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EPA Official Takes Issue With Chemical Reform Bill

April 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Critics alleged industry groups could seek evaluations of less risky substances in an effort to halt probes into more dangerous chemicals.

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Target Settles Data Breach Lawsuit With MasterCard

April 15, 2015 8:07 pm | by Anne D'innocenzio, Marley Jay, AP Business Writers | Comments

Target's high-profile breach pushed banks, retailers and card companies to increase security by speeding the adoption of microchips in U.S. credit and debit cards.

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Exxon: $8.9B Sought In Pollution Case 'Not Real'

April 15, 2015 2:44 pm | by David Porter, Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | Comments

Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.

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Obama's Climate Change Plan Faces Legal Test

April 15, 2015 2:11 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's ambitious proposal to slash carbon pollution from the nation's coal-fired power plants that is blamed for global warming.

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Some Governors Support EPA, Push Back At McConnell

April 15, 2015 2:02 pm | by Rick Stevens, The Associated Press | Comments

McConnell's call for governors to defy the EPA's proposed pollution limitations has provoked push-back from governors who support the EPA's effort to curb climate change.

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Wearables Gaining Popularity In Business

April 15, 2015 1:54 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Warehouses, manufacturing shop floors, and field maintenance sites already use smart glasses in some cases.

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KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 15, 2015 1:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of their fruit and nut bars as “healthy”— because they do not meet federal standards.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: SpaceX Rocket Barely Misses Amazing Landing

April 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

In an impressively close call, the Falcon 9 planted successfully on the barge but tipped over after making contact.

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Digital Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

April 15, 2015 10:53 am | by CNN Money | Comments

The future of industry could mean fewer workers, more machines and more automation.

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Q&A: Matt Hederstrom And Jeff Phillips Of Varley Group

April 15, 2015 10:32 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Comments

Varley Group is one of Australia’s oldest engineering companies with a reputation worthy of its tenure. Recently, they’ve begun to establish a substantial presence in the U.S. through their subsidiary, Varley USA.

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Researchers Testing Air Pollution Over Fracking Sites

April 15, 2015 10:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Fracking fueled a dramatic increase in U.S. crude production in recent years, but the practice of extracting fuel from shale formations also sparked a wide range of environmental and human health concerns.

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Factory Output Rises For First Time Since November

April 15, 2015 10:09 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Manufacturers have been struggling in recent months because a strong dollar has made their products more expensive in foreign markets.

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Toyota Announces New Plants In Mexico, China

April 15, 2015 10:08 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

This new construction ends a 3-year hiatus from such ambitions that the Japanese automaker voluntarily imposed on itself after massive recalls.

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Manufacturing Groups Call For Corporate Tax Overhaul

April 15, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"Converting from a global to a territorial tax system would make U.S. rules more internationally competitive and unlock an estimated $2.1 trillion in stranded profits held abroad by U.S. multinationals," the groups said.

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Photo Essay: Testing A New Engine In The Tunnels Of Dread

April 14, 2015 3:24 pm | by GE Reports staff | Comments

Since the locomotive can be connected to the Industrial Internet, they also test its software during various modes of operation like long-distance and heavy-haul service.

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Designing Resilience Into The Grid

April 14, 2015 3:15 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The technology involved in a microgrid, includes the analysis, methods, and requirements of the grid, in addition to the physical off-the-shelf components.

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IMF Cuts Forecast For U.S. Economy, Upgrades Europe And Japan

April 14, 2015 3:12 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | Comments

But the U.S. outlook was down from the IMF's January forecast of 3.6 percent growth in 2015 and 3.3 percent growth in 2016. The American economy advanced 2.4 percent last year.

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April Automation Update

April 14, 2015 2:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

As industrial automation continues to become more prevalent on the plant floor, it is important to stay informed and know what you are getting into.

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Five Benefits You Should Be Receiving From Your Supplier

April 14, 2015 2:16 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Comments

Is your supplier offering you the most valuable benefits available? Andersen walks through the top five considerations you shouldn’t be going without.

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Hackers Try New Targets In Search Of Easy Data

April 14, 2015 10:06 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Hackers are also increasingly using automated software that spams companies or repeatedly probes their networks for vulnerabilities, which means they can launch multiple attacks with less effort.

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