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Baker Hughes In Deal Talks With Halliburton

November 14, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oilfield-services provider Baker Hughes Inc. said Thursday it is talks with rival Halliburton Co. about a potential merger.                      

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Drivers Should Get Used To Cheap Gas

November 14, 2014 9:58 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Those low gas prices on station signs aren't going away soon, the government says.                            

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise On Autos, Online Purchases

November 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. retail sales rose at a modest pace in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending.                    

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Lockheed Martin's Orion Spacecraft Completes Journey

November 12, 2014 5:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Lockheed Martin built Orion spacecraft has completed its 22-mile, 6-hour journey from the Launch Abort System Facility at Kennedy Space Center, to launch pad 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Orion is now another step closer to its first test flight on...

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Anchorage Adds Defendants In Port Lawsuit

November 12, 2014 5:08 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Anchorage's lawsuit seeking compensation from companies that worked on the city's troubled port expansion has been expanded to include a fourth firm. The municipality last week in U.S. District Court added GeoEngineers Inc. to the lawsuit that includes Integrated Concepts...

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NC Employers Avoid More Federal Unemployment Taxes

November 12, 2014 5:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

North Carolina businesses won't have to pay even higher unemployment insurance taxes beyond what's required while the state still owes the federal government money to pay jobless benefits during the Great Recession. The U.S. Department of Labor told Gov. Pat McCrory this...

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House To Vote On Keystone, Landrieu Seeks Action

November 12, 2014 4:56 pm | by Donna Cassata, The Associated Press | Comments

Call it a high-stakes political poker game, with the Louisiana Senate seat the big prize. Three-term Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, facing an uphill fight to hold her seat in a Dec. 6 runoff, on Wednesday called for vote on approving the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL...

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Purdue Economist: Turkeys Will be More Expensive This Year

November 12, 2014 4:52 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Purdue University agricultural economist says Thanksgiving food shoppers will find adequate supplies of turkeys but possibly at higher prices, depending on the type and whether grocers pass increases on to customers. Corinne Alexander tracks food...

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Retail Imports Set Records Despite Continuing Port Issues

November 12, 2014 4:46 pm | by J. Craig Shearman, National Retail Federation | Comments

Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to slow down this month following record levels seen in September and October as retailers rushed to bring merchandise into the country ahead of a possible shutdown of West Coast ports, according to...

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Smart Home Tech No Longer Just A Luxury

November 12, 2014 4:33 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Initiatives like the Quirky + GE partnership between GE and the collaborative invention company Quirky are making  smart light bulbs, air conditioners and home monitors more affordable for any homeowner or renter. Today, Quirky + GE launched Wink.com, a place where...

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Biden Pitches Infrastructure Improvements

November 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday renewed his call for improvements to the nation's infrastructure, particularly at ports, saying failure to make upgrades will mean missed opportunities for economic growth. "This is a passion of mine," Biden told several hundred people attending the annual...

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5 Questions About The Historic Comet Landing

November 12, 2014 4:07 pm | by Frank Jordans, The Associated Pres | Comments

The European Space Agency has achieved a historic first — landing a washing machine-sized spacecraft on a comet speeding through our solar system at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph). Here are answers to five questions about the space mission...  

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Spaceship Pilot Unaware Co-Pilot Unlocked Brake

November 12, 2014 4:07 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | Comments

The pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert didn't know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked its brakes, despite protocol requiring the co-pilot to announce the step. Pilot Peter Siebold told the National Transportation Safety Board...

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Louisiana Agency Looking To Sue Oil, Gas & Pipeline Companies

November 12, 2014 3:35 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | Comments

Lawyers for dozens of oil, gas, and pipeline companies are heading to court to make their case for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a south Louisiana levee board. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East sued the companies last year, arguing that coastal drilling and dredging has contributed to...

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Energy Company Fined For Uranium Spills

November 12, 2014 3:27 pm | by Mead Gruver, The Associated Press | Comments

An energy company has agreed to pay a $5,000 state penalty for two spills of uranium solution from pipelines at a new Wyoming mine. Over 20,000 gallons spilled July 17 at the Nichols Ranch in-situ uranium mine in Powder River Basin between Casper and Gillette. In-situ uranium mining...

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Up 4.6% In September

November 12, 2014 3:23 pm | by The Cutting Tool Market Report News Release | Comments

September U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176.5 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up...

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IN Lawmakers Recommend Cutting Equipment Tax

November 12, 2014 3:13 pm | by Tom LoBianco, The Associated Press | Comments

A panel of Indiana lawmakers is recommending the state eliminate the business equipment tax for small businesses. The panel studying Indiana's business personal property tax included the recommendation with a series of other proposals in its final report released Wednesday. Gov. Mike Pence...

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Japan's Nuclear Cleanup Slowed By Contaminated Water

November 12, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press | Comments

More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel...

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GM: Parts Ready To Fix SUVs That Can Catch Fire

November 12, 2014 2:13 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

The owners of 189,000 General Motors SUVs soon won't have to park them outside the garage for fear that they will catch fire. The company says it will start notifying customers on Thursday to take the SUVs to dealers, who will replace faulty power window...

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Short-Term Energy, Winter Fuels Outlook

November 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration‎ | Comments

North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices fell from $95/barrel (bbl) on October 1 to $84/bbl at the end of the month.  The causes included weakening outlooks for global economic and oil demand growth, the return to the market of previously disrupted Libyan crude oil production, and...

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