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Tesla To Unveil New Product Next Month

March 30, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday that "a major new Tesla product line" will be revealed April 30. Tesla shares rose 3 percent to $190.60 after the tweet.

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Survey: Midsize Manufacturers More Optimistic About U.S. Economy

April 1, 2015 3:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A recent survey of executives at midsize manufacturers showed expectations for the U.S. economy beginning to mirror optimism about their own companies.

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U.S. Manufacturing Slows As Orders, Hiring Weaken

April 1, 2015 3:11 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, says its manufacturing index slipped to 51.5 in March from 52.9 in February. It was the fifth straight drop. Still, any reading above 50 signals expansion.

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Gun Suppressors See Surprising Growth

April 1, 2015 3:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

Fire arms consistently remain a hot button issue, but regardless, their production in the U.S. remains consistent if not increasing — this according to the Small Arms Survey and the total number of NICS checks.

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California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions

April 1, 2015 3:07 pm | by Fenit Nirappil, The Associated Press | Comments

"We're in a historic drought and that demands unprecedented action," Brown said at a news conference in the Sierra Nevada, where dry, brown grass surrounded a site that normally would be snow-covered at this time of year. "We have to pull together and save water in every way we can."

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Surveys: China Manufacturing Weak In March

April 1, 2015 3:04 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | Comments

Beijing has cut interest rates twice since November to spur economic growth that fell to 7.3 percent in the final quarter of last year, fueling fears of a politically dangerous spike in job losses.

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Report: European Fracking Would Not Mirror U.S.

April 1, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Energy Watch Group study added that fracking caused environmental damage and disrupted rural landscapes in the U.S., and noted production levels could fall amid the months-long slide in the global price of oil.

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U.S. Auto Sales Tap The Brakes In March, But Outlook Strong

April 1, 2015 2:58 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | Comments

March sales were expected to be flat compared with last March. Car buying site TrueCar.com predicted total U.S. sales of 1.5 million vehicles in March, down less than 1 percent from a year ago.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Google Wins April Fools' Day

April 1, 2015 2:33 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

As great as you think you are at April Fools pranks, you probably didn’t come close to Google’s hailstorm of hilarious tricks this year.

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Raytheon Lands $700 Million Air Force Contract

April 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense has sent out a bevy of big contracts, including a colossal $700,000,000 deal for Raytheon Technical Services Company.

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Bringing Back The Bling: New Process Recovers Platinum From "Smut"

April 1, 2015 10:13 am | by GE Reports | Comments

How rare is platinum? Imagine that making an ounce of it is so difficult that even exploding stars called supernovae, the crucibles whose high energies forge most chemical elements, can’t do it.

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Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Program

April 1, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

"Cyber threats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States," Obama said in a statement.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 189K Jobs In March

April 1, 2015 9:56 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Manufacturers shed 1,000 jobs in March, which likely reflects the twin drags of falling oil prices and a stronger dollar.

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Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View Of Manufacturing

April 1, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

While official numbers showed the manufacturing sector lost millions of jobs between 2002 and 2010 — largely due to the 2008 recession — they did not account for gains in pre-production processes during that span.

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Next-Generation GMOs Could Be Pink Pineapples, Purple Tomatoes

April 1, 2015 9:44 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | Comments

The companies and scientists that have created these foods are hoping that customers will be attracted to the health benefits and convenience and overlook any concerns about genetic engineering.

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Do The Math: Fracking By The Numbers

April 1, 2015 9:15 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Know how many chemicals are used to fracking? Or how many wells are in the U.S.? Here’s a look at fracking, by the numbers.

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Google, Microsoft Battle Drives Down Prices For PCs, Tablets

March 31, 2015 3:30 pm | by Michael Liedtke, Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

As the prices for tablets and smartphones have been declining, it has forced on PC makers to lower their prices.

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Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

March 31, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"Workers deserve a level playing field that lets them freely choose to make their voices heard, and this requires fair and streamlined procedures for determining whether to have unions as their bargaining representative," Obama said in a statement.

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A Firm Grasp On Its Craft

March 31, 2015 3:08 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor | Comments

Griffin Claw produces half-barrels, quarter-barrels, bottles and cans, and its beers are available at approximately 1,200 retailers, bars and restaurants throughout Michigan.

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Today In Engineering History: Eiffel Tower Opens In Paris

March 31, 2015 3:03 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

The 984 feet tall tower would become the world’s tallest man-made structure. Although Eiffel received much criticism that his tower would be structurally unsound, he managed to finish construction under budget in two years.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 77

March 31, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The fund received a total of 4,342 claims by the Jan. 31 deadline. Of those, 1,263 are still under review. Feinberg says more than half are ineligible or lack documentation.

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