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GM To Spend $5.4B On U.S. Factories

April 30, 2015 12:08 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors plans to spend $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories during the next three years, creating about 650 new jobs.

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Applications For U.S. Unemployment Aid Plunge To 15-Year Low

April 30, 2015 10:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Weekly applications for unemployment benefits dropped 34,000 to 262,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest level since April 2000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dipped 1,250 to 283,750, near a 15-year low.

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Ben & Jerry's Founder Backs Push For GMO Labels In NY

April 30, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

One half of the duo that created Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream is working to pass legislation in New York to require the labeling of foods with ingredients from genetically modified plants.

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Obama To Sign Bill To Boost Energy Efficiency In Buildings

April 30, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Obama plans to sign the bill into law in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon. It aims to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.

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BP To Sell Stake In North Sea Pipeline

April 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The energy giant currently operates the Central Area Transmission System, which runs from undersea oil fields to a terminal in the U.K., but last week agreed to sell its roughly 36 percent equity in the pipeline to Paris-based Antin Infrastructure Partners for $486 million.

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Dow Chemical Selling AgroFresh Business For $860M

April 30, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Dow Chemical's chief financial officer, Howard Ungerleider, said Thursday that the sale of AgroFresh is part of the company's plan to selectively shift its portfolio away from businesses that are no longer a strategic fit.

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New EPA Formula Finds Higher Pollution Emissions From Refinery Flares

April 30, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Under the terms of a court order, the EPA revised its formula for calculating the amount of pollutants released by flares, which burn off excess hydrocarbon gases generated by plants.

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Bullet Train On Japanese PM's Agenda For California Visit

April 30, 2015 6:06 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | Comments

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is starting a three-day visit to California with plans to check out some of the region's tech innovations, lend support to expanded commercial ties, and even promote a Japanese-made bullet train.

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Infographic: America's Most Dangerous Jobs

April 29, 2015 3:01 pm | by Graphic Products | Comments

Graphic Products has compiled this, and the nine other most deadly professions in “America’s Most Dangerous Jobs,” an eye-opening infographic detailing average fatalities per 100,000 workers and median salaries per profession.

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Jeni's To Destroy 265 Tons Of Ice Cream After Listeria Found

April 29, 2015 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company said last week that it had recalled all its products from retailers and closed ice cream shops in six states over concerns about possible listeria contamination.

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Microsoft Makes Its Case For Windows 10

April 29, 2015 2:53 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft figures one way to get people psyched about Windows 10 is to make sure there are plenty of cool features and apps for smartphones and tablets that use the new operating system.

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Report: Foreign Investors Turning To U.S. Industrial Property

April 29, 2015 2:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Foreign investors are increasingly buying up logistical and industrial properties as part of their American real estate holdings, according to a recent report by JLL.

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Integration In Food Safety: The Time Is Now

April 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

“No one agency can protect our nation’s food supply alone,” Pat Kennelly of the California Department of Health said. “Unification of public health is the strength that drives us together to solve these issues."

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Republican Legislators Introduce Bill To Merge Economic Agencies

April 29, 2015 2:26 pm | by Todd Richmond, The Associated Press | Comments

Republican legislators want to merge Wisconsin's two major economic development agencies into a new entity with a stand-alone bill rather than through Gov. Scott Walker's budget.

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Audi Runs On Green Diesel For The First Time

April 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | Comments

The electricity is farmed using environmentally-friendly methods, making the entire process environmentally neutral.

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California Touts Aggressive Plan To Reduce Greenhouse Gases

April 29, 2015 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown said climate change would factor into government planning and he ordered state agencies and departments to implement measures to reduce emissions.

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UAW Reports 55 Percent Membership At VW Plant

April 29, 2015 10:10 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | Comments

The United Auto Workers union has 816 members at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, or about 55 percent of the total blue collar work force, according the union's latest disclosure with the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Thai-Japanese Venture Eyes Ohio For Massive Chemical Plant

April 29, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"Ohio is at the center of America’s new energy industry, and the smart companies want to come here to be part of the great things that are happening," said Gov. John Kasich.

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Industrial Mergers Decline At The Outset Of 2015

April 29, 2015 9:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Industrial mergers and acquisitions decreased in the first quarter of this year following a robust 2014, according to research firm Mergermarket.

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Can Investing In Driverless Cars Boost British Manufacturing?

April 29, 2015 9:25 am | by Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Manager of European Automation | Comments

A report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders predicts that by 2030 a quarter of all cars sold will be completely autonomous.

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