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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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Kia Reveals First Electric Car

November 12, 2014 1:06 pm | by Ann M. Job , The Associated Press | Comments

Finally, there is an all-electric car for people who thought they would never want one. The 2015 Kia Soul EV is a normal-looking Soul with a useful travel range of nearly 100 miles on a single charge, stable ride and handling, generous and flexible cargo space, comfortable seating and fast-charge...

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GE To Build Advanced Manufacturing Facility In PA

November 12, 2014 12:20 pm | by Business Wire | Comments

GE has announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE. The new facility represents a $32M investment over three years by the company and will result in the creation of 50 high-tech...

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Farm Tractor Sales Steady, Combine Sales Plummet

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

Sales of combines plummeted in October in the United States, but sales of farm tractors remained steady. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers reported Tuesday in its monthly snapshot that the number of tractor sales for the month remained unchanged at 19,528 when compared with the same...

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NTSB Investigation: Pilot Thrown Free As Spaceship Broke Apart

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

The surviving pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert was thrown clear of the disintegrating craft and did not know his co-pilot had prematurely unlocked the re-entry braking system, federal investigators said Wednesday. In its update on the still-evolving...

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Company Wins $22M Federal Contract To Produce Lithium-Ion Batteries

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

EaglePicher Technologies plans to expand its plant and hire more employees in Joplin after receiving a $22 million federal contract. The company will use the Department of Defense grant to produce new lithium-ion batteries, The Joplin Globe reported. Company officials...

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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up .3%

November 12, 2014 11:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses posted a modest gain in their stockpiles in September as sales rebounded from a big decline the previous month. Stockpiles at the wholesale level increased 0.3 percent in September following a 0.6 percent rise in August, the Commerce Department reported...

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Company Fined $47K For Exposing Workers To Amputation, Electric Shock Hazards

November 12, 2014 11:30 am | by OSHA | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. These violations, 14 in total, are being cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational...

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Port Of Seattle Defends Airport Wage Increases

November 12, 2014 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

In response to a lawsuit, the Port of Seattle says it has the authority under Washington law to increase the minimum wage for some workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The port said Tuesday in a statement that minimum wages were raised to reduce employee turnover...

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Small Business Credit Conditions Improve

November 12, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Experian, the leading global information services company, today announced that small-business credit conditions have improved and reached an all-time high. According to the most recent Experian/Moody's Analytics Small Business Credit Index, the continued rise in the third quarter can...

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75% Of Surveyed Adults Fearful Of Cyber Attacks

November 12, 2014 10:14 am | by Honeywell Process Solutions | Comments

Three quarters of surveyed adults (75 percent) across 10 countries say they are fearful that cyber hackers are carrying out attacks on major industries and sectors of the economy in their countries, according to the results of a study announced today by Honeywell Process...

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U.S., China Pledge To Limit Emissions

November 12, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The United States and China are pledging to move faster to reduce or limit emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. China and the U.S. are the world's two largest polluters, and by taking action together, leaders from both countries hope to spur other nations to be equally...

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