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Ford To Lay Off 700 Workers Due To Slow Car Sales

April 24, 2015 | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's the first time since 2009 that Ford has cut a shift at a U.S. plant. Automakers have been in growth mode since the recession, adding thousands of workers to meet strong U.S. demand for new cars.

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Mining For “Crown Jewel” Data Sets: Q&A With Manuel Terranova

April 24, 2015 5:34 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Peaxy, Inc. specializes in mining for these trapped, unstructured data sets, liberating the data and facilitating full access to all of your company’s information.

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Manufacturing's Winner & Loser Of The Week

April 24, 2015 3:26 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week we have a winner who has exceeded expectations this year, while the loser has learned that while imitation may be the highest form of flattery, it does not bode well in the business sector.

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Cheaper Fuel Has Airlines Soaring To Record Profits

April 24, 2015 3:17 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Like motorists, airlines have been saving money at the pump since oil prices began plunging last summer. Even with a recent increase, the spot price of jet fuel is down 40 percent since September.

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Durable Goods Orders Up, Business Investments Fall Again

April 24, 2015 3:11 pm | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers have been hurt by a labor dispute at West Coast ports that disrupted supply chains in the early part of the year. They were also hit with winter weather in many parts of the country that was harsh enough to disrupt production.

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Michelle Obama: Tech Industry To Train, Hire 90K Military Vets

April 24, 2015 2:51 pm | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelle Obama announced Thursday that the technology industry has promised to hire and train 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years — the latest private-sector commitment to her campaign to help veterans.

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Harley Recalls Nearly 46K Motorcycles

April 24, 2015 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Harley-Davidson Motor Co. said in documents that gas bubbles can cause the clutch master cylinder to lose its ability to fully disengage the clutch, especially if the bike has been parked for a long time.

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DuPont Hopes Acquisition Will Bolster Crop Products

April 24, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The acquisition is just the latest in a pattern of agribusiness giants seeking to expand their biological capabilities. The market is currently valued at about $2 billion with a projected growth rate of 10 to 15 percent, according to Reuters.

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Toyota To Provide First Hydrogen-Fueled Pace Car

April 24, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., said the manufacturer continues to use NASCAR as a vehicle to "showcase our innovation and environmental leadership."

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Hearing The Holy See: How GE Tech Is Keeping Vatican Radio On Air

April 24, 2015 10:16 am | by Jon Blauvelt and Ellen Zeidler, GE Reports | News | Comments

The station, established in 1931, is the Holy See’s official radio service and “the voice of the Pope and the Church in dialogue with the world.”

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Study: Soy Could Help Clean Up Oil Spills

April 24, 2015 10:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from Auburn University and Virginia Commonwealth University found that soy lecithin — which is included in a wide array of food products as a surfactant — disperses oil as well or better than two commonly used commercial substances.

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Desert Shrub Could Become Alternative Rubber Source

April 24, 2015 10:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Rubber companies are increasingly looking to a North American desert shrub as a potential alternative to rubber imported from Southeast Asia.

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Jeni's Ice Cream Recalled Over Possible Listeria

April 24, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nebraska inspectors found a sample of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams to be contaminated with listeria, a bacteria that can cause serious illness and be fatal in some cases.

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White House Expresses 'Concerns' About Energy Funding Bill

April 23, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The DOE's Office of Science would see a 0.6 percent increase to $5.1 billion under the committee's bill, while the administration asked for a 5.3 percent increase.

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U.S. Announces Plans To Reduce Agricultural Carbon Emissions

April 23, 2015 3:10 pm | by Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional approval.

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Feds Move To Speed Approval For Great Plains Wind Projects

April 23, 2015 2:47 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are moving to speed up their review of wind power projects across the Upper Great Plains in anticipation that the industry will continue growing.

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Fiat Chrysler Recalling 58K Manual Jeeps And Dodge Vipers

April 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FCA says a switch wire can break and cause the vehicles not to start. The vehicles may also move unintentionally if drivers don't follow the company's recommended procedures for starting the car.

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NY Mill Scraps Pipeline, Gets Natural Gas By Truck

April 23, 2015 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After cost increases scuttled plans for a natural gas pipeline beneath Lake Champlain, a northern New York paper company is going to get its natural gas by truck.

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Crazy Cars At Shanghai's Auto Show

April 23, 2015 1:59 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

There are fast cars, smart cars and self-driving cars, but what about crazy cars? Carlos Tejada takes us to the Shanghai Auto Show for a preview of high-tech autos that you might not want to drive.

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The Top 5 Food Recalls Of 2015

April 23, 2015 1:53 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Food Manufacturing has compiled a list of the top five food recalls to happen thus far in 2015 and is happy to present it to you, our readers, in this exclusive presentation.

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USGS Investigates Link Between Fracking, Increased Earthquakes

April 23, 2015 1:36 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"We're used to two or three earthquakes a week, but … two or three every day now, this past week, is really strange," Dea Mandeville, the city manager of Medford in northern Oklahoma, told National Public Radio.

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