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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Analyst: Oil Prices Could Hit $15

August 19, 2015 10:16 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A $15 per barrel price would be the lowest since early 1999; gasoline at that time sold for less than $1 per gallon.

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Report: Cloud Use Corresponds With Higher Revenues, Profits

August 19, 2015 10:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Businesses identified security as the biggest reason for joining the Cloud, although participants also aimed to reduce technology and maintenance costs while easing mobile access to critical information.

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Most Ignition Switch Victims Accepting GM Offers

August 18, 2015 3:03 pm | by The Associated Press

Most victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switches have accepted compensation offers from the company.

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FDA: Scope Manufacturer Waited Years to Report Problems

August 18, 2015 2:57 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer

The infections reported to the company involved a bacterial strain called pseudomonas, which can cause pneumonia, severe sickness and death in hospital patients.

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Software Could Help Manufacturers, Distributors Cope With New OT Rules

August 18, 2015 2:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The rules, proposed by the Labor Department in June, would raise the salary threshold that exempts managers and other professionals from overtime pay requirements from nearly $24,000 per year to more than $50,000.

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Government Investigating Headlight Failure In Ford Sedans

August 18, 2015 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press

The government is investigating reports of headlight failure in older Ford and Mercury sedans.

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Cargill Acquisition Hopes To Capitalize On Growing Fish Farm Industry

August 18, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

If cleared by regulators, the transaction would be Minnesota-based Cargill's second-largest in its history.

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ExxonMobil Knocks Proposed Phthalate Bans

August 18, 2015 8:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

ExxonMobil's chemical division is a major producer of plasticizers.

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GM To Build Auto Industry Archive, Research Center In Flint

August 18, 2015 8:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The next phase of the renovation is expected to begin early next year and wrap up in 2017.

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Audi, Samsung, LG To Collaborate On All-Electric SUV

August 18, 2015 8:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The proposed SUV comes as electric car maker Tesla plans to launch its Model X SUV. 

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Shipper Hopes Google Glass Will Improve Warehouse Operations

August 18, 2015 8:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The wearable devices tell workers where to find products in warehouses and are capable of reading bar codes.

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GE Unveils New Laundry Operation

August 18, 2015 1:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The investment in the new topload washer exceeds $100 million; the design enables users to fill the washer with the precise level of water needed and secured "Energy Star" certification from the government.

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