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Farm Use Of Drones To Take Off As Feds Loosen Restrictions

July 6, 2015 | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | Comments

Agricultural use of drones is about to take off after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved more than 50 exemptions for farm-related operations since January.

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Milk Surplus Hurting Dairy Prices

July 6, 2015 10:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Dairy prices worldwide are down nearly 40 percent as forecasters predict another year of record milk production in 2015.

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Oreos Get Thin, Going For 'Sophisticated' Air

July 6, 2015 10:01 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for grown-ups that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked.

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General Mills To Remove Gluten From Lucky Charms

July 6, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

General Mills announced that it will begin making its Lucky Charms cereal from the same oat flour that will soon make Cheerios gluten-free.  

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Russian Parliament Votes To Adopt Controversial Privacy Law

July 6, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

Lawmakers in the Russian parliament on Friday voted for a bill forcing online search engines to remove search results about a specific person at that person's request.

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ISM: Hiring Signals More Good Things To Come

July 2, 2015 12:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 30th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 73rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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GM Stops Production At Its Single Plant In Russia

July 2, 2015 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

General Motors has halted production at its single assembly plant in Russia as sales have plummeted amid an economic downturn.

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Robot Kills Technician At German VW Plant

July 2, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A technician died from injuries sustained while working on a robot at Volkswagen's factory in Kessel, Germany, according to media reports.

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Toyota, Nissan, Honda Back Hydrogen Stations For Fuel Cells

July 2, 2015 9:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society."

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Chrysler's June Sales Increase 8 Percent; GM Sales Fall

July 2, 2015 9:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday touted its best June sales in the U.S. in nearly a decade, while Ford reported a modest sales increase and General Motors sales fell.

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New Chinese Law Reinforces Government Control Of Cyberspace

July 2, 2015 9:29 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

China's legislature passed sweeping legislation on Wednesday that reinforces government controls over cyberspace, as the nation's leaders try to address what they see as growing threats to Chinese networks and national security.

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Pennsylvania, Oregon Metalworkers Continue To Work Despite Expired Contract

July 2, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Union workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. will stay on the job under the terms of their previous labor contract after it expired late Tuesday.

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JBS USA To Buy Cargill Pork Business For $1.45B

July 2, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. subsidiary of a Brazilian-based international meat processor is buying the pork division of Cargill Inc.

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GE Unions Approve New Contracts

July 2, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Unions representing about 16,500 General Electric employees voted Tuesday to ratify new four-year labor contracts.

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Tesla Tops 11K Vehicles Delivered In Second Quarter

July 2, 2015 9:16 am | by The Associated Press

Tesla's second-quarter deliveries surged 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles.

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Hewlett-Packard Moves Forward With Plan To Split In 2

July 2, 2015 9:12 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

Hewlett-Packard is moving forward with plans to split into two companies, filing paperwork to create a new entity that will sell commercial technology, while a separate spinoff will sell personal computers and printers.

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FDA Weighs New Restrictions On Liquid Nicotine Packets

July 1, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Federal health officials are considering new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine packets used with e-cigarettes and other next-generation tobacco products.

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Obama Administration Unveils New Overtime Pay Standards

July 1, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Obama administration on Monday unveiled long-anticipated rules that would make millions of additional workers eligible for overtime pay.

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United Airlines Investing $30M In Biofuels Producer

July 1, 2015 9:48 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer

United Airlines says it is investing $30 million in a biofuels company to reduce its vulnerability to oil-price shocks and limits on carbon emissions from planes.

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Report Accuses Food Industry of Tobacco-Style Tactics

July 1, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report by an environmental advocacy group accuses the food industry of using "tobacco-style" tactics in an effort to protect their market share from organic products.

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Consumer Confidence Index Climbs In June

July 1, 2015 9:33 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Consumer confidence showed a solid gain in June following a modest increase in May, supporting the view that strong job gains are giving a boost to the overall economy.

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