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Report: Apple Has Hundreds Working On Electric Car Project

February 14, 2015 12:55 pm | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | Comments

You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. The newspaper cites people familiar with the project who spoke under condition of...

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Navy Debuts Robot That Can Fight Fires Aboard Ships

February 14, 2015 10:57 am | by Brock Vergakis, The Associated Press | Comments

The Navy has developed a prototype of a man-sized robot to do one of the most dangerous jobs aboard any ship: fighting a fire. The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot was developed by researchers at Virginia Tech and made its public debut during a Navy science and technology expo in...

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Brewers Battle Over Who Can Distribute Beer In Kentucky

February 13, 2015 3:23 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | Comments

Tensions between the emerging craft beer industry and one of the world's largest brewers have erupted into a regulatory fight about who can distribute beer in Kentucky. Anheuser-Busch owns two distributors in Kentucky and has attempted to buy others. But independent brewers worry they would be frozen...

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Consumer Health Group Finds Toxic Chocolate Valentine Surprise

February 13, 2015 3:17 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

A consumer health protection organization, As You Sow, filed notices of legal action Wednesday against Hershey's, See's Candies and Mars for allegedly violating California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.  Under the Act, manufacturers are required to protect its consumers and the state's...

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FDA Panel To Review Application For 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

February 13, 2015 3:10 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | Comments

A Food and Drug Administration panel is planning to review smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes. The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee has scheduled a two-day meeting beginning...

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Chemical Safety Board Under Fire

February 13, 2015 3:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents has come under increasing fire on a number of fronts in recent days, with former employees, members of Congress and even the Obama administration calling its activities into question. Criticism of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is nothing...

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Recalls Of The Week: Vehicles Recalled In 2014 Exceeded Previous 3 Years Combined

February 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed that 2014 was a record year for vehicle recalls. Shockingly, the number of recalled vehicles in 2014 exceeded the number for the previous three years combined. Of the 64 million recalled vehicles in 2014, about 27 million were...

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Obama To Focus On Cybersecurity In Heart Of Silicon Valley

February 13, 2015 2:16 pm | by Darlene Superville and Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama, responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks, is trying to spark alliances between policymakers who want to regulate the online world and tech innovators who traditionally shun federal government bureaucracies. In California's Silicon Valley on Friday, Obama was slated to...

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Manufacturing Group Backs Overseas Email Privacy Bill

February 13, 2015 12:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A national manufacturing group is calling for congressional passage of an overseas email privacy bill, arguing it would help protect American business relationships abroad. "At a time when manufacturing in the United States is launching a comeback, our industry cannot afford to lose business outside...

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Congress Seeks To Undo Union Election Standard

February 13, 2015 12:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

Republican lawmakers who now control both houses of Congress are taking steps to counter federal agency decisions they believe favor unions. Their targets include a policy adopted late last year by the National Labor Relations Board that would close the gap between a petition for a union election and the start of voting, as...

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Toyota Plant Reaches 500,000 Cars Built

February 13, 2015 10:34 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | Comments

A red Toyota Corolla LE — specifically Barcelona Red Metallic — assembled Thursday morning is headed to Mexico for a waiting buyer. This Corolla doesn't have any particular feature other similar models have, except one particular distinction: It's the 500,000th car built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing...

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U.S. Appeals To Japanese Business To Help Push For Trade Pact

February 13, 2015 10:31 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | Comments

Japan and the U.S. are moving closer to reaching agreement on market opening measures needed to conclude a Pacific Rim trade pact, a top U.S. envoy said Friday, urging Japanese business leaders to help bridge the last, difficult disagreements. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken urged members of...

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Congress To Postpone Sending Keystone-Pipeline Bill To Obama

February 13, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Congressional leaders are delaying sending a bill authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the White House for a likely veto until after the recess break. Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota, the chief Republican sponsor, told reporters Thursday it would be better if Congress was in town when...

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Retailers Fret As Products Languish On Ships, Docks At Ports

February 13, 2015 9:56 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | Comments

It's early for many Americans still sloshing through winter to plan their gardens, home improvements and spring sports leagues, but stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports. The critical gateways for international trade have...

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TransCanada Suspends Efforts To Seize NE Land For Keystone

February 13, 2015 9:42 am | by undefined | Comments

TransCanada Corp. will temporarily suspend efforts to seize Nebraska land for its much-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline after landowners sued, in what is one obstacle the Canadian company still faces in the 1,179-mile project. A Holt County District judge issued a temporary injunction Thursday, keeping...

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Refinery Strike To Continue, Talks On Hold Until Next Week

February 13, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A nearly two-week-old strike at oil refineries appears set to continue into next week as talks between workers and industry representatives remain on hold. The United Steelworkers union and Royal Dutch Shell, the lead negotiator for several companies involved in contract talks, each indicated negotiations...

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Are You A Hack Waiting To Happen?

February 13, 2015 9:29 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to find out. High-profile hacks have companies on the defensive, trying to prevent becoming the next Sony Pictures or Anthem. And data shows phishing emails are more and more common as entry points for hackers — unwittingly clicking on...

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Bustling West Coast Ports Fall Quiet Amid Labor Dispute

February 12, 2015 2:27 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | Comments

Seaports in major West Coast cities that normally are abuzz with the sound of commerce are falling unusually quiet. Companies that operate marine terminals said they weren't calling workers to unload ships Thursday that carry car parts, furniture, clothing, electronics — just about anything made in Asia and...

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Report Projects Solar Energy Production To Surge In U.S.

February 12, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A recently released study projects solar energy costs will be able to compete with those of traditional electricity generation in most states within the next 15 years. The report from Scottish energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie -- titled, "Is solar the next shale?" -- asks whether solar-generated electricity is...

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1,100 Natural Gas Utility Workers On Long Island Eye Walkout

February 12, 2015 2:10 pm | by Frank Eltman, The Associated Press | Comments

A utility is making contingency plans in the event 1,100 workers who repair gas mains and help operate power plants across Long Island walk off the job when their contract expires at midnight Friday. "We have experienced management personnel from throughout the company, as well as skilled retirees and...

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