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Colorado Considers New Look For Edible Pot

August 4, 2014 10:06 am | by Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edible marijuana comes with all kinds of warning labels in Colorado. But once those pot brownies and gummy bears are out of the package, they can look identical to straight-laced treats.           

With Vote For Chrysler Merger, Fiat Looks Abroad

August 4, 2014 8:31 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad.              

Experimental Ebola Drug Not Used On U.S. Missionary

August 4, 2014 8:14 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company that is developing an experimental Ebola drug says its product was not given to one of two American aid workers infected with the virus.                 

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Nevada No Lock For Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 4, 2014 8:11 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A sprawling industrial park near Reno has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is no guarantee the plant and its 6,500 jobs are coming.     

Death Toll Rises To 75 In Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 8:05 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.                  

Prosecutor: Peanut Plant Faked Salmonella Results

August 4, 2014 7:58 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak cut corners and sent fake lab results to customers, endangering consumers nationwide, federal prosecutors said.                     

U.S. Manufacturing Expands Again In July

August 4, 2014 7:53 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, reported Friday that its manufacturing index rose to 57.1, highest level since April 2011 and up from 55.3 in June.             

Hyundai Recalling More Than 419K Vehicles

August 4, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The biggest of three recalls posted by U.S. safety regulators is of 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2001-2006 to replace front coil springs that can rust and crack in cold-weather states. The springs can fracture and make contact with a tire, potentially causing a crash.

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Running On Wind In America's Heartland

July 31, 2014 4:17 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

In 2013, the French Canadian machining, fabrication and assembly company, Marmen Energy, made the move to the United States. After touring many states for several years, the company decided to set up shop in ...       

Could Brooklyn Hipsters Help Save The Middle Class?

July 31, 2014 4:02 pm | by PBS NewsHour | Videos | Comments

Frozen ginger slushies, tea-based pro-biotic drinks, a bed bug-killing steam machine — these are just a few of the locally-grown products coming out of Brooklyn’s burgeoning artisan economy. But as popular as these start-ups may be, are they generating more jobs?

GE’s Industrial Core Packs More Punch as Demand for Machines and Services Grows

July 31, 2014 3:58 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE reported a double-digit increase in industrial profits for the first half of 2014 today. The growth has been fueled by the company’s long-term strategy to build up its industrial units, shrink its financial services business, and grow ...  

Boeing Will Handle Final Assembly Of 787-10 In SC

July 31, 2014 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina. The company says the work will be ...             

Cloud Applications, A Challenge For Both User And Access Control

July 31, 2014 11:25 am | by Dean Wiech | Articles | Comments

For an IT department, working with cloud applications and their providers can present a number of new challenges. Where the IT department previously took a facilitating role, it is now transitioning to ...        

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Panasonic, Tesla To Build Big U.S. Battery Plant

July 31, 2014 4:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. The companies announced the deal Thursday, but they ...

Judge Says Crystal CEO Should Testify In Lawsuit

July 30, 2014 5:32 pm | by Dave Kolpack - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge says American Crystal Sugar Co. CEO David Berg should testify in a federal lawsuit pitting the refined sugar manufacturer against the corn syrup industry. Berg challenged a subpoena from corn syrup marketers who want to ask about ...

Company To Fight Penalties In Omaha Plant Collapse

July 30, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A livestock feed company intends to contest citations and proposed penalties issued by federal safety regulators after the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees. International Nutrition has notified the Occupational Health and Safety Administration that it will ...

Arkansas Lands $90M Wood Pellet Manufacturing Site

July 30, 2014 11:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas-based company is opening a $90 million facility in south Arkansas to manufacture wood pellets that can be used as an alternative fuel source, in a project that's expected to employ 52 people. Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC announced ...

Superior Industries To Shutter Rogers Plant

July 30, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes aluminum wheels for cars and other vehicles says it will shut down its manufacturing plant in Rogers, eliminating 500 jobs. Superior Industries International Inc. announced Wednesday that it expects to cease operations ...

Freezer Company Creating Jobs In Kentucky

July 30, 2014 4:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturer of custom coolers and freezers has expanded to Todd County in southern Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says Custom Cooler Inc. is creating 75 jobs and investing nearly $5.8 million in the manufacturing facility. The project is ...

Appeals Court Upholds Meat Labels

July 29, 2014 10:53 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.               

McDonald's Might Be Liable For Labor Practices

July 29, 2014 10:49 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board said that the hamburger chain could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights at franchise-owned restaurants. The decision is pivotal because it could expose McDonald's to liability for management practices in those locations.

Jimmy Dean Moves Beyond Breakfast

July 29, 2014 10:47 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Jimmy Dean, owned by Hillshire Brands, is rolling out 16 microwavable products that cost around $3 each and are designed to be eaten later in the day, including a pulled pork sandwich and grilled steak bowl.             

Toyota Remains No. 1 In Global Vehicle Sales

July 29, 2014 10:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place as the U.S. automaker grapples with a recall scandal.                  

Gov't. Fails To Vet Chemical Plants For Terror Risk

July 29, 2014 10:40 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities.                

Steel Mill Fined $135K For Emission Sensors

July 29, 2014 10:33 pm | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mississippi Commission of Environmental Quality has fined Columbus steel mill Severstal $135,000 because the company's pollution-control monitors didn't function properly after the plant expanded in June 2011.                

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