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House Committee Again Slams CSB Chairman

March 9, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Lawmakers from both parties this week called for wholesale changes at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, including the resignation of its chairman following allegations he and other top officials violated federal records law.

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Unions Lobby Against Giving Obama Trade Authority

March 9, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

More than 400 union workers planned to lobby lawmakers Wednesday against giving the Obama administration heightened power to negotiate trade agreements.

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GM Plans $5B Stock Buyback, Avoids Showdown With Hedge Funds

March 9, 2015 9:54 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has headed off a potentially divisive proxy fight by agreeing to buy back $5 billion in stock by the end of next year.

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Alcoa To Buy RTI Intl In $1.5B Deal, Expand Aerospace Push

March 9, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is taking another step to bolster its stake in the aerospace industry with a $1.5 billion deal to buy titanium supplier RTI International Metals.

Predictive Analytics: Turning Data Into Inventory Insights

March 6, 2015 11:58 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

A manufacturer who is prepared — with adequate inventory levels — will be able to build positive relationships with customers and optimize the use of resources. 

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A Different Kind Of Electric Car

March 6, 2015 11:18 am | by The Verge | Videos | Comments

Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Quant F and its more affordable version, the Quantino, are a pair of electric cars using nano flow cell technology for their power reserve.

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The Bourbon Master Taster For Brown-Forman

March 6, 2015 11:14 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Marianne Barnes, a 28-year-old former chemical engineer, is the master taster for Brown-Forman and Woodford Reserve. Her job involves making sure the product tastes top notch before it hits shelves. 

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A Spray Designed To Save Your Phone From The Toilet

March 6, 2015 10:12 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nanostate's Flash Flood is a coating designed to save your smartphone from accidental water exposure. This test was a little more extreme.

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Researchers Analyze Beer Lost At Sea for 170 Years

March 6, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Finnish and German researchers conducted a chemical analysis of beer lost during a 19th century shipwreck, which they believe is the oldest sample ever subjected to testing.

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Controversy Surrounds Proposed Washington State Oil Terminal

March 6, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The latest spat over transporting ever-increasing amounts of crude oil around the country now centers on the Pacific Northwest.

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Report: Reshoring To Boost Industrial Construction In 2015

March 6, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers.

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Southern States Battle For Volvo Plant

March 6, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

South Carolina lawmakers believe their state has the upper hand in the competition to land Volvo's new U.S. manufacturing plant.

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Maker Of Device In 'Superbug' Outbreak Lacked FDA Clearance

March 6, 2015 9:47 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a medical instrument at the center of a recent "superbug" outbreak in Los Angeles did not receive federal clearance to sell the device, according to officials from the Food and Drug Administration.

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Nissan Recalls More Altimas For Hood Latch Problem

March 6, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling 625,000 more cars in the U.S. as part of a growing problem with faulty latches that can allow hoods to fly open while cars are moving.

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Automakers Strut Their Stuff At The 2015 Geneva Car Show

March 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Take a look at the supercars, luxury models and prototypes being showcased at this year's Geneva Car Show. 

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The Driverless Car, Officially, Is A Risk

March 5, 2015 12:35 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Three insurance suppliers and an auto parts maker have warned in their most recent annual reports that driverless cars and the technology behind them could one day disrupt the way they do business.

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Investigation Finds Hurt Workers Suffer More In Some States

March 5, 2015 12:33 pm | by NewsyBusiness | Videos | Comments

ProPublica and NPR's joint investigation found drastic cuts to workers compensation benefits and employees' access to those benefits.

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Blackberry CEO: 'We Upgraded Everything'

March 5, 2015 12:31 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Blackberry CEO John Chen tells Richard Quest that the company took customers' advice and upgraded everything for its new phone.

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4 Ways To Integrate Supply Chain Projects With Corporate Initiatives

March 5, 2015 12:30 pm | by Godfrey Huguley | Articles | Comments

Whether budget, competing IT priorities or required time away from day-to-day operations stand in the way, the resources required to get your supply chain project implemented can be scarce. Ensuring that your project is aligned with high-priority corporate initiatives can help. 

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IBM Buys Small Denver Startup AlchemyAPI To Expand Watson

March 5, 2015 12:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM announced the purchase of AlchemyAPI, a small Denver startup, on Wednesday as part of its effort to expand its Watson cognitive computing system.

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