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Study Links Hundreds Of Ohio Quakes To Fracking

October 15, 2014 11:21 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press | Comments

A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. The report, which appears in the...

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VW Overtakes GM In Global Sales Race

October 15, 2014 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Volkswagen edged out General Motors for second place in the global auto sales race during the first three quarters of the year, but Toyota was expected to keep its lead to stay in first place. GM said Wednesday that is sold 7.37 million cars and...

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U.S. Retail Sales Fell In September

October 15, 2014 11:00 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. retail sales retreated in September as purchases of autos, gasoline, furniture, and clothing slowed, a sign that recent job gains have yet to significantly boost consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that seasonally adjusted...

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McDonald's Invites Consumer Questions About Manufacturing Process

October 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef. The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood. The company has run similar campaigns in...

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Beacon Roofing Announces Acquisition Of Wholesale Roofing

October 15, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. announced today that it has acquired Wholesale Roofing Supply (WRS), a distributor of residential roofing materials located in the Dallas, Texas suburb of Grand Prairie. From its nine-acre facility, WRS serves customers throughout...

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NY Factory Growth At Slowest Pace Since April

October 15, 2014 9:27 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | Comments

New York manufacturers are growing at the slowest pace in six months as new orders shrink and shipments barely rise. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Wednesday that its Empire State Manufacturing index dropped to 6.2 in October, down...

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Man Gets 10 Years For Copper Thefts

October 14, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A San Antonio man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing copper in a ring that investigators say targeted Central Texas communication towers. Ricky Thatcher must also pay more than $163,000 to victims, including the Lower Colorado...

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Costco Makes China Market Debut

October 14, 2014 4:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Costco Wholesale Corporation, America’s leading membership-only warehouse club that provides a wide range of quality, brand name merchandise, today announced it will enter China for the first time through the opening of an online flagship...

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Two Takes On The CA Soda-Tax Wars

October 14, 2014 4:40 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

As San Francisco and Berkeley citizens prepare to vote on a soda tax, two Cornell experts weigh in on the debate. David Just, food marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied...

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No Vote On IL Fracking Rules Until November

October 14, 2014 4:25 pm | by Jason Keyser, The Associated Press | Comments

An Illinois legislative panel has put off voting on rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction until next month, as it grapples with how to ensure regulations are fair to industry while protecting the environment. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has...

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Lifting Oil Exports Ban Would Boost U.S. Manufacturing

October 14, 2014 3:20 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | Comments

The manufacturing sector, already a leading component of the U.S. economy, would benefit significantly if the crude oil ban were lifted, according to a new study. This was the finding of a new report, titled Lifting the Curde Export Oil Ban: The Impact on U.S. Manufacturing that was...

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Gielow Pickles Opens New Processing Plant

October 14, 2014 2:12 pm | by Mark Stayton, Skagit Valley Herald | Comments

Pickles and sauerkraut are once again rolling down processing lines in Skagit County, Burlington, Washington as Gielow Pickles recently started up production in a 70,000-square-foot facility at the Port of Skagit. The plant joins Sakuma...

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Huf Brings Door Handle Facility To Tennessee

October 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Huf North America Automotive Parts Manufacturing, Corp., a member of the Huf Group, began operation of its new paint facility in Greeneville, Tennessee. The existing factory was extended with an addition of 5,300 square meters. For the purpose of process optimization, it will...

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Chrysler Recalls 184K SUVs For Airbag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in...

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Companies Abandon Ambitious Desert Solar Project

October 14, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

It sounded like a good idea: build massive solar energy plants in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East to supply Europe with 15 percent of its electricity needs by 2050. But the consortium behind the ambitious plan has now admitted defeat following disagreements over...

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U.S. Indexes Slide, Airlines, Energy Stocks Drop

October 14, 2014 1:23 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | Comments

The stock market slumped on Monday, unable to shake off worries of a global economic slowdown and plunging oil prices. Airlines, energy, and materials stocks were amoing the biggest decliners. Stocks are coming off their worst week in more than two years. The downturn...

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Toyota Is Global Hybrid Leader With 7 Million Sold

October 14, 2014 1:13 pm | by Toyota USA Newsroom | Comments

Toyota Motor Corporation announced today global hybrid sales surpassed the 7 million unit mark in September. Toyota achieved this latest million-unit hybrid milestone at the record pace of nine months. “Hitting the 7 million mark represents our...

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GM Plant Seeks Tax Break For Upgrade

October 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors' Fort Wayne, Indiana truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said. Executives at the Fort Wayne plant are trying to make a case to company leaders for...

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Illinois Suggests New Power Plant Laws

October 14, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Leaders in a northern Illinois village struggling with controversy over a proposed power plant are asking state lawmakers to revamp the process developers must go through before making an offer to municipal leaders. A Canadian company recently withdrew its $450 million proposal to build a...

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Converting Plastic Into Oil Could Add $9B To U.S. Economy

October 14, 2014 11:25 am | by American Chemistry Council | Comments

Wide-scale deployment of emerging technology that converts used, non-recycled plastics into oil could generate up to $9 billion in annual U.S. economic output and create upwards of 40,000 domestic jobs, according to a report released by the American Chemistry Council. The report...

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