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Thursday, March 13, 2014

California seeks to remove toxic chemicals from consumer goods

California took steps to reduce the toxins found in furniture, mattresses and building supplies Thursday, when regulators announced they would pressure manufacturers to eliminate chemicals known to cause cancer that have long been used as fire retardants. Regulators with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control unveiled the top priority chemicals ... .

Full story: San Jose Mercury News

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Courtesy: Seattle Post Intelligencer


(AP) — Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s board has rejected an approximately $1.4 billion unsolicited takeover offer from Ireland's Endo International PLC. Auxilium said it still has the right to hold talks with Endo and other third parties under terms of its merger agreement with QLT. ... more...


Courtesy: The Street


FRANKFURT -- German drug company Mercka said it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion. Darmstadt-based Merck KGaA said Monday it is paying $140 a share in cash for all of Sigma-Aldrich's shares -- a premium of 37% over Friday's closing price of $102.37. Sigma-Aldrich ... more...


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Four years ago, EM & EM Chimney in Hicksville was a residential chimney and masonry repair company with 12 employees. Today, driven by the conversion of commercial buildings in New York City to natural gas and lighter fuel oil, EM & EM employs 48 people and its main business is ... more...


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Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation voted recently to tighten rules on the sale and manufacture of tobacco products and to codify legal residency and guest status on the Southampton reservation, while disbanding the tribe's gaming authority and commission, tribal members said. ... more...


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Sometimes what you think will cure you can make matters worse. ... more...


Courtesy: Forbes


There's a lot of visual content populating the Web, but there's no one-stop shop for interactive data visualization. Dadaviz aims to solve this. ... more...


Courtesy: Forbes


The challenge of every retailer is to grow his company profitably. Old traditions have to be discarded and replaced with a vision for the future. The customer of today is living a faster life – she has less time to browse and to be stimulated by displays. She texts while ... more...


Courtesy: The Huffington Post


A lot of Americans don't tip hotel housekeeping staff, and many have no idea that they should, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows. The survey was conducted after Marriott announced it would be participating in a campaign to leave envelopes in hotel rooms encouraging patrons to leave tips for the staff members ... more...


Courtesy: The Wall Street Journal


Pakistan army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif strengthened his authority as he named a new head of the Inter-Services Intelligence agency and made a raft of other senior appointments. ... more...


Courtesy: The Wall Street Journal


BlackBerry plans to sell its new square-screen smartphone at a lower price than rival products, as the company attempts to regain some of the ground it has lost in the global market. ... more...


Courtesy: The New York Times


The deal is expected to increase Merck’s presence in North America and give it added exposure to markets in Asia. It represents a 37 percent premium to Sigma-Aldrich’s closing price on Friday. ... more...


Courtesy: The New York Times


With its all-cash deal to buy Dresser-Rand Group, the German engineering conglomerate is positioning itself in the American energy sector, which is seeing a boom in shale oil. ... more...


Courtesy: Bradenton Herald


Police are looking for a man from Southbridge charged with sexually assaulting a child who cut off his GPS monitoring device and fled in a vehicle belonging to his parents. Click to Continue » ... more...


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Daniel J. Graeber LONDON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Environmental advocacy group Greenpeace said toy company LEGO runs the risk of spoiling its reputation with its tacit ties to Shell's arctic drilling campaign. ... more...


Courtesy: Newyork News Day


The Long Island Rail Road, less than two years after spending $5 million to renovate several aging station escalators, will begin work later this year on a $14 million project to replace six of those same escalators. ... more...


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