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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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Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 16, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Reports categorized Wednesday's rallies as the largest yet in a now years-long campaign to raise the nation's pay floor from the current $7.25 per hour to a "living wage" of $15 per hour.

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Officials Find Dozens Of Chemicals In Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 10:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Most of the traces accumulated at very low levels, according to the DEQ report, although some sites reflected totals in excess of state limits or other benchmarks for human health and the environment.

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Powdered Alcohol Creator Tries To Get Ahead Of State Bans

April 16, 2015 10:39 am | by Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Palcohol will come in small pouch that's equivalent to one shot of alcohol. By adding water, juice or soda, one can make vodka or rum drinks.

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Verizon Report Shows 'Sizable Gaps' In Cybersecurity Measures

April 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The manufacturing sector, in particular, accounted for the largest share of cyber espionage attacks; 27.4 percent of the 548 incidents identified by the report involved manufacturers.

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Apple Invests In Sustainable Solar Project, Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 10:08 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

"It's important to us to tackle climate change everywhere we are," Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president for environmental initiatives, told The Associated Press.

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EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Critics alleged industry groups could seek evaluations of less risky substances in an effort to halt probes into more dangerous chemicals.

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Environmentalists Kick Up Dust At Fracking Industry In Drought-Stricken California

April 16, 2015 9:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

California is choking on a worsening drought and needs more hydration. Fracking in the state uses lots of water. Ergo, fracking must be making the drought worse. Right? Not necessarily, many industry experts are saying.

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Target Settles Data Breach Lawsuit With MasterCard

April 15, 2015 8:07 pm | by Anne D'innocenzio, Marley Jay, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Target's high-profile breach pushed banks, retailers and card companies to increase security by speeding the adoption of microchips in U.S. credit and debit cards.

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