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By The Numbers: 2014 Record Year For Auto Recalls

March 4, 2015 2:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

The U.S. government’s list of automakers with the most recalled vehicles in 2014 was topped by General Motors and Honda. Combined, the two companies accounted for more than half of the record 64 million vehicles recalled. GM had 78 separate recalls pushing them to the No. 1 spot in the biggest year for recalls...

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McDonald's To Use Chicken Without Human Antibiotics

March 4, 2015 11:17 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST. The company says the chicken change will take place within the next two years. It says suppliers...

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Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-To-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently pledged that by the end of this week his state would become the 25th to have a "right-to-work" law on the books. But despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature and the endorsement...

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Google Unveils ‘Project Titan’

March 4, 2015 10:26 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Monday at the Mobile World Congress currently convening in Barcelona, Google announced the company’s plans for Titan, the drone company that Google acquired last year. Similar to the goal of Google’s ‘Project Loon,’ the Titan drones have the ability to stay aloft for long periods...

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Visa, MasterCard Moving Into Mobile Pay In Africa

March 4, 2015 10:24 am | by Ken Sweet, AP Business Writer | Comments

Americans may just be getting used to mobile pay, but consumers in many African countries have been paying with their phones for years. Now payment processors Visa and MasterCard want to get a slice of that market, and are launching card services aimed at Africa's growing...

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Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 10:16 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

What started as a small sales meeting in Orlando, FL. more than a decade ago has since turned into the continuously expanding Grainger Show. In its eleventh year, the tradeshow brought together thousands of the mega-distributor’s customers, suppliers...

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NASA Investigating Short Circuit On Mars Rover Curiosity

March 4, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Curiosity rover has temporarily stopped work on Mars while NASA engineers investigate a short circuit. The space agency said Tuesday that the electrical problem was discovered over the weekend as Curiosity tried to transfer bits of powder...

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Manufacturers Occupy Forbes Billionaires List

March 4, 2015 10:01 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

From renewable energy to chocolates, find out which trades are booming.                             

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Zuckerberg: Facebook Initiative Seeks To Boost Telecoms

March 4, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg touted the company's effort to increase Internet access in emerging markets this week amid growing criticism from some providers. Zuckerberg, speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, acknowledged the telecom industry’s decades-long...

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5 Cars Attracting Attention At The Geneva Auto Show

March 4, 2015 9:17 am | by Greg Keller, David Mchugh, The Associated Press | Comments

Check out these top high-end supercars taking center stage.                                

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Fractured States: Why Shale Has Some New Yorkers Talking About Secession

March 3, 2015 2:43 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

Fracking is a booming business in Pennsylvania and some nearby residents in New York, where fracking is now banned, want a piece of it. According to local media, a “move is afoot” among some New York residents to secede from the state and join Pennsylvania, where the controversial...

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Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense Of BPA

March 3, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe." The ads—running in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and on consumer, news and health websites—urge readers to "listen to the science" on BPA, a synthetic...

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How GE Is Building The Next Industrial Era

March 3, 2015 1:40 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Business cycles have always been opportunities for GE, and today’s environment of lower oil prices is no different. To take advantage of a volatile world, GE has been investing in its core infrastructure businesses, simplifying its operations, and leading the next industrial era of machines connected...

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OH Sues BP For More Than $33M In Cleanup Of Storage Tanks

March 3, 2015 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Ohio is suing oil and gas company BP for more than $33 million, alleging it double dipped by taking state funds and money from insurers to clean up accidental leaks from underground storage tanks at hundreds of its gas stations around the state. The state's attorney general and the Ohio Petroleum...

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Auto Industry, Batteries Expected To Bolster Graphite Market

March 3, 2015 1:18 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020. The analysis by New York-based PMR Research projects the value of the domestic graphite market to increase from $13.6 billion in 2013 to more than $17.5 billion by the start of the new...

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US Auto Sales Up In February Despite Snowy Weather

March 3, 2015 11:19 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Freezing temperatures and drifts of snow likely took a small bite out of U.S. auto sales in February, but most automakers still reported gains thanks to the strong economy. General Motors' sales rose 4.2 percent over last February, while Chrysler's sales were up 5.6 percent....

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Airlines Stop Accepting Rechargeable Battery Shipments

March 3, 2015 10:28 am | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | Comments

Some of the world's largest airlines are banning bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries in the face of mounting evidence of their potential to cause catastrophic in-flight fires. Citing safety concerns, United Airlines on Monday became the second major U.S. airline to announce it will no longer accept bulk shipments...

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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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