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North Dakota To Join Lawsuit Against Federal Fracking Rules

April 6, 2015 2:22 pm | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process when it's used on U.S. government lands.

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Analysts Upgrade Lumber Liquidators Following Flooring Tests

April 6, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Virginia-based Lumber Liquidators took a beating from both the public and investors last month after a "60 Minutes" report showed laminate flooring made in China failed to meet California emissions standards for formaldehyde.

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Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline In Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 12:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The official totals showed the country lost 1,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector compared to February numbers, which BLS officials characterized as "little change" in employment.

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Jury Orders Chrysler To Pay $150M In Jeep Fire Death

April 6, 2015 10:39 am | by Tim Krishner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The verdict comes nearly two years after Chrysler compromised with a federal safety agency and agreed to a scaled-down recall of some older-model Jeeps with the rear-mounted tanks.

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Texas Grocery Chain H-E-B Pulls All Blue Bell Products

April 6, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

H-E-B, with more than 300 stores in Texas and northern Mexico, said the decision Saturday was a "precautionary measure due to food safety concerns."

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Nestlé Hopes To Boost Chocolate Brand, Weather Russian Downturn

April 6, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nestlé officials recently detailed plans to steer the world's largest food company through an uncertain chocolate market and weakness in the Russian economy.  

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Autonomous Car Completes 3,400-Mile U.S. Road Trip

April 6, 2015 10:11 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

"We expected we would be in autonomous mode most of the time, but to be in it close to 99 percent of the time was a pleasant surprise."

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Volkswagen Expands Tennessee Plant

April 6, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports documents show the automaker wants to add an additional 130,153 square feet to the original expansion, 25 percent more than first planned.

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Report: Takeda Offers $2.2 Billion To Settle Actos Lawsuits

April 6, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The proposal would equate to awards of about $275,000 in each of the more than 8,000 U.S. lawsuits filed over the drug, which allegedly caused bladder cancer in some patients.

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Google Reveals New Computer Stick

April 2, 2015 3:00 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Google has developed a stick that plugs in to any display to create a computer. CNET senior editor Jeff Bakalar takes a look at the new gadget.

Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles To Driver's Air Bag Recall

April 2, 2015 2:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company said it will send letters to owners of vehicles in the expanded recall "over time" as replacement parts become available.

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U.S. Agency Charges Kraft, Mondelez With Wheat Price Rigging

April 2, 2015 2:27 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Faced with high wheat prices starting in the summer of 2011, Kraft and Mondelez used a strategy to buy $90 million of wheat futures for delivery in December 2011, amounting to a six-month supply of wheat, the CFTC said.

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The Three Ms For Industrial Success In 2015

April 2, 2015 2:22 pm | by John Renick | News | Comments

The industry poised to benefit the most from this digital revolution is manufacturing — that is if manufacturers can take the necessary steps to optimize their assets and the data being generated from them every second.

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Study: Synthetic Hormones Harmed Fish Reproduction

April 2, 2015 2:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers said the findings raised concerns about the chemicals' effects on aquatic wildlife.

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U.S. Factory Orders Rose For First Time Since July

April 2, 2015 10:36 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factory orders rose 0.2 percent in February, which was the first increase since July, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The climb was a welcome development for manufacturers struggling with disappointing economic growth in major trading partners like China, Europe and Japan.

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Drop Significantly

April 2, 2015 10:30 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Applications below 300,000 are generally consistent with solid monthly job gains. Layoffs have stayed close to historic lows, despite a pronounced economic slowdown in recent months.

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McDonald's Revamps Grilled Chicken To Cut Chemicals

April 2, 2015 10:17 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The change comes as McDonald's fights to hold onto customers amid the growing popularity of places like Chipotle that position themselves as more wholesome alternatives to traditional fast-food.

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Ethanol Groups 'April Fools' Letter Touts Renewable Fuel Standard

April 2, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In a letter to lawmakers, National Corn Growers Association CEO Chris Novak and Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dineen wrote that repealing or reforming the standard would "result in an immediate increase in foreign oil imports and strengthen champions of democracy such as Vladimir Putin."

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Reshaping Aircraft In Flight Could Make Planes Fly Better

April 2, 2015 10:08 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Once refined, the technology could allow aircraft designers to make smaller and lighter tails that produce less drag, which could translate into more efficient flight, lower fuel burn and save airlines millions of dollars.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Plunges 16.9 Percent In February

April 2, 2015 9:58 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit plunged in February as both imports and exports sank, driven by a since-settled trade dispute and a global economic slowdown that has cut into oil prices and caused the dollar to rise in value.

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