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Hormel Says Bird Flu Outbreak Will Hurt Turkey Sales

April 21, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel says it will sell less turkey this year because of a spreading bird flu outbreak.

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U.S. Business Group In China Urges More Transparency, Access

April 21, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country's investment climate deteriorates.

Top U.S. Exports Still Generate $67B Trade Deficit

April 21, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report found the U.S. possessed a trade deficit even among its top export categories — in stark contrast to several top global competitors.

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Some Farmers Look To Capitalize On Non-GMO Market

April 21, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amid record harvests of corn and soybeans last year, some farmers are turning to an unlikely source to increase their bottom lines: non-GMO seeds.

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MINI And Qualcomm Look To Augment The Driving Experience

April 20, 2015 12:20 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

MINI of BMW Group partnered with Qualcomm to create an augmented reality experience. The prototype — which uses aviator-type goggles and a specially outfitted MINI — is focused on safety and making the driver experience more fun. 

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The E-Cig That Tells You How Much You Smoke

April 20, 2015 12:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Smokio e-cigarette pairs with an app on your phone to keep track of how much you smoke, and how much money you've saved by not buying tobacco cigarettes.

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Mashing Up A Plane And A Car

April 20, 2015 12:11 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Jeff Bloch, also known as "Speedy Cop", is a Washington D.C. police officer who's been building out-of-left-field cars for years. His plane-car is a mashup of an old Cessna prop plane and 1987 Toyota van.

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Manufacturers Are Looking To The Cloud

April 20, 2015 12:01 pm | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers know that, in order to be successful in the rapidly changing markets of the global economy, they must make more efficient use of large amounts of data to leverage business intelligence and become more agile. They are looking to the cloud as a solution.

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 9:52 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday

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Judge Tosses Lumber Liquidators Lawsuit

April 20, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Environmental group Global Community Monitor announced Thursday that a defamation lawsuit brought by Lumber Liquidators had been dismissed.

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OSHA Cites Plastics Company That Makes Fracking Equipment

April 20, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators this week cited a New York plastics company for dozens of alleged safety violations.

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Lawmakers Announce Trade Authority Deal

April 20, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced a long-awaited bill that would grant the White House power to negotiate trade agreements.

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Ford Pickup Scores Top Safety Rating; GM Models Miss

April 20, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials bestowed the nation's top safety rating on Ford's F-150 pickup truck, which the company said validated its decision to switch from steel to aluminum in model year 2015.

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Heinz, French’s Each Target The Other's Condiment Dominance

April 20, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

H. J. Heinz and French’s Food have set their sights on each other's markets. Heinz is rolling out its yellow mustard, French's its ketchup.

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Micro Robots Drive Bayer's High-Tech Vision

April 17, 2015 11:43 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Pharmaceutical company Bayer has found success by shifting its focus to life sciences, and introducing technology and automation into every stage of its processes.

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Tea Wars: Coke & Pepsi Face Off

April 17, 2015 11:40 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

As the soda market flattens, Cristina Alesci explains why Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are trying to attract health-conscience millennials with ready-to-drink teas.

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Engineering Newswire: Robot Takes A Pounding In Dodgeball Barrage

April 17, 2015 11:38 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at starting up the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, grabbing objects with a giant tongue gripper and playing dodgeball with a bipedal robot. 

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How Buyer-Driven Procurement Became The New Normal

April 17, 2015 11:33 am | by Dan Amzallag | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, time, cost and a lack of resources put severe limits on procurement professionals' supplier vetting process. But traditions are changing.

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Volkswagen Board Leaders Back CEO Winterkorn After Struggle

April 17, 2015 9:57 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will remain in his job and can look forward to having his contract extended, the leadership of the board said Friday.

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Google Embraces 'Mobile-Friendly' Sites In Search Shake-Up

April 17, 2015 9:50 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

To stay in Google's good graces, websites must be designed so they load quickly on mobile devices.

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