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U.S. Steel To Build New Headquarters In Pittsburgh

November 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by Joe Mandak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

United States Steel Corp. has announced it will build its new world headquarters in Pittsburgh as part of the NHL's Penguins' redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site. Company, team, city, and state officials made the announcement Monday. The steel giant has been in talks with...

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Japan's Young Fret As Unexpected Recession Hits

November 24, 2014 12:06 pm | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions...

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Meat Processor Settles Over Unpaid Wages

November 24, 2014 12:01 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing Friday. A joint motion seeks court approval of the proposed deal affecting some 480 production employees...

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Montana-Dakota Utilities To Buy ND Wind Farm

November 24, 2014 11:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. is buying a 43-turbine wind farm in southwestern North Dakota. Allete Clean Energy will develop the project near Hettinger. The $200 million wind farm is expected to be done in December 2015. MDU, a division of MDU Resources Group Inc., about a year...

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EPA Says Farmington Plant Violated Law

November 24, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmington, NM officials are disputing the Environmental Protection Agency's claim that a local power plant violated water pollution laws. The Daily Times reports that the EPA said Friday that the agency is working with Farmington to address the Animas Power...

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Automakers Aim To Drive Away Car Computer Hackers

November 24, 2014 10:25 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that — given time — they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even kill the

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Judge Denies Bid To Halt IL Fracking Rules

November 24, 2014 10:15 am | by Jim Suhr, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge in southwestern Illinois has denied a bid by a landowners group to suspend the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show they would suffer immediate harm if the practice commonly known as "fracking" was to go...

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Report: Wind Power Saves $1.2B Each Year

November 24, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade association says that wind power saved electricity customers in Oklahoma and surrounding states more than $1.2 billion last year. The American Wind Energy Association analyzed hourly data from the Southwest Power Pool in 2013 and calculated when wind turbines were used to generate...

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China, Europe Chase Growth Amid Global Slowdown

November 24, 2014 9:52 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's central bank unexpectedly slashed interest rates on Friday to re-energize the world's No. 2 economy, joining a growing list of major economies that are trying to encourage growth in the face of a global slowdown. The president of the European Central Bank said Friday he was ready to step up stimulus...

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Oct Jobless Rate In NC Drops To 6.3%

November 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina's unemployment rate in October dropped to 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in September, the state Commerce Department reported Friday. The state's 4.2 million nonfarm jobs in October outstripped the number of positions that existed when the country's Great Recession began...

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Syngenta Eliminates 1.8K Jobs

November 24, 2014 4:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta says it is eliminating or reshuffling 1,800 jobs globally as part of a $1 billion cost-cutting program to boost earnings. The Basel, Switzerland-based manufacturer, which is one of the world's largest suppliers of seeds and crop chemicals and has more than 28,000...

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Crew Blasts Off For International Space Station

November 23, 2014 5:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy has blasted off for the International Space Station. The Soyuz capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT Sunday) from the Russian manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. ...

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Fort Drum Powered By Wood In Renewable Energy Push

November 23, 2014 1:06 pm | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bulldozers rumble up and down steaming mountains of wood chips 24 hours a day, stoking the boilers that provide electricity to all 168 square miles of Fort Drum, home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division. The 60-megawatt biomass power plant is providing 100 percent of the electricity for the...

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Coding Academy Helps IN Close Tech Skills Gap

November 23, 2014 12:03 am | by Leisa Richardson, The Indianapolis Star | News | Comments

Willie Pritchett is a Purdue man. He graduated in 2000 with an undergraduate degree in organizational leadership and minors in communications and computer science. He has an MBA from Indiana Institute of Technology. And if he had it to do again — he would not. Pritchett, an entrepreneur and...

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Kohler Introduces Odor-Eating Toilet Seat

November 22, 2014 1:09 pm | by M.l. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can. Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. A fan hidden in the battery-operated seat sucks in air and pushes it through an odor-eating...

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AZ Sues GM Over Delayed Recalls

November 21, 2014 2:41 pm | by Bob Christie, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Arizona's attorney general has sued General Motors Co. for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant did not disclose for years. The lawsuit seeks potentially billions of dollars in fines. Attorney General Tom Horne said Thursday that he sued under...

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Government: Chrysler Needs To Speed Up Jeep Recall

November 21, 2014 2:34 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The nation's auto safety agency is telling Chrysler to speed up a recall of 1.5 million older Jeeps with gas tanks that can rupture in a rear collision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a letter to Chrysler on Wednesday saying that a "woeful" 3 percent of the Jeeps have been fixed, more than...

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Country Of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were...

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Tribal Head To Speed ND Pipeline Talks

November 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new leader of North Dakota's oil-rich Three Affiliated Tribes is pledging to speed negotiations on a proposed pipeline through tribal land that would curb the wasteful burning of natural gas in the state by more than 10 percent. North Dakota's booming oil production has led to an...

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Most U.S. Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government. Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a near-record low since the...

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