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Cartels Stealing Billions From Oil Industry

September 29, 2014 10:07 am | by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico overcame 75 years of nationalist pride to reform its flagging, state-owned oil industry. But as it prepares to develop rich shale fields along the Gulf Coast, and attract foreign investors, another challenge awaits: taming the brutal drug cartels that rule the region and are...

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The Inversion Crackdown Is In Full Swing

September 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas. For years, companies have been buying smaller businesses abroad and, in turn, evading good old Uncle Sam and his taxes. This practice is called inversion, and President Obama...

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Ford Invests In Future With New LED Lighting At Manufacturing Plants

September 29, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company is investing in the future as it begins installing LED lighting at manufacturing facilities across the globe. The new lights, valued at more than $25 million, will save energy and money while improving safety and lighting...

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European Space Agency Sets Date For Comet Landing

September 29, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12. It says the maneuver will take about seven hours starting from the moment its unmanned probe Rosetta releases the 100-kilogram lander at...

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TX Beef Packer Recalls 12 Tons Of Meat Due To Possible E.coli Contamination

September 29, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A meat packer in the Texas Panhandle has recalled nearly 12 tons of beef trimmings products due to possible E. coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday night announced the recall involving Caviness Beef Packers in...

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Woman Beheaded, Another Injured At Food Processing Plant

September 29, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police said Friday a man recently let go from a food processing plant in an Oklahoma City suburb beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by the owner of the company. The 30-year-old man, who has...

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Groups Launch Campaigns On GMO Labeling In OR

September 28, 2014 11:42 am | by Gosia Wozniacka - Associated Press | News | Comments

In a TV ad paid for by advocates of labeling genetically modified foods in Oregon, voters are told 64 countries have such requirements and labels didn't lead to an increase in their food costs. Opponents of GMO labeling have released an ad that says the opposite: Labels would be costly for food...

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Goodyear Aims To Use Rice Husk Byproduct In Tires

September 28, 2014 10:42 am | by Mark Gillispie - Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the world's biggest tire manufacturers is taking another step toward more environmentally friendly production by incorporating a byproduct created by the burning of rice husks into a material used in high-end tires. Akron-based Goodyear is embracing a technology that converts the ash that...

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Future Cloudy As Work Winds Down At Avondale Shipyard

September 27, 2014 1:44 am | by Richard Thompson - The New Orleans Advocate - Associated Press | News | Comments

Avondale Shipyard, once Louisiana's largest private employer, is quietly winding down operations, nearly six months after Huntington Ingalls Industries brought in one of the country's largest pipeline and terminal operators in hopes it could help turn the 76-year-old West Bank facility into a...

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Plastic Made From Thin Air

September 26, 2014 11:58 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Newlight Technologies is turning carbon into plastic and taking on a $373 billion dollar-a-year industry.                                          

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CA May Impose Steep Restrictions On Common Pesticide

September 26, 2014 11:53 am | by Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday. Regulators are proposing ...  

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Chiquita, Fyffes Alter Merger Agreement

September 26, 2014 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Changes to the proposed merger between Chiquita and the Irish fruit importer Fyffes will give Chiquita shareholders a larger stake in what would become the world's largest banana supplier. The companies said Friday that ...      

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Ford To Add 1,200 Workers At Transit Van Plant

September 26, 2014 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van. The Transit arrived at dealerships in June, but ...                   

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Boeing To Bring Hundreds Of Jobs To Charleston

September 26, 2014 10:29 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing is bringing hundreds of new jobs to South Carolina. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the aerospace company has leased a 100,000-square-foot building in North Charleston for a new research center that will employ as many as ... 

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US-Russian Crew Docks With Space Station

September 25, 2014 10:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S.-Russian crew docked early Friday with the International Space Station, about six hours after launching from Russia's manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The Russian Soyuz-TMA14M spacecraft joined up with the space laboratory as it ...

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Fed's Lockhart Says Inflation Risk Still Low

September 25, 2014 6:44 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press | News | Comments

Atlanta Federal Reserve President Dennis Lockhart said Thursday that he has increasing confidence in the economy but still wants to see more data to prove that growth is on a sustainable path before raising interest rates, saying he doesn't expect rates to ...

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North Dakota Calls For More Environmental Protections

September 25, 2014 6:12 pm | by Josh Wood, Associated Press | News | Comments

A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom. "Drill. Develop. Let's get that oil, but let's get it in a responsible manner," said...

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Weak Demand, Plentiful Supply Drive Decline In Oil Prices

September 25, 2014 5:57 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil prices have remained under the symbolic $100/barrel level since September 5, falling to $94.13/barrel this afternoon, the lowest level in more than two years. Prices have declined almost $21 (18%) from the 2014 daily peak of $115/barrel on...

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ShipCarsNow Wins EPA Award For Leadership In Freight Supply Chain Efficiency

September 25, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ShipCarsNow, a wholly owned Union Pacific Railroad subsidiary, received the 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual honor recognizes the top 1 percent of EPA partners that have optimized their...

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Gold Mine Firm Pays Fine For Not Reporting Pollution

September 25, 2014 4:44 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian-based owner of a gold mine in northern Nevada has agreed to pay a $182,000 civil penalty for failing to correctly report to federal environmental regulators the release of millions of pounds of toxic chemicals — including arsenic and cyanide — into the air and ground. The U.S....

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