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Commodity Supplies Send Food Prices Sliding

April 7, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's food price index — a measure of cereal, dairy, meat, sugar and oilseed price changes — fell 2.6 points last month amid a year-long slide due to an oversupply of commodities.

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U.S. Again Leads In Petroleum And Natural Gas Production

April 7, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. led the world in petroleum and natural gas production for a third consecutive year in 2014, according to a new report from the federal Energy Information Administration.

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Groups Seek Ban On Flame Retardant Chemicals

April 7, 2015 10:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“When toxic flame retardants burn — and they do burn — it creates a serious health risk for fire fighters,” said Harold Schaitberger, general president of the International Association of Fire.

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California Cities Pressured To Slash Water Use

April 7, 2015 10:21 am | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cities are facing increased pressure to slash water use after Gov. Jerry Brown last week ordered a mandatory statewide 25 percent drop in urban water use compared with 2013 levels.

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Obama Presents Climate Change As Health Hazard

April 7, 2015 9:58 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama's effort to link climate change to health comes as he works to build support for steps he's taken to curb U.S. emissions that are opposed by business and industry, including strict limits on vehicles and power plants.

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Engineering Newswire: Bulletproof Laptop Bag Could Save Your Life

April 6, 2015 3:03 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at sending gas-sensing capsules to your gut, stopping speeding projectiles with a laptop bag and 3D printing a flowery pavilion with a unique cement.

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EPA Announces Moratorium On Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Decline

April 6, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In a letter to companies seeking neonicotinoid approval, EPA pesticide official Jack Housenger wrote that "until the data on pollinator health have been received and appropriate risk assessments completed, [the EPA] is unlikely to be in a position to determine that such uses would avoid ‘unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.'"

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Will We See More Kraft, Heinz Like Mergers?

April 6, 2015 2:48 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Morgan Stanley Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions Jim Head discusses the mergers and acquisitions environment. 

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If You Light It, They Will Come: You Will Never Believe Who Invented Night Baseball

April 6, 2015 2:43 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A GE lighting engineer was thinking about freight trains, not baseball, when he hit upon his idea. In the 1920s, a railroad company asked him to design an array of high-wattage lamps that would allow it to keep rail yards open overnight.

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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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