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Apple Reportedly Poaching Talent For Electric Car Project

February 26, 2015 | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Reports that Apple is working on a secret electric car project initially prompted skepticism from the auto industry.

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Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid On Factory

February 26, 2015 12:46 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory.

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Elon Musk's Solar Company To Use Former Solyndra Buildings

February 26, 2015 11:11 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra.

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EU Investigating Proposed Chocolate Acquisition

February 26, 2015 10:35 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

European Union authorities recently announced an investigation of a proposed deal between agribusiness giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland amid concerns over chocolate prices.

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Industry Group Warns Of Vapors At Fracking Sites

February 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns.

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$100M Settlement For Hundreds In Florida Tobacco Lawsuits

February 26, 2015 10:17 am | by Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer

A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them in Florida federal court.

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls Midsize Sedans For Transmission Glitch

February 26, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in North America to fix automatic transmissions that might not shift into park.

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Consumer Reports Releases Its Top Vehicle Picks

February 25, 2015 12:22 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The closely watched annual list of top auto brands and individual vehicles was released this week indicating Consumer Reports’ favorites among the 270 autos recently tested.

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Report: Vitamin Supplement Market Expected To Increase By 60 Percent By 2020

February 25, 2015 10:38 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

A new report expects the global market for vitamin supplements to jump from $37.4 billion in 2013 to nearly $60 billion by 2020.

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California Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 25, 2015 10:27 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

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Report: 19 Oil And Gas Stocks In 'Extreme Danger'

February 25, 2015 10:17 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

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Lego Sales Keep Rising Amid Global Demand

February 25, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

Lego says its popular, multi-colored toy blocks continued to be in strong demand last year, particularly in its largest market, the U.S., as well as Britain, France, Russia and China.

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Nonprescription Diet Pill Alli Back In Stores After Recall

February 25, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

GlaxoSmithKline's diet pill, alli, is now back in most U.S. stores.

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Worker Killed At Tennessee Alcoa Plant

February 24, 2015 12:57 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

An Alcoa employee was killed Monday evening at a plant in eastern Tennessee, according to media reports. 

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UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 24, 2015 10:30 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. auto industry, but says that the union is prepared to call for its members to walk out, if necessary.

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Apple To Set Up High-Tech Data Hubs In Northern Europe

February 24, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press

Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday.

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises To 57

February 24, 2015 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 57.

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Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

February 24, 2015 9:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

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Merck Grants Free License For Pediatric HIV Drug

February 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer

Drugmaker Merck & Co. has granted a free license allowing one of its HIV medicines to be made and sold inexpensively for use in young children in poor countries hard hit by the AIDS virus.

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Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:48 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

A strike by union members at oil refineries continues to expand with some 6,550 workers now off the job at 15 plants or refineries across the country.

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Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers.

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