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

April 2, 2015 2:27 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Faced with high wheat prices starting in the summer of 2011, Kraft and Mondelez used a strategy to buy $90 million of wheat futures for delivery in December 2011, amounting to a six-month supply of wheat, the CFTC said.

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The Three Ms For Industrial Success In 2015

April 2, 2015 2:22 pm | by John Renick | News | Comments

The industry poised to benefit the most from this digital revolution is manufacturing — that is if manufacturers can take the necessary steps to optimize their assets and the data being generated from them every second.

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Study: Synthetic Hormones Harmed Fish Reproduction

April 2, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers said the findings raised concerns about the chemicals' effects on aquatic wildlife.

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U.S. Factory Orders Rose For First Time Since July

April 2, 2015 10:36 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factory orders rose 0.2 percent in February, which was the first increase since July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The climb was a welcome development for manufacturers struggling with disappointing economic growth in major trading partners like China, Europe and Japan.

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Drop Significantly

April 2, 2015 10:30 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Applications below 300,000 are generally consistent with solid monthly job gains. Layoffs have stayed close to historic lows, despite a pronounced economic slowdown in recent months.

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McDonald's Revamps Grilled Chicken To Cut Chemicals

April 2, 2015 10:17 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The change comes as McDonald's fights to hold onto customers amid the growing popularity of places like Chipotle that position themselves as more wholesome alternatives to traditional fast-food.

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Ethanol Groups 'April Fools' Letter Touts Renewable Fuel Standard

April 2, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In a letter to lawmakers, National Corn Growers Association CEO Chris Novak and Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dineen wrote that repealing or reforming the standard would "result in an immediate increase in foreign oil imports and strengthen champions of democracy such as Vladimir Putin."

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Reshaping Aircraft In Flight Could Make Planes Fly Better

April 2, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Once refined, the technology could allow aircraft designers to make smaller and lighter tails that produce less drag, which could translate into more efficient flight, lower fuel burn and save airlines millions of dollars.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Plunges 16.9 Percent In February

April 2, 2015 9:58 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

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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Rewarding Your Readership With Constant Improvement

April 2, 2015 9:40 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | News | Comments

First, thanks for sparing some time in your busy day to visit our site or check out one of our daily newsletters. In respect to that dynamic, I’ll be in brief in sharing some of the new things we’re doing to improve the daily content mix.

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'Cards Against Humanity' Theme Pack To Benefit Women In STEM

April 2, 2015 9:38 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | News | Comments

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

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

April 1, 2015 3:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

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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U.S. Manufacturing Slows As Orders, Hiring Weaken

April 1, 2015 3:11 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, says its manufacturing index slipped to 51.5 in March from 52.9 in February. It was the fifth straight drop. Still, any reading above 50 signals expansion.

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Gun Suppressors See Surprising Growth

April 1, 2015 3:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Fire arms consistently remain a hot button issue, but regardless, their production in the U.S. remains consistent if not increasing — this according to the Small Arms Survey and the total number of NICS checks.

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California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions

April 1, 2015 3:07 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"We're in a historic drought and that demands unprecedented action," Brown said at a news conference in the Sierra Nevada, where dry, brown grass surrounded a site that normally would be snow-covered at this time of year. "We have to pull together and save water in every way we can."

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Surveys: China Manufacturing Weak In March

April 1, 2015 3:04 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing has cut interest rates twice since November to spur economic growth that fell to 7.3 percent in the final quarter of last year, fueling fears of a politically dangerous spike in job losses.

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Report: European Fracking Would Not Mirror U.S.

April 1, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Energy Watch Group study added that fracking caused environmental damage and disrupted rural landscapes in the U.S., and noted production levels could fall amid the months-long slide in the global price of oil.

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U.S. Auto Sales Tap The Brakes In March, But Outlook Strong

April 1, 2015 2:58 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

March sales were expected to be flat compared with last March. Car buying site TrueCar.com predicted total U.S. sales of 1.5 million vehicles in March, down less than 1 percent from a year ago.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Google Wins April Fools' Day

April 1, 2015 2:33 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

As great as you think you are at April Fools pranks, you probably didn’t come close to Google’s hailstorm of hilarious tricks this year.

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Raytheon Lands $700 Million Air Force Contract

April 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense has sent out a bevy of big contracts, including a colossal $700,000,000 deal for Raytheon Technical Services Company.

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