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Japan: Auto Recall Overhaul Needed For Global Woes

December 5, 2014 2:04 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The top Japanese auto safety official acknowledged Friday that Japan's recall system needs an overhaul to better respond to global problems highlighted by the debacle over Takata air bags that can explode. "The framework in place...

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Dow Chemical Sells 2 Businesses For $225M

December 5, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dow Chemical said Friday that it is selling two businesses for a total of $225 million. Dow said Vertellus Specialty Materials will buy its sodium borohydride business and Valfilm North America will buy a polyolefin films plant in...  

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Lockheed Martin-Built Orion Spacecraft Takes First Steps With Successful Test Flight

December 5, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Lockheed Martin-built Orion spacecraft gently splashed down into the waters of the Pacific Ocean at 11:29 a.m. EST this afternoon, completing the first test flight of NASA's deep space exploration capsule. After a successful launch from Cape...

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops To $43.4B

December 5, 2014 1:46 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in October as exports rebounded while oil imports dipped to the lowest level in five years. The deficit edged down 0.4 percent to $43.4 billion, a drop from a revised $43.6 billion in September, the Commerce Department...

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U.S. Adds The Most Jobs In Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 1:38 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world. The Labor Department also said Friday that 44,000 more jobs were...

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GM Closes Opel Plant After 52 Years

December 5, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The last vehicle has rolled off Opel's production line at its flagship factory in Bochum, which General Motors is shuttering as it restructures its lossmaking European subsidiary. The dpa news agency reported Friday that with the production of the last Opel Zafira compact van, the...

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Gas Prices Below $2 Per Gallon In TX, OK

December 5, 2014 1:30 pm | by Ken Miller, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gas has dropped below $2 a gallon at a handful of stations in Oklahoma and Texas this week, a level that a price-watching group says is the lowest in the nation and a bargain that's proven irresistible to some long lines of drivers coming from miles to fill up...

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Bird's Fate Shaping Energy Development In The U.S. West

December 4, 2014 6:25 pm | by Mead Gruver and Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region's energy industry as the Obama administration decides whether the bird needs more protections. Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres...

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USDA Awards OTA With $785K to Promote Organic Products

December 4, 2014 6:22 pm | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

If Taka Yamaguchi has his way, athletes competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be eating organic — an ambitious plan that more than 100 of Japan's top grocery retailers, food importers and distributors learned about at a recent Organic Trade Association (OTA) sponsored seminar in...

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Alliant Moving Ahead With Demolition Of Plant

December 4, 2014 6:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alliant Energy is moving ahead with the demolition of its Sixth Street Generating Station near downtown Cedar Rapids. The plant has been a fixture in Cedar Rapids since it began providing electricity in 1888. Part of the plant was damaged by flooding in 2008 and it stopped...

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Cricket Flour, Marijuana Among Top Specialty Food Trends For 2015

December 4, 2014 5:25 pm | by Specialty Food Association | Articles | Comments

Consumers will seek more from their food in 2015, whether stronger flavors, alternative sweeteners, or snacks made with everything from plant-based meat to even marijuana. That is according to predictions from the editors of Specialty Food News, the daily newsletter from the...

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GlaxoSmithKline Cutting Hundreds Of U.S. Jobs

December 4, 2014 4:44 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year under the pharmaceutical industry's latest restructuring. GlaxoSmithKline PLC, best known for its widely used asthma inhaler Advair, is making changes worldwide that are meant...

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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 | News | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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 | News | 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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SAP For Chemicals

December 4, 2014 3:54 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Events

SAP for Chemicals is the only chemicals conference where business, functional and technology professionals unite to embrace innovative solutions, fresh ideas and best-in-class strategies to improve on overall business performance. The event showcases three...

SAP-Centric EAM

December 4, 2014 3:52 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Events

Now in its eleventh year, SAP-Centric EAM has become a go-to for the EAM community to stay current on innovative solutions and critical strategies for Enterprise Asset Management in conjunction with SAP PM. This year’s event features proven best practices that...

Gov Mead Blasts EPA Power Plant Rules

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