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No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change.

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Man Convicted For Fatal N.H. Explosion On Trial

April 22, 2014 8:01 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant is on trial for wire fraud, but defense attorneys say he was trying to create jobs, not defraud the government.          

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U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 7:55 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama administration sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.       

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GM Wants More Protection From Lawsuits

April 22, 2014 7:46 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.                

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No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 7:40 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.        

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ACA Chips At Core Goal Of Reducing Uninsured

April 21, 2014 2:39 pm | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Questions of affordability, eligibility, immigrant access and the response from employers and state legislatures — obstacles that existed before the Affordable Care Act took effect — mean considerable work remains to make a larger dent in the uninsured population.

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Lawmakers Demand Sanctions On Russia's Chemicals

April 21, 2014 2:29 pm | News | Comments

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said, "If Russia does get away with this, I do think that there's a potential that a NATO ally is next." President Barack Obama has said his administration is prepared to take further action against Russia if diplomatic efforts to destabilize the conflict fail.

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American Perceptions Of Power

April 21, 2014 2:23 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

More and more Americans claim to be informed about where their energy comes from, but does that knowledge translate into behavior? Does it matter if Americans understand the risks involved in the different kinds of energy sources?     

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U.S. Navy To Deploy First Electromagnetic Railgun At Sea

April 21, 2014 2:06 pm | by U.S. Navy | News | Comments

EM railgun technology uses an electromagnetic force — known as the Lorenz Force — to rapidly accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails. This guided projectile is launched at such high velocities that it can achieve greater ranges than conventional guns.

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Apple Going Green With Free Recycling, Renewable Energy

April 21, 2014 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Among other things, the Cupertino, Calif., company is increasing its reliance on solar and wind power while sending less electronic junk to landfills.                                         

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NASA's 'Robonaut' Finally Getting Its Space Legs

April 21, 2014 1:28 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

With legs, the 8-foot Robonaut will be able to climb throughout the 260-mile-high outpost, performing mundane cleaning chores and fetching things for the human crew.                           

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We Are In The Post-Industrial Economy

April 21, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

The reality is that today’s big corporations are really only focused on three things — cost reduction, profitability, and increasing returns to their investors. They are not moral, patriotic, loyal, or immoral, and we cannot and should not depend on them to devote anything more then lip service to the plight of the middle class or the decline of American manufacturing.

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Up

April 21, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in March for the third consecutive month, a sign of stronger growth after harsh winter weather caused the economy's pace to slow.              

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Court Won't Block Ruling In Patent Case

April 21, 2014 10:30 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.           

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Why Are Americans Obsessed With Missing Malaysia Plane?

April 21, 2014 10:12 am | by Margie Mason, Associated Press | News | Comments

From the beginning, the story has bubbled with enough drama to rival a good Hollywood whodunit. And even though it unfolded on the other side of the world with only three Americans on board, many were sucked in anyway.        

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Automating Purchasing, Production & Customer Service on Three Continent

April 21, 2014 9:57 am | Videos | Comments

IDT uses Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software, implemented by Edgewater Fullscope, to support new products and market expansion, as well as address traceability requirements. IDT processes over 25,000 products per day and has over 86,000 customers around the world.

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Albuquerque Leaders Propose Site For Tesla

April 21, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Some Albuquerque leaders are suggesting a site on the city's west side as a location for Tesla Motors' planned new plant to manufacture batteries for its electric cars.               

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UAW Withdraws Volkswagen Vote Appeal

April 21, 2014 8:29 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a Monday statement, the UAW says it will instead focus on a congressional investigation into an anti-unionization campaign by Republican politicians and outside groups.                

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Documents Detail Delayed GM Saturn Recall

April 21, 2014 8:23 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.       

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Study Says Fuels From Corn Waste Not Better Than Gas

April 21, 2014 8:10 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law.           

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