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Frank Lloyd Wright Tower Opens To The Public

April 22, 2014 11:54 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring.   

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U.S. Investigating Mexican Sugar Exports, Price

April 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than it has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.              

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FDA Plan Would Speed Medical Device Approvals

April 22, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled a proposal Tuesday designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions.            

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Unilever To Use Less Plastic Per Bottle

April 22, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

Unilever PLC, the producer of countless disposable containers that clutter the landfills of the world, says it is adopting technology that will cut the amount of plastic it needs to use in each bottle by 15 percent.      

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E-Cig Industry Waiting For Federal Regulation

April 22, 2014 10:14 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing, largely unregulated industry and its legions of customers.        

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Google Asks Nonprofits For Ideas To Use Glass

April 22, 2014 9:44 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five charities that propose the best ideas by May 20 will get a free pair of the glasses, a trip to Google for training and a $25,000 grant to help make their project a reality.              

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Tesla Plans Expansion In China

April 22, 2014 8:54 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tesla delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.         

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CAT CEO's Compensation Cut To $12M

April 22, 2014 8:50 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Caterpillar cut the value of its CEO's pay package by 32 percent to $12 million in 2013, a year when the heavy machinery maker saw its profits fall by a third, according to an Associated Press analysis.         

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Valeant, Ackman Make $45B Bid For Allergan

April 22, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45 billion.           

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Texas Search Group Sues FAA Over Drones

April 22, 2014 8:41 am | by Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work.           

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Why Are There Brand Names In N.Y. Standardized Tests?

April 22, 2014 8:26 am | by Karen Matthews, Associated Press | News | Comments

Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the tests more than a million students in grades 3 through 8 took this month, leading to speculation it was some form of product placement advertising.    

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No New Safety Laws A Year After Texas Plant Blast

April 22, 2014 8:07 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change.

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Man Convicted For Fatal N.H. Explosion On Trial

April 22, 2014 8:01 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant is on trial for wire fraud, but defense attorneys say he was trying to create jobs, not defraud the government.          

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U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 7:55 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama administration sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute, ruling that imported steel reinforcing bar from Mexico and Turkey unfairly undercuts U.S. prices.       

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GM Wants More Protection From Lawsuits

April 22, 2014 7:46 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.                

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No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 7:40 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.        

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ACA Chips At Core Goal Of Reducing Uninsured

April 21, 2014 2:39 pm | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Questions of affordability, eligibility, immigrant access and the response from employers and state legislatures — obstacles that existed before the Affordable Care Act took effect — mean considerable work remains to make a larger dent in the uninsured population.

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Lawmakers Demand Sanctions On Russia's Chemicals

April 21, 2014 2:29 pm | News | Comments

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said, "If Russia does get away with this, I do think that there's a potential that a NATO ally is next." President Barack Obama has said his administration is prepared to take further action against Russia if diplomatic efforts to destabilize the conflict fail.

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American Perceptions Of Power

April 21, 2014 2:23 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

More and more Americans claim to be informed about where their energy comes from, but does that knowledge translate into behavior? Does it matter if Americans understand the risks involved in the different kinds of energy sources?     

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U.S. Navy To Deploy First Electromagnetic Railgun At Sea

April 21, 2014 2:06 pm | by U.S. Navy | News | Comments

EM railgun technology uses an electromagnetic force — known as the Lorenz Force — to rapidly accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails. This guided projectile is launched at such high velocities that it can achieve greater ranges than conventional guns.

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