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Google Is Starting Small, Thinking Big With 'Project Fi'

May 4, 2015 2:40 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Enter "Project Fi," the Internet company's recently launched attempt to usher in new ways to keep smartphones online while lowering the cost for streaming video, listening to music, getting directions and searching for information.

Workers Call For UAW To Leave Alabama Plant

May 4, 2015 10:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Signed by about 80 percent of the plant's workforce, the petition asks the UAW to "leave this business and us, its employees, alone.”

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Robots Handle Specific Manufacturing Tasks At Iowa Facility

May 4, 2015 10:45 am | by Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald | Comments

"Robotics are a great way to keep jobs here in the U.S.," Randy Schofield, who serves as director of Upper Mississippi Manufacturing Innovation Center at Northeast Iowa Community College said.

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Q&A: How To Properly Address A Food Recall

May 4, 2015 10:37 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

Food Manufacturing had the chance to sit down with Sonal Sinha, the associate vice president at MetricStream, about the impacts of the hummus recall from a supply chain perspective.

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China Factory Index Shows Fastest Deterioration In A Year

May 4, 2015 10:33 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | Comments

Chinese manufacturing suffered its sharpest contraction in a year in April, raising pressure on Beijing to roll out new stimulus to keep growth in the world's No. 2 economy from slipping below the official target, a report said Monday.

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Summer Camps With A Mission: To Create Cybersecurity Experts

May 4, 2015 10:11 am | by Wilson Ring, The Associated Press | Comments

The camps are part of an expanding but modestly funded program called GenCyber that is funded by the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency. The agencies are taking the long view in fulfilling an insatiable need for cybersecurity experts.

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U.S. Factory Orders Rise In March For First Time In Eight Months

May 4, 2015 10:07 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Economists are hoping that U.S. manufacturing is beginning to emerge from a long soft patch, bolstered by stronger domestic demand that will offset weakness in exports.

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Dow Chemical To Trim About Three Percent Of Global Workforce

May 4, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company says the cuts will reduce its workforce by 1,500 to 1,750 positions. Dow Chemical employed about 53,000 people worldwide at the end of last year.

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Growers Hoping To Build Strawberry Picking Robot

May 4, 2015 9:58 am | by Kevin Bouffard, The Ledger | Comments

"It's well documented the labor force has been shrinking over the last decade. It's a trend that's not likely to reverse itself," said Gary Wishnatzki, CEO of Wish Farms, a member of the third generation of his family's Florida produce business.

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Pilot To Fly Solar Plane Across Pacific For Five Days, Five Nights

May 3, 2015 6:08 am | by Louise Watt, The Associated Press | Comments

The aircraft will climb to the altitude of Mount Everest, almost 9,000 meters (29,500 feet), during the day to get more sunlight, recharge the batteries and store more energy. At nighttime, the plane will fly lower, at a minimum of 1,000 meters (3,000 feet).

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Recalls Of The Week: Safety Protocol Needs An Update

May 1, 2015 3:20 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

In an effort to change the insufficient recall protocol, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) head Mark Rosekind held a forum on Tuesday to look into ways to “boost unacceptable completion rates.”

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Democrats Call For $12 Minimum Wage

May 1, 2015 3:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"No one who works hard in a full-time job should have to live in poverty," Sen. Patty Murray said. "We owe it to workers across the country to make sure our minimum wage is set to a level that works for them and their families."

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Agreement Addresses Coal Supply For New Mexico Power Plant

May 1, 2015 3:13 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | Comments

The owners of a power plant that supplies more than 2 million customers throughout the Southwest have reached an agreement that will ensure it has coal through 2022.

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House Passes $35B Bill For Energy Department, Water Projects

May 1, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | Comments

The 240-177 tally fell short of the margin that would be required to overcome a promised veto by President Barack Obama.

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Small, Midsize SUVs Drive April U.S. Auto Sales Gains

May 1, 2015 2:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

"The demand for crossover SUVs is off the charts," said Bill Fay, a Toyota group vice president.

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U.S., Canada Unveil Rules To Boost Oil Train Safety

May 1, 2015 2:39 pm | by Joan Lowy, Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | Comments

The regulations are a long-awaited response to a series of fiery train crashes in the U.S. and Canada, including four so far this year.

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U.S. Factory Activity Improves In April, But Hiring Declines

May 1, 2015 12:06 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. factories expanded in April at the same pace as in March, but manufacturers are starting to curtail hiring in a possible sign of weakness.

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Apple Watch Confused By Tattoos

May 1, 2015 10:39 am | by Meagan Crouse, Digital Reporter | Comments

“Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance,” Apple wrote.

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Tesla Unveils Home, Business Battery Systems

May 1, 2015 10:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The company characterized the announcement as a critical step in moving away from fossil fuel-based electricity and toward an energy market with zero emissions.

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Fee Proposed On Rail Cars That Haul Oil, Other Flammables

May 1, 2015 10:24 am | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. senators from six states on Thursday proposed that the government charge companies a special fee to ship oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids in older railroad tank cars that have been involved in fiery explosions.

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