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Survey: Many In Plastics Industry Call For Improved Resins

March 26, 2015 2:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A substantial portion of the plastics sector believes current resins are insufficient to meet industry needs, according to a recent poll.

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Feds Investigate Safety Of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company's executives have criticized "60 Minutes," saying that the television program "distorted the facts" and used a test for its report that was not a "real-world" test.

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Facebook Looks To Embrace Internet Of Things

March 26, 2015 11:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"When Facebook makes a move like this, people shouldn’t underestimate what that means."

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New Alternatives To Computer Passwords

March 26, 2015 9:53 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Forget about forgetting passwords.

Fewer Americans Filed For Unemployment Benefits Last Week

March 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The relatively low average shows that employers are holding onto workers and may increase hiring.

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Republican Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“When the National Labor Relations Board decided to allow micro-unions, they tipped the scales dramatically in favor of unions and neglected 77 years’ worth of precedent in collective bargaining.”

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Mind The STEM Gap: A Conversation With Meredith Kovarik

March 26, 2015 9:37 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | News | Comments

"Men and women are fighting for equal opportunity, because diverse teams make for stronger teams and better results."

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U.S. Steel To Idle Illinois Plant, Lay Off More Than 2,000

March 26, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Global influences in the market like reduced steel prices, unfair trade, imports and fluctuating oil prices, continue to have an impact on the business."

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Trains With Brains Will Haul Ore Through Earth’s Closest Thing To Mars

March 26, 2015 9:24 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The locomotives come equipped with some 250 sensors that monitor speed, temperature and other conditions.

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Union Head Confident Ohio City Will Keep Jeep Wrangler Line

March 25, 2015 8:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toledo leaders delivered an incentives package two weeks ago to Fiat Chrysler executives as part of their effort to hold onto the Wrangler.

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Report: Emissions Requirements, Fuel Cell Vehicles To Drive Increase In Global Hydrogen

March 25, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Refiners use the gas for hydrotreating, which reduces sulfur and other chemicals in fuel, as well as hydrocracking, which upgrades lower-quality gasoline oils.

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$20 Oil Could Be A Reality If This Happens

March 25, 2015 2:31 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The U.S. is pumping so much oil it's running out of places to stash it, and that could have a big impact on oil prices.

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Changes To Catfish Regulations Could Stifle Imports, Increase Industry Costs

March 25, 2015 2:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

New restrictions on imported catfish could remove them from supermarkets, restaurants and dinner tables altogether by the end of the year.

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Flashback To 1988: Flying Car Test Flight

March 25, 2015 2:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

With recent news of the Slovakian company AeroMobil announcing plans to begin selling a flying car in 2017, it seems humanity’s dream of a flying car will finally come true.

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Views Mixed On U.S. Oil Storage Crunch

March 25, 2015 1:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said as of March 6, the massive storage facility in Cushing, Oklahoma contained more than 51.5 million barrels of oil, a number that neared the complex's operational capacity.

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UAW Chief Rejects Lower Wage Tier

March 25, 2015 1:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The current two-tier UAW wage system, installed in 2007, pays veteran workers $28 per hour, while pay for newer employees is capped at $19.28 per hour.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Paris Smog Reaches New Heights

March 25, 2015 1:05 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Paris authorities instituted a 24 hour emergency ban this past Monday that prohibited cars bearing even-numbered plates from driving within city limits.

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Salt Lake City Will Soon Offer Google's High-Speed Internet

March 25, 2015 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Fiber spokesman Devin Baer said the company plans to start construction for the network after several months of planning with city officials.

U.S. Durable Goods Orders Fell 1.4 Percent In February

March 25, 2015 10:25 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, blamed some of the weakness to the big plunge in energy prices, which has led to cutbacks in drilling plans by oil and gas companies.

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Proposed Bill Would Create Organic-Type Labels For Non-Modified Foods

March 25, 2015 10:21 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the legislation, the Agriculture Department would oversee the certification, as it does with organics.

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