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Robot Kills Technician At German VW Plant

July 2, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

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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Oklahoma Attorney General Challenges EPA's Clean-Air Plan

July 2, 2015 10:02 am | by SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press | Comments

A plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants would threaten the reliability and affordability of electricity and cause substantial economic injury to the state, Attorney General Scott Pruitt claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

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Gulf States Reach $18.7B Settlement With BP Over Oil Spill

July 2, 2015 9:59 am | by KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press | Comments

The settlement announcement comes as a federal judge was preparing to rule on how much BP owed in federal Clean Water Act penalties after millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf.

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Hospital: 7 Injured From Incident at Petroleum Center

July 2, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A hospital confirmed that seven people were injured on Wednesday, two of them critically, from an incident at a petroleum distribution center in northeast Nebraska that one witness said produced large flames and black smoke.

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Oregon Senators Pass Bill Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Toys

July 2, 2015 9:46 am | by SHEILA V KUMAR, Associated Press | Comments

Oregon senators took steps to regulate toxic chemicals in children's products and toys when they approved legislation Wednesday requiring a state agency to build a list of chemicals, such as arsenic, mercury and formaldehyde, found in items made for kids under the age of 12.

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Train Derailment, Fire Prompts Evacuation in Tennessee

July 2, 2015 9:42 am | by STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Comments

A car on a CSX train carrying a flammable and toxic substance derailed and caught fire in eastern Tennessee, prompting the evacuation of thousands within a 2-mile radius.

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Report: Fracking is Helping Manufacturing Costs Drop Below China

July 2, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Rising wages in China and increased industrial productivity in the U.S. contributed to that trend, but the report cited hydraulic fracturing as the primary reason for the shift in costs.

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DuPont Finishes Chemours Performance Chemicals Unit Spin Off

July 1, 2015 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

DuPont has completed a plan it announced in 2013 to spin off its performance chemicals unit into a separate business named The Chemours Co.

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Judge Orders Colorado Oilman to Pay $16.8M in Legal Fees

July 1, 2015 3:28 pm | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge in Wyoming says a Colorado oilman must pay $16.8 million to reimburse energy companies for legal fees they incurred defending his unsuccessful lawsuits against them.

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Report Accuses Food Industry of Tobacco-Style Tactics

July 1, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The report alleges that large food and agribusiness companies like Monsanto, Dow Chemical and DuPont directed hundreds of millions of dollars toward public relations efforts from "funding fake science to paying experts to denounce public health findings."

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Federal Judge Rules Maui County Ban on GMO Crops Invalid

July 1, 2015 9:55 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.

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Consumer Reports Finds Some Newer Cars Burn Too Much Oil

July 1, 2015 9:49 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Newer cars aren't supposed to need more oil between oil changes, but Consumer Reports found that some engines — mainly from Audi, BMW and Subaru — require an extra quart as often as once a month.

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New Pipeline Reclamation Program Handling 11 Complaints

July 1, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A program that aims to help North Dakota landowners and tenants resolve issues with companies over pipeline reclamation problems is handling nearly a dozen complaints.

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Report: OSHA Not Doing Enough to Protect Workers From Chemical Hazards

July 1, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

An investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found that chemical exposure limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency are up to 1,000 times stronger than those set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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Cisco Unveils New IoT System

June 30, 2015 4:19 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Cisco Systems this week unveiled a new framework designed to ease businesses' entry into the industrial Internet of Things.

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