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For Many In U.S., Cash Saved At Gas Pump Is Staying In Pockets

February 18, 2015 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Even though Americans spent $6.7 billion less at gas stations in January than they had two months earlier, the extra cash didn't get spent anywhere else: Retail sales, excluding gas, fell slightly from November to January.

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Actavis Plans Name Change To Allergan

February 18, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmaker Actavis plans a name change once it finishes its acquisition of Botox-maker Allergan in a $66 billion deal that the company announced last fall.

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Drop 0.8 Percent In January

February 18, 2015 9:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale prices fell by a record amount in January, led by the biggest drop in gasoline prices in six years.

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Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced To Prison

February 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4.1 million from the company over a 16-year-period.

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Japanese Automakers Adjust To Port Dispute

February 17, 2015 12:39 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The ongoing labor dispute at ports along the West Coast has forced Japanese automakers to compensate for delayed parts shipments to its U.S. factories.

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Researchers Develop Spray-On, DNA ‘Barcode’ For Food

February 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and a startup firm have developed a spray that can allow contaminated food to be traced back to its source within an hour.

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Test Driving The Corvette Z06 In Death Valley

February 17, 2015 11:52 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Meet the most powerful Corvette ever, the Z06. Peter Valdes-Dapena travels to the hottest place on earth to test this 'Vette.

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The Untethered Technician

February 17, 2015 11:43 am | by Mark Hardesty | Articles | Comments

What maintenance technicians are accomplishing through wireless mobile devices is revolutionizing factory efficiency.

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Report: Apple Has Hundreds Working On Electric Car Project

February 17, 2015 9:33 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle.

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Drones Rule: Proposed Rules For Commercial Unmanned Aircraft

February 17, 2015 9:27 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away.

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises To 56

February 17, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll linked to crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 56. The new total, which is four more than last week, was posted Monday on an Internet site by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg.

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New York Manufacturing Grows At Slower Pace In February

February 17, 2015 9:17 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a modest pace in February, held back by weaker orders and hiring.

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Harvard Mad Scientist Invents Inhalable Scotch

February 13, 2015 12:06 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

David Edwards is trying to change the way we take in nutrition. The professor, writer, entrepreneur and inventor has created a range of food innovations, but his biggest problem isn't creating these alternatives, it's selling the public on them. 

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Report Projects Solar Energy Production To Surge In U.S.

February 13, 2015 12:01 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A recently released study projects solar energy costs will be able to compete with those of traditional electricity generation in most states within the next 15 years.

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Engineering Newswire: Vampire-Bat Inspired Drone Walks & Flies

February 13, 2015 11:59 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at flying – and walking – with vampire-bat inspired drones, showing off Russia’s new ATV riding cyborg, and taking stomach acid powered joyrides in mouse stomachs.

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Manufacturing Group Backs Overseas Email Privacy Bill

February 13, 2015 11:56 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A national manufacturing group is calling for congressional passage of an overseas email privacy bill, arguing it would help protect American business relationships abroad.

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China Slowdown Doesn't Scare CAT

February 13, 2015 11:54 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman says he's actually 'hoping for a slowing economic growth rate that's managed' in China, and feels his company is well positioned.

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Fatigue Detection Technology For Workers

February 13, 2015 11:50 am | by Vinod Pathangay & Aparna Kumpatla | Articles | Comments

The cost of fatigue is of increasing concern to organizations across the globe as fatigue-related accidents and losses are extremely high.

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Obama To Focus On Cybersecurity In Heart Of Silicon Valley

February 13, 2015 11:17 am | by Darlene Superville and Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks, President Barack Obama is trying to spark alliances between policymakers who want to regulate the online world and tech innovators who traditionally shun Beltway bureaucracies.

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Brewers Battle Over Who Can Distribute Beer In Kentucky

February 13, 2015 11:12 am | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions between the emerging craft beer industry and one of the world's largest brewers have erupted into a regulatory fight about who can distribute beer in Kentucky.

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