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All-Electric BMW Truck Starts Work

July 7, 2015 3:22 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter

BMW said it will save 11.8 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually.

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EPA Orders New Restrictions On Insecticide

July 7, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators recently announced increased limits on the use of propoxur, a common insecticide, over its potential effects on human health.

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Horizon Pharma Makes Hostile, $2.1B Bid For Depomed

July 7, 2015 3:04 pm | by The Associated Press

Horizon Pharma has gone hostile with an all-stock offer for Depomed valued at about $2.1 billion after its target rejected friendly overtures to talk about a deal.

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Mondelez Spins Off Coffee Brands

July 7, 2015 11:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Snack food giant Mondelez announced plans to spin off its coffee brands, which will combine with the labels owned by D.E Master Blenders 1753 B.V. in a new joint venture.

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1 Dead, 2 Taken To Hospital After Ammonia Leak At Food Company

July 7, 2015 11:02 am | by The Associated Press

Authorities say one person has died and two others have been hospitalized after an ammonia leak at a food company in Fort Erie, Ontario.

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Ingredient Company Highlights Hidden Costs Of Trans Fat Ban

July 7, 2015 10:58 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A food ingredient supplier touted its range of trans fat alternatives after the federal regulators issued new restrictions last month. But a top official with Corbion said the transition could prove costly for the food industry as a whole.

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Chemists Develop New, Cheaper Process To Make Bioplastic

July 7, 2015 10:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Belgian researchers pioneered a new process that could enable the cheaper and more efficient conversion of plant materials into bio-based plastic.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Widens In May As Exports Struggle

July 7, 2015 10:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in May, reflecting declines in sales of American-made aircraft and machinery as exports continued to suffer from a strong dollar.

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New Honda CEO Promises Company Turnaround, Offers Few Details

July 6, 2015 3:17 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Hachigo covered ways he plans to improve Honda's poor company image.

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Southeast Manufacturing Heats Up After A Lethargic Spring

July 6, 2015 3:12 pm | by Kennesaw State University

Southeast manufacturing heats up after a lethargic spring June sees 2.7-point increase based on pickups in new orders and production.

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Death Toll From Defective GM Switches Rises To 121

July 6, 2015 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in General Motors' small cars has risen by two to 121.

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Oreos Get Thin, Going For 'Sophisticated' Air

July 6, 2015 3:04 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for grown-ups that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.

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Worker's Family Sues Over Fatal Boeing 777 Airbag Injury

July 6, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press

The family of a man who was fatally injured while he was working on a seat belt airbag replacement that inflated explosively is suing Boeing Co. and a supplier.

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Farm Use Of Drones To Take Off As Feds Loosen Restrictions

July 6, 2015 2:50 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

Agricultural use of drones is about to take off after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved more than 50 exemptions for farm-related operations since January.

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Electrical Fire Halts Production At Indiana Factory

July 6, 2015 11:17 am | by The Associated Press

An electrical fire caused the evacuation of about 300 workers from an Evansville, Indiana plastics factory and halted production for several hours.

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Top U.S. Auto Safety Regulator Says Chrysler To Face Sanctions

July 6, 2015 11:14 am | by Tom Krisher & Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writers

Fiat Chrysler will be punished soon for failing to follow the law in 23 recalls involving more than 11 million vehicles, the nation's top auto safety regulator said. 

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Shell Authorizes Largest-Ever Gulf Drilling Platform

July 6, 2015 11:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Experts said the project could cost $2 billion or more before it begins operation.

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Tesla Tops 11K Vehicles Delivered In Second Quarter

July 6, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press

Tesla's second-quarter deliveries surged 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles.

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General Mills To Remove Gluten From Lucky Charms

July 6, 2015 10:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

General Mills announced that it will begin making its Lucky Charms cereal from the same oat flour that will soon make Cheerios gluten-free.

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Milk Surplus Hurting Dairy Prices

July 2, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Dairy prices worldwide are down nearly 40 percent as forecasters predict another year of record milk production in 2015.

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