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OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 17, 2015 3:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

OSHA said the company failed to provide employees with a safety plan despite storing up to 1,900 pounds of a flammable formaldehyde solution.

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Trade-Off: Deal Splits Democrats Between Business, Labor

April 17, 2015 3:20 pm | by Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The mere announcement of a bipartisan accord on the legislation reignited a longtime feud among liberal and pro-business Democrats over the deal's potential to create or subtract American jobs.

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Heinz, French's Each Target The Other's Condiment Dominance

April 17, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The companies hope to capitalize on changing consumer palates, with French's touting a ketchup that's free of preservatives and artificial flavors and Heinz increasingly introducing new flavor options in its condiments.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

April 17, 2015 3:04 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week we have a winner who has set their sights on new factories and growth, while the loser has become the focus of statewide bans and legal resistance.

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Obama: Trade Politics Difficult, But Opposition Helps China

April 17, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the agreement reached in Congress, Obama would get so-called trade promotion authority to negotiate trade that Congress could approve or reject, but not change.

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Rises 0.2 Percent

April 17, 2015 12:08 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy slowly crept upward for the third straight month, a sign that the pace of growth has been weakening since the start of 2015.

E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth In Warehouse Automation Market

April 17, 2015 10:33 am | by ARC Advisory Group | News | Comments

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study.

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Proposed Volvo Manufacturing Plant 'Tremendous Opportunity'

April 17, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers have said Volvo is considering South Carolina for a new plant. The application says the permit is needed for a manufacturing plant that could employ 4,000 workers in 10 years.

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SpaceX Shipment Arrives At Space Station

April 17, 2015 10:22 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti captured the Dragon capsule, which arrived three days after its Florida launch, with the help of a giant robot arm.

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Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 17, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ford officials elected to build the entire body of the 2015 F-150 with aluminum in an effort to make a lighter, more fuel efficient truck, but the decision was considered a risk given the model's nearly four-decade run as the top selling vehicle.

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GE Posts $13.6 Billion Loss On Finance Unit Sale

April 17, 2015 10:02 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

GE CEO Jeff Immelt said in a statement that the global economic environment remained "volatile" but that investments in large infrastructure projects being made around the world provided opportunities for growth.

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Lawmakers Announce Trade Authority Deal

April 17, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The policy, known as Trade Promotion Authority, allows Congress to establish priorities for trade talks but prevents lawmakers from altering agreed-upon deals when they come up for approval votes.

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Google Announces New Formula For Mobile Searching

April 17, 2015 4:06 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites that Google defines as "mobile-friendly."

China Auto Brands On Rebound Driven By New Models

April 16, 2015 10:06 pm | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

"Chinese manufacturers are managing to improve their product quality and design quickly and make them almost comparable to international brands while keeping their price much lower," said industry analyst John Zeng of LMC Automotive.

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Lawmakers 'Fast Track' Trade Legislation

April 16, 2015 3:23 pm | by Laurie Kellman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Top lawmakers struck a bipartisan agreement Thursday to allow President Barack Obama to negotiate trade deals subject to a yes-or-no vote from Congress without the possibility of changes.

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Editor’s Picks: Stunning Factory Photos And #EqualPayDay’s History

April 16, 2015 3:17 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Plus, an interactive graphic on how the drought could affect every community in California.

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Court Skeptical Of Challenge To Obama's Climate Change Plan

April 16, 2015 3:11 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia and other states argue that the plan to regulate carbon emissions from power plants is illegal because the EPA already regulates other power plant pollutants under a different section of the Clean Air Act.

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Court Rules GM Is Shielded From Death Claims By Bankruptcy

April 16, 2015 3:07 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The ruling is at least a partial victory for GM, with one plaintiffs' attorney saying it shields the company from $7 billion to $10 billion in potential legal liabilities.

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Arizona Restricts Local Plastic Bag Bans

April 16, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Proponents of the new law, including grocery stores and restaurants, said the measure would protect them against cost increases stemming from additional regulation.

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Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 16, 2015 2:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The International Association of Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials.

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