor. 


Chemical Industry Corruption, Safety Violations Preceded Deadly Chinese Explosion

August 20, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

State media said Ruihai operated for months without proper government approval and stored far more than the legal limit of sodium cyanide in the Tianjin warehouse.


Coke Officials Defend Research Practices Following NYT Article

August 20, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Critics suggested that Coke was attempting to shift the blame for health problems in part attributed to sugary drinks, which led to increased political pressure and sliding soft drink sales in recent years.


Feds Allow Shell To Drill For Oil In Arctic Ocean Off Alaska

August 19, 2015 2:27 pm | by Dan Joling, The Associated Press

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that U.S. Arctic waters hold 26 billion barrels of recoverable oil, and Shell is eager to explore in a basin that company officials say could be a game-changer for domestic production.


EPA Sees Clean Water Act Violations At Iowa Fertilizer Plant

August 19, 2015 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press

The agency says the companies violated their construction stormwater permit in 2013 and 2014 by releasing discharges containing sediment that went into a tributary of the Mississippi River.


Audi To Unveil Rival To Tesla X At Frankfurt Auto Show

August 19, 2015 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press

Audi says in a statement Wednesday its as-yet unnamed electric SUV will begin production in 2018.


Fireball Owner Sues Brewery Over Trademark Infringement

August 19, 2015 12:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Fireball's label features a red, dragon-like creature, while Fire Flask, a malt beverage introduced in June, displays a glaring red devil in front of two pitchforks.


Key Apple Patent In Question Amid Legal Battle With Samsung

August 19, 2015 12:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in a response to a patent review request, found that it should not have granted Apple a patent for the face design of the iPhone 3G as of January 2007.


General Motors Adds 181K Cars To 2014 Headlight Recall

August 19, 2015 11:09 am | by The Associated Press

The recall expansion came after U.S. safety regulators sent the Detroit company a list of consumer complaints about headlight failures in GM cars.


Ford Recalling Trucks To Fix Seat Belt Anchors

August 19, 2015 11:06 am | by The Associated Press

The company says it knows of no crashes or injuries from the problem.


High-Tech Cars Bring Detroit, Silicon Valley Face to Face

August 19, 2015 11:00 am | by Dee-Ann Dubrin, AP Auto Writer

The convergence of cars and computers is blurring the traditional geographical boundaries of both industries.


EPA Funds Research On Environmental Impact Of Manufactured Chemicals

August 19, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Science to Achieve Results grants are part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chemical Safety for Sustainability program.



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