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Rights Group: Big Brands Should Fight Labor Abuse

March 12, 2015 12:05 am | by Sopheng Cheang, The Associated Press | Comments

Leading clothing retailers such as Gap and H&M need to help alleviate labor abuses at factories in Cambodia that manufacture their products, a human rights organization said. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday that a special...

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Oil Shipments To Resume In Pipeline That Broke Under River

March 11, 2015 8:44 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | Comments

​A Wyoming company is preparing to resume oil shipments through a pipeline that broke and spewed 30,000 gallons of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River, even as most of the spilled oil remains unrecovered. Cleanup is on hold near the... 

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Meat Industry Fights New Dietary Proposal

March 11, 2015 8:35 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | Comments

The meat industry is seeing red. Meat companies have tried to rehabilitate an image tarnished in recent years by health and environmental concerns. Now the industry is swiftly and aggressively working to discredit a proposal...       

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Chemical Regulations Act Gets A Major Reboot—But Not Everyone Is Applauding

March 11, 2015 8:28 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

On Tuesday, a pair of Senators introduced a major reform bill that would overhaul the 39-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act. The bill  —called the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century — was introduced...   

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Kochs Say No To Dems' Probe Into Climate Research Funding

March 11, 2015 8:17 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | Comments

The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research. Last month, three Democratic senators sent 100 letters to...

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Senator Faces Scrutiny Over Sweeping Chemical Bill

March 11, 2015 4:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and a Senate colleague have introduced a bill that would overhaul 40-year-old federal regulations that govern the nation's chemical industry. The bill submitted Tuesday and co-sponsored by Udall, a New Mexico Democrat, and Sen. David Vitter,...

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State Economy Paying The Price For Tax Plan Intended To Save Business

March 11, 2015 2:11 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | Comments

On a Tuesday morning in October 2010, a beaming Gov. Jennifer Granholm and executives of the Detroit Three automakers walked into a meeting of Michigan's economic development board to announce the final pieces of an agreement to head off thousands of company...

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Toledo Finalizing Incentives Package To Keep Jeep Plant

March 11, 2015 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Toledo officials are finalizing an incentives package this week in an effort to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the northwest Ohio city. The city hasn't released details on what it will offer to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, but Toledo's development director tells The Blade...

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Increase, Sales Sink In January

March 11, 2015 1:09 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses increased their stockpiles by a modest amount in January as sales plunged by the largest amount in six years. Stockpiles held by wholesale businesses rose 0.3 percent in January after no change in December and a 0.8 percent November...

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Rally Against Right-To-Work

March 11, 2015 1:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Monday morning marked Wisconsin’s official initiation into the group of 25 “right-to-work” states. The “right-to-work” status outlaws the mandatory payment of union dues in an effort to boost economic competition. The Wisconsin Legislature voted at the end of February, pushing...

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Duke Energy Fined $25 Million Over Coal Ash Pollution

March 11, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mitch Weiss, The Associated Press | Comments

North Carolina environmental officials said Tuesday that they are fining Duke Energy $25 million over pollution that has been seeping into groundwater for years from a pair of coal ash pits at a retired power plant. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources called...

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Report: Robotic Welding To Grow Sharply By 2020

March 11, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A newly released report expects revenues for the robotic welding market to increase by nearly 40 percent as emerging nations gain awareness of its potential benefits. According to the analysis by Frost & Sullivan, the robotic welding market earned revenues...

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Apple Shareholders Float Tesla Purchase

March 11, 2015 10:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at the company's annual shareholders meeting this week amid record sales and a soaring stock price. That wasn't on the minds, however, of a pair of investors who inquired about the possibility of the tech giant acquiring electric...

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CA Senators Focus On Oil Industry, Drinking Water

March 11, 2015 10:05 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press | Comments

Lax oversight by the state has allowed the oil and gas industry to contaminate protected water aquifers and endanger the public, California regulators acknowledged Tuesday while pledging to intensify supervision. When it comes to a balance... 

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Groups Ask For Stricter Pesticide Regulations To Protect Honeybees

March 11, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Dozens of groups asked the Obama administration to bolster regulations of pesticides that, they argued, led to sharply declining populations of honeybees and other helpful insects. The letter, signed by 128 groups, called on the Agriculture Department and the Environmental Protection Agency...

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New Technology Cleans Fracking Wastewater And Converts It Into Energy

March 11, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from the University of Colorado have developed technology they say could cleanse wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling sites while simultaneously generating additional energy. Critics of the recent boom in hydraulic fracturing operations in the U.S. raised concerns...

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Google CFO To Retire Within Next 6 Months

March 10, 2015 8:06 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette plans to retire after helping the Internet search leader find and train his replacement within the next six months. The impending change, disclosed in a regulatory filing Tuesday, is the latest in a flurry of CFO transitions in...

Federal Judge Considers Delaying Maui GMO Ban Hearings

March 10, 2015 6:08 pm | by Audrey Mcavoy, The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge on Tuesday said she would consider delaying proceedings for a lawsuit challenging Maui's ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms because of legislation that could affect the outcome of the case. U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway had been...

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Solar-Powered Plane Lands In India On Second Leg Of World Trip

March 10, 2015 6:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Swiss-made solar powered aircraft landed in western India on Tuesday night, completing the second leg — and its first sea crossing — of its historic round-the-world trip. The Solar Impulse 2 touched down at Ahmadabad airport in Gujarat state about 16 hours after it took...

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Good News For Some Of Us: Other People Are Quitting Jobs

March 10, 2015 6:07 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Quitting your job — all but unheard of during and after the Great Recession — is becoming more common again. That could mean pay raises are coming for more Americans. The trend has already emerged in the restaurant and retail industries, where quits and pay are rising faster...

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