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Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 7, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The survey showed a lack of qualified workers as the leading manufacturing headwind — 35 percent of respondents identified that problem — followed closely by legislative or regulatory pressures at 33 percent and lack of demand at 29 percent.

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U.S. Safety Board: Oil Train Tank Cars Need Urgent Updates

April 7, 2015 1:43 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | Comments

The board called for relief valves on tank cars to prevent pressure from building inside them as they heat up from nearby fires, which can cause the cars to explode.

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USDA Unveils App To Help Prevent Wasted Food

April 7, 2015 10:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The app specifically includes pages for more than 400 items, tips for proper cooking, notifications about products nearing the end of their shelf lives and an "Ask Karen" feature for other questions that can be directed to the USDA.

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Consumers Want 'Natural' Foods, But What Does That Even Mean?

April 7, 2015 10:46 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

More and more shoppers are choosing "natural" food. But after decades of debate, there is still no generally accepted definition of a "natural" food product.

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'Fight Club' Actor Speaks Out Against Fracking

April 7, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A radio ad released by the Don't Frack Maryland campaign is running Tuesday featuring actor Edward Norton, who grew up in Columbia, Maryland.

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Study Finds Internet Of Things Vital To Future Of Transportation And Logistics Industry

April 7, 2015 10:38 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

The survey showed that 90 percent of transportation and logistics companies either have or plan to deploy IoT solutions within a year.

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Commodity Supplies Send Food Prices Sliding

April 7, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's food price index — a measure of cereal, dairy, meat, sugar and oilseed price changes — fell 2.6 points last month amid a year-long slide due to an oversupply of commodities.

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U.S. Again Leads In Petroleum And Natural Gas Production

April 7, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. led the world in petroleum and natural gas production for a third consecutive year in 2014, according to a new report from the federal Energy Information Administration.

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Groups Seek Ban On Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 7, 2015 10:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

“When toxic flame retardants burn — and they do burn — it creates a serious health risk for fire fighters,” said Harold Schaitberger, general president of the International Association of Fire.

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California Cities Pressured To Slash Water Use

April 7, 2015 10:21 am | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | Comments

Cities are facing increased pressure to slash water use after Gov. Jerry Brown last week ordered a mandatory statewide 25 percent drop in urban water use compared with 2013 levels.

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Obama Presents Climate Change As Health Hazard

April 7, 2015 9:58 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | Comments

Obama's effort to link climate change to health comes as he works to build support for steps he's taken to curb U.S. emissions that are opposed by business and industry, including strict limits on vehicles and power plants.

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EPA Announces Moratorium On Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Decline

April 6, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

In a letter to companies seeking neonicotinoid approval, EPA pesticide official Jack Housenger wrote that "until the data on pollinator health have been received and appropriate risk assessments completed, [the EPA] is unlikely to be in a position to determine that such uses would avoid ‘unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.'"

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If You Light It, They Will Come: You Will Never Believe Who Invented Night Baseball

April 6, 2015 2:43 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

A GE lighting engineer was thinking about freight trains, not baseball, when he hit upon his idea. In the 1920s, a railroad company asked him to design an array of high-wattage lamps that would allow it to keep rail yards open overnight.

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North Dakota To Join Lawsuit Against Federal Fracking Rules

April 6, 2015 2:22 pm | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press | Comments

North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process when it's used on U.S. government lands.

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Analysts Upgrade Lumber Liquidators Following Flooring Tests

April 6, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Virginia-based Lumber Liquidators took a beating from both the public and investors last month after a "60 Minutes" report showed laminate flooring made in China failed to meet California emissions standards for formaldehyde.

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Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline In Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 12:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The official totals showed the country lost 1,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector compared to February numbers, which BLS officials characterized as "little change" in employment.

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Jury Orders Chrysler To Pay $150M In Jeep Fire Death

April 6, 2015 10:39 am | by Tim Krishner, The Associated Press | Comments

The verdict comes nearly two years after Chrysler compromised with a federal safety agency and agreed to a scaled-down recall of some older-model Jeeps with the rear-mounted tanks.

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Texas Grocery Chain H-E-B Pulls All Blue Bell Products

April 6, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

H-E-B, with more than 300 stores in Texas and northern Mexico, said the decision Saturday was a "precautionary measure due to food safety concerns."

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Nestlé Hopes To Boost Chocolate Brand, Weather Russian Downturn

April 6, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Nestlé officials recently detailed plans to steer the world's largest food company through an uncertain chocolate market and weakness in the Russian economy.  

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Autonomous Car Completes 3,400-Mile U.S. Road Trip

April 6, 2015 10:11 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | Comments

"We expected we would be in autonomous mode most of the time, but to be in it close to 99 percent of the time was a pleasant surprise."

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