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Fiat Chrysler CEO Makes Another Pitch For Auto Mergers

April 29, 2015 | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne says the auto industry faces grave risks if companies don't start consolidating and share skyrocketing product development costs.

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USDA Report: Labeling Requirement Costs Producers Without Benefit To Consumers

May 5, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Federal officials reported that country-of-origin-labeling requirements cost the agricultural sector billions without any measurable benefit to consumers.

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Energy-Producing States Blast Obama Climate Change Plan

May 5, 2015 2:58 pm | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | Comments

Attorneys general from two energy-producing states say the Obama administration's far-reaching plan to address climate change would cause job losses and lead to higher electricity prices.

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Big Data Dawn On The High Seas

May 5, 2015 2:43 pm | by GE Reports Staff | Comments

A seaborne locomotive sounds like crazy idea, but engineer Andy McKeran, who designs heavy-duty offshore equipment at GE, might give it another look.

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Report: EPA To Ease Testing Requirements In Formeldahyde Rule

May 5, 2015 2:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The issue also arose recently following concerns over laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators and others.

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Panera CEO On Push To Banish Artificial Ingredients

May 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

By the end of the next year, the chain says the dozens of ingredients on its "No No List" will be banished from its menu.

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Report: 'Safer' Chemistry Expected To Outperform Overall Chemical Market

May 5, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

“This report demonstrates what many in the industry have believed: that safer chemicals are the future, not just for safety and health, but for business itself,” ASBC CEO David Levine said in a statement.

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How Big Is Tesla’s ‘Big’ Announcement?

May 5, 2015 2:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his company's new battery division last week, he hailed the beginning of a "complete transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of the world."

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Texas Legislature Acts To Stop Cities From Limiting Drilling

May 5, 2015 10:28 am | by Will Weissert, The Associated Press | Comments

Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries.

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Kentucky Aluminum Plant Nears Lockout

May 5, 2015 10:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

USW negotiators countered that the contract did not resolve concerns about insurance rates, time away from work and the rights of future union members.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps To Six-Year High Of $51.4B

May 5, 2015 10:19 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

President Barack Obama has been pushing the benefits of free trade in an effort to convince Congress to pass the legislation he needs to complete a sweeping trade agreement with 11 other nations.

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Steady, Hiring Slows

May 5, 2015 10:15 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 28th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 71st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Study: Trace Amount Of Drilling Chemical Found In Water Well

May 5, 2015 10:08 am | by Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press | Comments

Toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and migrated thousands of feet into a residential drinking-water supply in Pennsylvania, according to a study published Monday.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Switches Rises To 97

May 5, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total on Monday. It stood at 90 deaths last week.

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Lean And Green: Not Just For Your Diet Anymore

May 5, 2015 9:46 am | by Travis Mai, eCommerce Sales and Training Manager, CURT Manufacturing | Comments

One of the primary objectives of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste. Since reducing waste is also an objective of going green, the two programs reinforce each other. Here are a few ways going lean can help you go green at the same time.

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Seattle Mayor: Port Needs New Permit For Arctic Oil Fleet

May 4, 2015 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shell has been planning to base its fleet — including a drill rig and two tug boats — at the port's Terminal 5 for six months each year, when they're not being used in the Arctic.

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McDonald's CEO Announces Turnaround Strategy

May 4, 2015 3:08 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

CEO Steve Easterbrook, who previously headed up the U.K. business, has described himself as an "internal activist" and says he wants to turn McDonald's into a "modern, progressive burger company."

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April’s Top-Selling Vehicles List

May 4, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Auto sales heated up in April as Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all reported U.S. gains.

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General Motors Will Invest $174M In Kansas Plant

May 4, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors will invest $174 million in its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, to pay for new equipment and technology to produce the 2016 Malibu, company officials announced Monday.

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Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal Over Energy Regulation

May 4, 2015 2:48 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | Comments

The justices agreed to review a lower court ruling that struck down a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule that requires utilities to pay energy consumers for lowering electricity use during times of peak demand.

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Study: Cutting Carbon Dioxide Saves 3,500 U.S. Lives A Year

May 4, 2015 2:43 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

Lab studies on animals show how soot and smog harm the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and epidemiological studies link tens of thousands of deaths each year to soot and smog pollution, said study co-author Joel Schwartz, a Harvard environmental epidemiologist.

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