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Saudi Arabia Hopes to Lure Shale Workers From The US

March 19, 2015 1:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The continuing production increases in the U.S. contributed to rising global oil supplies and prices that are now trading at less than half of their mid-2014 peaks, a trend that led domestic companies to shut down rigs and lay off thousands. 

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Monsanto To Pay $350K To Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA said last year that it believes the genetically modified wheat in Oregon was the result of an isolated incident and that there is no evidence of that wheat in commerce.           

Kansas Ethanol Producers Say Proposed Tax Would Close Plants

March 19, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers, ethanol producers and representatives of the renewable energy industry testified to the committee that the tax would hurt rural economies and cause plant closures.            

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Understanding The Shale Revolution: Q&A With Rick Strittmatter

March 19, 2015 10:20 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

We read about the challenges in the media, but it is with the help of innovations in the chemical industry that hydraulic fracturing becomes efficient, safe and sustainable.           

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Obama Orders 40 Percent Cut In Government's Greenhouse Gases

March 19, 2015 10:07 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama hasn't fully explained how he'll meet that goal, but his aides have suggested that unprecedented pollution limits he's imposing on power plants will get the U.S. much of the way there.         

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Barely Rose Last Week

March 19, 2015 9:50 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose slightly by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000.                  

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U.S. Current Account Trade Deficit Widens To $113.5 Billion

March 19, 2015 9:35 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A widening trade deficit contributed to the slowdown in overall economic growth in the fourth quarter and is expected to be a drag on growth in 2015 as the stronger dollar makes American products less competitive on overseas markets. 

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By The Numbers: Federal Report Says 'Extreme Long-Term Unemployment' Remained High In 2014

March 19, 2015 9:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from the federal Labor Department says the nation's level of "extreme long-term unemployment" remained high in 2014 despite a strong year for hiring.              

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Largest U.S. Cache Of Chemical Weapons About To Be Destroyed

March 18, 2015 2:50 pm | by Dan Elliot, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. acquired 30,600 tons of mustard and nerve agents, but it never used them in war. Nearly 90 percent of its original stockpile has already been destroyed.             

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A Drone That Throws Flames, Sprays Graffiti

March 18, 2015 2:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Tyrone the Drone can spray graffiti and produce fire from the sky. Laurie Segall reports.                          

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General Mills Completes Plan To Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills said that the previously announced job cuts, which were mostly in the U.S., were part of a restructuring plan called Project Catalyst that was approved during its fiscal second quarter.       

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Intentional Fails At SXSW

March 18, 2015 2:02 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

“Failures are cheap if you do them first...Failures are expensive if you do them at the end.”                         

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Ford GT Supercar Will Be Company's Most Expensive Ever

March 18, 2015 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford revealed the 600-horsepower, carbon fiber GT in January at the Detroit auto show. The company plans to introduce 12 high-performance vehicles by 2020.               

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A Bright Idea

March 18, 2015 1:41 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

As LEDs have become more common, the way they are being implemented and used has evolved.                          

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Lawmakers Hope To Designate, Fund 'Manufacturing Universities'

March 18, 2015 1:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Qualifying campuses would receive $20 million over four years to meet goals related to engineering, job training, manufacturing entrepreneurship and partnering with manufacturing companies.                                                  

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Kraft Recalls 6.5 Million Boxes Of Mac And Cheese

March 18, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods Group Inc. said Tuesday it is aware of eight incidents of consumers finding metal in the boxes, but hasn't been informed of any injuries.                

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U.S. Sets New Record For Denying, Censoring Government Files

March 18, 2015 10:17 am | by Ted Bridis, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In nearly 1 in 3 cases, when someone challenged under appeal the administration's initial decision to censor or withhold files, the government reconsidered and acknowledged it was at least partly wrong.       

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In Portuguese Factory, Echoes Of Europe's Fight For Jobs

March 18, 2015 10:10 am | by Barry Hatton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Valadares recovery project showcases two actions that European governments are betting on to help the recovery: simplifying business rules and increasing confidence to encourage private investment.       

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Eating Red, Processed Meats: A Dietitian's Thoughts On The U.S. Dietary Guidelines

March 18, 2015 10:01 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

"I think it is helpful to have these recommendations because it gives Americans a base to go on and guidance when they are making their food choices."                

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This Japanese Company Built A “Disaster-Proof” Factory

March 18, 2015 9:57 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

“Even when you factor in investment support from government entities, disaster preparedness is definitely not inexpensive. However, the prospect of enhancing both our readiness for disasters and our energy efficiency acted as an incentive.” 

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