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We Burn 2.7 Million Gallons A Minute, So Why Is Oil So Cheap?

January 15, 2015 2:51 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

The world burns enough oil-derived fuels to drain an Olympic-sized swimming pool four times every minute. Global consumption has never been higher — and is rising. Yet the price of a barrel of oil has fallen by more than half over the past six months because the globe, experts say, is awash...

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Google Expects Public In Driverless Cars In 2 To 5 Years

January 15, 2015 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years. Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians. Google is working on sensors to...

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BlackBerry Remains Attractive Target Amid Merger Talks

January 15, 2015 12:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A report today indicated South Korean electronics giant Samsung recently offered to purchase BlackBerry for as much as $7.5 billion, a claim both companies denied. The developments, however, showcase the ongoing significance of BlackBerry even as its share of the consumer smartphone...

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Manufacturing Activity Grows At Weaker Pace In Philly Region

January 15, 2015 10:36 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Factories in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in January compared with the previous month, as orders, shipments and hiring tumbled. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia says its index of regional factory activity fell to 6.3 this month from 24.3 in...

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Bombardier Cutting 1,000 Jobs In Mexico And KS

January 15, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Bombardier says it's going to cut about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, affecting sites in Mexico and the United States. The Montreal-based company said Thursday the cuts are due to weak demand for the Learjet 85 business jet. Bombardier will also...

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Manufacturing In NY Rebounding In January As Hiring Rises

January 15, 2015 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state rebounded in January, with factory owners saying they were more optimistic about future demand and hiring. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Thursday that its Empire State Manufacturing index rose to 10 this month after having...

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Study Finds Elevated Contaminant Levels At Fracking Sites, Conventional Wells

January 15, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A newly released study found water discharged from energy drilling operations in the U.S. poses risks to human health and the environment,calling for additional government regulations on the practices. The study, published in the journal Environmental...

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World's Newest Airliner Takes Off On First Commercial Flight

January 15, 2015 9:32 am | by Abdullah Rebhy, Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press | Comments

The world's newest jetliner, the Airbus A350, took to the skies Thursday carrying its first paying passengers from the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar. The Qatar Airways flight departed the Qatari capital Doha bound for Frankfurt, Germany. It marks the debut of the relatively...

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Chipotle: Pork Pulled From A Third Of Restaurants

January 14, 2015 3:13 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards. Chris Arnold, a spokesman for the Mexican food chain, told The Associated Press it's the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos...

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Obama Pitching More Access To Fast Internet

January 14, 2015 3:04 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again challenging major cable and telephone companies by encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service. Obama wants to expand access to broadband communications...

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WA Lawmaker Proposes Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Bill

January 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

Washington Rep. Joe Schmick introduced a bill emulating Idaho's "ag-gag" law, which criminalizes undercover recordings at slaughterhouses and factory farms. According to the Capital Press, if House Bill 1104 becomes a law, anyone who is caught recording activities at...

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MI Supreme Court Hears Major Right-To-Work Case

January 14, 2015 2:35 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | Comments

Michigan's conservative Supreme Court is seeking to reconcile whether 31,000 unionized state employees are covered by a right-to-work law, hearing opposing arguments Tuesday on whether lawmakers stepped on the turf of a panel that regulates labor conditions...

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Apple, Google Reach New Settlement In High-Tech Wage Case

January 14, 2015 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A revised settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired with other Silicon Valley companies to block more than 60,000 high-tech employees from getting better job offers. The terms of the new agreement weren't disclosed in a letter filed Tuesday with an...

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GOP Leader Says TN Lawmakers Will Approve VW Incentives

January 14, 2015 12:52 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | Comments

A top Republican in the Tennessee General Assembly expects his colleagues to approve the state share of a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen despite misgivings over a "secret deal" for the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga. House Republican leader...

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CA Unveils Strictest Rules On Pesticide

January 14, 2015 12:46 pm | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | Comments

California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce. The restrictions announced Wednesday target chloropicrin, a...

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Dragon Arrives At The I.S.S.

January 14, 2015 12:44 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

This week's Manufacturing Snapshot is an image of the SpaceX rocket Dragon arriving at the Interational Space Station orbiting lab on Monday morning, a mere two days after its Florida liftoff.  The robotic arm is controlled by Station Commander Butch Wilmore, who is especially...

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Obama Moves To Create First Methane Limits For Gas Drilling

January 14, 2015 10:21 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration laid out designs Wednesday to issue the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half. Relying once again on the Clean Air Act, the rules join a host of others that President...

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Possible Cooling System Leak In Space Station Poses No Danger To Crew

January 14, 2015 8:45 am | by Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press | Comments

A problem in the U.S. segment of the International Space Station on Wednesday prompted its six-person crew to quickly lock it up and move to a Russian module, but they aren't in danger, Russian and U.S. official said. "The space station crew is safe," NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs said. Russia's...

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Tesla Chief Expects Electric Car Company Profit In 2020

January 13, 2015 8:42 pm | by Dee-ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | Comments

The head of electric car maker Tesla Motors says the company should turn a profit in five years after it brings a lower-cost car to market. CEO Elon Musk, speaking Tuesday at an automotive conference, said Tesla needs to show a profit, and will when it's selling 500,000 cars per year. He...

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Judge To Rule On Union's Lawsuit Against Maine Mill Sale

January 13, 2015 5:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge will rule next week on a union's antitrust lawsuit that seeks to block the sale of a Maine paper mill to a Canadian metal recycler. Parties appeared in court Tuesday to respond to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers' suit. The suit seeks to block the...

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