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House Panel Targets 'Glaring Management Failures' At EPA

May 1, 2015 10:21 am | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | Comments

"We've seen numerous examples of fraud, unprofessional behavior, cronyism and outright theft at the EPA," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. "It is well past time for someone to be held accountable for these management failings."

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Senators Introduce Patent Reform Legislation

May 1, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A bipartisan group of senators this week introduced legislation targeting so-called "patent trolls."

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China Factory Activity Barely Growing

May 1, 2015 6:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Manufacturing in China barely grew in April, continuing sluggish recent performance in the world's second biggest economy.

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Remote Utah Outpost Serves As Stand-In For Surface Of Mars

May 1, 2015 2:07 am | by Brady Mccombs, The Associated Press | Comments

This site and others that allow crews to mimic interplanetary missions are helping to raise buzz about Mars to an all-time high as advancements in science and engineering convince space enthusiasts that the 140-million-mile trip is a realistic possibility in this century.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Jeff Bezos’ Spaceship Lifts Off

April 30, 2015 4:30 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

This launch is particularly exciting to the public, because Blue Origin’s primary goal is to commercialize space travel and make it available to more adventurous tourists.

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Water Plant Blasted From Granite Gets A Nanotech Makeover

April 30, 2015 3:17 pm | by GE Reports Staff | Comments

When finished, the plant will become the world’s largest water treatment facility with such “membrane bioreactors” (MBRs), capable of processing almost 280 million gallons of dirty water per day. The plant will release the clean water back into the Baltic Sea.

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A Glance At Arizona's Controversy Over Plastic Bag Bans

April 30, 2015 3:11 pm | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press | Comments

Though the cities of Flagstaff and Tempe have since dropped their proposals to ban plastic bags, they are considering taking legal action against the state.

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California Panel Backs Workers’ Comp Reforms

April 30, 2015 2:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the current system shifts costs from employers onto workers and taxpayers and leads to a series of abuses and concerns, including misclassifying employees, underreporting injuries and curbing benefits.

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Boehner: Killing Export-Import Bank Risks Thousands Of Jobs

April 30, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | Comments

Many conservative Republicans want to kill the bank outright, saying it finances too many questionable projects and favors some businesses over others. But the bank enjoys sweeping support among Democrats, and other GOP lawmakers support business groups who say it sustains U.S. jobs.

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Technical Problem Could Curb Apple Watch Availability

April 30, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports that the taptic engine made by China-based AAC Technologies Holdings breaks down over time, which forced the tech giant to scrap some already-completed watches.

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GM To Spend $5.4B On U.S. Factories

April 30, 2015 12:08 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors plans to spend $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories during the next three years, creating about 650 new jobs.

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Aid Plunge To 15-Year Low

April 30, 2015 10:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Weekly applications for unemployment benefits dropped 34,000 to 262,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest level since April 2000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped 1,250 to 283,750, near a 15-year low.

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Ben & Jerry's Founder Backs Push For GMO Labels In NY

April 30, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

One half of the duo that created Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream is working to pass legislation in New York to require the labeling of foods with ingredients from genetically modified plants.

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Obama To Sign Bill To Boost Energy Efficiency In Buildings

April 30, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Obama plans to sign the bill into law in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon. It aims to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.

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BP To Sell Stake In North Sea Pipeline

April 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The energy giant currently operates the Central Area Transmission System, which runs from undersea oil fields to a terminal in the U.K., but last week agreed to sell its roughly 36 percent equity in the pipeline to Paris-based Antin Infrastructure Partners for $486 million.

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Dow Chemical Selling AgroFresh Business For $860M

April 30, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Dow Chemical's chief financial officer, Howard Ungerleider, said Thursday that the sale of AgroFresh is part of the company's plan to selectively shift its portfolio away from businesses that are no longer a strategic fit.

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New EPA Formula Finds Higher Pollution Emissions From Refinery Flares

April 30, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Under the terms of a court order, the EPA revised its formula for calculating the amount of pollutants released by flares, which burn off excess hydrocarbon gases generated by plants.

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Bullet Train On Japanese PM's Agenda For California Visit

April 30, 2015 6:06 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | Comments

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is starting a three-day visit to California with plans to check out some of the region's tech innovations, lend support to expanded commercial ties, and even promote a Japanese-made bullet train.

Infographic: America's Most Dangerous Jobs

April 29, 2015 3:01 pm | by Graphic Products | Comments

Graphic Products has compiled this, and the nine other most deadly professions in “America’s Most Dangerous Jobs,” an eye-opening infographic detailing average fatalities per 100,000 workers and median salaries per profession.

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Jeni's To Destroy 265 Tons Of Ice Cream After Listeria Found

April 29, 2015 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company said last week that it had recalled all its products from retailers and closed ice cream shops in six states over concerns about possible listeria contamination.

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