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Low-Tech Innovation Provides Soldiers With Proper Cover

HEALTH: Surfer Sunscreen Inspires Pair To Develop Camo Face Paint With SPF

While the military develops robotic pack animals and “super vision” contact lenses, it’s surprising to see untapped innovation in something as low-tech as camouflage face paint.

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Leak May Cloud Future Sempra Profits

ENERGY: The Eventual Costs Are Difficult to Determine

Sempra Energy last month reported 16 percent earnings growth for 2015, beating analyst expectations, even as it faces $330 million in costs tied to subsidiary Southern California Gas Co.’s methane gas leak in Aliso Canyon.

State Regulators Cite, Fine Three S.D. Manufacturers

California regulators on Wednesday said they issued work stop orders to three San Diego cabinet manufacturers for using saws without proper safety equipment and other infractions.

General Atomics ASI Tests Predator B Designed for Longer Range Missions

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. recently announced the first flight of a longer-endurance Predator B unmanned aircraft with extended wings. The new wings give the aircraft 48 percent more flight time or greater, as well as the ability to carry more objects under the wings.

Lockheed Martin Corp. Secures $10.4M Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a 19-month, $10.4 million contract modification to provide support for an undersea warfare and anti-submarine warfare combat system.

Carlsbad-Based Palomar Display Products Receives Six Orders Worth $7.8 Million

Palomar Display Products Inc. of Carlsbad said it received six domestic and international orders worth $7.8 million for military thermal sight displays.

Sempra Energy Signs Deal with Australia-Based Company

Sempra Energy on Thursday said it had signed a deal with Australia-based Woodside Petroleum Ltd. to advance development of a proposed natural gas liquefaction facility in Port Arthur, Texas.

Bomb Threats Disrupt Ship Repair Operations

Schedules at BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair and the nearby naval base at 32nd Street have been affected by hoax bomb threats in recent months, the U.S. Navy revealed Feb. 19.

Sempra Announces Dvidend

Sempra Energy announced Feb. 19 that its board of directors increased the amount of the company’s dividend by 8 percent.

Illinois Co. Buys Specialty Food Distributor Monterrey Provision Co.

San Diego specialty food distributor Monterrey Provision Co. has been acquired by Naperville, Illinois-based KeHE.

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Reimagined ‘Broom’ Looks to Leave Competitors in the Dust

RETAIL: Inventor Changed Course on Idea and Went Consumer Product Route

Eben Dobson knows the exact moment brooms took over his life, eventually leading him to quit his job as a financial advisor for professional athletes.

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Contractors Change Course as Navy Seeks UAV Tanker

The U.S. Navy’s long-delayed unmanned aircraft — the one that might someday fly off aircraft carriers — has a new job description.

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Low Barriers Help Companies Make Fast Start

ECONOMY: Fundraising, Marketing, E-commerce Among Lower-Cost Options

Starting a business never has been simple, but many young entrepreneurs are finding that their ability to reach customers and raise money over the Internet has lowered the barrier to launching a company.

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Marijuana Sector Ready to Grow as More Legalization Looms

PRODUCTION: Cos. Look to Profit in Making Tools of the Pot Trade

Legal, recreational marijuana sales are surging in the U.S. and are expected to surpass $6 billion annually as more than a half-dozen states, including California, are expected to take up the legalization issue this year.

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Co.’s Crops Find A Middle Ground

BIOTECH: Gene Editing May Be Acceptable Option to GMO

As high-profile companies such as Whole Foods and Chipotle turn up their noses to genetically modified (GM) foods, farmers are increasingly in search of crops that won’t turn off the consumer.