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Survey: China Factory Activity Up, Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 9:55 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey Wednesday. HSBC's preliminary purchasing managers' index released...

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Apple To Bolster Emoji Diversity

February 25, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

More than a year after an Internet outcry about a lack of racial diversity among Apple's emojis, users looking to punctuate their texts with tiny cartoon people will soon be able to select from a variety of new skin tones. Apple officials said the next update to its operating system for the iPhone and iPad...

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

February 25, 2015 8:12 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency...        

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AZ House OKs Apple Data Center Credits, Exemptions

February 24, 2015 9:12 pm | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arizona Legislature wants to help Apple Inc. by extending renewable energy tax credits and exemptions to cover the 1.3-million-square-foot data center it plans to open in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. The House approved a bill Tuesday that expands a $5 million sales tax credit...

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CA's Plastic Bag Ban Suspended By Ballot Referendum

February 24, 2015 7:13 pm | by Judy Lin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California's first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when a trade group turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016. The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about...

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Soft-Robotics Technology Wins Big At The Oscars

February 24, 2015 5:24 pm | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Disney’s "Big Hero 6" stars vinyl robot superhero.                                 

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Fracking Regulation Debate Heats Up CO

February 24, 2015 3:03 pm | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A battle over who should regulate oil and gas drilling in Colorado has roared back to life, just as a task force that was supposed to help settle the dispute is finishing up its recommendations. The 21-member task force has been wrestling with how much power local governments should have to regulate...

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Report: 19 Oil And Gas Stocks In 'Extreme Danger'

February 24, 2015 2:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices. David Fessler, energy and infrastructure strategist for the Oxford Club, compiled the "Oil Company Death List" to highlight oil and gas companies that...

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Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Arrives At White House, Obama To Veto

February 24, 2015 2:46 pm | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama will veto a Republican-backed bill on Tuesday that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the White House said, putting a freeze on a top GOP priority — at least for now. The contentious legislation arrived at the White House on Tuesday morning...

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CA Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker seeks to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort. Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, a Democrat from Carmel, earlier this month introduced legislation requiring sweetened beverages...

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With Looming Regulations, Drones Struggle For Liftoff

February 24, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

There’s been lots of talk about drones lately in anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft. Companies such as Amazon hope to use them to their advantage to step-up deliveries, while some worry...

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Fed Waits On Rate Raise, Wage Growth Disappoints

February 24, 2015 2:04 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, announced in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee that the Federal Reserve will not rush to raise interest rates. Despite recent economic growth, one piece of the labor market puzzle...

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EU Moves Ahead With Greenhouse Gas Trading Reform

February 24, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union lawmakers have backed plans to reform the EU's vast greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme to protect it from fluctuations in the economy. The system sets limits on certain greenhouse gases that factories and power plants can emit and allows companies to trade allowances if they...

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Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move The Needle On Wages?

February 24, 2015 1:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

As the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer, Wal-Mart serves as a convenient punching bag for those decrying the growing prevalence of low-wage service industry jobs in the U.S. So, last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would...

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Siemens To Supply Turbines For Fuel Efficient Plant

February 24, 2015 10:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens is supplying two gas turbines and one steam turbine for the new Holland Energy Park combined cycle power plant in Holland, Michigan. The local municipal utility, Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW), is replacing an aging coal-fired plant with a new fuel efficient modern power...

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Study: Climate Change Extremely Harmful To Wheat Production

February 24, 2015 10:13 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken. Vara Prasad, professor of crop ecophysiology and director of...

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Ex-Im Bank Keeps Heartland Town Open For Business

February 24, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The light filters inside St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, Pa., through a set of precious Tiffany windows framing its spacious nave. This life-size kaleidoscope of colors harkens back to a time over a century ago, when Franklin was at the epicenter of America’s first oil...

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A New Source of Biofuel — Leather Sludge

February 24, 2015 10:02 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

Leather processing produces large amounts of toxic waste including shavings, trimmings and fleshings. Much of this sludge is too dangerous to burn because it contains dioxins and nitrogen oxides that are harmful to the environment, so properly disposing of it is a costly and tricky...

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MO Bill Would Stop Cities From Banning Plastic Bags

February 24, 2015 9:59 am | by Summer Ballentine, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment. The move comes as the city of Columbia, the home of the...

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Mysterious Drone Overflights In Paris Continue

February 24, 2015 7:12 am | by Angela Charlton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — At least five drones flew over the Eiffel Tower, the U.S. Embassy and other Paris landmarks overnight, authorities said Tuesday. It was the most audacious of several mysterious drone overflights around France in recent months. An investigation is underway into who was operating the...

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