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NY Lawmakers To Try Again To Pass 'Toxic Toy' Bill

March 3, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two New York state lawmakers have reintroduced legislation intended to ban the use of toxic chemicals in children's toys — but the legislation continues to face opposition from toy manufacturers. Republican Sen. Phil Boyle and Democratic Assemblyman Steve Englebright said Monday they will push the legislation again after it failed...

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Water Plant Shut Down After Fuel Spill

March 3, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Virginia American Water has shut down a treatment plant serving about 9,400 customers following a diesel fuel spill in the Appomattox River. Virginia American Water spokeswoman Samantha Villegas tells media outlets that about 600 gallons of fuel spilled into the river from property owned...

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EU Nations Get Power To Ban Genetically Modified Crops

March 3, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority. The 28 EU member states on Monday approved the rule that national governments can have the final say in the matter — a move that goes counter to many...

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ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit From West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 9:38 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in February as the PMI registered 52.9 percent, a decrease of 0.6 percentage...

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Emerging Digital-Supply Networks Could Further Supply Chain Sustainability Progress

March 3, 2015 9:27 am | by Gary Hanifan | Comments

Despite progress in the adoption of sustainable supply chain practices intended to address environmental risk, the 2014-2015 CDP supply chain report suggests that suppliers in major economies could increase their resilience. The report identified significant business opportunities that could help efforts to combat...

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Google To Enter Wireless Market

March 2, 2015 5:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A top Google executive said the tech giant is getting into the wireless business in hopes of blending Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai on Monday confirmed long-running speculation that the company would begin providing wireless...

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NASA Spacecraft Making First Visit To Dwarf Planet Ceres

March 2, 2015 2:27 pm | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | Comments

A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet. The Dawn craft will slip into orbit Friday around Ceres, a dwarf planet the size of Texas. Unlike robotic landings or other orbit...

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Two Train Cars Carrying Crude Derail In New Orleans

March 2, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The New Orleans Fire Department says two train cars carrying crude oil have derailed in the city but no oil has spilled. The department said in a statement Sunday night that it received a report of the derailment around 6:15 p.m. The statement says...

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need a Degree'

March 2, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don’t Need a Degree." The agency expects those jobs to grow by 17 percent through 2022 and that prospects for qualified...

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Next Google Maps Adventure: Soaring Through Amazon Jungle

March 2, 2015 12:43 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released Monday are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' "Street View" option mostly provides panoramic...

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Gas Prices Soar In CA As Supply Shrinks

March 2, 2015 10:20 am | by Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press | Comments

Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon...

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Industrial IoT Insight: Q&A With Aidan Quilligan

March 2, 2015 9:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Many manufacturers reap the rewards of the Industrial IoT, but some have yet to join the movement. Aidan Quilligan, head of Accenture’s Industrial Software Solutions Practice, gave us insight into obstacles and benefits, data security, trends and predictions...

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Dearth Of Jobs A Barrier To Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 3:13 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | Comments

When Alison Norris couldn't find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that's 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems. For many city residents...

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Survey Shows China Manufacturing Improving

March 1, 2015 11:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A new survey shows China's manufacturing activity improved in February for the first time in several months. HSBC Corp. said Monday its purchasing managers' index rose to 50.7 from January's 49.7 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing. It was the...

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Samsung Ditches Plastic Design, Adds Mobile Pay In New Phone

March 1, 2015 1:13 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung is departing from its signature plastic design and producing its next flagship phone with a metal frame and a glass back. The new Galaxy S6 phone looks stylish, not cheap. Samsung also unveiled a premium model, the S6 Edge, with side displays. Both models will have...

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Proposed Ethanol Plant In SD Would Push Production Westward

March 1, 2015 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Plans for South Dakota's westernmost ethanol plant are moving forward following the rezoning of land in Onida despite complaints from residents. The Tri-State Neighbor reports Onida residents don't want the proposed Ring-Neck Energy and Feed plant...

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NY Farmers Lobby Congress For Immigration Reform, Food Rules

February 28, 2015 7:16 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Farmers in New York state are asking Congress to push for immigration reform and changes to new federal food safety rules. The New York Farm Bureau released its 2015 priorities during a recent trip to Washington to meet with the state's congressional...

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South Korea Renews License Of 2nd-Oldest Nuclear Plant

February 27, 2015 3:16 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Business Writer | Comments

The South Korean nuclear regulator said Friday it renewed the operating license of the country's second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022, overriding the objections of residents and anti-nuclear groups. The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission said that seven of nine...

Recalls Of The Week: Rethinking Used-Car Safety

February 27, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The AP reported Wednesday on a recent Carfax study that investigated why the flawed recall system is dangerous to used-car buyers. In this report, Auto Writers Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin write, “More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road...

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Metalworkers Take 3D Printing To The Next Level

February 27, 2015 2:55 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Japan is as technology rich as it is hydrocarbon poor. The country’s proven oil reserves stand at a measly 44 million barrels. (The U.S. holds nearly a thousand times more, or 36 billion.) The Niigata Prefecture, located some 200 miles northwest of Tokyo, is one of the few places in the...

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