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Fiat Chrysler CEO Makes Another Pitch For Auto Mergers

April 29, 2015 | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne says the auto industry faces grave risks if companies don't start consolidating and share skyrocketing product development costs.

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Seattle Mayor: Port Needs New Permit For Arctic Oil Fleet

May 4, 2015 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shell has been planning to base its fleet — including a drill rig and two tug boats — at the port's Terminal 5 for six months each year, when they're not being used in the Arctic.

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McDonald's CEO Announces Turnaround Strategy

May 4, 2015 3:08 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

CEO Steve Easterbrook, who previously headed up the U.K. business, has described himself as an "internal activist" and says he wants to turn McDonald's into a "modern, progressive burger company."

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April’s Top-Selling Vehicles List

May 4, 2015 2:55 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Auto sales heated up in April as Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota all reported U.S. gains.

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General Motors Will Invest $174M In Kansas Plant

May 4, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors will invest $174 million in its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, to pay for new equipment and technology to produce the 2016 Malibu, company officials announced Monday.

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Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal Over Energy Regulation

May 4, 2015 2:48 pm | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | Comments

The justices agreed to review a lower court ruling that struck down a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule that requires utilities to pay energy consumers for lowering electricity use during times of peak demand.

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Study: Cutting Carbon Dioxide Saves 3,500 U.S. Lives A Year

May 4, 2015 2:43 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

Lab studies on animals show how soot and smog harm the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and epidemiological studies link tens of thousands of deaths each year to soot and smog pollution, said study co-author Joel Schwartz, a Harvard environmental epidemiologist.

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Google Is Starting Small, Thinking Big With 'Project Fi'

May 4, 2015 2:40 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Enter "Project Fi," the Internet company's recently launched attempt to usher in new ways to keep smartphones online while lowering the cost for streaming video, listening to music, getting directions and searching for information.

Workers Call For UAW To Leave Alabama Plant

May 4, 2015 10:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Signed by about 80 percent of the plant's workforce, the petition asks the UAW to "leave this business and us, its employees, alone.”

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Robots Handle Specific Manufacturing Tasks At Iowa Facility

May 4, 2015 10:45 am | by Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald | Comments

"Robotics are a great way to keep jobs here in the U.S.," Randy Schofield, who serves as director of Upper Mississippi Manufacturing Innovation Center at Northeast Iowa Community College said.

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Q&A: How To Properly Address A Food Recall

May 4, 2015 10:37 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

Food Manufacturing had the chance to sit down with Sonal Sinha, the associate vice president at MetricStream, about the impacts of the hummus recall from a supply chain perspective.

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China Factory Index Shows Fastest Deterioration In A Year

May 4, 2015 10:33 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | Comments

Chinese manufacturing suffered its sharpest contraction in a year in April, raising pressure on Beijing to roll out new stimulus to keep growth in the world's No. 2 economy from slipping below the official target, a report said Monday.

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Summer Camps With A Mission: To Create Cybersecurity Experts

May 4, 2015 10:11 am | by Wilson Ring, The Associated Press | Comments

The camps are part of an expanding but modestly funded program called GenCyber that is funded by the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency. The agencies are taking the long view in fulfilling an insatiable need for cybersecurity experts.

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U.S. Factory Orders Rise In March For First Time In Eight Months

May 4, 2015 10:07 am | by Martin Crustinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Economists are hoping that U.S. manufacturing is beginning to emerge from a long soft patch, bolstered by stronger domestic demand that will offset weakness in exports.

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Dow Chemical To Trim About Three Percent Of Global Workforce

May 4, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The company says the cuts will reduce its workforce by 1,500 to 1,750 positions. Dow Chemical employed about 53,000 people worldwide at the end of last year.

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Growers Hoping To Build Strawberry Picking Robot

May 4, 2015 9:58 am | by Kevin Bouffard, The Ledger | Comments

"It's well documented the labor force has been shrinking over the last decade. It's a trend that's not likely to reverse itself," said Gary Wishnatzki, CEO of Wish Farms, a member of the third generation of his family's Florida produce business.

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Pilot To Fly Solar Plane Across Pacific For Five Days, Five Nights

May 3, 2015 6:08 am | by Louise Watt, The Associated Press | Comments

The aircraft will climb to the altitude of Mount Everest, almost 9,000 meters (29,500 feet), during the day to get more sunlight, recharge the batteries and store more energy. At nighttime, the plane will fly lower, at a minimum of 1,000 meters (3,000 feet).

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Recalls Of The Week: Safety Protocol Needs An Update

May 1, 2015 3:20 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

In an effort to change the insufficient recall protocol, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) head Mark Rosekind held a forum on Tuesday to look into ways to “boost unacceptable completion rates.”

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Democrats Call For $12 Minimum Wage

May 1, 2015 3:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

"No one who works hard in a full-time job should have to live in poverty," Sen. Patty Murray said. "We owe it to workers across the country to make sure our minimum wage is set to a level that works for them and their families."

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Agreement Addresses Coal Supply For New Mexico Power Plant

May 1, 2015 3:13 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press | Comments

The owners of a power plant that supplies more than 2 million customers throughout the Southwest have reached an agreement that will ensure it has coal through 2022.

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House Passes $35B Bill For Energy Department, Water Projects

May 1, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press | Comments

The 240-177 tally fell short of the margin that would be required to overcome a promised veto by President Barack Obama.

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