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Arizona Restricts Local Plastic Bag Bans

April 16, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Proponents of the new law, including grocery stores and restaurants, said the measure would protect them against cost increases stemming from additional regulation.

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Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 16, 2015 2:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The International Association of Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials.

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Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 16, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Reports categorized Wednesday's rallies as the largest yet in a now years-long campaign to raise the nation's pay floor from the current $7.25 per hour to a "living wage" of $15 per hour.

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Officials Find Dozens Of Chemicals In Oregon Waterways

April 16, 2015 10:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Most of the traces accumulated at very low levels, according to the DEQ report, although some sites reflected totals in excess of state limits or other benchmarks for human health and the environment.

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Powdered Alcohol Creator Tries To Get Ahead Of State Bans

April 16, 2015 10:39 am | by Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press | Comments

Palcohol will come in small pouch that's equivalent to one shot of alcohol. By adding water, juice or soda, one can make vodka or rum drinks.

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Verizon Report Shows 'Sizable Gaps' In Cybersecurity Measures

April 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The manufacturing sector, in particular, accounted for the largest share of cyber espionage attacks; 27.4 percent of the 548 incidents identified by the report involved manufacturers.

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Apple Invests In Sustainable Solar Project, Forest Conservation

April 16, 2015 10:08 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

"It's important to us to tackle climate change everywhere we are," Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president for environmental initiatives, told The Associated Press.

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EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Critics alleged industry groups could seek evaluations of less risky substances in an effort to halt probes into more dangerous chemicals.

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Environmentalists Kick Up Dust At Fracking Industry In Drought-Stricken California

April 16, 2015 9:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

California is choking on a worsening drought and needs more hydration. Fracking in the state uses lots of water. Ergo, fracking must be making the drought worse. Right? Not necessarily, many industry experts are saying.

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Target Settles Data Breach Lawsuit With MasterCard

April 15, 2015 8:07 pm | by Anne D'innocenzio, Marley Jay, AP Business Writers | Comments

Target's high-profile breach pushed banks, retailers and card companies to increase security by speeding the adoption of microchips in U.S. credit and debit cards.

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Exxon: $8.9B Sought In Pollution Case 'Not Real'

April 15, 2015 2:44 pm | by David Porter, Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | Comments

Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.

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Apple Watch’s Debut Shows Growing Importance Of China

April 15, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The simultaneous debut of the Apple Watch in the U.S. and China exemplifies the increasing importance of the world's most populous country to top American retailers, according to consulting firm Tompkins International.

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Obama's Climate Change Plan Faces Legal Test

April 15, 2015 2:11 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's ambitious proposal to slash carbon pollution from the nation's coal-fired power plants that is blamed for global warming.

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Some Governors Support EPA, Push Back At McConnell

April 15, 2015 2:02 pm | by Rick Stevens, The Associated Press | Comments

McConnell's call for governors to defy the EPA's proposed pollution limitations has provoked push-back from governors who support the EPA's effort to curb climate change.

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Wearables Gaining Popularity In Business

April 15, 2015 1:54 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Warehouses, manufacturing shop floors, and field maintenance sites already use smart glasses in some cases.

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KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 15, 2015 1:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of their fruit and nut bars as “healthy”— because they do not meet federal standards.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: SpaceX Rocket Barely Misses Amazing Landing

April 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

In an impressively close call, the Falcon 9 planted successfully on the barge but tipped over after making contact.

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Digital Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

April 15, 2015 10:53 am | by CNN Money | Comments

The future of industry could mean fewer workers, more machines and more automation.

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Q&A: Matt Hederstrom And Jeff Phillips Of Varley Group

April 15, 2015 10:32 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Comments

Varley Group is one of Australia’s oldest engineering companies with a reputation worthy of its tenure. Recently, they’ve begun to establish a substantial presence in the U.S. through their subsidiary, Varley USA.

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Researchers Testing Air Pollution Over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 10:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Fracking fueled a dramatic increase in U.S. crude production in recent years, but the practice of extracting fuel from shale formations also sparked a wide range of environmental and human health concerns.

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