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Newest UPS & FedEx Competitor: Waffle House?

February 25, 2015 1:53 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A new ridesharing service has an unlikely ally in its quest to enter the package delivery marketplace: Waffle House. The iconic Southern breakfast chain will serve as the first official pickup location for drivers using the Roadie app. Roadie, launched late last month by...

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TJ Maxx, Marshalls To Follow Wal-Mart In Raising Pay

February 25, 2015 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods stores said Wednesday that it will boost pay for its U.S. workers to at least $9 per hour. The announcement by TJX Cos. comes a week after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would increase wages for its employees and is a sign that more...

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Motorola Aims New Phone At First-Time Smartphone Buyers

February 25, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. Among the improvements over last year's model: The camera now has auto-focusing, whereas the older model had a fixed-focus lens that didn't compensate for how far away...

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Lego Sales Keep Rising Amid Global Demand

February 25, 2015 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Lego says its popular, multi-colored toy blocks continued to be in strong demand last year, particularly in its largest market, the U.S., as well as Britain, France, Russia and China. The Danish company said Wednesday it invested 3.1 billion kroner in 2014 to locate production closer...

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Volvo To Test Self-Driving Cars On Swedish Roads In 2017

February 25, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system. The test will place individuals in the driver's seats, which would automatically move through streets cleared...

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Survey: China Factory Activity Up, Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 9:55 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | Comments

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Wednesday. HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index released...

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Apple To Bolster Emoji Diversity

February 25, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

More than a year after an Internet outcry about a lack of racial diversity among Apple's emojis, users looking to punctuate their texts with tiny cartoon people will soon be able to select from a variety of new skin tones. Apple officials said the next update to its operating system for the iPhone and iPad...

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

February 25, 2015 8:12 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | Comments

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency...        

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AZ House OKs Apple Data Center Credits, Exemptions

February 24, 2015 9:12 pm | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press | Comments

The Arizona Legislature wants to help Apple Inc. by extending renewable energy tax credits and exemptions to cover the 1.3-million-square-foot data center it plans to open in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. The House approved a bill Tuesday that expands a $5 million sales tax credit...

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CA's Plastic Bag Ban Suspended By Ballot Referendum

February 24, 2015 7:13 pm | by Judy Lin, The Associated Press | Comments

California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when a trade group turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016. The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about...

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Fracking Regulation Debate Heats Up CO

February 24, 2015 3:03 pm | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | Comments

A battle over who should regulate oil and gas drilling in Colorado has roared back to life, just as a task force that was supposed to help settle the dispute is finishing up its recommendations. The 21-member task force has been wrestling with how much power local governments should have to regulate...

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Report: 19 Oil And Gas Stocks In 'Extreme Danger'

February 24, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices. David Fessler, energy and infrastructure strategist for the Oxford Club, compiled the "Oil Company Death List" to highlight oil and gas companies that...

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Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Arrives At White House, Obama To Veto

February 24, 2015 2:46 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said, putting a freeze on a top GOP priority — at least for now. The contentious legislation arrived at the White House on Tuesday morning...

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EU Moves Ahead With Greenhouse Gas Trading Reform

February 24, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

European Union lawmakers have backed plans to reform the EU's vast greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme to protect it from fluctuations in the economy. The system sets limits on certain greenhouse gases that factories and power plants can emit and allows companies to trade allowances if they...

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Siemens To Supply Turbines For Fuel Efficient Plant

February 24, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Siemens is supplying two gas turbines and one steam turbine for the new Holland Energy Park combined cycle power plant in Holland, Michigan. The local municipal utility, Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW), is replacing an aging coal-fired plant with a new fuel efficient modern power...

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Study: Climate Change Extremely Harmful To Wheat Production

February 24, 2015 10:13 am | by Kansas State University | Comments

A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken. Vara Prasad, professor of crop ecophysiology and director of...

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MO Bill Would Stop Cities From Banning Plastic Bags

February 24, 2015 9:59 am | by Summer Ballentine, The Associated Press | Comments

A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment. The move comes as the city of Columbia, the home of the...

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Mysterious Drone Overflights In Paris Continue

February 24, 2015 7:12 am | by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press | Comments

PARIS (AP) — At least five drones flew over the Eiffel Tower, the U.S. Embassy and other Paris landmarks overnight, authorities said Tuesday. It was the most audacious of several mysterious drone overflights around France in recent months. An investigation is underway into who was operating the...

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NY Attorney General Expands Herbal Supplement Investigation

February 24, 2015 1:13 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | Comments

Three weeks after ordering four major retailers to pull store-brand herbal supplements off their shelves following DNA tests that found little or none of the listed herbs, New York's attorney general is targeting manufacturers of the popular products. Attorney General Eric...

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Manufacturer Joins Firearm Industry's Largest Trade Show

February 23, 2015 7:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The owners of a Mitchell-based business specializing in wood and metal manufacturing said it was an honor to be involved in the firearm industry's largest trade show. Rex and Clem Boyd with Lucid Manufacturing Systems and Solutions helped build the auction Gun of the Year...

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