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Senate Votes To Scrap Union Election Rule

March 5, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to reject a federal rule aimed at shortening the window between a union election petition and the start of voting by workers.

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IBM Buys Small Denver Startup AlchemyAPI To Expand Watson

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

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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Toyota Promotes U.S. Execs, Gives Power To North American CEO

March 5, 2015 12:11 pm | by The Associated Press

Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote some U.S. executives to senior posts in Japan.

Dow’s Next Big Move — A $6 Billion Manufacturing Expansion

March 5, 2015 11:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Dow Chemical will spend $6 billion to expand manufacturing plants in Texas and Louisiana amid expectations of continued low domestic natural gas prices.

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Report: J&J Close To Deal To Buy Partner Pharmacyclics

March 5, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Health care giant Johnson & Johnson reportedly is close to buying biopharmaceutical company Pharmacyclics, its longtime partner in developing blood cancer treatment Imbruvica.

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By The Numbers: 2014 Record Year For Auto Recalls

March 4, 2015 12:28 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The U.S. government’s list of automakers with the most recalled vehicles in 2014 was topped by General Motors and Honda. Combined, the two companies accounted for more than half of the record 64 million vehicles recalled.

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ABB To Add 300 Jobs At Tennessee Facility

March 4, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Power systems and automation company ABB expects to add 300 jobs at its Low Voltage Products division near Memphis, officials announced Tuesday.

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Zuckerberg: Facebook Initiative Seeks To Boost Telecoms

March 4, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg touted the company's effort to increase Internet access in emerging markets this week amid growing criticism from some providers.

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Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense Of BPA

March 4, 2015 10:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe."

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Auto Industry, Batteries Expected To Bolster Graphite Market

March 4, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020.

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Auto Industry Slows For Bad Weather, But Stays On Course

March 4, 2015 9:49 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

February threw snowstorms and other roadblocks at the auto industry, but U.S. sales of new cars and trucks are still poised to hit their highest level in more than a decade this year.

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Google Unveils ‘Project Titan’

March 3, 2015 12:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Monday at the Mobile World Congress currently convening in Barcelona, Google announced the company’s plans for Titan, the drone company that Google acquired last year.

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need A Degree'

March 3, 2015 12:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don’t Need a Degree."

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Federal Report Identifies Sources Of Recent Foodborne Illnesses

March 3, 2015 11:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

​Federal regulators recently announced improved practices for identifying sources of foodborne illness.

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Researchers Call For Licorice Limits After Boy Develops Seizures

March 3, 2015 11:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

University researchers in Italy said candy producers should set recommended limits on daily consumption of licorice after a local boy developed seizures.

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Google To Enter Wireless Market

March 3, 2015 10:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A top Google executive said the tech giant is getting into the wireless business in hopes of blending Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

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Lumber Liquidators Stands Behind Products As Stock Plunges

March 3, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press

Lumber Liquidators is refuting a "60 Minutes" report that raised health concerns about some of its laminate flooring products and pushed its stock price to its lowest level in more than two years.

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BlackBerry Offers New Phones But Turns Focus To Software

March 3, 2015 9:51 am | by Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press

BlackBerry may be launching four new smartphones over the coming year, but the struggling company is staking its future on becoming a giant in software.

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Fiat Chrysler Brushes Off Snow, Posts 5.6 Pct U.S. Sales Gain

March 3, 2015 9:44 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers

Fiat Chrysler U.S. overcame freezing temperatures and a barrage of Northeast snowstorms to post a 5.6 percent sales gain last month as customers nationwide brushed off the weather and continued to buy cars.

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HP's Big Deal: Tech Giant Buys Aruba Networks For $2.7B

March 3, 2015 9:38 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer

Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, in what amounts to HP's first major acquisition since its disastrous purchase of a British software company in 2011.

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Oil Decline Likely To Benefit Food Prices

March 2, 2015 10:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent report found global food prices fell 2.8 percent in late 2014 to their lowest level in four years, with food becoming cheaper in 79 of the 109 nations reviewed by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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