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States Ask Federal Appeals Court To Toss California Poultry Law

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Six states this month asked a federal appeals court to reject a California law banning eggs that don't conform to its new animal welfare standards. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, set new guidelines for agricultural animals, including requirements that hens...

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Spate Of Derailments Deepens Fear Of Oil Train Disaster

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | Comments

The Associated Press asked rail and hazardous materials safety experts about what is causing these accidents and what can be done to stop them.                                                                                           

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Colorado Powdered Alcohol Ban Stalls In Legislature

March 10, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Efforts to add Colorado to the list of states with restrictions on powdered alcohol ran aground in the state Legislature last week. Six states enacted regulations regarding the product, known as Palcohol, as of late 2014 even though it hasn't yet received approval from...

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Lockheed Martin Successfully Tests Laser Weapon

March 10, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Efforts to develop lasers for military use took another step forward last week following the successful test of a Lockheed Martin prototype. The Maryland-based aerospace and defense company used a fiber-optic laser to disable a running pickup truck from more than...

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Study: U.S. Manufacturers Paid More For Pollution Control

March 10, 2015 1:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

American manufacturers faced $24.6 billion in pollution abatement costs last year, a total far higher than the amount in many competing nations, according to a recent analysis. The country's manufacturing sector, however, landed in the middle of the pack when analysts...  

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Complaint: Drugstores Fail To Disclose Countries Of Origin On Prescriptions

March 10, 2015 10:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Made in the USA Foundation announced a complaint filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that accused large drugstore chains of failing to provide the country of origin on prescription drug labels. The Los Angeles-based group, which promotes U.S.-made goods...

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Delivery Of Stealthy Destroyer To Navy Delayed

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

The complexity of the stealthy Zumwalt destroyer will delay delivery of the first two ships. The Navy says delivery of the Zumwalt, originally set for this summer, has been pushed back to November, and delivery of the second ship in the class is being pushed back a few months...

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Chemical Exposure Could Cost Billions In Health Care Expenses

March 10, 2015 10:12 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Newly released analysis estimated that economic impact caused by exposure to common household chemicals total $209 billion per year in Europe. The study focuses on hormone-disrupting chemicals, which are present in products including...

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Seeking New Edisons: STEM Scholarship Will Boost Innovation In Ohio

March 10, 2015 9:56 am | by GE Reports | Comments

America’s high school graduation rate is at its highest point in four decades – three out of four students now get a diploma. But in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) in Ohio, Thomas Edison’s home state, the numbers remain grim: just 60 percent of students...

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China's Auto Sales Growth Decelerates In February

March 10, 2015 6:17 am | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

China's auto sales growth decelerated in February despite a near doubling in purchases of Chinese-made SUVs, an industry group reported Tuesday. Sales in world's biggest auto market rose 6.4 percent to 1.4 million vehicles, according to the China Association of Automobile...

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Early Look: How Does Apple Watch Stack Up Vs Rival Watches?

March 10, 2015 4:13 am | by By Anick Jesdanun, The Associated Press | Comments

Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch, and the device stacks up well against the competition. If you've waited for the Apple Watch to decide on a smartwatch, here are some things to consider in weighing whether you really need one.

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Wisconsin Joins 'Right-To-Work' States

March 9, 2015 3:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Wisconsin officially became the 25th "right-to-work" state after Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation Monday at a Milwaukee water meter manufacturer. "This is one more big tool to help places like Badger Meter, when they can put jobs anywhere around the world, they can put them in Wisconsin," Walker said...

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Tesla Denies Reports About Gigafactory Construction Delay

March 9, 2015 3:32 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is denying reports that construction has been delayed on its gigafactory about 15 miles east of Reno. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), in an online job posting, says the project has been delayed at this time...

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Lost Film About The Jet Engine’s Top Secret Origins Found In GE Archives

March 9, 2015 3:25 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

In 1942, a group of GE engineers working in secret for ten months built America’s first jet engine. Their mission was to win the war, but they ended up shrinking the world. “They called us the Hush-Hush Boys,” Joseph Sorota, a veteran of the project told...

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Food Groups Call On Congress To Reject Fees In Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 3:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget. In a letter to House and Senate appropriations committee leadership, the groups instead sought additional funding...

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Goodyear’s Concept Tires To Help Power Electric Cars

March 9, 2015 2:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Goodyear has announced a new concept tire that can convert heat into energy and, in turn, can power an electric car. Named the BH03 and unveiled at the 2015 Geneva International Auto Show, the tire is designed to collect heat into the tire in a few...

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Alcoa To Acquire Titanium Producer, Expand Aerospace Operations

March 9, 2015 2:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Aluminum producer Alcoa will pay $1.5 billion in stock to acquire titanium company RTI International Metals, the company announced Monday. The deal continues Alcoa's move away from its traditional production role, which suffered amid low aluminum prices, in favor of more...

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GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises To 64

March 9, 2015 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Families of at least 64 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the total Monday. It was up from 57 last week. An additional...

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Report: Workers’ Comp Benefits Cut In Most States

March 9, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A majority of states took steps to reduce workers’ compensation benefits over the last 12 years, according to a sweeping investigative report from National Public Radio and ProPublica. As a result, employers paid workers’ comp insurance rates at their lowest levels since the 1970s, while workers...

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Exploring A Longer Life Cycle For Batteries

March 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, with a high energy density, no memory effect and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. Beyond consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries...

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