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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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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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House Panel Targets 'Glaring Management Failures' At EPA

May 1, 2015 10:21 am | by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press | Comments

"We've seen numerous examples of fraud, unprofessional behavior, cronyism and outright theft at the EPA," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. "It is well past time for someone to be held accountable for these management failings."

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Senators Introduce Patent Reform Legislation

May 1, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A bipartisan group of senators this week introduced legislation targeting so-called "patent trolls."

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China Factory Activity Barely Growing

May 1, 2015 6:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Manufacturing in China barely grew in April, continuing sluggish recent performance in the world's second biggest economy.

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Remote Utah Outpost Serves As Stand-In For Surface Of Mars

May 1, 2015 2:07 am | by Brady Mccombs, The Associated Press | Comments

This site and others that allow crews to mimic interplanetary missions are helping to raise buzz about Mars to an all-time high as advancements in science and engineering convince space enthusiasts that the 140-million-mile trip is a realistic possibility in this century.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Jeff Bezos’ Spaceship Lifts Off

April 30, 2015 4:30 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

This launch is particularly exciting to the public, because Blue Origin’s primary goal is to commercialize space travel and make it available to more adventurous tourists.

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Water Plant Blasted From Granite Gets A Nanotech Makeover

April 30, 2015 3:17 pm | by GE Reports Staff | Comments

When finished, the plant will become the world’s largest water treatment facility with such “membrane bioreactors” (MBRs), capable of processing almost 280 million gallons of dirty water per day. The plant will release the clean water back into the Baltic Sea.

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A Glance At Arizona's Controversy Over Plastic Bag Bans

April 30, 2015 3:11 pm | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press | Comments

Though the cities of Flagstaff and Tempe have since dropped their proposals to ban plastic bags, they are considering taking legal action against the state.

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California Panel Backs Workers’ Comp Reforms

April 30, 2015 2:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the current system shifts costs from employers onto workers and taxpayers and leads to a series of abuses and concerns, including misclassifying employees, underreporting injuries and curbing benefits.

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Boehner: Killing Export-Import Bank Risks Thousands Of Jobs

April 30, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | Comments

Many conservative Republicans want to kill the bank outright, saying it finances too many questionable projects and favors some businesses over others. But the bank enjoys sweeping support among Democrats, and other GOP lawmakers support business groups who say it sustains U.S. jobs.

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Technical Problem Could Curb Apple Watch Availability

April 30, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Wall Street Journal reports that the taptic engine made by China-based AAC Technologies Holdings breaks down over time, which forced the tech giant to scrap some already-completed watches.

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