DuPont: Plant Outage to Hurt Unit in 1Q

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DuPont said that an unplanned outage at a chemical plant in Deepwater, N.J., will “challenge productivity and earnings” in its safety and protection segment in the first quarter

CBRE in Talks to Buy Johnson Controls Unit

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CBRE Group., the world’s largest commercial real-estate services company, is negotiating to buy the division of Johnson Controls Inc. that manages 1.8 billion square feet of corporate real estate globally.

Google Snubs Robotics Rivals

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Google is the hottest company in the robotics business, but it wants no part of a Pentagon-backed robot-building contest. Its decision to drop out of the competition has irked some robotics experts.

Canadian Crude Exports by Rail Drop in Latest Quarter

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Canada’s national energy regulator said Thursday exports of crude oil by rail dropped in the latest quarter, a sign that lower oil prices have made shipments by rail less attractive to some Canadian crude producers.

Study Touts Self-Driving Cars

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Self-driving vehicles could reduce accidents in the U.S. by 90%, says consulting firm McKinsey & Co., saving lives and eliminating $190 billion in damages and health-care costs a year.

Limits Sought on GMO Corn as Pest Evolves

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U.S. regulators are proposing limits on the planting of some genetically engineered corn to combat a voracious pest that has evolved to resist the bug-killing crops, a potential blow to makers of biotech seed.

New Jersey's Exxon Settlement Questioned

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New Jersey’s proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon for years of environmental damage—after state officials previously argued for $8.9 billion—came under scrutiny as legislators and environmentalists called for separate probes and rejection of the deal.

U.S. Airlines Detail Claims of Subsidies to Persian Gulf Rivals

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The three largest U.S. airlines released details of a report they say demonstrate $40 billion in government subsidies and unfair advantages their three state-owned Persian Gulf rivals have allegedly received since 2004.

Energy Companies Seek Conversations With Banks on Evaluating Collateral

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Energy producers are facing a test through the spring as they enter a period where banks re-evaluate the assets against which they can borrow.

Harris Originally Proposed $22 a Share All-Cash Offer for Exelis

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Harris Corp. first proposed offering $22 a share in cash for Exelis Inc. before twice raising its proposal to the $23.75 accepted last month by its smaller defense-industry rival, according to a regulatory filing.

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