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As OPEC Faces Tough Test, Lower Oil Prices Loom

November 25, 2014 1:12 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

These are the moments OPEC exists for: A sharp drop in global oil prices has reduced the amount of money OPEC countries take in by nearly $1 billion a day. The 12-member group's purpose is to coordinate how much oil is produced in order to keep prices high and stable and maximize...

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MT Supreme Court Takes Up Coal Tax Dispute

November 25, 2014 1:04 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana tax authorities were expected to argue Tuesday before the state Supreme Court that a Wyoming mining company owes $3.4 million for selling coal to affiliated companies at less-than-market prices. State officials say Cloud Peak Energy company undervalued the coal it sold to two affiliates...

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OK's Gas Price Falls For 27 Straight Days

November 25, 2014 12:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gasoline prices are down in Oklahoma — and they keep falling. AAA Oklahoma said Tuesday that the retail price for regular gasoline in the state has fallen for 27 consecutive days. The average pump price for regular gasoline was about $2.61 on Tuesday, down 41 cents...

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U.S. Economy Reports Strongest Quarter Growth In Years

November 25, 2014 12:52 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, even faster than first reported, giving the country its strongest six months of growth in more than a decade. The third quarter growth rate climbed from an initial estimate of 3.5 percent because of greater...

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New FDA Rules Put Calorie Counts On Menus

November 25, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration announced...

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5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones To Drive Profit

November 25, 2014 11:39 am | by Kirill Storch | Articles | Comments

No matter the product, service or industry, mission or corporate philosophy, nearly every business is bottom line-driven. And, there is no shortage of ingenuity as to how companies try to glean more profit out of existing processes. Every so often, a new technology emerges that radically...

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Stocks Open Higher Following Strong U.S. Growth

November 25, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. stocks are opening higher after news that the U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter. The rate of growth reported by the government early Tuesday was even faster than first estimated. The expansion gave the U.S. its strongest six months of growth in...

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FAA Chief: Disaster Response Depends On Funding

November 25, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration outlined steps Monday to improve its security and air traffic control backup systems following the sabotage of a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that disrupted travel nationwide — but said widespread upgrades will require money from...

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GE Working On Wearable Brain Imaging Helmet

November 25, 2014 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE scientists are working on a wearable, high-resolution imaging “helmet” that would allow doctors to observe the brain on the cellular level. The portable device could also allow doctors to study motor activity in the brain, since patients will be able to move around as their brains are being...

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Robots To Fly Planes Where Humans Can't

November 25, 2014 9:50 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors...

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Honda Admits Failing To Report Deaths, Injuries

November 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law. The Japanese automaker, in statements issued Monday, also said it became aware of the omissions in 2011, yet it took about three years to take...

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NAM Joins Letter Calling To Improve Environment For U.S. Businesses In India

November 25, 2014 9:43 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

In a letter sent today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) joined 15 U.S. business organizations in urging U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to use tomorrow’s U.S.–India Trade Policy Forum meeting in New Delhi to address longstanding bilateral trade irritants and new barriers imposed by...

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Utility Workers Rescued From Platform In WI

November 25, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Four utility workers have been brought to safety after getting stuck on a platform about 150 feet above the ground at the We Energies plant in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley. A spokesman for the utility company said the workers were rescued late Monday after being stranded...

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ClearEdge Wholesale Glass To Expand In Baton Rouge

November 24, 2014 6:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ClearEdge Wholesale Glass is expanding its manufacturing operations in Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and company owners, Brian and Dana LaBorde, said Monday that ClearEdge is investing $2.65 million to renovate a 41,000-square-foot factory in Baton Rouge, where it will relocate its current...

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EPA: Coal Plants Should Spend $2B To Cut Emissions

November 24, 2014 4:53 pm | by Emily Schmall, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are proposing that the largest coal-powered plants in Texas invest $2 billion in new technology to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions, a measure energy companies are likely to resist. The plan released Monday would require that 15 units at eight...

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How Aerospace & Defense Manufacturers Are Finding Value Through Weaving The Digital Thread

November 24, 2014 3:09 pm | by Greg Goodwin | News | Comments

New technologies can be daunting, particularly in Aerospace and Defense (A&D) manufacturing where the demands on quality, budget, and timely delivery are so high. With such a high value attached to data security and production downtime, manufacturers need to make sure that...

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Why Pick Domestic Manufacturing? Q&A With Allen Klevens

November 24, 2014 2:36 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

When starting a company, one of the most important decisions to make is whether to manufacture your product domestically or abroad. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Allen Klevens, the CEO and founder of Tooshlights, the LED public restroom lighting system that has been...

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Salmonella In 10 States Linked To Raw Sprouts

November 24, 2014 2:25 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning — again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New...

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Ford's New F-150 To Get 26 MPG

November 24, 2014 2:19 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford said that its new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get up to 26 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel efficient gas-powered full-size pickup. The Ram truck is the current leader among pickups, getting up to 25 mpg on the highway with a gas engine. The Ram gets up to...

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Steve Wozniak: Change Comes Quickly In Tech Industry

November 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak discusses the rapid pace of technology changes on “Bloomberg West.” Wozniak discusses the new Apple wearables, the change in the way companies like Apple makes new products, and the production of custom data solutions...

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