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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Up Modest 0.2 Percent In February

March 19, 2015 6:11 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The three indicators which subtracted from growth were weekly unemployment benefit applications, weekly manufacturing hours and the index for new orders tracked by the Institute for Supply Management.       

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Manufacturing In Philly Area Grows At Slightly Slower Pace

March 19, 2015 2:50 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Economists partly blame the strong dollar, which makes U.S. exports overseas more expensive. It also makes imports cheaper, potentially undercutting U.S. goods.              

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How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

March 19, 2015 2:46 pm | by Tom Grace | News | Comments

Counterfeited brands, including consumer safety, manufacturing and electrical products, can have threatening implications for industry workers and facilities alike.                                                                 

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Microsoft Unveils The Future Of Skype For Business

March 19, 2015 2:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The new objective of Skype is to bring data sharing abilities and annotated meetings to the forefront, while demonstrating the company’s push with cross-platform capabilities to answer productivity scenarios.      

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English Researchers Help To Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Cocoa prices surged last year amid increasing demand from emerging markets such as China and India, although the commodity has fallen off dramatically in recent days.             

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A Profile With The Superstar Of The Maker Movement: Limor Fried

March 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Fried says that the community of makers inspires her to continue Adafruit’s efforts to get more people involved with learning.                                                                                                           

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Oil Prices Curb Fracking Efforts Abroad

March 19, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Currently, only the U.S., Canada, China and Argentina maintain commercial production of oil from shale deposits as large oil companies cut back on operations in Europe.            

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Saudi Arabia Hopes to Lure Shale Workers From The US

March 19, 2015 1:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The continuing production increases in the U.S. contributed to rising global oil supplies and prices that are now trading at less than half of their mid-2014 peaks, a trend that led domestic companies to shut down rigs and lay off thousands. 

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Monsanto To Pay $350K To Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA said last year that it believes the genetically modified wheat in Oregon was the result of an isolated incident and that there is no evidence of that wheat in commerce.           

Kansas Ethanol Producers Say Proposed Tax Would Close Plants

March 19, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers, ethanol producers and representatives of the renewable energy industry testified to the committee that the tax would hurt rural economies and cause plant closures.            

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Understanding The Shale Revolution: Q&A With Rick Strittmatter

March 19, 2015 10:20 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

We read about the challenges in the media, but it is with the help of innovations in the chemical industry that hydraulic fracturing becomes efficient, safe and sustainable.           

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Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut In Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 19, 2015 10:07 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama hasn't fully explained how he'll meet that goal, but his aides have suggested that unprecedented pollution limits he's imposing on power plants will get the U.S. much of the way there.         

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Barely Rose Last Week

March 19, 2015 9:50 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose slightly by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000.                  

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U.S. Current Account Trade Deficit Widens To $113.5 Billion

March 19, 2015 9:35 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A widening trade deficit contributed to the slowdown in overall economic growth in the fourth quarter and is expected to be a drag on growth in 2015 as the stronger dollar makes American products less competitive on overseas markets. 

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By The Numbers: Federal Report Says 'Extreme Long-Term Unemployment' Remained High In 2014

March 19, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from the federal Labor Department says the nation's level of "extreme long-term unemployment" remained high in 2014 despite a strong year for hiring.              

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Largest U.S. Cache Of Chemical Weapons About To Be Destroyed

March 18, 2015 2:50 pm | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. acquired 30,600 tons of mustard and nerve agents, but it never used them in war. Nearly 90 percent of its original stockpile has already been destroyed.             

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A Drone That Throws Flames, Sprays Graffiti

March 18, 2015 2:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Tyrone the Drone can spray graffiti and produce fire from the sky. Laurie Segall reports.                          

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General Mills Completes Plan To Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills said that the previously announced job cuts, which were mostly in the U.S., were part of a restructuring plan called Project Catalyst that was approved during its fiscal second quarter.       

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Intentional Fails At SXSW

March 18, 2015 2:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

“Failures are cheap if you do them first...Failures are expensive if you do them at the end.”                         

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Ford GT Supercar Will Be Company's Most Expensive Ever

March 18, 2015 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford revealed the 600-horsepower, carbon fiber GT in January at the Detroit auto show. The company plans to introduce 12 high-performance vehicles by 2020.               

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