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Frack-Quakes Less Intense

August 20, 2014 9:22 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.             

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Grand Opening Set For First Large Cellulosic Plant

August 20, 2014 9:16 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa, the nation's top ethanol producer, has two major cellulosic plants under construction and nearly ready for production using corn plant leaves, stalks and cobs to make ethanol.              

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Defense Grills Plant Manager In Salmonella Trial

August 20, 2014 9:14 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A defense attorney grilled a key prosecution witness in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak.                                     

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4 At Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 1:16 pm | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.   

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Accident At Northern New York Plant Has Lethal Results

August 19, 2014 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a 28-year-old man has been killed in an accident involving heavy equipment being moved at a northern New York manufacturing plant.                             

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Egypt Picks Consortium To Draft Suez Plan

August 19, 2014 1:07 pm | by Maggie Michael, Associated Press | News | Comments

Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and the Persian Gulf companies Tuesday to develop the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and free trade zones.         

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Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds In Mid-Air

August 19, 2014 1:04 pm | by Ellen Knickmeyer and John Locher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.     

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Increasing Manufacturing Employee Numbers In The U.S.

August 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Aspen Institute | Videos | Comments

Snap-on Incorporated Chairman and CEO Nicholas T. Pinchuk talks about growing the number of manufacturing employees in the U.S.                                   

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Jaguar And Land Rover Get Serious About Performance

August 19, 2014 12:56 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The British brands have created a special division to create vehicles that offer top performance.                                           

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Car Tech Taking Over

August 19, 2014 12:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s no doubt that technology is making our vehicles more complex. But is technology infiltrating our vehicles too fast and is it all just too much?                             

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What Better Quoting Means For Manufacturers

August 19, 2014 12:36 pm | by Jacques Soumeillan | Articles | Comments

Customers want products and services specifically tailored to their needs and priced expressly for them. This makes managing your bottom line tougher than ever, especially when you’re up against forces like a sagging market economy and aggressive competitors.

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Google's IPO Launched A Decade Of Big Bets

August 19, 2014 9:28 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.                             

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Brita Recalls Children's Water Bottles

August 19, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Brita is recalling approximately 242,500 children's water filter bottles due to a possible laceration hazard.                                         

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New Corvette Feature Keeps An Eye On Valets

August 19, 2014 9:20 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The latest version of the sports car, due out in September, has features that helps the car tattle on any valet who doesn't take a slow, direct route to a parking space.                       

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Recaro Recalls Child Safety Seats

August 19, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recaro is recalling more than 39,000 child safety seats because they can let a child's head move too far in a crash.                                       

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Consumer Prices Edge Up 0.1 Percent

August 19, 2014 9:11 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices.                                         

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Agency Opens Probe Into Fire Truck Recall

August 19, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall of 156 fire trucks last year was enough to fix a problem with aerial ladders that can unexpectedly fall.                         

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Ingersoll-Rand To Buy Cameron Unit

August 18, 2014 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ingersoll-Rand PLC said Monday that it has agreed to buy the centrifugal compression business from Cameron International Corp. for $850 million, as it looks to grow its compression business.                 

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Land Owners Join Suit Against Whirlpool Corp.

August 18, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owners of polluted land in northern Ohio are joining a civil lawsuit against Whirlpool Corp. filed by families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a cancer cluster.                   

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Bourbon Production Reaches Highest Point Since 1970s

August 18, 2014 1:20 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.                        

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