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UN Chief Hoping For Draft Of Global Climate Deal

December 4, 2014 4:40 pm | by Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press | Comments

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday he will travel to the climate conference in Peru next week and is hopeful that delegates will draft an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. Ban said he is encouraged by new targets for fossil...

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Amazon Launches Line Of Own Diapers, Baby Wipes

December 4, 2014 4:34 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon is launching its own line of diapers and baby wipes exclusively for its Prime members to get more shoppers to sign up for the $99 annual program. The new line, Amazon Elements, will mean tougher competition for traditional consumer product companies, said...

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Christie Says Oil Pipeline Should Have Been Approved

December 4, 2014 4:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the controversial Keystone XL pipeline should have been approved a long time ago and the regulatory process has gone overboard. Christie made the remarks in Calgary, Alberta while on his second foreign trip in recent months, which has given him the chance...

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ND Power Plant Off Line After Fire

December 4, 2014 4:02 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

No one was hurt in a fire at the Coyote Station power plant near Beulah in western North Dakota. Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Co. says in a statement that a mechanical failure about 5 a.m. Thursday led to the fire. The cause of the equipment failure was not...

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Gov Mead Blasts EPA Power Plant Rules

December 4, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | Comments

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposal to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants.The EPA this summer proposed restrictions on existing power plants intended to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent...

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Boeing Conducts World's First Flight With 'Green Diesel'

December 4, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Boeing has completed the world's first flight using "green diesel," a sustainable biofuel that is widely available and used in ground transportation. The company powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane yesterday with a blend of 15 percent green diesel and...

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EU Makes Move To Let Member States Ban GM Crops

December 4, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their countries even if it's been approved by the 28-nation bloc. The European Parliament and member states agreed on Thursday that national governments...

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U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Fall To 297K

December 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prior week for the first time in nearly three months. Weekly applications fell 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 297,000, the Labor Department...

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Global Survey: Human-Robot Teams Capturing New Sectors

December 4, 2014 12:20 pm | by International Federation of Robotics | Comments

Having conquered automotive manufacturing, the latest industrial robots are about to capture other industrial sectors that, to date, have remained undeveloped. Opportunities are huge. Even in those countries where the application of robotics is at its greatest (Japan, Germany...

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Environmental Filmmakers Have Rare Impact In China

December 4, 2014 11:54 am | by Louise Watt, The Associated Press | Comments

One clip shows a girl swatting flies from a younger child among piles of trash. Another has children blowing up used medical gloves like balloons. The footage is on the computer screen of Wang Jiuliang as he edits his second film about waste harming China's...

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5 Essential Needs Custom ETO Manufacturers Should Consider When Evaluating ERP Software

December 4, 2014 11:49 am | by Jean Magny | Comments

Custom engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers have unique process requirements throughout their manufacturing lifecycle. As manufacturers grow, the processes in place get more and more complex to handle with traditional forms of communication. The communication between...

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NASA Postpones Orion Launch

December 4, 2014 10:05 am | by Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press | Comments

Wind gusts and sticky fuel valves conspired to keep NASA's new Orion spacecraft on the launch pad Thursday, delaying a crucial test flight meant to revitalize human exploration. NASA promised to try again Friday morning. The space agency's new countdown clock got a workout as problem...

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Toyota Seeks Independent, Industry-Wide Joint Testing Initiative For Airbags

December 4, 2014 9:59 am | by Toyota Newsroom | Comments

Toyota today called for a coordinated industry-wide joint initiative to independently test Takata airbag inflators that have been the subject of recent recalls. The goal of this initiative is to address affected automakers’ issues related to the airbag inflator recalls and...

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The Challenges And Rewards Of Onshoring

December 4, 2014 9:52 am | by Noreen King | Comments

As a contract manufacturer, I have dedicated my career to building and sustaining a company in an industry that, until recently, had structured its business model around sending the majority of its contracting business overseas. I say until recently, because put a...

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What You Need To Know About Takata Air Bag Recall

December 3, 2014 5:20 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. and 10 automakers have recalled 14 million vehicles worldwide for a problem with both driver and passenger side air bags, including 8 million in the U.S. The air bags can inflate with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending...

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Google Buys 12 Acres In CA

December 3, 2014 5:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google is expanding its presence in Los Angeles with the $120 million purchase of a dozen acres of vacant land in the Playa Vista area on the city's west side. The parcel is zoned for nearly 900,000 square feet of commercial space that could house offices or...

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Obama Tells CEOs He Wants To Work On Wage Growth

December 3, 2014 5:05 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | Comments

Citing 60-year high corporate profits, President Barack Obama told CEOs Wednesday he wants to engage them on "some tricky questions" about how to overcome stagnant wages in the face of business successes and a rising stock market. In a question and answer session...

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U.S. Issues Anti-Discrimination Rule For Employers

December 3, 2014 4:56 pm | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | Comments

The Labor Department on Wednesday issued a rule to protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The rule would carry out terms of a workplace anti-discrimination law signed by President Barack Obama...

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MO Nuclear Plant Shuts Down

December 3, 2014 4:52 pm | by Jim Salter, The Associated Press | Comments

An Ameren Corp. nuclear plant in central Missouri shut down Wednesday due to an electrical equipment failure, but the company and federal regulators say there is no risk to the public. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said an "unexpected main turbine trip" caused the shutdown...

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Ex-BP Executive Fighting Gulf Oil Spill Charges

December 3, 2014 2:42 pm | by Kevin McGill, The Associated Press | Comments

Attorneys for a former BP executive facing an obstruction charge in the 2010 Gulf oil spill asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the two criminal counts as his trial approaches in March. The defendant is David Rainey, who has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he...

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