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Do the Math: Fracking by the Numbers

April 2, 2015 2:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor

Recent analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency provides new estimates about the number of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Here’s a rundown of the report’s key findings. 

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U.S. Factory Orders Break Six Month Slump

April 2, 2015 2:23 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press

Factory orders rose 0.2 percent in February, which was the first increase since July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. 

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'Cards Against Humanity' Theme Pack to Benefit Women in STEM

April 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor

Recipients of the Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years. “Science Pack” co-creator Zach Weinersmith talks about the game and why supporting women in STEM matters.

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Starbucks, Dannon Partner on Yogurt Products

April 2, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Starbucks announced a new yogurt partnership with Danone SA as part of efforts to double food sales at the iconic coffeehouse chain.

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U.S. Agency Charges Kraft, Mondelez With Wheat Price Rigging

April 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press

Federal regulators have charged two major U.S. food companies, Kraft and Mondelez, with manipulating prices for wheat and wheat futures in a scheme that reaped more than $5.4 million in profit.

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Ethanol Groups 'April Fools' Letter Touts Renewable Fuel Standard

April 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Ethanol advocates marked April Fools' Day by facetiously urging Congress to overhaul the nation's Renewable Fuel standard.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Plunges 16.9 Percent in February

April 2, 2015 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit plunged in February as both imports and exports sank, driven by a since-settled trade dispute and a global economic slowdown that has cut into oil prices and caused the dollar to rise in value.

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Surveys: China Manufacturing Weak in March

April 2, 2015 9:20 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

China's manufacturing was lackluster in March and industrial employers shed more jobs, two surveys showed Wednesday, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up weakening growth in the world's second-largest economy.

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Survey: Midsize Manufacturers More Optimistic About U.S. Economy

April 2, 2015 9:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent survey of executives at midsize manufacturers showed expectations for the U.S. economy beginning to mirror optimism about their own companies. 

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Gun Suppressor Industry Experiences Surprising Growth

April 1, 2015 2:56 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Recently, manufacturers of firearm suppressors are seeing increased demand for their products. 

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Rewarding Your Readership With Constant Improvement

April 1, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Editorial director Jeff Reinke announces some of the new things we’re doing to improve the daily content mix.

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Bringing Back the Bling: New Process Recovers Platinum From 'Smut'

April 1, 2015 1:41 pm | by GE Reports

How rare is platinum? Imagine that making an ounce of it is so difficult that even exploding stars called supernova, the crucibles whose high energies forge most chemical elements, can’t do it.

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U.S. Manufacturing Slows as Orders and Hiring Weaken

April 1, 2015 1:30 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

U.S. factories expanded last month at a weaker pace, with orders growing more slowly and hiring essentially flat.

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Judge To Hear Arguments in Chobani Lawsuit

April 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A New York judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a potentially $1 billion legal fight over control of Chobani Greek yogurt.

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Report: European Fracking Would Not Mirror U.S.

April 1, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The dramatic increase in U.S. energy production through fracking could not be replicated in Europe, according to a report by a renewable energy group.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 189K Jobs in March

April 1, 2015 9:26 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press

U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring in March, a private survey found. The modest gains suggest that harsh winter weather has generated a broader slowdown that caused the survey to report gains of less than 200,000 jobs for the first time in 13 months.

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U.S. Auto Sales Likely to be Flat in March, but Outlook Strong

April 1, 2015 9:16 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press

U.S. auto sales were expected to slow a bit in March, but analysts remain optimistic about the market.

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Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

April 1, 2015 9:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

President Barack Obama, as promised, vetoed legislation Tuesday that would overturn a federal rule to speed up the process for union certification elections. 

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 77

March 31, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press

Families of at least 77 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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Dig This: The Panama Canal is About to Get Busy

March 31, 2015 12:53 pm | by GE Reports

The 48-mile-long waterway that cuts across “the backbone of the Western Hemisphere” is going through the final year of a massive expansion.

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